Call for Proposals: Ecosystem Builder Program (Canada)

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Call for Proposals: Ecosystem Builder Program (Canada)

Deadline: 16-Sep-21

The Government of Canada is inviting applications for Ecosystem Builder Program that aims to invest in projects that help grow and strengthen the SI/SF ecosystem.


The objective of this process is to fund organizations to build and strengthen the SI/SF ecosystem.

This funding will support projects that build and strengthen the SI/SF ecosystem in these areas:

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investing in inclusive innovation to ensure that leaders and organizations from equity-deserving groups are engaged, represented and welcome in the SI/SF ecosystem
strengthening networks of expertise in the SI/SF ecosystem, including specialized services to equity-deserving groups
conducting research and disseminate tools and knowledge on gaps in the SI/SF ecosystem
investing in SPO capacity to participate in social procurement markets in Canada
connecting the IRP and the broader SI/SF ecosystem to ensure that IRP partners and other stakeholders are engaged with each other and the ecosystem
The IRP seeks to reach SPOs that serve and are led by:

Indigenous peoples
Black canadians and other racialized communities
official language minority communities
people with disabilities
other equity-deserving groups
Funding Information

The total grants and contributions funding envelope for the IRP is $45,815,426. They anticipate that they will sign agreements with 20 to 30 organizations to deliver the IRP

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations solicited for this funding must:

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be engaged in activities linked to SI/SF in Canada
have the ability to build relationships and work with other organizations to achieve project goals
ensure diversity and inclusion are built into their project activities
have expertise in at least one of the ecosystem builder activity areas :
investing in inclusive innovation
strengthening networks of expertise
conducting research and disseminating tools and knowledge
building SPO social procurement capacity, and
connecting the IRP
Eligible applicants

Eligible organizations are those located in Canada and must be one of the following types:

non-profit organization
cooperative or mutual
provincial and territorial government entity including institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations; inclusive of educational institutions, public health and social services organizations
National Indigenous Organization, Modern Treaty and Self Government Agreement Holder, or Indigenous non-government organization
international organization*
for-profit organization, inclusive of hybrid corporate models, provided that the nature and intent of the activity:
is non-commercial
is not intended to generate profit, and
supports program priorities and objectives
Note: These organizations must have a Canada Revenue Agency business or registration number, or proof of provincial incorporation or registration

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