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The Spark Initiative

The Spark Initiative is a 10 month leadership grant getting behind the inspired spark of young social entrepreneurs.  The application deadline for 2016 has now passed.

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The application deadline for 2018 is January 26th 2018. Please join our Facebook Page to stay updated on The Spark Initiative

An eleven MONTH Mentoring & Financial Granting program for christian social entrepreneurs

The Spark Initiative, a ministry of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario & Quebec, is for the Christian risk-takers and dreamers from across Canada who are already out there making a difference in their community.  This is an 11 month Mentoring and Financial Granting program that will give you access to funds  (up to $10,000) training resources, gifts in kind from businesses across the country, mentorship by world class leaders, and a peer community of learners.

Applicants must be:

  • thirty-five years of age or under (as of January 1st 2018)
  • a follower of Jesus
  • actively involved in their local Canadian church 
  • a Canadian citizen
  • able to meet one of the following criteria 
    • started, or are in the process of starting a not-for-profit or charitable organization
    • point leader of a social purpose enterprise within a larger charity
    • owner of a business that supports the social sector by providing benefits & resources to those most vulnerable and marginalized.  

The Spark Initiative wants to help you ignite your dream, inspire you to go further, and instruct you how to grow your idea and organization.  

Christian Social Entrepreneur Finalists RECEIVE:

  • One-time financial grants of up to $10,000 to be used between June 7th 2018 and May 2019
  • Over $6,000 in professional training and development courses
  • One year of access to one-on-one mentorship with professionals
  • Over $3000 of “in-kind” business services and consulting
  • Peer community of social entrepreneurs. Includes retreat together in June
  • Free publicity and promotion about your organization/product
  • Regular prayer for leaders and organizations affiliated with The Spark Initiative
  • Access to philanthropists and other donors to gain further capital and/or mentorship

Find out about Important Dates here.

 

This is an initiative of CBOQ.