BUDGET GUIDELINES — MYCREDS ONBOARDING GRANTS 

This page lists the budget guidelines for MyCreds Onboarding Grants. 

Click here to review the budget guidelines for ONCAT Capacity Grants and ONCAT Collaboration Grants. 

Click here to review the budget guidelines for Indigenous Institutes Transfer Grants. 

Click here to review the budget guidelines for PLAR Innovation Grants. 

Click here to review the budget guidelines for Transfer Bridging Grants. 

Purpose and Scope 

  • ONCAT grants are intended to support projects with defined timelines and activities. 
  • ONCAT grants are not intended to cover operating budgets for administrative departments and/or ongoing costs for permanent programs.  
  • ONCAT grants cannot be used to support projects that have received (or have applied for) any funding from the Credit Transfer Innovation Grant (CTIG), eCampusOntario, and/or the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). 
     

Personnel  

The following expenses are eligible: 

  • Salaries and benefits for administrative staff, for time that is directly allocated to the project’s activities  
    • For each role, list either (1) the weekly rate (salary plus benefits) and the total number of weeks, or (2) the hourly rate (salary plus benefits) and the total number of hours. 
  • Honoraria for external advisors (e.g., Indigenous Elder, cultural consultant) 
  • Fees for external contractors (e.g., IT support for XML document capabilities) 

The following expenses are ineligible: 

  • Salaries for senior administrative staff (e.g., director, registrar, vice-president)  
  • Salaries for senior academic staff (e.g., chair, dean, director, vice-president) 
  • Salaries or fees for the instructional delivery of any for-credit courses 
  • Retirement, termination, and severance costs 
     

Project Costs 

The following expenses are eligible: 

  • Computer hardware, audio-video equipment, or tools with costs under $300 per item 
    • All items remain property of the postsecondary institution that received the ONCAT grant. 
  • Temporary licenses for software that is (1) directly related to the project’s activities, and (2) not normally available through your institution 
  • Rental fees for equipment 

The following expenses are ineligible: 

  • Capital expenditures (e.g., purchase of furniture, renovation of facilities) 
  • Computer hardware, audio-video equipment, or tools with costs over $300 per item 
  • Onboarding, membership, or licencing fees paid to an external service provider 
  • Student awards, bursaries, or scholarships 
     

Overhead and Administration 

Budgets may include a line item to cover the following overhead and administration costs:  

  • Copying and printing, telephones and internet, office supplies and stationary, and general support provided by the postsecondary institution 

Overhead and administration costs cannot exceed 10% of the total request for ONCAT funding. 
 

Contact Us 

If you have questions or comments, contact Inna Yeranosyan, Grants and Projects Specialist. 
 

ONCAT is funded by the Government of Ontario. All programs and details are subject to change without notice.