After months of partnership cultivation, development and stewardship, FRL has successfully transitioned the essence of our 2010-2011 Rural Social Enterprise Project (RSEP), social enterprise capacity building program, to new partners and collaborations. Specifically, two new initiatives are currently evolving, and spinning off other related partnerships and projects.
A Rural Social Enterprise Constellation is forming through the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) with FRL's support. Building on our work from the RSEP, partners building the new constellation submitted a province wide proposal to the Ontario Trillium Foundation in Fall 2011 focusing on capacity building and knowledge transfer for rural social enterprise in four regions - Huron/Perth, Greater Simcoe County, Peterborough/Kawarthas/Durham and Thunder Bay region. Regional partners are also on the lookout for other local funding opportunities to convene social enterprise meet ups, host training webinars, link students and emerging practitioners to learning and research opportunities, and provide training for local capacity builders to be actively engaged in supporting rural nonprofits in social enterprise development.
For more information on the Rural Social Enterprise Constellation at ONN please contact:
FRL also brokered a relationship with the Canadian Community Economic Development Network's Ontario Region (CCEDNet-Ontario) and other community organizations resulting in a second partnership that brings the interests of rural social enterprise into a province wide initiative. The project, proposed to the Trillium Foundation in November, aims to build links between urban and rural social enterprises through online resources, webinars, and sharing of effective practice. One effective practice, the convening of regional stakeholders to plan social enterprise investment strategies, is an important focus for rural community partners engaged in the proposed CCEDNet partnership project. With the aim of encouraging and attracting greater investment in rural social enterprise, the CCEDNet-Ontario partnership carries forward FRL's fundamental mission of promoting greater investment in rural.
For more information on the CCEDNet Social Enterprise Project please contact:
Paul Chamberlain, Program Director
Tel: (416) 760-2554