About the Fund
The Community Innovation Fund (CIF) is helping Quebec’s English-speaking communities put social innovation in action by supporting 10 innovative projects that address the needs and priorities of vulnerable English-speaking youth, seniors and newcomers.
Funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Children and Families Component, and managed by the Quebec Community Groups Network, the fund is investing more than $1 million in social initiatives while building partnerships to increase funds that are injected into our communities.
Community Innovation Fund Projects
The Community Innovation Fund (CIF) Governance Committee provides strategic guidance, oversight and input for the development, implementation and evaluation of all aspects of CIF.
Governance committee members are not responsible for the selection of projects for the CIF. This task will be carried out by an independent selection committee of individuals who are not affiliated with any eligible community organizations.
Members of the CIF Governance Committee:
Social Enterprises Activities – Resources
There exist many resources for groups interested in creating a social enterprise. Social enterprise offers a range of possibilities for combining for-profit and non-profit goals, as well as the possibility of pursuing philanthropic ends without relying on the traditional means of financing charitable ventures: government grants and private donations.
The Social Economy in Quebec
The social economy in Quebec presents lessons and challenges for internationalizing co-operation. This paper, authored by a leading authority on the subject, Marguerite Mendell, provides an overview of the contemporary social economy in Quebec, its many achievements and results in terms of job creation and the promotion of collective enterprise.
Definitions of the Social Economy and its many components
Social financing, cooperatives, social enterprises, collective impact. The field of social economy has many components. A glossary on the subject, including associated websites may be a useful introduction to the subject.
Federal Government Social Finance Strategy
The Government of Canada has developed a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy for Canada. As part of the process it consulted the English-speaking community of Quebec. The QCGN submitted a written brief and many community members participated in a live online discussion.
Note there are 2 documents
- Consultation document from the government
- Brief from QCGN
Maximizing your Annual Report
Most organizations complete annual reports, so why not create the greatest impact for stakeholders with this important document! The Community Innovation Fund held a webinar on this subject for the English-speaking community. It highlighted do’s and don’ts, as well as advice on content, format and design.