The Catalyst for Growth project is proud to fund 19 initiatives that are making a real difference for women and the economy with the Catalyst for Growth Fund!
Women’s Enterprise Centre has distributed $50,000 in grants to community projects that advance women in the Okanagan, Lower Mainland, Northern BC, the Northwest and Vancouver Island.
These inspiring initiatives support the professional advancement of women by helping them develop valuable skills, confidence and connections. Take advantage of the initiatives in your area and share them with your network!
Diversity by Design: Make Possible Mentoring and Emerging Talent Toolkit
Collaborative workshops following upon the key topics and outcomes of the CFG dialogues
Build Together: Women in the Building Trades
Support trades women finding employment
Dream it, Be it: Career Support for Girls
One day conference with a variety of topics to assist girls
18 pre-selected women speakers hone their presentation skills and then speak to a paid audience. Grant will help support event in Victoria.
Women at Work Seminar Series
Host multiple events, each with a guest speaker addressing barriers common to women ie Lean In, Imposter Syndrome
Teaching Beginner Programming Skills to Women & Youth
Workshops for women and youth to learn beginner computer programming skills
Men End Exploitation
Part of a larger project tracking sexual assaults on campus and engaging men in conversations around women’s rights and equality
Imagining Possibilities Conference
Interactive conference for youth showcasing professional and trades women
Make Room at the STEM Board Table
One day conference with panels and discussions to assist women in accessing Board positions
Non-Profit Leadership Peer Mentoring Groups
Peer mentoring group for women leaders of not for profits organizations
Conversations that Connect: Inspiring Women in the Community
Locally led informal discussion groups between April and November promoting and showcasing senior leadership women
Cleanline Gals and Gears
Introduce girls and women to the automotive trade
Connecting Women Entrepreneurs
Host multiple events,in Invermere and other locations in the Columbia Valley. Each event will have a different topic aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs.
Be the Change Event
March 5 event with 5 themes valuing women in Prince George
Bridging the Cariboo-Chilcotin: A Networking Series for Women Entrepreneurs
Hold networking events in 3 cities with the aim or creating a localized Women in Business group
Coding for Girls
Computer coding class for girls
Entrepreneurial Satisfaction: Training and Mentorship for Success
Educational event providing guidance to and profiling local women
Mountain Girls Thriving
Multi media project interviewing women to encourge women in the NW
Women & Leadership
Monthly dinner meetings with guest speakers with different topics at each session
About the Catalyst for Growth Fund
The Catalyst for Growth Fund (CFG Fund) provides seed funding to initiatives that tackle a gap, problem or challenge or take advantage of an opportunity to advance women. The amount of funding per project is limited to $5,000 to ensure that many activities get support throughout all regions of BC.
Fund recipients were selected by the Steering Committee based on the priorities that were identified at two BC Economic Forums and four regional dialogues around the province over the first two phases of the Catalyst for Growth project.
Applications for grants from the CFG Fund are now closed.
If you have any questions about the Catalyst for Growth Fund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.