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Enterprising Non-Profits (enp) Program Overview

enp is a funding program that provides matching grants to non-profit organizations in BC who are interested in starting or expanding a business. The program was established in 1997 in response to requests by organizations for support in the development of revenue-generating enterprises, as a way to stabilize and diversify their funding base, and enhance their programs or services. enp program funding enables organizations to conduct planning activities related to the development of a business venture.

Program Goals


In order to be eligible for funding, an organization must:

Application Process

The enp program accepts grant applications two times per year, in spring and fall. To apply for funding, organizations are required to attend a one-day orientation session. Orientation sessions are hosted at least twice per year. Grant application forms are made available to participants during the session. Organizations that do not apply for funding directly following the orientation session they attend are eligible to submit grant applications in subsequent funding cycles.

Grant application deadlines and upcoming orientation sessions (including registration information) are listed on the enp calendar.

The Orientation Session

The development of revenue-generating enterprises is challenging. Non-profit organizations need to have significant organizational capacity and an understanding of the realities and risks before embarking on an enterprise initiative. The orientation session is required of prospective participants to ensure that staff and board members have a thorough understanding of the issues involved in enterprise development.

The orientation session includes:

The cost of attending the Orientation Session is $100 for one individual and $150 for two. Included in the cost are breakfast, lunch and coffee / snack service, a copy of the Canadian Social Enterprise Guide, and the content described above. The orientation session typically runs from 9:00am until 4:30pm. Start times may vary in rural areas to allow for longer driving times.

Funding Available

The enp program provides matching grants of up to $10,000 to between 15 and 20 organizations annually. Organizations must commit matching funds for the business and/or organizational development process. Matching funds can be cash or in-kind.

Activities Funded

enp grants are to be used to pay for professional fees of a consultant or resource person and/or staff costs and resources directly related to business planning and organizational development activities. Participating organizations will have flexibility to use the matching grant in the way most effective for them.

Business Development:

Planning and research activities to support the development or expansion of a business venture, such as:

Organizational Development:

These activities must be in relation to the preparation, launch or expansion of a business venture, such as:

Proposal Assessment Criteria

The funding partners will use the following criteria to assess proposals:

Other Potential Funding Resources

Ashoka Canada
BC Technology Social Venture Partners
Canadian Businesses for Social Responsibility
Canadian CED Network
Canadian Women's Foundation
Change Canada Foundation
Discovery Learning Solutions
Eva's Initiatives
Fast Track To Employment
Integral Economics
Markets Initiative
Meal Exchange
Pivot Legal Society
Social Capital Partners
Social Venture Partners Calgary
Taking It Global
Tides Canada
Toronto CED Network
Toronto Enterprise Fund
Vancity Capital Corporation
Vancouver Social Enterprise Forum