International Assistance

For over 40 years, OTF’s International Assistance Fund has provided support to locally-initiated educational projects in developing countries, undertaken by teacher organizations, schools and other groups. The fund is administered by a committee of teachers, representing each of OTF’s affiliates.

Among the supported projects each year is usually at least one project initiated by CODE (the Canadian Organization for Development through Education) and several projects funded under the auspices of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF).

The International Assistance Fund is financed through OTF’s membership fees.

The Blanche E. Snell Estate Fund provides grants to foreign students or educators who are enrolled in an educational institution in Canada and who indicate their intention of returning to their own countries to work within an educational environment. Grants are made from the accrued interest in the fund.

The Ontario Lesotho Educational Sustaining Fund (OLESF) assists needy students in Lesotho in pursuing their education, particularly in the area of teacher training.

Information about submission deadlines

Requests for funding from the OTF International Assistance Fund will not be processed during the summer months (June to August). Applications will only be accepted commencing on September 15.

• Applications received by November 1 will be considered by the committee in early December. If your application is received after November 1, it will be held on file for consideration at the June meeting.
• Applications received by May 1 will be considered by the committee in early June. If your application is received after May 1, it will not be carried forward to the next year. A new application must be submitted.


Requests from India

We regret to inform you that due to recent changes in Indian banking procedures and FCRA requirements, we have had to TEMPORARILY SUSPEND all grants to India. While we understand the hardship this represents, it is currently impossible for us to fund proposals from India.


All other countries

Applications must be received by May 1 to be considered at the June meeting.

Applications received after November 1st will be reviewed at the second meeting of the OTF International Assistance Committee scheduled at the beginning of June, 2017.

If you have submitted your request via email, please do not resend it by post – receiving multiple copies of the same application slows down the administrative process.

Should you wish to apply for funding, you must fill out an application form. Please review the Terms of Reference below and complete the application form below.

Note: If your request was NOT approved at the first meeting, please do not resubmit your request this year as it will not be considered a second time in the same year.

For more information on international assistance, please email:


Terms of Reference – OTF International Assistance Committee

International Assistance Application Form

2016-17 Report to the OTF Annual Board of Governor’s Meeting

2015-16 Report to the OTF Annual Board of Governor’s Meeting

Blanche Snell Flyer

Blanche Snell Application Form

International Assistance 2012-2013 in Images