The CIF produces annual Operations Plans to meet the objectives described in the CIF Strategic Plan, originally developed in December 2007.
The ‘interim’ Plan is designed to permit continued operations of the CIF in accordance with its Three Year Strategic Plan (2016-2018) but recognizes the potential for the amended BBPP (a-BBPP) to trigger the wind down of the Fund. Accordingly, the Plan includes provisions to allow it to be modified, where necessary, as a result of an approved amendment of the draft a-BBPP. Deployment of certain components of the Plan have been deferred pending a decision on the a-BBPP.
The 2018 CIF Operations Plan focuses on transitional support and continued provision of appropriate services under the CIF Centre of Excellence (CofE).
Request for Expressions of Interested (REOI) To Be Determined
A total of $3,635,369 in project funding has been included in this year’s Plan for ‘open grants’. Provision of funding, normally offered through the CIF’s annual REOI process is postponed pending clarification of timing around a decision on the a-BBPP (not expected before April 2018). Should the a-BBPP be approved, CIF Committee intends to undertake a review the CIF’s 2018 Operations Plan to ensure it is in alignment with the provisions of the a-BBPP, prior to release of project funds.
In the event that the a-BBPP is not approved in a timely manner, it is expected that CIF Committee will proceed with release of an REOI process as in past years, subject to modification as necessary. CIF staff will notify stakeholders about any decision to open an REOI as soon as such information may become available. In the meantime, stakeholders are invited to contact CIF staff to discuss potentially-fundable projects and any timing and/or operational concerns they may have.