The federal government’s Investment Readiness Program wasn’t supposed to be a crisis-times social finance tool, but that’s what it became.
The government announced the program in 2019 as a way to prepare organizations to take on loans as part of the incoming $755 million federal Social Finance Fund. After two rounds of the program, social finance experts say while many organizations’ readiness might have been boosted, the social finance ecosystem as a whole still needs to change for a post-COVID, rebuilding-oriented, more equitable future.
“The IRP came at a really nice time where they were able to meet people where they were at with some flexibility,” said social finance consultant and facilitator André Pawan Vashist, but “let’s be honest: (communities) were vulnerable before COVID…that’s what we need to really lean into, now that we’ve l
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