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Investment Readiness Program Grants

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is no longer accepting proposals for the third and last funding cycle of the Investment Readiness Program. If you want to learn more about the program and the initiatives we fund, please consult the information below.

In total, we will fund approximately 40 grants across the 3 cycles of this 2-year funding program with each grant funded up to a maximum of $50,000.

Background On The Investment Readiness Program

As one of the partners in the Investment Readiness Program announced by the Federal Government in June 2019, the Canadian Women’s Foundation will receive $3 million over two years to help social purpose organizations become investment ready to access the new Social Finance Fund, which will be launched in 2020.

The Foundation believes that promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as the growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises helps women develop greater economic prosperity. With more knowledge and experience in the use of social finance mechanisms and tools, the women’s sector will be better able to support these enterprises.

Through the Investment Readiness Program funding, the Foundation aims to boost women’s sector participation in social innovation and social finance. This is especially important for organizations that serve women who face multiple barriers and are underrepresented in this field.

More information on the Investment Readiness Program.

Program goals

The Foundation will support and encourage the growth and readiness of women-serving organizations to join the social innovation and social finance ecosystem. This may include support to social purpose organizations that currently do not consider themselves part of that ecosystem. The Foundation seeks to prioritize funding to organizations that reach women who face multiple barriers, in communities where the needs are greatest.

Through the Investment Readiness Funding, we aim to:

  • Increase the number and variety of groups engaged in the social finance ecosystem
  • Build awareness
  • Enhance capacity
  • Increase accessibility to expert advice and information
  • Contribute to learning on what works
  • Apply a gender lens throughout using GBA+

FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE:

If you have further questions, please contact us:
Phone: 416-365-1444
Fax: 416-365-1745
Toll-free: 1-866-293-4483
TY: 416-365-1732

Sagal Dualeh (ext. 221)
Director, Investment Readiness
sdualeh@canadianwomen.org

Sally Dimachki (ext. 261)
Manager, Investment Readiness
sdimachki@canadianwomen.org

The Investment Readiness Program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Innovation/Social Finance Strategy.

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