Investment Readiness Program
We are thrilled to be helping deliver the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) supporting eligible social enterprises to prepare to receive investments and unlock even more innovative solutions to pressing challenges in Grey & Bruce.
Community Foundation Grey Bruce in partnership with Georgian College and their Social Enterprise Network of Central Ontario (SENCO) is offering eligible organizations working to do good across Central Ontario the opportunity to access up to $100,000 in non-repayable capital through the Investment Readiness Program (IRP). This is part of a national initiative led by Community Foundations of Canada and funded by the Government of Canada that will provide $18.5 million across the country to seed and grow social enterprise.
Through this partnership, funding will be allocated in the form of non-repayable capital to charities, non-profits, co-operatives, social enterprises, and mission-focused for-profits across Central Ontario including the counties of Grey and Bruce, as well as Muskoka, Huntsville, Orillia-Huronia, Simcoe County, Barrie, Dufferin County, Owen Sound, Collingwood, Kincardine, Manitoulin Island, Tobermory, Orangeville, Saugeen First Nation, and Neyaashiinigmiing. The first application period for the program runs from Jan. 8 to Feb. 10, 2020, with the possibility of additional application periods later this year.
The IRP is open to a diverse range of organizations and businesses including charities, non-profits, co-ops and for-profit social enterprises who are helping achieve positive social, cultural or environmental results in the community. The program can provide between $10,000 and $100,000 in non-repayable capital to design, plan, measure, and scale social enterprises in order to get ready to accept future investment.
The Investment Readiness Program will help social enterprises across Canada grow, and build their capacity to accept investment, and participate in Canada’s growing social finance market.
“Business isn’t just about the bottom line. It can be a source for good and a catalyst for social and environmental change in communities across Canada. We are honoured to support social enterprises across Canada in building a better world,” says Andrew Chunilall, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada, a national partner in the Investment Readiness Program.
Applications for the IRP, of which Community Foundation Grey Bruce is a regional partner, will open January 8th, 2020, and should be submitted by February 10th, 2020 through the program’s website at irp-ppi.ca. Community Foundation Grey Bruce may open additional application periods in 2020.
For more information on the Investment Readiness Program,
Application for the IRP available here.
Investment Readiness Program 101 Session
On Tuesday, January 28th, with our Regional Partners for Central Ontario, Georgian College SENCO (Social Enterprise Network Central Ontario), we held a 101 session on the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) and the first call for proposals running January 8th to February 10th. The session includes a short presentation followed by an open discussion to respond to attendees' questions. You can watch the full information session in the video below.