The Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund designed to help registered charities scale a social enterprise – the idea being that the social enterprise would generate long-term, sustainable revenue to support the organizations’ charitable objectives.

The fund 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 program will provide one-time grant funding to join Purppl’s Social Enterprise Accelerator Scale Up Social Program.


Any registered charitable organization may apply.

You must already have some measurable traction or progress on an existing social enterprise (revenue, customers, partners, product, service built, etc.)

You must be within the geographic boundaries of the United Way South Interior British Columbia (ie. Central, South, or North Okanagan, or surrounding communities of Columbia, Shuswap, or Similkameen).

*Note* Successfully shortlisted applicants must be available on the evening of July 4th 2019 to pitch their social enterprise idea in Kelowna.

“Much of our success in driving new sustainable revenue streams has come from our team being more organized and on point due to the tools that this program has helped us learn and utilize. I truly believe that these steps towards increased sustainability for Elevation Outdoors would not have come without the investment and belief United Way / ISCU and their funding partners have put into our organization, and the support we have received from our Entrepreneur mentors and the team at Purppl” 

Mike Greer, Executive Director, Elevation Outdoors (2018 successful applicant to the United Way SEA Fund)

How to Apply

For registered charitable organizations in the Southern Interior area, the 2019 Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund is open for new applications via the SEA Fund Application Form. Apply before the application deadline of June 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

Please contact Reanne Holden-Amadio, Community Investment Manager at or call: 250-860-2356 ext 106 for more information.

Application Process and Overview
Scale Up Social Program
SEA Fund Application Form

SEA Fund Partners

The 2019 Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund is a collaboration between United Way SIBC, fellow founding co-funder, Interior Savings Credit Union, and supporting funders, the Community Foundation of South Okanagan and the Community Foundation of North Okanagan. The SEA Fund provides financial support for registered charities in the Okanagan to access Purppl’s social accelerator program, Scale-Up. The goal is to help charities build social enterprises which generate long-term sustainable revenue and help them deliver their charitable objectives for the benefit of the most vulnerable in our community.