Sustainable Recovery Grant

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the charitable sector and the Sustainable Recovery Grant aims to respond directly to emerging and shifting sustainability needs of charities and charities with social enterprises. The grant will provide coaching and support focused on resilience and recovery in four key areas: revenue, operations, people and impact.

Successful applicants to the Sustainable Recovery Grant will receive one-time grant funding for 6-12 months of customized coaching and support through Purppl’s Resilience & Recovery Program. This grant is a partnership between United Way, Interior Savings Credit Union, Valley First, the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan and the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen.


Successful applicants to the fund will receive one-time grant funding for customized coaching and support through Purppl’s Resilience & Recovery Program.


  • Registered charity, with preference given to charities with social enterprise initiatives.
  • Facing challenges or opportunities in one or more of the four sustainability focus areas (revenue, operations, people, impact).
  • Must have at least one paid staff position.
  • Located within the geographic boundaries of the United Way British Columbia (Central Okanagan, South Okanagan Similkameen, North Okanagan Columbia, Shuswap).
  • Able to contribute $400-500 per month to program costs for the duration of the program.

Purppl helps social purpose organizations and social enterprises build financial resilience and improve their impact. Their goal is to enable social enterprises to implement sustainable revenue models so they can to implement long-term solutions to community, social, and environmental challenges.

Sustainability Focus Areas

  • Revenue: Build, refine, and grow a sustainable revenue model
  • Operations: Implement and improve internal process
  • People: Personalized support to help your team level up and lead
  • Impact: Define your organization’s desired impact, plan how to achieve it and measure it

More about Purppl

Sustainable Recovery Grant Partners

Thanks to the following community and corporate partners for not only funding but for their leadership and vision for this program. This grant is provided as a partnership between United Way British Columbia, Interior Savings, Valley First, Community Foundation North Okanagan, and Community Foundation South Okanagan Similkameen.

United Way BCCommunity Foundation North Okanagan logo
Valley First Logo

2021 Sustainable Recovery Grant Fund Recipients

All seven organizations will receive grant funding for customized coaching and support through Purppl’s Resilience & Recovery Program. The program enables recipients to work with Purppl, who will match the organizations with experienced “Entrepreneurs in Residence” to help them focus on their specific sustainability needs and opportunities.

Canadian Mental Health Association (Vernon & District Branch)Canadian Mental Health Association
(Vernon & District Branch)
Clubhouse Childcare Center
Connect Counselling & Therapy
Grist Mill and Gardens
Indigeneyez / Kinshift
Kelowna-Gospel-MissionKelowna Gospel Mission Society
Penticton Resource Recovery Society (Discovery House)


“Community organizations that have participated in the Sustainable Recovery Grants program in the past have experienced significant advancements in their social enterprises, leadership and other areas of functioning,” said Kahir Lalji, United Way British Columbia’s Provincial Director of Government Relations and Programs. “We are confident that this year’s grant recipients will strengthen their abilities to serve the community through the pandemic and beyond.”

“Resilience is often defined as the ability to recover after a setback or having the capacity to adapt to new challenges,” says Leanne Hammond, Executive Director, Community Foundation North Okanagan, “For many nonprofits, resilience is essential for every day mission-advancing work and is not only relevant in the face of an existential crisis. The Community Foundation is committed to partnerships that build and sustain organizations delivering critical services to our local communities.”

To view information about applying to the program please visit United Way’s website.

(right) Andrew Greer, Managing Director & Cofounder of Purppl with program participants

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