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Investment Readiness Program Launches in Canada

Submitted by cfnseditor on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 11:45


For Immediate Release

Jan 8, 2020


Applications now open for up to $100,000 for local social purpose organizations to grow their positive impact in Nova Scotia through social enterprise


HALIFAX, NS - Community Foundation of Nova Scotia (CFNS) is offering eligible organizations that are working to do good in Nova Scotia the opportunity to access up to $100,000 in non-repayable capital through the Investment Readiness Program (IRP). This is part of a national initiative led by Community Foundations of Canada and funded by the Government of Canada to that will provide $18.5 million across Canada to seed and grow social enterprise.

The Investment Readiness Program is open to a diverse range of organizations and businesses including charities, non-profits, co-ops and for-profit social enterprises. The program can provide $10,000 to $100,000 in non-repayable capital to design, plan, measure, and scale social enterprises in order to get ready to accept investment.

“There are so many inspiring community leaders in both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations looking to make a difference in new and innovative ways,” says Stephanie Clark, Interim CEO of CFNS. “We are excited to be a part of this initiative and are looking forward to seeing the IRP help successful applicants grow their impact even more.”

The Investment Readiness Program will help social enterprises across Canada grow, and build their capacity to accept investment, and participate in Canada’s growing social finance market.

“Business isn’t just about the bottom line. It can be a source for good and a catalyst for social and environmental change in communities across Canada. We are honoured to support social enterprises across Canada in building a better world,” says Andrew Chunilall, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada, a national partner in the Investment Readiness Program.

Applications for the IRP, of which CFNS is a regional partner, should be submitted by February 10th through the program’s website CFNS will open additional application periods in 2020.


Click here for more information on the IRP.

Strait Region Launches 2019 Vital Signs Report

Submitted by cfnseditor on Wed, 05/22/2019 - 23:25

Strait Region 2019 Vital SIgns Report Cover

The Strait Region Vital Signs® report was developed to foster community awareness, engage readers in strengthening supportive conversations, and inspire actions that ensure all children, youth, and families can access the vital resources they need to not only survive but thrive in our communities.

View the full report here

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RBC Future Launch Community Challenge

Submitted by cfnseditor on Sat, 04/21/2018 - 18:34

RBC Future Launch Community Challenge

RBC Future Challenge

Today’s problems need more than yesterday’s solutions. We need bold new thinking to help meet the challenges of the future. The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is a call to action for youth, and an opportunity to bring young leaders to the decision-making table as we build strong and vibrant communities for the future. Community Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to host the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, and to make up to $15,000 available to youth-led projects in Glace Bay, Lunenburg County and Yarmouth that will respond to one central question:

What is your boldest idea to respond to an urgent local need?

By applying for a grant and bringing a local project to life, youth will have opportunities to lead, learn new skills, gain experience, and build relationships in their local communities — all things that will help them prepare for the future of work.

This Community Challenge goes far beyond these communities, participating community foundations will make grants and learning opportunities available to youth-led initiatives in 150 communities from coast to coast to coast.

Thank you to all those who submitted applications. Successful applicants will be notified in early November 2019, so stay tuned!

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is made possible thanks to support from the RBC Foundation, and is part of RBC Future Launch, a commitment to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow.

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