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Innoweave Implementation Grant Applications Now Open

Innoweave is pleased to announce the second wave of Innoweave Implementation Grants. These grants will help organizations access coaching to implement Cloud Computing, Developmental Evaluation, Social Enterprise, and Social Finance tools and approaches in their organizations.

Organizations that have participated in an Innoweave workshop are invited to apply directly by clicking here and creating a new Innoweave Application. As part of the application, you will be asked to submit a 2-3 page project plan as part of online application process. Project plan templates for each of the four modules listed above can be found here.

We encourage organizations to first connect with a coach they might like to work with, and develop this plan in consultation with that coach. Links to lists of coaches by module can be found here. Full applications for this round are due on January 6, 2014.

If your organization has not gone through a workshop but you have a good sense of the project you’d like to complete and how you will get there, you are invited to complete an expression of interest form by November 29th. Expression of interest applicants may be asked to move forward to the grant application stage, and submit a full application by January 6th.

Additionally, applications for a grant to participate in the fourth cohort of our Impact and Strategic Clarity Module, a five-month process which will begin in early 2014, are also now open. To apply, visit innoweave.fluidreview.com, create a new Innoweave Application and select Module: Impact and Strategic Clarity. This cohort will be led by our Certified Innoweave Impact Coaches.

More information about the grant process can be found on our Grant FAQ page. If you have any additional questions, please contact info@innoweave.ca.

New Innoweave Webinars: Developmental Evaluation, Scaling Impact, and Cloud Computing

If you organization is in interested in exploring new tools and approaches to enhance your impact, you may be interested in an upcoming Innoweave webinar on Cloud Computing, Developmental Evaluation, or Scaling Impact. Each session will provide a basic overview of the topic and examples of how it being used.

“The Innoweave Social Enterprise webinar really helped us understand the fundamentals of Social Enterprise and prepared us to work through some of the specific elements of our ideas.” says Alanna Scott, of Environmental Defence who attended a recent Innoweave webinar with her team. “We are excited to continue our work by attending an Innoweave workshop and look forward to exploring how certification and product sales can bring in revenue while also furthering our environmental campaign goals.”

Following the webinars, interested organizations may wish to attend an Innoweave workshop to help them developed a plan to implement. Workshops are currently planned for:

  • Developmental Evaluation Workshops are planned for November and December (in English), and for February (in French)
  • Cloud Computing Workshops are planned for April
  • Scaling Impact Workshops will be planned for February and April

Workshop details can be found here. Teams that attend a workshop will be eligible to apply for an Innoweave Implementation Grant to hire a coach and implement their project plan. More information about the grant process can be found here.

Webinar Details:

Click on any of the following links to access registration for our upcoming webinars:

These webinars will be recorded and made available to view on innoweave.ca. To access previously recorded webinars click on the following links for Introduction to Social Enterprise, Introduction to Collective Impact, or webinars on specific Cloud Computing Tools.

Innoweave Fall Update

Innoweave continues to convene leadership teams in workshops, webinars and other events. In September, Innoweave hosted two workshops:

Teams at the first Collective Impact Workshop in Toronto delved into the challenge of identifying potential partners, creating engagement strategies, and building a common agenda. Over the course of the day, each team completed a series of exercises designed to help them develop their collective impact initiative more fully.

“Our team was well versed in the area of Collective Impact but we attended the conference hoping to get the “PhD” version of Collective Impact which is exactly what we received!” said Amy Palmer of Lenawee United Way, whose teams is looking to improve food distribution in their county. “The workshop provided us with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources we needed to start moving the needle on issues in our community.”

Innoweave teams and coaches in the second wave of the Impact and Strategic Clarity module have also been busy putting the final touches on their Theories of Change, with most teams coming to the end of their 6-month facilitated coaching process. On September 25th, Innoweave held a wrap up event in Montreal with a few of these organizations from Montreal and Ottawa areas. Santropol Roulant hosted the event, which provided an opportunity for Communautique, YOUCAN Youth Services and Wapikoni Mobile to share their theories of change. A special thanks to Innoweave Coaches Lara Evoy and Stephanie Garrow for organizing this, and to Sally Fazal, for making the trip in to share her experience and celebrate with the other teams.

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Innoweave Impact Strategic Clarity Coaches and teams at Santropol Roulant on September 25th. (Photo credit: Kim Auclair)

Finally, Innoweave is increasing its webinars. On September 13th, over 250 organizations participated in the Introduction to Social Enterprise webinar, offered in English by David LePage of ENP and in French by Luc Morin and Éthel Côté of the Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario and CCRC. The Social Enterprise webinars were recorded and are now online and available for viewing here. On September 26th, Innoweave, Grantbook and Social Innovation Generation (SiG) partnered to offer the final Cloud Computing webinar, the third in a series of three webinars now available for viewing here. Future webinars are planned on Collective Impact, Developmental Evaluation, and Scaling Impact. Details are available here.