Funding and Resources for Social Enterprise - Purppl - Valley FirstValley 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 and their families; learn new skills and become resilient in the face of change and challenge and to become resourceful and self-sufficient.

Who Should Apply

  • Registered charities in the communities in which Valley First operates. (Currently: Penticton, Kelowna, Kamloops, Armstrong, Keremeos, Lumby, Oliver, Princeton, Vernon and West Kelowna)

Maximum Amount: $10,000

Deadline: January 15, 2021

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Telus Grants - Funding Resource for Social Enterprise - PurpplTelus Friendly Future Foundation

Due to the global pandemic, funding will be focused on critically important community-based health programs, including mental health and well-being programs, supporting at-risk populations.

Who Should Apply

  • Organizations must have charitable status and be registered by the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Organizations who have a local focus and operate in a TELUS Community Board region
  • Single-year programs should focus on public health and technology

Maximum Amount: $20,000


  • Thompson Okanagan – January 17, April 24, September 11
  • Vancouver – January 31, May 1, July 31, September 30

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Funding and Resources for Social Enterprise - Purppl - Canada Summer JobsCanada Summer Jobs

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. Funded employers are not restricted to hiring students — all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants.

Who Should Apply

  • Employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees

Maximum Amount: Wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 75% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage

Deadline: January 29, 2021

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Funding and Resources for Social Enterprise - Purppl - Shuswap Community FoundationShuswap Project Grants

Supports initiatives in a broad range of fields: education, sports and fitness, arts and culture, healthcare, the environment – just to name a few.

Who Should Apply

  • Are determined as charitable under CRA rules, public entities or other charitable, educational or cultural organizations.
  • Provide programs and services within the Shuswap.

Maximum Amount: None provided

Deadline: January 31, 2021

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Okanagan Water Basin - Grants and Funding for Social Enterprise - PurpplOkanagan Water Basin Annual Grant Program

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is now accepting applications to its Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) grant program. Grants support projects that enhance water quality and conserve water quantity in the Okanagan.

Who Should Apply

Okanagan local governments and First Nations, irrigation districts and non-profit organizations.

Maximum Amount: $3,000 to $30,000

Deadline: February 26, 2021

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Funding and Resources for Social Enterprise - purppl - Osoyoos Credit UnionOsoyoos Community Giving Fund

Supports local non-profit organizations and community groups with projects and initiatives that contribute to economic revitalization and improved quality of life, while breaking down barriers in order to help families achieve economic success and enhanced quality of life.

Who Should Apply

Non-profit organizations and community groups with projects benefitting Osoyoos, Rock Creek, and Oliver

Maximum Amount: Not provided

Deadline: March 31, 2021

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Kelowna Consulting Grant - Social Enterprise - PurpplKelowna 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 sustainability.

Who Should Apply

Kelowna-based, established, non-profit society or a registered charity with a sport, event, social service or cultural mandate.

Maximum Amount: Funding can be used to cover 100% of the consulting or tuition/registration costs, to a maximum of $5,000.

Deadline: Open in-take

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Resources and funding for social enterprises october 2020Canada United Small Business Relief Fund

Costs resulting from adjusting operations to meet COVID-19 safety guidelines.

  • Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Renovation of space to adhere to re-opening guidelines
  • Enhancement of website/ developing E-commerce capability

Who Should Apply

For Profits or Nonprofits with annual sales of $150,000-$3,000,000 and fewer than 75 employees. Registered Charities are not eligible to apply.

Granting Period: Applies to costs incurred after March 15, 2020.

Maximum Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Not provided

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Venture Canada - Funding for Social Enterprise - PurpplVenture Internship Program

Internships for post-secondary students across Canada. Dynamic, aspirational young people find their way to the Venture for Canada community. We select the ones with the character traits Canadian startups and SMEs say they need and we train them to stick a landing.

  • 75% subsidy
  • Each funding round can cover up to 20 weeks of employment
  • Employers can participate in multiple semesters, and even hire the same eligible student for up to two consecutive semesters

Who Should Apply

  • < 500 employees
  • Any industry, offering an entrepreneurial role
  • Located in BC, AB, MB, SK, NB, NS, PEI or NL

Maximum Amount: Up to $2,800

Deadline: Not provided.

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