Background – Investment Readiness Program
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is launching a round of IRP funding to help build the capacity and investment readiness of social purpose organizations and boost women’s sector participation in the social finance market, so they are better able to access the Government of Canada’s proposed Social Finance Fund or other investment opportunities.
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.
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 ext. 263 or ext 221
Toll-free: 1-866-293-4483 ext. 263 or ext 221
Manager, Investment Readiness Program
416-365-1444 ext 263 or 1-866-293-4483 ext. 263
Coordinator, Investment Readiness Program
416-365-1444 ext 270 or 1-866-293-4483 ext. 270
Director, Investment Readiness
416-365-1444 ext 221 or 1-866-293-4483 ext. 221
The Investment Readiness Program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Innovation/Social Finance Strategy.