Fund for Innovation and Transformation – Overview
The Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT) is a program of the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils (ICN) made possible through funding from Global Affairs Canada and administered by the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC).
FIT is designed to support Canadian small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs) testing innovative solutions to advance gender equality and empower women and girls in the Global South. The program is open to Canadian civil society organizations, social enterprises, post-secondary institutions and the private sector.
FIT will provide successful applicants with $150K-$250 K over a 6-15 month period to test their solutions in collaboration with local organizations in the Global South. Proposed solutions can either offer brand new solutions to address unmet needs, or make adjustments to improve current practices. Examples of innovation may include new or improved technologies, programs, approaches, behavioural insights or ways of delivering products and services that benefit and empower women and girls.
In addition, the program will foster collective learning and build the innovation capacity of SMOs and their partners through the creation of knowledge-sharing spaces and practices. FIT’s goal is to cultivate a working environment in which SMOs are empowered to experiment, fail, adapt and try again.
Interested SMOs can find eligibility criteria and apply for funding at fit-fit.ca. FIT will provide regular updates about the program in the Webinars & Updates section on the website and on Twitter @fit_fit_ca. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.