For the last decade, the Ontario Ministry of Education has provided seed funding to support their school boards’ implementation of effectiveness and efficiency (E&E) initiatives. Within this E&E category, the Ministry supports shared services initiatives through a grant program.
What are shared services projects? They are models that increase collaboration by streamlining administrative functions or processes for school boards and their public sector partners. The Ministry’s objective with this funding is to increase efficiencies and enhance economies of scale to allow K12 boards to focus their resources on their mission: student achievement.
More traditional examples of shared services for K12 may include travel and expense management initiatives, recruitment, and energy management systems. Also included under the shared services umbrella is a low cost, yet high tech way for school board resource management: Cloud computing. The Cloud fits into the category of shared services as the multi-tenant systems increase effectiveness by streamlining the process of system updates, all while providing boards with high functioning solutions for less.
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How to Apply
Unfortunately, the grant application process for 2015 ended this past September. However, there is nothing stopping you from looking into your future cloud project today! The E&E Advisory Committee of the Council of Senior Business Officials has an application process where boards must provide:
- An overview of the project, cost-benefit analysis, and how the service is currently delivered.
- The total project budget and how the seed funding will be used.
- Details on project implementation, including roles, project timeframe, and resources required to manage the project.
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