Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund

The Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund is a new United Way grant program in partnership with Interior Savings Credit Union and Purppl that aims to build the capacity of local charities to develop more sustainable, long-term revenue streams.

The program is for registered charities with some measurable traction or progress on an existing social enterprise, who are seeking mentorship and coaching to scale their social enterprise idea. The fund will provide one-time grant funding for a 15-month mentorship in the Social Enterprise Acceleration (SEA) Program with the social enterprise accelerator Purppl (

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant organization must:

  • Be a registered charitable organization
  • Already have some measurable traction or progress on an existing social enterprise (revenue, customers, partners, product or service built etc.)
  • Be within the geographic boundaries of the United Way SIBC ie. within the Southern Interior BC
  • Demonstrate sufficient resources, capacity and commitment to deliver the project for which they are applying
  • Ensure the project addresses current social problems, challenges or issues

Grants were awarded in September 2018. The 2019 Fund information package will be released in Spring of 2019.

Grant Recipients Media Release – September 2018

For more information or questions regarding the Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund, please contact our Manager of Community Investment with the United Way at 250-860-2356 or toll-free: 1-855-232-1321.