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City co-funds new pilot program to develop innovative social change projects

October 2 2014

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The City is working with government and philanthropic partners on a new pilot program to spark innovative projects that address social change and promote inclusion for all residents.

With our partners, we will help co-fund opportunities for community non-profit groups to turn creative ideas into viable projects that foster inclusion and belonging among our most vulnerable citizens.

Our partners are the Community Action Initiative, Vancouver Foundation, Vancouver Coastal Health, and First Nations Health Authority.

Pilot offers scholarships, expert support, and experimentation

Eligible organizations or individuals will receive scholarships to bring forward and develop an innovative idea that creates or enhances social inclusion for vulnerable populations. Projects will also receive design and development support from coaches and mentors who are experts in social innovation.

The vision for the collaborative pilot is to:

  1. Create an environment that encourages experimentation and testing to support new ideas that address complex social problems
  2. Increase the number of viable, innovative projects brought forward for funding consideration that will address the social inclusion needs and barriers of vulnerable individuals
  3. Fund a flexible, responsive, cost-effective, and shared grant-making process that streamlines the application process for applicants and funders
  4. Leverage funding from several organizations

How to participate in the pilot

To participate in this opportunity, you must attend a public workshop or webinar.

The Vancouver workshop will be held 11:30am to 4:30pm on October 6, 2014, at Creekside Community Centre.

Learn more and register for the workshop

Pilot part of $8.1 million in annual funding for social service groups

This pilot program is part of a wide range of funding and support the City provides for non-profit social service groups and neighbourhood organizations. By delivering $8.1 million in funding annually to groups that serve diverse populations and propose solutions to difficult social problems, we aim to keep our communities healthy, safe, and strong.

Learn more about the pilot program

Social Innovation Project Grants

Provides funding to social service organizations to turn innovative ideas into viable projects that address social change, create or enhance social inclusion and belonging, and help Vancouver's most vulnerable residents.