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Systems Change Grants

Grants to British Columbia Charities and Qualified Donees
for Vital Social, Cultural, and Environmental Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Vancouver Foundation

LOI Date:

07/22/19

Deadline Date:

09/30/19 - For Test Grants and Scale Grants. Develop Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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Grants to British Columbia charities and qualified donees for projects addressing the root causes of environmental, cultural, and social issues throughout the province. A letter of intent is required for some grants prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to generate ideas and a project plan, to test, and to expand projects for system-wide change within organizations, populations, and institutions that will ultimately benefit local communities.

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

1. Develop Grants

Develop grants are short-term grants to:
- Allow teams to generate ideas, and to test those ideas with key stakeholders.
- Support teams who have an idea of what might need to be done to address a pressing issue, but do not have a project plan in place yet. Allow teams to gather information, meet with key stakeholders to learn more about the system and issue, and begin to form a project plan.
- Support the capacity of an existing or expanding project team. If the project team has not yet fully formed, then the grant application must include the steps that will be taken to form a complete and appropriate team.
- Prepare applicants to apply for a Test grant or other funding in the future.

At the end of a Develop grant, teams are expected to have a) identified behaviors that are holding a complex issue in place, and b) created a project plan to try to influence that issue at a systems level.

2. Test Grants

Test grants are multi-year grants to help project teams test their influence on systems and to learn what leads to change. Test grants:
- Support teams that have a clear project plan: timelines, activities, budget, partnerships, and evaluation that reflect the team’s understanding of how they will try to influence the behaviours at the root of the complex issue.
- Recognize and respect the emergent nature of systems change work: a team’s increased learning and understanding about new and unexpected opportunities or barriers once the work begins will likely lead to changes to the plan throughout the life of the grant.
- Encourage collaboration with other teams or sectors working towards the same outcomes.
- May help generate the evidence needed to approach sources of longer-term funding, if the initiative is meant to be ongoing.
- Are intended to promote reflection about processes and outcomes that can be used to expand the influence of the project in the future through a Scale grant.

3. Scale Grants

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:
- Support teams to implement their project in new locations or to new populations (scale out), in higher levels of a system (scale up), or to embed the work more firmly within the original system or institution (scale deep).
- Support scaling projects that have been proven to influence change at a specific systemic level, and that this change is now meaningful at a different level.
- Recognize and respect the emergent nature of scaling work: a team’s increased learning and understanding about new and unexpected opportunities or barriers once the work begins will likely lead to changes to the plan throughout the life of the grant.
- Encourage collaboration with other teams or sectors working towards the same outcomes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186102

Estimated Size of Grant:

Develop Grants: Maximum funding: Up to $10,000 for process, plus up to an additional $10,000 for participation
Test Grants and Scale Grants: Up to $100,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Develop Grants: Up to 1 year
Test Grants and Scale Grants: Up to three years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All grants:
The organization acting as the primary applicant must be a qualified donee listed by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Systems Change Grants don’t fund:
- Projects that focus exclusively on providing services or programs to a group or community, without also aiming to influence change at a systems level (e.g., community kitchens, peer navigators/mentorships)
- Projects that take place primarily outside of BC
- An organization’s core operational expenses (including its cost to fundraise), unless the systems change work is its core operations
- Project expenses that have been incurred prior to the application date or that the Foundation feels should be covered by other funding sources
- Event sponsorships (unless part of a broader systems change project)
- Bridge funding, debt retirement, reserves, or mortgage pay-downs
- Endowment matching grants
- Direct religious purposes
- Capital and public infrastructure projects (e.g. libraries, schools, health care facilities)
- Travel to and/or attendance at conferences, competitions, symposia or annual events (unless part of a broader systems change project)
- Bursaries, scholarships, and awards (unless part of a broader systems change project)

For a complete list of charities and qualified donees:
https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/charities-giving/list-charities/list-charities-other-qualified-donees.html

Pre-proposal Conference:

All Grants: Staff hold workshops across British Columbia that you can attend, and they’re also available for one-to-one consultations to discuss your ideas and to help you think about how best to develop your project proposal. Contact staff for more information.

Pre-Application Information:

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

For Test Grants 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

It usually takes us about five months from the Stage One project overview submission deadline to process applications through both stages.

Test grants: require matching funds of 25% from other sources.
Scale grants: require matching funds of 50% from other sources.

All grants: Grant Managers are available to help you think through your proposal. You can contact them to talk through your idea, to help understand how your project might fit within the different grant types, or to arrange for them to meet with your project team.

Eligibility quiz for all grants: https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/grants/systems-change-grants/eligibility-quiz

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All grants:

Online application:
https://vf.smartsimple.ca/s_Login.jsp

If you have any questions about the application process, please call one of the Grant Managers at 604.688.2204.

To talk about systems change or project design, arrange a workshop, or request support with a current grant, schedule a consultation with:
- Niveria Oliveira​, Grant Manager: https://calendly.com/niveria-oliveira
- Mike Conroy, Grant Manager: https://calendly.com/mike-conroy

For information about the application process, or to discuss the priorities and policies of the Systems Change Grants program, contact:
- Stephanie Falcon, Grant Coordinator: https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/email/node/1206/field_email_new?destination=/our-work/people
- Kristina Chan, Grant Coordinator: https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/email/node/90316/field_email_new?destination=/our-work/people

For general grant-related questions or assistance with the online application system, contact:
- Hayleigh Chafe, Grant Administrator: https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/email/node/90355/field_email_new?destination=/our-work/people

Vancouver Foundation
Suite 200, 475 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC Canada V6B 4M9

Tel: 604-688-2204
Fax: 604-688-4170
E-mail: info@vancouverfoundation.ca

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia