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Application period open January 8 – February 10, 2020

The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) is a new national initiative funded by the Government of Canada. IRP will provide time-limited investments to support a broad range of social purpose organizations (for example, non-profits, charities, co-operatives, hybrid social enterprises, and mission-focused for-profits) in improving their capacity and ability to participate in the social finance market, access new investment and contract opportunities and support them throughout the innovation.

The first application period runs from January 8 to February 10, 2020, with additional funding rounds planned later in 2020. Organizations have the potential to receive from $10,000 to $100,000 in non-repayable capital to develop their enterprise.

If you have an existing business or a business idea that fits the definition of a social enterprise and you would benefit from funds to launch, design, measure or scale your organization to be ready to access social finance – see below on how you can sign up to learn more!

Burlington Foundation is pleased to be a participating community foundation partner for the IRP Program, with The Oakville Community Foundation being the lead of our Brant | Halton | Peel Regional Partnership. Together, this cross-regional group is responsible for distributing over $1 million locally to these social purpose organizations over a number of application funding rounds.

The regional consortium is made up of 6 Community Foundations – Brampton and Caledon Community FoundationBrant County Community FoundationBurlington FoundationCommunity Foundation of Halton NorthCommunity Foundation of Mississauga – and Sheridan College, a leading post-secondary institution with three campuses in the Halton-Peel Region. Sheridan College operates EDGE @ Sheridan,(Entrepreneurship Discovery and Growth Engine), a thriving regional hub for entrepreneurship that provides extensive supports for entrepreneurs and changemakers, with a key focus on social innovation.

Led by our consortium lead partner, The Oakville Community Foundation, the consortium is holding 3 in-person and 1 web-based information sessions. These sessions will help social purpose organizations understand the IRP, and how to potentially access this funding opportunity from the federal social finance fund.

Click on a link to register for a session:

IRP Info Session BramptonJanuary 14, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Sheridan College, Davis Campus, Brampton

IRP Info Session OakvilleJanuary 16, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Sheridan College, Trafalgar Campus, Oakville

IRP Info Session MississaugaJanuary 21, 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Sheridan College, Hazel McCallion Campus

IRP WebinarJanuary 13, 1:00 PM EST, hosted by Community Foundations of Canada

To stay current on information, sign up to receive updates! Please click here to visit The Oakville Community Foundation’s website to sign up.


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