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Social Innovation Project Grants

In 2018, the City of Vancouver will be administering the application process for our SIP program jointly with the Vancouver Foundation.

In order to reduce the administrative workload on nonprofit organizations, applicants interested in applying to both the City and the Vancouver Foundation will be able to submit one online application for consideration by both the Vancouver Foundation and the City.

Current status Closed
Next call for Letters of Interest (LOI) July 3, 2018
Deadline for receipt of LOI July 31, 2018

Information workshop

​Join the Vancouver Foundation and the City of Vancouver at a granting information workshop that will be of interest to organizations considering applying this year for either Vancouver Foundation Systems Change or Participatory Action Research grants or a City of Vancouver Social Innovation Project (SIP) grant.

The workshop will cover grant eligibility, the different opportunities available, how the online application process will work, and what our advisory and review committees will be looking for as they review proposals. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation.

 Space is limited so pre-registration is required by contacting the community centre below.

Date Time Location
May 22 10am - 11:30am Creekside Community Centre
May 28 2pm - 3:30pm Collingwood Neighbourhood House 
June 1 10am – 11:30am Hillcrest Community Centre

What is a socially-innovative approach?

There is no single, universally-agreed upon definition of social innovation. In general, a socially innovative approach:

  • Addresses social issues by applying new learning and strategies to positively affect change
  • Has a measurable impact on the broader social, political and economic contexts that created or support continuation of the issue being addressed
  • Is designed to explore what might work to trigger longer term systems, rather than implementing “program models” with known actions and clear end points
  • Recognizes that, while the long-term goals of a social innovation might be well defined, the path to achieving those goals may be much less clear

In the context of Indigenous communities, "social innovation" may often take the form of looking back to old traditions and rediscovering how those teachings show Indigenous communities the way forward.

What is the amount of a SIP grant?

  • The total budget for the 2018 SIP grant stream is $200,000.
  • $32,000 is targeted for social innovation in the food system, drawing on Indigenous knowledge, skills, and relationships.
  • The number of projects we will fund - and, therefore, the size of any one grant - will be determined largely by the number of innovative LOI we receive. For example, in 2017 we funded one food systems project for $32,000, and three other projects at $100,000, $50,000 and $12,000. Find details of the funded projects online at 2017 Social Innovation Project and Other Social Grants  (100 KB)

Eligibility for a City of Vancouver Social Innovation Project Grant

You can apply for this grant if your organization is a Vancouver-based, non-profit, community services organization.

To be eligible for SIP funding projects must:

  • Be one-time only (1 to 2 years duration)
  • Be pilot or start up initiatives
  • Target gaps and emerging needs
  • Achieve a minimum of 1:1 leverage from other sources
  • Demonstrate strong support and collaborations with existing service platforms, other service providers, funders, and project partners

Contact us

Eric Kowalski
Social Planner