United Way and Peel Region grants support social purpose enterprise

July 20, 2010

MISSISSAUGA — Registered Charities in Peel are invited to apply for grants up to $10,000 to explore the possibility of starting a social purpose enterprise (SPE). Social Purpose Enterprise Technical Assistance grants totalling $50,000 are jointly offered by United Way and the Region of Peel. The grant is designed to support social purpose enterprise development from idea exploration, preparation and development to project launch and growth. Organizations are encouraged to attend an information session on August 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at United Way, 5170 Dixie Road, Suite 300, Mississauga.

“Social Purpose Enterprises are income-generating businesses that also support a social mission,” explains United Way CEO Shelley White. “SPEs provide individuals outside the traditional workforce with employment and job training, as well as an opportunity to earn income, improve their housing, enhance life skills and self-esteem, and create better connections to their community.”

United Way launched its Social Purpose Enterprise initiative in 2007 as part of its poverty reduction strategy. The grants aim to help organizations identify potential business activities, conduct market research, assess organizational readiness and undertake business planning activities. Previous SPE technical grant recipients include a catering company that would provide job training and income for domestic abuse survivors, an eco-friendly e-waste management service that would train and employ seniors and youth, and a program that engages youth in producing and marketing original artwork.

“Successful social purpose enterprises assist in reducing poverty and help build more inclusive and healthy communities for everyone,” says Anita Stellinga, United Way’s Director of Community Investment.

The application deadline for the Social Purpose Enterprise Technical Grants is October 8, 2010 at 4 p.m.

To RSVP by July 28 for the information session, or for more information about this funding opportunity and how to receive an application, please contact Lorna Dixon, Senior Manager, United Way Community Investment, at 905-602-3621 or

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