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FREE Online information sessions on the IRP

Free Online Information Session for IRP


Regional partners, WindsorEssex Community Foundation and Community Foundation Grey Bruce, are spreading the word about the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) across Southwestern Ontario.  The IRP through Community Foundations of Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, will help social enterprises across the country grow, and build their capacity to accept investment, and participate in Canada’s growing social finance market. The IRP is open to a diverse range of organizations and businesses including charities, non-profits, co-ops, and social enterprises. The program can provide $10,000 to $75,000 to launch, grow, or scale social enterprises to get ready to accept investment. Applications are currently open – visit  to apply. The deadline to apply is November 22, 2022.

Two online information sessions hosted by the Community Foundation Grey Bruce with Elly Green, a social enterprise developer, will be offered on October 27 and November 16 from 4 to 5:30 pm. Applicants from across Southwestern Ontario that are interested in learning more about the IRP should register to attend both sessions.

Session 1 on October 27 will provide introduction to social enterprise and the Sustainable Development Goals, providing key terms and concepts for potential applicants, and an overview of the IRP Program, including eligibility and guidelines.

Session 2 will discuss how to write a great application. We will share successful past projects from IRP previous, and we will open it up for Q & A.

Register today to learn more and ask questions about social enterprises!

Elly Green ( is a social enterprise developer with over 20 years of project-based work experience supporting non-profits and emerging organizations pursuing innovation, social enterprise and impact-driven work.  Elly facilitated the partnership between Georgian College (Social Enterprise Network Central Ontario) and the Community Foundation Grey Bruce for the first round of the IRP and will share insights gained throughout the roll out of this program within the region of Central Ontario.


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