Metcalf’s Inclusive Local Economies Program focuses on improving economic livelihoods for low-income people in Toronto. The program’s Opportunities Fund is an open call for innovative ideas and compelling approaches that can contribute to building a healthier, more equitable city by:
- making precarious jobs better (raise the floor) and supporting the upward mobility of workers (build ladders);
- reducing barriers for low-income entrepreneurs and alternative business models; and
- leveraging the capacity of neighbourhoods to improve the economic livelihoods of low-income residents.
The program guidelines are available for download. Please note that there will be two rounds of funding for the Opportunities Fund, once in the spring and once in the winter. The next deadline for letters of interest is November 21, 2016.
We encourage applicants to view our November 2015 webinar, which provides an overview of the program, answers common questions, and discusses the addition of three strategic focus areas for funding.