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Funding and supporting high-potential social transformation initiatives



  • Provide multiple rounds of initiative selection and a range of supports to a diverse set of high-potential initiatives;
  • Work with collaboration catalysts to offer small-scale funding and support packages, designed to initiate engagement with existing or emerging multi-stakeholder initiatives that have the potential for longer term engagement with SHIFT.


Fall 2019:

  • We recruited and built our Steering Committee, which is responsible for guiding SHIFT's funding allocation process in line with our mission and values
  • We consulted with partners to get feedback on our proposed funding and support model

November 2019:

  • We announced the details of our Funding and Support Program, designed to support multi-stakeholder teams working on socially transformative projects.

December 2019:

  • We launched the call for applications for Round 1 Funding and Support ($40,000 available)

January 2020:

  • We hosted information sessions and office hours to support applicants.
  • 39 teams submitted applications.

March 2020:

Spring 2020:
  • We launched a temporary and accelerated funding program to support tranformative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A community-led committee met weekly to make funding
  • Over eight weeks from April to June 2020, we contributed a total of $70,000 to 15 projects aimed at responding to the current health crisis and taking advantage of this unprecedented moment of social transformation.
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