January 2021: SoCent Funding & Resources

Valley First Community Endowment Projects that enhance the resourcefulness and resiliency of individuals in the Okanagan, Thompson and Similkameen regions. This focus can support programming that improves people’s capacity and ability to care for themselves…

December 2020: SoCent Funding & Resources

Kelowna Active Living & Culture Grants This program aims to provide assistance to non-profit sport, event, social service and cultural organizations for the purpose of undertaking activities or initiatives which develop the organization’s capacity and…

November 2020: SoCent Funding & Resources

Update: The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant no longer requires that the business be registered for PST.   Kelowna Active Living & Culture Grants This program aims to provide assistance to non-profit sport, event, social…

October 2020: SoCent Funding & Resources

LEVEL BIPOC Grants Flexible, general operating grants of $50,000 for BIPOC-led organizations in BC to support their work in racial equity and racial justice. Who Should Apply These grants are for BIPOC-led organizations based in…

Kamloops Responds to Disruption with Social Enterprise

Periods of disruption can bring clarity for many organizations; helping them focus priorities and realign activities with their mission. In Kamloops, four social enterprises are responding to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing…

Globalization and the Emergence of Local Social Enterprise

As the pandemic continues to destabilize communities around the world, the importance of local social enterprise models is emerging. The Naramata Centre and Purppl hosted an interactive discussion about the topic and participants came together…

United Way and local partners announce Sustainable Recovery Grant recipients

July 13, 2020 – United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC) announced today the recipients of a new grant stream designed to address the emerging and sustainability needs of charities dealing with COVID-19. United Way partnered with Interior Savings Credit Union, the Community…

Independence only a call away – Okanagan Charity pivots to open social enterprise despite pandemic

The Need Building on the need for vitamin D for the human race, CRIS Adaptive is going ahead with its launch of its Adaptive Rental social enterprise.  In partnership with RDCO, Adaptive Rentals is taking…

Survey: (re)Building a Regenerative Economy

To our fellow social enterprises, social purpose organizations, and social businesses, Purppl has launched a survey to understand the current state of organizations who are participating in the social enterprise and social innovation movement. As…

Kelowna: Dragon’s Den is Looking for Social Entrepreneurs

Investing in Social Entrepreneurs Great news! Dragon’s Den is looking to invest in more social entrepreneurs and wants you to pitch at their event on Thursday. It’s a fantastic opportunity to earn national attention and…

Social Enterprises Featured at ChangeUP Ask For Help

Thank you to everyone who came out on Wednesday to support our six finalists and the social enterprise movement. We are so proud of the talented and passionate social entrepreneurs who bravely took the stage…

Seven Social Enterprises Join Acceleration Program

Seven social enterprises in the BC Interior have joined Purppl’s Scale Up acceleration program. This highly customized program pairs experienced entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIRs) with the social enterprise leadership teams to help accelerate their success. Typically Purppl…