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Systems Change Grants
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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. They can be submitted online anytime, and decisions are made by the end of every quarter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applications can be submitted online at any time throughout the year. Decisions on Develop Grants are made by the end of every quarter.
2020 Key Dates for Develop and Convene Grant Applicants
If you submit your grant application between:
You will know if your application has been approved on:
Test and Scale Grants
- January 2, 2020: Stage 1 Application process opens online
- January 27, 2020: Deadline to complete the Stage 1 online application process
- March 13, 2020: Decisions about Stage 1 Applications communicated via email
- April 5, 2020: Deadline to complete the Stage 2 online application process (by invitation only)
- June 26, 2020: 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 Begin a PAR grant
- How to Add Collaborators
- How to Add Project Contacts and Verify Organizational Details
- How to Complete the Project Details Section
- How to Add and Remove Research Team Members (PAR grants only)
- How to Enter a Project Budget
- How to Validate and Submit Your Application
Vancouver Foundation hosts community workshops throughout the year to support Systems Change Grants applicants. Dates for upcoming workshops will appear here, once they're scheduled.
Our team is here to help. We can consult with you on your idea before you apply, support you during the application process, and provide opportunities for you to share your work and to learn from others.
Niveria Oliveira, Grant Manager
Mike Conroy, Grant Manager
Schedule a consultation with Niveria or Mike to talk about systems change, to think through your project design, to find out more about learning opportunities, to build partnerships, to arrange a workshop in your community, or if you need support with your current grant.
Contact Kristina or Stephanie for information about the application process, or to discuss the priorities and policies of our Systems Change Grants program.
Hayleigh Chafe, Grant Administrator
Contact Hayleigh if you have general questions about our granting programs and funding priorities, if you have questions about or need help with our online application system, or if you are a current grantee and have general questions regarding payments and reporting requirements.