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Scale ESEs

TEF fosters the scaling of ESEs through access to capital (grants and loans), support for engaging in social procurement, and research and evaluation.

Growth Grants

TEF has launched a new grant stream -- Growth Grants -- to support employment social enterprises to explore, plan and pilot strategies to significantly scale their businesses, based on validated market demand. Growth Grants provide up to $10,000 in one-time funding.

Growth Grants are open to existing employment social enterprises in Peel, Toronto, and York Region, who have been in operation for at least three years, have sales of over $50,000, and who have more than 10 employees who face barriers.

Growth Grants can be used to engage in any activities that will enable the enterprises to create at least five new ongoing employment opportunities for employees who face barriers over two years, including: technical assistance costs, human resources costs, capital costs and administrative costs.

The Growth Grant applications opened on December 17, 2018 and the deadline for applications is January 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

To apply, please carefully review the program overview, then download and complete the application. Once completed, please email your completed application to Courtney Ayukawa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance of the deadline.

Mixed Capital Opportunities Fund

TEF’s Mixed Capital Opportunities Fund (Mixed Cap) offers a grant/loan hybrid up to $30,000, in partnership with Alterna Savings. Mixed Cap is designed for existing employment social enterprises that have a business opportunity or expansion plans, and job creation potential, particularly for people who are socially marginalized.

Social Procurement

TEF helps connect employment social enterprises with new customers through increased capacity to engage in social procurement. TEF supports this work through an arrangement with Buy Social Canada.

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