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Investment Readiness Program

Announcing the Investment Readiness Program

We all want to live in a community where everyone feels a sense of belonging. The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) supports new and innovative ways of getting us there.

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta and a consortium of agencies from across the region, is offering social purpose organizations located and working in Southern Alberta the opportunity to access non-repayable capital to seed and grow social enterprise.

The IRP is designed to help social purpose organizations explore, grow, and flourish across the country, contributing to finding solutions to pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges. Eligible organizations can apply for a minimum of $10,000 in non-repayable capital to help launch, design, measure, and scale social enterprise, getting ready to access investment in Canada's growing social finance marketplace.

Applications can be submitted by charities, non-profits, co-ops, or for-profit social enterprises, and will be accepted from January 8 to February 10, 2020. Additional details are available at

  To Learn More About the IRP:

Online: a webinar for social purpose organizations interested in the IRP will be offered by Community Foundations of Canada on Monday, January 13 at 11:00 a.m. MST.
Sign up here.
In person: an information session covering the IRP will be held at the Community Foundation office in Lethbridge on Tuesday, January 14 at
10:30 a.m. (subject: IRP%20Information%20Session%20RSVP) (Click here to RSVP.)




Here is a link to more information via the Community Foundations of Canada’s website: and the Goverment of Canada’s site:


Minister Ng Announces Investment in Women Entrepreneurs

July 22, 2019 - Minister Ng Announces Investment in Women Entrepreneurs.  Read the official news release here.

The Government of Alberta is looking for you...and your goods and services!

 How to Sell to the Government of Alberta Webinar

The Alberta Government is looking for you – and your goods and services!

With over 2000 purchasers, the Alberta Government buys everything from agricultural goods to professional services and everything in between. These opportunities are being posted daily for all sizes of business, even start-ups, so no business is too small. This webinar will teach you about the Alberta Government's buying practices - who buys what, how they buy, and where to find these opportunities.

Presented by: Chelle Busch and Marcy Soehn, Procurement Services, Service Alberta, Government of Alberta

Date and Time

Fri, 26 July 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM MDT

Please note:

Our expert will address as many questions as possible, but we cannot guarantee all questions will be answered. This webinar is not recorded.


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Western Economic Diversification - Women Entrepreneur Strategy

Western Economic Diversification Canada is pleased to share that the Government of Canada launched the Women Entrepreneurship Fund, a new program under the Budget 2018 Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). This Fund along with the WES Ecosystem Fund is part of a comprehensive, whole-of-government plan to help women grow their businesses through access to financing, networks and advice.

Western Economic Diversification Canada, along with the other regional development agencies across the country, will be working with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to deliver these two funds.

The WES Ecosystem Fund
This $85 million, five-year program will strengthen capacity of organizations supporting women entrepreneurs by ensuring they have the business supports they need to start or grow a business.

Projects must be led by not-for-profit organizations and must respond to the needs of diverse and under-represented women. There is a national/multi-regional stream and a regional stream under the fund.

Applications for the WES Ecosystem Fund close on November 22, 2018. Details on the application process can be found at

The Women Entrepreneurship Fund
Investments under this program will help women-owned and women-led businesses to grow their existing businesses, so they can pursue opportunities in domestic and global markets. It will provide non-repayable funding up to $100,000 for projects that focus on the:

• pursuit of market opportunities abroad;
• scale-up, expansion and growth; and,
• additional activities that support the objectives of the Women Entrepreneurship Fund

Applications for the Women Entrepreneurship Fund closes on November 15, 2018. Details on the application process can be found at

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pages for additional information:

• Women Entrepreneurship Fund FAQs
• WES Ecosystem Fund FAQs

For further information, please contact Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) at or 1-800-328-6189.

We would encourage you to share this information within your respective networks.

Diversification de l'économie de l'Ouest Canada a le plaisir de vous annoncer que le gouvernement du Canada a lancé le Fonds pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat, un nouveau programme qui s’inscrit dans le cadre de la Stratégie pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat (SFE) annoncée dans le budget de 2018. Ce fonds, ainsi que le Fonds pour l’écosystème de la SFE, fait partie d’un plan exhaustif à l’échelle du gouvernement visant à aider les femmes à faire croître leur entreprise par l’entremise d’un meilleur accès à du financement, à des réseaux et à des conseils.

Diversification de l’économie de l’Ouest Canada, en collaboration avec d’autres organismes de développement régional de partout au pays, travaillera de concert avec Innovation, Sciences et Développement économique Canada à la mise en œuvre de ces deux fonds.

Le Fonds pour l’écosystème de la SFE
Ce programme de 85 millions de dollars sur cinq ans vise à renforcer la capacité des organismes qui soutiennent les femmes entrepreneurs en veillant à ce qu’elles aient accès aux mesures de soutien dont elles ont besoin pour lancer ou faire croître une entreprise.

Les projets doivent être dirigés par des organismes sans but lucratif et répondre aux besoins de femmes venant de différents milieux et sous-représentées. Le fonds comporte un volet national/multirégional ainsi qu’un volet régional.

La date limite pour présenter une demande dans le cadre du Fonds pour l’écosystème de la SFE est le 22 novembre 2018. Pour obtenir plus de détails sur le processus d’application, veuillez consulter la page suivante :

Le Fonds pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat
Les investissements réalisés dans le cadre de ce programme aideront les femmes entrepreneurs à faire croître leurs entreprises existantes afin qu’elles puissent saisir les opportunités d’affaires sur les marchés nationaux et à l’étranger. Le programme permettra de verser des contributions non remboursables de 100 000 $ à des projets axés sur les éléments suivants :

• la poursuite des opportunités d’affaires à l’étranger;
• l’intensification, l’expansion et la croissance;
• d’autres activités pour soutenir les objectifs du Fonds pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat.

La date limite pour présenter une demande dans le cadre du Fonds pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat est le 15 novembre 2018. Pour obtenir plus de détails sur le processus d’application, veuillez consulter la page suivante :

Veuillez consulter les pages de la Foire aux questions pour plus de détails :

• FAQ : Fonds pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat
• FAQ : Fonds pour l’écosystème de la SFE

Pour obtenir plus de renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Innovation, Sciences et Développement économique Canada (ISDE) à ou au 1-800-328-6189.

Nous vous encourageons à transmettre cette information à vos réseaux respectifs.

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Lethbridge County Business Loan Program

For Immediate Release

February 1, 2018

Lethbridge County Announces Partnership with Community Futures Lethbridge Region for Business Improvement Loan Program

LETHBRIDGE- Lethbridge County is pleased to announce a partnership with Community Futures Lethbridge Region to offer a Business Improvement Loan Program. Eligible Lethbridge County businesses will be able to apply for interest free loans up to $10,000 to make improvements or upgrades to their business at a low cost.
“This program is a great way for Lethbridge County to support businesses in our region,” said Reeve Lorne Hickey, “Encouraging growth of local business is important to our economy and we are proud to team up with Community Futures Lethbridge Region for this wonderful initiative.”
“We are very happy to be partnering with the Community Futures Lethbridge Region team to provide meaningful support to County businesses that are looking to grow and enhance their operations,” said Lethbridge County Economic Development Officer Martin Ebel. “This new program is a great example of regional cooperation and a win for everyone involved.”
Examples of eligible improvements for loans include: business equipment, information technology, new/upgraded equipment to enhance business/production operations, signage, point of sale systems, energy efficiency upgrades leading to lower operating costs, landscaping, etc.
For full details on the program or to apply, please visit


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