It is Groundswell’s mandate to keep our programs accessible and inclusive and reduce the risk of starting and growing a business. As a Groundswell student or alumni, you can access bursaries and microfinancing which can be used together to make tuition payments simple and easy, as well as seed funding to launch and grow your small business.
Special thanks to our funders and donors for your support in making Groundswell more accessible!
Bursaries are available for indigenous people, POC, trans people, people with disabilities, and low-income inner city residents for all three of our social entrepreneurship programs: Explore, Build, and Test Market . Any remaining tuition that is not covered by a bursary is eligible for microfinancing through our partnership with Vancity, see details below.
Indicate your interest for a bursary when you apply for any Groundswell program . Bursaries are dispersed according to your level of need and the total number of bursary funds dispersed.
Newcomer Women Scholarship
We are pleased to be offering scholarships for newcomer immigrant and refugee women interested in the Groundswell Explore and Build Programs.
Find our more at: http://bit.ly/newcomerwomen2019
Money is a big barrier to many of us who want to explore the route to self employment, small business ownership, or founding a non-profit or other community organization. We are lucky enough to have a credit union in town who understands that having a lack of access to funds simply means that first step can be our of reach. Thank you Vancity for your continued support of Groundswell and our community!
After completing the Build or Test Market program, you can access up to $50,000 for your start-up costs, with the same no fee, low interest terms.