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Systems Change Grants
[Update: September 21, 2020]
Earlier this year, we began a project to better understand systems change grantmaking and re-imagine ways to recognize and shift the power imbalances within it. The pandemic and the groundswell of the anti-racism movement has only amplified the urgency of dismantling oppressive structures and building just, equitable systems.
As part of this work, we are using this upcoming cycle to begin to explore how we can increase access to equity-denied groups who have faced barriers and challenges in accessing our Systems Change grantmaking program. This includes testing a handful of revisions to our Develop grant and Test and Scale (Stage 1) grants all with the aim to simplify. For full details on the changes, please see the Systems Change grant addendum.
As we move forward, we will be seeking out more feedback and sharing our findings. To sign up for email updates, click here.
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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.
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. 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. 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.
To help you understand if your organization and project meet our eligibility criteria, we’ve developed a quick and easy online quiz.
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. Also familiarize yourself with the Systems Change Grant Addendum as a number of application questions outlined in the Guidelines have been revised.
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.
Note that applications close at 11:59pm PDT on the due date. Staff are available 8:30am - 4:30pm on weekdays to offer technical and other assistance.
- September 21 to October 16, 2020: Submit your application online
- November 30, 2020: Decisions about application communicated via email
Test and Scale Grants
- September 21, 2020: Stage 1 online application process opens
- October 16, 2020: Deadline to complete the Stage 1 online application process
- December 10, 2020: Decisions about Stage 1 Applications communicated via email
- January 24, 2021: Deadline to complete the Stage 2 online application process (by invitation only)
- April 9, 2021: Decisions on Test and Scale Grants communicated via email
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Detailed instructions on how to use the online application system.
- How to Create a User Account
- How to Begin a Systems Change Grant
- How to Add Collaborators
- How to Add Project Contacts and Verify Organizational Details
- How to Complete the Project Details Section
- How to Enter a Project Budget
- How to Validate and Submit Your Application
To talk about systems change or your project design, find out more about learning opportunities, build partnerships, arrange a workshop in your community, or if you need support with your current grant, please schedule a consultation via Calendly with:
For information about the application process or to discuss the priorities and policies of our Systems Change Grants program, please contact:
- Kristina Chan, Grant Coordinator
- Stephanie Falcon, Grant Coordinator
- Jill St. James, Grant Coordinator
if you have general questions about our granting programs and funding priorities, need help with our online application system, or if you are a current grantee and have general questions regarding payments and reporting requirements, please contact: