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The Ken and Debbie Rubin Public Interest Advocacy Fund provides small grants to novel action projects within Canada that might not otherwise be funded. The Fund was set up in 1999 as an advised fund within the Ottawa Community Foundation.

Ken and Debbie Rubin have been active for many years in many public interest issues. This is their way of seeing that others are able to undertake stimulating projects.

Applications will be considered, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • social justice projects
  • consumer and environmental health and safety issues
  • freedom of information and privacy rights
  • food safety and sustainable food production
  • civil liberties issues
  • public interest investigations
  • public interest research training
  • innovative youth community projects

What the Fund looks for is innovative, manageable, and change-oriented projects. Applicants can be groups or individuals, and must have access to a charitable tax number. Funding is modest, from the one thousand to twenty-five hundred dollar range or more, for special projects. It is not provided for on-going regular activities, organizational maintenance or equipment purchases. Projects can either be local, regional, national or international in scope.

Applicants should describe the public interest action project they have in mind, their timing and expected outcomes, other funding sources, their own backgrounds and interests, and what part of the project the sought-after funds would be used for. Successful applicants are expected to file a brief evaluation report on completion of their project.

Applicants to the Ken and Debbie Rubin Public Interest Advocacy Fund should apply for funding care of the address below.

Ken And Debbie Rubin Public Interest Advocacy Fund
c/o 212 Third Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1S 2K3

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What people do not know can often hurt them