Social R&D Demonstration Fund

November 26, 2019

Expressions of interest are being accepted until January 5

Many charities and non-profits recognize that “business as usual” will not be sufficient in addressing complex social and environmental challenges. The systems we work in are changing quickly and it is important to have space and time to learn, reflect and test new kinds of practice that might lead to better social and environmental outcomes. To adapt to change and advance new approaches, we need to experiment in order to learn: testing new ideas on the ground, gathering or generating new evidence of what works and what does not, and sharing these results transparently and creatively so that promising approaches can be further developed and scaled.

In 2020, we will be offering grants designed to support Research and Development (R & D) activities in charities and non-profits, and to cultivate a culture of innovation by rewarding bold and rigorous experimentation. Along the way, individuals and organizations will develop new skills, create partnerships with unlikely allies, and strengthen capacity.

Innoweave is administering this granting opportunity as part of McConnell’s work on the Social R&D Ecosystem Mobilization Initiative, part of Employment and Social Development Canada’s Investment Readiness Program (IRP).

Available supports include grants (directly to successful applicants) and coaching.

Grants are being offered on two scales. Click the links below to see expression of interest information and forms:

  • Up to $25,000 in grant support
  • Up to $100,000 in grant support (with a required $25,000 match)

To learn more, join our info session on December 12th, 1 pm ET.  Expressions of Interest for grants are due by January 5th.

Social R&D Coaches Needed!

Are you a consultant, leader or coach working in the Social R&D or innovation field? We are looking for coaches to accompany innovative organizations and offer design or process expertise, space for reflection, ‘critical friendship’ or feedback, or a discrete piece of research into their process. Learn more here.