Awarded Grants

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Arts in Action Society

Groundswell Grow

Currently, we are working with our alumni and community partners to plan and design Groundswell Grow. We will launch Groundswell Grow with a weekly marketplace on Granville Island in summer 2017. It will provide living inspiration for how to do business that benefits community, and give young ventures access to market, real estate, and an extended community support network. Advanced programs will include mentoring and market stand training, and support services for the early stage social venture community with the help of our community partners. As successful young entrepreneurs “graduate” out of the marketplace incubator stage they will populate the city with social businesses that work for communities and become mentors for new Groundswell Grow participants. The ecosystem will expand to include other local, young, social ventures who get access to the marketplace and a supportive network of training, mentoring and venture services. The marketplace setting will increase opportunities for public outreach and education around community based ventures and social entrepreneurship. This model will change the flow of resources through the business system: more small scale, unlikely entrepreneurs will have the knowledge and access to financial and social support to be able to create successful social ventures that provide them with meaningful employment. And, more businesses will exist that add social and environmental value to communities, not just monetary value.

Frontier College

Community Literacy Catalyst in Pacheedaht First Nation

Frontier College’s CLC program builds local capacity and provides innovative, year-round literacy support that is 1) responsive to local needs, and 2) integrated within existing programs and services. Frontier College hires a local community member (the CLC) to work closely with an existing Frontier College staff member, who provides training and mentorship. Together, staff conduct an initial needs assessment among community stakeholders to determine priorities and opportunities strengthened literacy skills. The CLC then works with community members to design and run a series of pilot activities that respond to local culture, heritage, and community conditions. Gradually, Frontier College shifts from on-site training and mentorship to remote support and advice, as the community takes ownership of programming. Frontier College works in collaboration with host communities – we go where we are needed, and where we are invited. The CLC program represents a new approach to a social and educational system in which Indigenous rights, knowledge, language, and culture are at the centre of community-driven education initiatives. Furthermore, the CLC program significantly enhances a host community’s resource capacity.

Potluck Cafe Society


Our aim is to create a diversity of income-generating opportunities that fit the diverse needs of residents of the DTES. We want to build an innovative framework that recognizes employment-related skills and qualities that residents of the DTES have gained through unconventional paths that don’t usually get highlighted on a typical resume. We hope to assist individuals who want to move along the employment continuum and meet them where they’re at. For the next phase, we want to test our badging framework with external agencies and build capacity within the system to facilitate greater mobility for individuals who are advancing along the income generation continuum. Through our initial testing, we saw that recognizing individuals with badges for their earned achievements often empowers them with greater self-efficacy and inspires them to aim higher. We’ve also seen that smaller, task-based work opportunities get them more acquainted with employer-employee relationships and increases their confidence in their own ability to re-enter the workforce. At the core of this social innovation is a desire to realign resource flow around knowledge (training) and money (income). We see a ripple effect for basic routines, policies and beliefs that are preventing the widespread adoption of Social Hiring. Our goal is to recognize and champion the strengths and abilities of our program participants, and support the creation of a more inclusive, accessible and resilient local economy.