CELI Community Grants

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Community Grants

CELI’s Community Grants goal is to activate Skills for Success (SFS) in the ESCQ.

The CELI grants framework is designed to enhance the grantees’ capacity to develop and implement SFS-based English literacy and essential skills, and employment and employability programs and services. Through this capacity-building at the organizational level, CELI will increase the availability and access to services that directly address the needs and priorities of local communities.

These are the 8 CELI-funded Projects for 2023-2025

Coasters Association


Empower to Employ: Enhancing the Skills and Capacity of English-Speakers on the Lower North Shore

Serving youth and adult populations of the Lower North Shore, this two-year project focuses on implementing employability training programs for staff to better support communities. as well as developing and delivering events and activities that bring together job-seekers and employers to provide opportunities for networking and knowledge transfer.

Community for Anglophone Social Action (CASA)


Destination U

Serving the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, Destination U targets 30–54-year-olds with prolonged detachment from the labour force. This two-year project will target 24 marginalized English-speaking families, creating a holistic learning plan for each, and helping them develop the skills to bring them closer to, or entering, the job market.

South Shore Literacy Council


Teach, Tutor & Train-Applying the SFS to an Inclusive Tutoring and Employment Model

Targeting adult learners in the Montérégie region, this two-year project offers weekly classes, tutoring, and employment mentoring to increase the participants’ literacy skills and learning, and help them with employment opportunities.

Tyndale St George


PPE - Possibilities

This one-year project works with English-speakers in Montreal experiencing employment barriers. Built on a foundation of respect, inclusivity, non-judgement, and a belief that employment can promote positive change, PPE is a six-month program teaching hard and soft skills through workshops and trainings.

DESTA Black Community Network


DESTA Work Hub

This two-year project helps the Black English-speaking community in Montreal overcome barriers to employment. The DESTA Work Hub provides job training, individual resume and interview coaching, career counselling, internships and job opportunities, and personal development and French language classes.

YES Employment


Graphic Design Bootcamp Program

YES’s Graphic Design Bootcamp is a two-year project for 18–30-year-olds in Montreal. The Bootcamp provides participants with workplace and design skills. The program includes 8 participants per year, runs for 12 weeks, and pays program participants minimum wage for 33 hours per week.

La Passerelle


LMS/Workshop Upgrade Project - Phase 1

Serving 40+ job seekers in Montreal, this one-year project focusses on La Passerelle’s self-paced online Learning Management System (LMS) to align its library content with new labour market dynamics, including onsite, hybrid, work-from-home, and ‘gig’ work; building a career portfolio; and developing a solo-preneurship.

Atwater Library


Skills for Success Pilot Project

This two-year project works with vulnerable populations in Montreal, including young adults, women, immigrants, and refugee claimants/asylum seekers.