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Black Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Fund - Call for concepts application (Canada)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted December 9, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on December 20, 2020
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The Government of Canada is working closely with Black business owners and Black-led organizations across Canada to ensure the new BEP reflects the realities and needs of Black Canadians.

The program builds on the Government’s work to address systemic racism against Black Canadians. This includes taking steps to advance Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy, justice reforms, modern policing structures and standards, and enhanced local community supports for young Black Canadians.

The goal of the Ecosystem Fund is to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem for Black entrepreneurs and business owners across Canada. It will allow not-for-profit Black-led organizations to develop new services or expand those they already offer such as mentorship, networking, financial planning, and business training for Black entrepreneurs.

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Eligible activities under the Ecosystem Fund address a gap and/or build capacity in the entrepreneurship ecosystem for Black Canadians, and can include one or more of the following:
1) Networking, matchmaking, and mentorship opportunities;
2) Incubator and accelerator programs;
3) Business advisory services to help entrepreneurs develop business plans, access capital, etc.;
4) Efforts to scale up programs that support Black entrepreneurs across regions and on a national basis; and
5) Other activities that will support the objectives of the Ecosystem Fund (such as financial skills – credit, business, loan management, digital literacy, etc.).

Only not-for-profit, Black-led organizations can submit an application. These organizations may apply independently or decide to partner to deliver project activities.

National projects must request a minimum grant of $250,000 for the duration of the project.

Applications should be submitted through the Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) portal by December 21, 2020 at 14:00 PST.
Late submissions will not be considered.

All applications will be reviewed after the deadline. Your application must include all of the required information to be considered in the next stage of the selection process.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Dec 09, 2020
Dec 09, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write (baby steps...) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Don't forget to visit regularly the World Pulse website and:
a) Go to Menu (left upper corner);
b) Click on Explore Topics OR Explore Regions;
c) Type the name of your country in the Search space;
d) Then search for offers that may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Dec 11, 2020
Dec 11, 2020

This is a great initiative. Thanks for sharing, Ana.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Dec 11, 2020
Dec 11, 2020


Tamarack Verrall
Dec 11, 2020
Dec 11, 2020

Thanks Ana,
I'll forward this to some leaders in Canada.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Dec 11, 2020
Dec 11, 2020

Welcome! Glad to know.