Employment And Social Development of the Government of Canada recently launched two calls for proposals for innovative projects that aim to prevent and reduce homelessness. This is an excellent opportunity for social entrepreneurs with a social mission related to homelessness.
Below is a message they have sent out to be shared:
The call for proposals for microgrants has been extended and will end on November 14, 2016.
- The call for proposals for microgrants – Apply for funding up to $25,000 for small-scale projects. Projects must focus on exploring effective and innovative practices, tools or initiatives that prevent or reduce homelessness in Canada.
Note that there is also a more comprehensive funding program for larger scale initiatives, also with a deadline of November 14, 2016. For more information, please visit the Innovative Solutions to Homelessness funding page.
The Canadian Business Network (CBN), created and maintained by the Canadian Federal Government, offers a wide array of support to start-up businesses.
Recognizing the unique needs of social enterprise, they have created a dedicated portal for entrepreneurs using businesses to address a social need. This social enterprise portal offers links to resources available across Canada from community based support organizations and from various levels of government. The links and resources include technical support on everything from how to do market research or write a business plan, to funding support for start-up costs or human resource needs.
The Federal Government, in trying to make the CBN accessible to non-profits, co-operatives and solo social entrepreneurs, sought the input from many of us in the social enterprise community. This portal is a concrete step to acknowledge social enterprise and to ensure that programs run by the government (and others) are available for those of us wishing to use business to bring about social change.
Social Delta is of course willing to help you and your social enterprise understand, access and apply any of the resources made available on the CBN site.
Just contact us to see how we can help.