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The 50 – 30 Challenge Ecosystem Fund

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Call for Applications for The 50 – 30 Challenge Ecosystem Funding is now closed. The application form was available from June 7, 2021 to July 19, 2021.

The Ecosystem Partners are responsible for helping participants meet the Challenge objectives by linking them to best practices and tools for hiring a diverse workforce and providing guidance on the development of diversity and inclusion action plans. The five Ecosystem Partners – Colleges and Institutes Canada, Global Compact Network Canada, the Ted Rogers School of Management's Diversity Institute, the Women's Economic Council, and Egale are promoting the What Works Toolkit and providing other diversity supports specific to each Challenge Participant's unique needs.

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What is the Ecosystem Fund

The 50 – 30 Challenge Ecosystem Fund will provide funding to successful organizations, known as Ecosystem partners, to help 50 – 30 Challenge participants meet the diversity and inclusion goals.

The Ecosystem partners will support participants by linking them to best practices and tools, providing guidance and advising on other diversity supports specific to each organization’s unique needs. The Ecosystem partners will also promote the What Works Toolkit, and report on the progress of 50 – 30 participants to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Ecosystem partners will be awarded a three year, non-repayable Contribution Agreement with a minimum value of $3M and a maximum value of $10M.

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Who is eligible to apply

Eligible applicants for 50 – 30 Challenge Ecosystem Fund include:

Applicants may choose to form a consortium entity of multiple Canadian organizations, comprised of the above eligible groups. Alternatively, the applicant can collaborate with other organizations in order to achieve national reach or serve a wider range of diversity groups (e.g. a national not-for-profit leads a proposal in collaboration with regional groups, to meet project objectives).

A complete list of criteria is available in the application guide.

Application guide and instructions

A complete application guide, including applicant eligibility, application package requirements, proposal document instructions and details on how to submit your proposal is available online.

Applicants were invited to apply through the application form, which closed July 19, 2021 (11:59 pm PST).

Successful applicants

Government of Canada has announced the five 50 – 30 Challenge Ecosystem partners.

Organization Total Funding (up to…)
Colleges and Institutes Canada $10,000,000
Egale Canada $3,618,306
Global Compact Network Canada $3,246,931
Diversity Institute $8,052,129
The Women's Economic Council $3,582,634

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