Innovative business models used by social enterprises operate in all regions of the province. To further advance the sector, and potentially develop more viable social enterprise opportunities, the Provincial Government today issued a call for proposals for social enterprise research projects.
The objective of this open call is to identify research projects related to the social enterprise model within the province, focusing on social, community, economic, cultural and/or environmental impacts, as well as stakeholder engagement. Proposals should explore the innovative use of social enterprise activities in Newfoundland and Labrador, and those which support the goals of the Social Enterprise Action Plan.
Interested parties can view the call for proposals here. Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 6, 2020 and more information can be found in the backgrounder below.
As an action of The Way Forward, the Provincial Government launched the Social Enterprise Action Plan which outlines various actions to support new social enterprise development and enhance services for existing social enterprise activity in the province. Social enterprises use innovative business models to contribute to the economy by advancing social, community economic, cultural, and/or environmental needs. Operating in sectors such as tourism, construction, the arts, culture, fisheries, homecare and social housing; social enterprises successfully operate in all regions of the province helping to create employment and develop entrepreneurial skills.
“Our government works collaboratively with key organizations and stakeholders to advance our social enterprise goals, including support for new activity such as targeted research. We are committed to supporting the innovative efforts of new and existing social enterprises throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
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Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
Information on the Call for Proposals for Research Projects Focusing on Social Enterprise Activity
The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation is working collaboratively with key organizations and stakeholders to advance social enterprise activity in the province.
As part of a commitment in The Way Forward, the Provincial Government has issued an open call for proposals for research projects focusing on social enterprise activity in Newfoundland and Labrador, including identification of social enterprise opportunities. To support the identified need for more research about social enterprise activity in the province, government committed $250,000 to support social enterprise research projects. The department, through the Regional Development Fund, is now requesting proposals for social enterprise research projects.
Proposals will be evaluated based on various criteria such as:
- Scope of proposed activities (i.e. impact area, sector, type of research etc.)
- Alignment with the provincial Social Enterprise Action Plan
- Potential to address social, community economic, cultural and environmental issues through enterprise and innovation processes
- Relevance to regional and provincial priorities and plans
- Demonstrate partnerships and collaboration
The Social Enterprise Action Plan defines a social enterprise as one which earns revenue through the sale of goods and/or services to further a social, community economic, cultural and/or environmental purpose.
Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 6, 2020. The call for proposals can be found here.
For questions or additional information, please call (709) 729-5435 or contact your local TCII office.