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Systems Change Grants

Grants for charities and other qualified donees with projects that take action to address the root causes of pressing social, environmental or cultural issues in BC.
Develop Grants Open: Year-Round
Test and Scale Grants Open: July 2, 2019

Systems Change Grants: Overview

 

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Systems Change Grants support projects that take action to address the root causes of pressing social, environmental or cultural issues by influencing the behaviours of populations, organizations, and institutions.

What does this mean? Systems thinking takes a step back and looks at the bigger picture. Systems change projects tackle the root causes of issues by disrupting the ways that systems work – sometimes this means challenging the way things have worked for generations. We also support work that benefits communities and populations as a whole. Why? Because we believe that this helps contribute to meaningful and lasting change.

Systems Change Grants fund charitable projects in and across any sector. In addition, some of our funding is to specific sectors: social services, children and youth services, health, vocational or technical training, education, arts and culture, environment, and animal welfare. But no matter the issue area, systems change projects must be led by a registered charity or other qualified donee listed by Canada Revenue Agency.

Are you working on a pressing social, environmental, or cultural issue affecting communities in BC? If so, then we’d love to receive your proposal.

Types of Grants

There are three different grant types available, depending upon the stage of your project.

1. Develop grants (up to $20,000, for up to one year)

Develop grants are short-term grants to help teams to unpack a complex issue and to identify the systemic behaviours that have created that issue, or that are holding the issue in place. Develop grants help teams to generate ideas for a project plan to influence or change these behaviours that can then be submitted to funders in the future. They offer up to $10,000 towards the project's process, and up to an additional $10,000 to support community's participation in the process. Develop grants are a one-stage application, can be submitted online anytime, and decisions are made by the end of the following month.

2. Test grants (up to $100,000 per year, for up to three years)

Test grants are multi-year grants to help project teams test their influence on systems and to learn what leads to change. You can apply for a Test grant online during either the spring or fall granting call, and decisions are made by the beginning of June or December. Test grants are a two-stage application. Applicants begin their application by completing the first stage of questions, and if successful, are then invited to complete the remaining questions.

3. Scale grants (up to $100,000 per year, for up to three years)

Scale grants are multi-year grants to help project teams extend the influence of an existing systems change project to a different scale within the system. You can apply for a Scale grant online during either the spring or fall granting call, and decisions are made by the mid-June or mid-December. Scale grants are a two-stage application. Applicants begin their application by completing the first stage of questions, and if successful, are then invited to complete the remaining questions.

Eligibility quiz

To help you understand if your organization and project meet our eligibility criteria, we’ve developed a quick and easy online quiz. 

Take the eligibility quiz now.

Guidelines

Our Systems Change Grants Guidelines are designed to give you the information you need to apply. The guidelines provide an overview of the program, eligibility criteria, an introduction to systems change and social innovation, practical questions to help you think about your project, and tips for making a successful grant application.

In addition, our guidelines include step-by-step application instructions, including every question you will be asked throughout the online application process.

Download Guidelines and get started today.

Key dates

We appreciate your need to plan your time in advance to work on new proposals. The following key dates are updated throughout the year, so please check here regularly for updates on our granting cycle.

Develop Grants

Applications can be submitted online at any time throughout the year. Decisions on Develop Grants are made by the end of the following month that they were submitted. 

Test and Scale Grants

Spring Cycle
January 2, 2019: Stage 1 Application process opens online
January 25, 2019: Deadline to complete the Stage 1 online application process
March 15, 2019: Decisions about Stage 1 Applications communicated via email
April 11, 2019: Deadline to complete the Stage 2 online application process (by invitation only)
June 14, 2019: Decisions on Test and Scale Grants communicated via email
 
Fall Cycle
July 2, 2019: Stage 1 Application process opens online
July 22, 2019: Deadline to complete the Stage 1 online application process
September 6, 2019: Decisions about Stage 1 Applications communicated via email
September 30, 2019: Deadline to complete the Stage 2 online application process (by invitation only)
December 9, 2019: Decisions on Test and Scale Grants communicated via email
 

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How to Videos

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