Call for proposals: $50K grants available for next-generation children's media projects in Canada

TORONTO, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - The Centre for Creative Communications, Centennial College, is seeking innovative and forward-thinking proposals from Canadian media, interactive, creative, technology, business and social entrepreneurs for the next wave of children's media and multi-platform projects to qualify for $50,000 federal development grants. 

The new kidsmediacentre, an industry and creative content think-tank at Centennial College, will hold an information session to interested developers, on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 5:30 pm at The Centre for Creative Communications, located at 951 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto.

Centennial College's Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC) has received ten $50,000 Federal Development grants, some of which are available to help small and medium enterprises in the kids' technology industry launch the next big idea in children's media. The grants are part of a coordinated strategy between the federal government and colleges to accelerate innovation and productivity in southern Ontario by asking business partners to collaborate on projects and work "hands-on" with college faculty and students in developing new and innovative technologies and services. Businesses are asked to contribute at least $25,000 towards a project in cash and/or in-kind. 

"Canada has been a leader in the creation and production of internationally successful children's entertainment properties for many years," says Nate Horowitz, Dean of The Centre for Creative Communications. "These federal grants represent an important opportunity for entrepreneurs in the kids' animation, gaming and interactive industries to build competitive products here and on a global scale. We're committed to helping nurture these businesses."

Centennial College's School of Communications, Media and Design is currently the only college in Canada offering a post-secondary program in children's content development and is focused on writing, production and business management in the gaming, interactive, educational, publishing, TV and film industries. A key goal of the kidsmediacentre is to act as an innovation catalyst partnering the talents of the College's students with children's industry entrepreneurs.

The kidsmediacentre and Applied Research and Innovation Centre will work with qualified partners to ensure their early-stage businesses have the strategic counsel and creative brand development supports to move their innovation forward.

The kidsmediacentre is exploring kids' media futures by investing in research critical to understanding their 21st century media interactions. Working with Centennial College's Children's Entertainment - Writing, Production and Management program and early childhood development specialists, the kidsmediacentre's goal is to provide a range of R&D support to cross-platform, media and entertainment content providers to ensure the kids' media industry in Canada is vibrant, indigenous and committed to the healthy growth of children.

For more details or to register for the information session, contact: Debbie Gordon, Director, kidsmediacentre, 416-289-5000, ext. 8770, dgordon@centennialcollege.ca

SOURCE Centennial College

For further information:

Media contact: Paul Koidis, Centennial College, 416-289-5000, ext. 8609, pkoidis@centennialcollege.ca


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