Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

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Early Entry
Investments

- $1,000 -

Two Early Entry Investments of $500 will be awarded.

To be eligible for an Early Entry Investment, entries must be submitted by 5pm PDT on June 20, 2012. Recipients will be evaluated on the competition criteria. Receiving an Early Entry Investment does not affect your eligibility for additional investments, nor does it guarantee status as a finalist. All entries will be equally evaluated according to the competition criteria at the completion of the entry period.

Mini-Growth
Investments

- $1,000 -

Two Mini-Growth Investments of $500 each will be awarded.

To be eligible for the first Mini-Growth Investment, entries must be submitted by 5pm PDT on July 19, 2012. To be eligible for the second Mini-Growth Investment, entries must be submitted by 5pm PDT on August 15, 2012. Recipients will be evaluated on competition criteria, as well as how well the entrant has used his or her individual Changeshop. Actions such as development of thoughtful growth trackers, completion of offers and needs, comments and activity will improve chances for selection.

People's Choice
Investments

- $45,000 -

Three People's Choice Investments of $15,000 will be awarded

An expert team of judges will select the top 12 finalists, from which three entries will be determined via open voting by the Changemakers online community. The final three entries will each receive an investment of $15,000.

Health and Productivity Investments

- $20,000 -

Two $10,000-investments will be awarded

LIFT is providing a $10,000-investment to each of the top two entries from not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate a strong potential for creating scalable social impact to improve health and productivity in BC communities. LIFT has a particular interest in entries that use sport and physical activity as part of their solutions or focus on literacy and skills development. Please note that only those entries that come from not-for-profit organizations are eligible for these investments.

Sport and Technology Investment

- $15,000 -

Two $7,500-investments will be awarded

The BC Sport Agency is providing two $7,500 investments to each of the top two entries that are using technology to develop solutions that make sport and physical activity relevant to all British Columbians of every skill level at all ages. The BC Sport Agency believes that technology can have a huge impact on developing and advancing sport participation, both on an athlete and support (parent, coach, volunteer) level.

Columbia Basin Investment

- $50,000 -

Five $10,000-investments will be awarded

Columbia Basin Trust is providing 5 individual awards of $10,000 each to entries that identify innovative solutions which have strong potential to result in the greater social, economic, and environmental well-being and self-sufficiency of people and communities in the Columbia Basin region of BC (the Basin). Direct impact within the Basin must be evident. If applying from outside the Basin, entries must identify how the region will be impacted, engaged in the process, etc. to be eligible. [Please note: in order to be eligible for these awards, you must indicate that your solution creates impact in the Columbia Basin region when answering the question “Region in BC where your solution creates social impact” on the entry form.]

Aboriginal Communities Investment

- $10,000 -

One $10,000-investment will be awarded

Urban Systems is providing a $10,000 investment to the entry that provides the most compelling innovation addressing the unique and complex social issues faced by aboriginal communities in BC.

Preventing the Threat of Homelessness Investment

- $15,000 -

One $15,000-investment will be awarded

United Way of the Lower Mainland is providing a $15,000-investment to the top entry from charitable organizations (or partnerships involving charitable organizations) that demonstrate a strong potential for creating community impact by helping to stabilize the precarious housing situation of seniors and families with young children that are at risk of homelessness in the BC Lower Mainland. Please note that only those entries submitted by “Qualified Donees” (according to the Canada Revenue Agency rules) are eligible for this investment. United Way believes that preventing the threat of homelessness addresses a critical social determinant of health for vulnerable seniors and families. United Way is particularly interested in innovative partnerships that leverage the strengths of all stakeholders to tackle this issue in the Lower Mainland’s challenging housing market.

National Investment

- $15,000 -

One $15,000-investment will be awarded

The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is providing a $15,000 investment to the top entrant that demonstrates potential for national impact in building a society that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient.

Inclusion Investment

- $15,000 -

One $15,000-investment will be awarded

The Venture will provide a $15,000-investment to an innovation that advances inclusion and belonging for people with disabilities. The winning entry will have a solution that is delivered and supported by a collaborative partnership, which includes any combination of people with disabilities, families, service providers, community organizations, government and businesses. The Venture has a particular interest in entries that are in the growth, established or scaling phases.

Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities Investment

- $30,000 -

Two $15,000-investments will be awarded

To support work underway to implement 12 recommendations identified by government to improve supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families, the Ministry of Social Development would like to encourage British Columbians to come forward with creative, ingenious and innovative ways to solve some of the day-to-day challenges adults with developmental disabilities and their families face across the province.

  • $15,000 in funding is being offered to the top idea that promotes inclusion so that people with developmental disabilities can live more fully in their communities – with opportunities like a job, friends and a place they can call their own.
  • $15,000 in funding is being offered to the top idea which will more effectively include individuals with developmental disabilities in decision-making about what is important to them, such as working, going to school, having friends, having a home, and financial security.

(* Entries that do not currently benefit people with developmental disabilities but demonstrate the potential to do so explicitly in their entry will be considered for these investments.)

Community Connections and Engagement Investment

- $5,000 -

One $5,000-investment will be awarded

Inspired by the findings of its recent “Connections and Engagement” survey, Vancouver Foundation is providing $5,000 to the top innovation submitted by a Metro Vancouver resident or organization that engages community members from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds in a community project. The idea will help create new connections or bridges between residents of different backgrounds. Preference will be given to projects that help benefit a local neighbourhood or area. We will also give preference to innovations that demonstrate a potential for replication in other parts of metro Vancouver.

Community Impact Investment

- $15,000 -

Three $5,000-investments will be awarded

Vancity is providing three $5,000 investments to each of the top three entries from for-profit private businesses, co-ops, or enterprising not-for profit organizations that have a strong business model, which incorporates social, environmental, economic, and/or cultural missions. Eligible entries will be based in the Lower Mainland or South Vancouver Island and will create jobs and promote economic development in their communities.

University Solutions Investment

- $14,000 -

Three $4,667-investments will be awarded

The University Investment Partnership, a partnership between the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, and Simon Fraser University, is providing a $4,667-investment to each of the top three entries from participating university students, faculty or staff that put forth an idea that creates positive social impact in BC communities.

Please note that only those entries that come from students, staff, or faculty from the three participating universities (UBC, UVIC or SFU) will be eligible to receive the university investments.

Literacy Investment

- $20,000 -

Four $5,000-investments will be awarded

Decoda is providing four $5,000-investments to each of four entries, which offer innovative solutions that use literacy as a strategy to address cross-sector shared challenges in B.C. communities. Increased attention will be provided to entries that address the broad definition of literacy, including foundation skills such as computer use, continuous learning, numeracy, oral communication, reading, thinking skills, working with others, and writing. Preference will be provided to solutions that can be applied to multiple populations, such as immigrant families, Aboriginal communities, youth and adult literacy.

Participation in the competition and the larger BC Ideas community provides an opportunity to receive feedback on your solution from fellow entrants, Changemakers staff, judges, thought leaders, and the Changemakers community. Entrants can also showcase their innovations in front of local, national and global funders for access to additional investment opportunities.

If you would like to join our open partnership by investing in social innovations through BC Ideas please contact Nicole Mezzarobba at nmezzarobba@liftpartners.ca