LITE (Local Investment Toward Employment), a member of the Canadian CED Network, funds Winnipeg initiatives that directly create jobs, or leverage new jobs, and that include skill development for inner city residents who are unemployed or underemployed. Individuals participating in these initiatives face multiple barriers to full employment (for example, at-risk youth, single mothers, ex-offenders, etc).
LITE divides their funding between Purchases (mostly of Christmas hamper goods) from inner-city co-ops and social enterprises (about 50%), and Grants to charitable initiatives (about 50%).
In order to receive funding from LITE your organization must be:
- Based in Winnipeg
- A registered charity with a charitable number.
LITE's disbursement criteria ensures that they pursue their mission “to promote community economic development by supporting inner-city initiatives in Winnipeg that build capacity and provide jobs.”
Recipients are chosen based on the following criteria:
- How well the project fits with LITE’s mission statement and the guiding principles of Community Economic Development (CED)
- How much the project contributes towards directly creating jobs, leveraging new jobs (such as through funding a coordinator position), or funds job-skill development. What they don’t fund are things like tools, supplies, and other capital.
- How strongly the project creates sustainable and long-term employment.
- How well the project addresses multiple barriers to employment.
- How sustainable the project would be without LITE funding.
Download a Project Budget template
Deadline: April 10, 2017