Social Innovation Project Grants

We are accepting a second round of expressions of interest (EOI) for the 2018 Social Innovation Project Grants Program (SIP). The submission deadline is September 28, 2018. This call is for CIty of Vancouver funding only.

Current status Closed
Deadline for receipt of LOI To be announced

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 LOIs we receive. In 2017, we funded one food systems project for $32,000, and three other projects at $100,000, $50,000 and $12,000.


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, you must:

  • Be one-time only (1 to 2 years duration)
  • Advance the City's Social Policy priorities and strategies
  • Focus on innovation
  • Be pilot or start up initiatives
  • Target gaps and emerging needs
  • Leverage additional resources from other funders and/or institutions
  • Demostrate partnerships with other community organizations

​How to apply

Email your EOI to: no later than 4:30pm on Friday, September 28, 2018.

Be sure to include:

  • Lead organization’s full address
  • Person authorized by the organization to submit the EOI:
    • Name
    • Position
    • Contact information

For more detailed information on eligibility, the type of projects we are looking for, and how to structure your Expression of Interest, download the SIP grant application guide  (1.36 MB)

EOIs will be reviewed by City staff, and select applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration for a Social Innovation Grant.

Contact us

Eric Kowalski
Social Planner