Centennial College’s kidsmediacentre announces a range of new opportunities for children’s content developers in Canada
Info Session: Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The kidsmediacentre at Centennial College’s Centre for Creative Communications is inviting for-profit children’s content producers and developers to an information session to learn about new college-based funding and grant opportunities. Supporting the children’s industry and helping children’s producers bring new technologies, properties and innovative cross-platform ideas to life is a key focus for Centennial College. Opportunities are available to secure:
- Student time
- Faculty consulting
- Access to testing facilities
The information session will be held on Thursday, March 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Centre for Creative Communications, 951 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, room 297 (directions).
Seating at the information session is limited. To register or for more information, please contact Andrew Miller at 416-289-5200 ext. 2916 or [email protected]
Hosted by the kidsmediacentre and Centennial College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC), the information session will outline applied research opportunities, which are a growing source of funding for innovative Canadian businesses. Applied research places current or newly graduated college students in workplace environments, allowing them to apply their job-ready creative and strategic skills with partner companies. Creating industry-college partnerships with commercially-viable businesses to produce innovative children’s content and grow the industry is a top priority for the kidsmediacentre.
Last year the kidsmediacentre and ARIC awarded $150,000 in applied research investments to children’s media producers and hope to increase that number this year. Current opportunities available through Centennial College include:
- The National Research Council’s Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) helps Canadian small and medium businesses adopt digital technology to become more productive.
- Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII) offers competitive applied research grants worth up to $30,000 to established Ontario production companies with a focus on job creation and economic impact.
- The ARIC Fellowship offers applied research grants worth up to $10,000 of student and faculty time for Ontario-based projects to help solve a specific problem for industry or community.
- Applied research grants worth between $10,000 and $100,000 per year are available for children’s projects in the Canadian health and wellness industry. Projects can include mental health, healthy eating, bullying, media health and healthy living programs for children. These are funded by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) under the College and Community Innovation Program.
In most cases, companies are asked to match the contribution value of the applied research grant they receive through cash or “in-kind” (i.e. student mentoring) investments in their project.
About Centennial College and Children’s Entertainment
Centennial College is the only Canadian college currently offering a postgraduate program in children’s content development. The Children’s Entertainment: Writing, Production and Management Program is a one-of-a-kind post-graduate program that prepares students for careers as highly-skilled children’s content producers. Students study a wide range of entertainment products — film, TV, books, educational products, games, and interactive media — for the rapidly growing children’s media market. The program is project-driven, collaborative and designed to provide best practices in a diverse and gender-inclusive environment.
About the kidsmediacentre
A companion centre to the Centennial College’s Children’s Entertainment Program, the kidsmediacentre invests in research to explore kids’ media futures. Its goal is to provide a range of R&D support to cross-platform, media and entertainment producers to ensure the kids’ media industry in Canada is vibrant, indigenous and committed to the healthy growth of children.