Trico Foundation offers grants to Alberta based charitable organizations that are using business models (the sale of a product or service) to address a “gap in society” (i.e. an imbalance of power consistently marginalizing one group or individual so as to cause exclusion, suffering, or dehumanization).

The goal of our funding is to support your learning. Whether you call it experiments, tests, social R&D, or something else, the key is, "It is part of building a culture of curiosity throughout the social sector about what works, what doesn’t, and why or why not" (“THE FUTURE IS MADE, ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN 2019: Trends and Emerging Issues”, Prepared for Calgary Foundation by James Stauch, MRU Institute for Community Prosperity). 

 While it is important that organizations are clear on their vision for the ultimate impact they want to achieve and have a high-level plan for how to get there (we will even ask you about this), we are most excited by organizations that embrace the social entrepreneur’s mindset (learn more about the social entrepreneur’s mindset here) and have the ability to progress by way of experimentation – for example, using frugal experimentation to learn, pivot where needed, and to make progress – rather than simply ‘working to a plan’. 

The annual budget for A.S.E.S.S.S. funding is $250,000 with a maximum request of $25,000 per project. See the A.S.E.S.S. Funding page for details on requirements and what we are most excited by.

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* 1. To confirm your organization is a qualified donee based in Alberta that serves Albertans, please list your Charitable Registration Number:

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* 2. Describe your social enterprise (please be sure to state the product or service you are selling):

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* 3. Please describe the “gap in society” your social enterprise seeks to address (i.e. an imbalance of power consistently marginalizing one group or individual so as to cause exclusion, suffering, or dehumanization. For example, economic exclusion/poverty, social exclusion, gender inequality, challenges to good health or well-being, children and/or youth at risk, or the aged/seniors at risk.):

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* 4. Once up and running (past piloting), what are its social and financial goals (for example, “social goal: annually create 20 jobs for economically excluded youth, financial goal: we wish to earn an annual profit of $100,000, timeline: five years”) (please include timelines)? (required):

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* 5. What is the next step/ activity/ experiment/ test you are seeking funding for? (Please include timelines and amount):

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* 6. Your Details

Please note that given the high volume of Idea Submissions we get, only Idea Submissions that we are moving forward with will hear from us. We also ask that you please refrain from contacting the Trico Foundation Team directly. Should you need to reach our team, please email us at info@tricofoundation.ca. If we see a potential match between your idea and our area of focus, you will hear from us within 10 business days. If Trico indicates there is a potential match, the next step is typically a conversation and/ or access to a formal application. Funding applications over $10,000 are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Thank you, The Trico Foundation Team

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