Programs & Resources
Programs & Resources
Alterna is guided by our commitment to support the well-being of our members, employees and communities.
We promote community economic development through programs that serve both individuals, such as our Microfinance program, and our work that supports the financial resilience of the non-profit sector.
Here are some programs your organization may be eligible for:
Our Microfinance program works to address socio-economic inequity by creating opportunities for financial independence and reducing barriers to banking for those often excluded from financing.
• Up to $25,000 for entrepreneurs
• A built-in micro-savings component to bolster
• Focus segments include:
• Low-income earners
• Professional development
• Skilled professionals and trades
• Social entrepreneurs and enterprise
• Women entrepreneurs
• Black entrepreneurs
• One-on-one consultations
• Financial education
• Credit Building
• Workshops and tools
• Wrap around support
Joint Loan Program with BDC
Black entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, and women entrepreneurs who have received up to $25,000 in funding through Alterna's Community Microfinance program will have the opportunity to do double this amount through this new program with BDC, for a potential total of $50,000.
Community Financial Resiliency Program
Our Community Financial Resiliency Program helps improve the capacity and resilience of the not-for-profit and charitable sector to build equity, and strengthen their financial sustainability.
We do this by offering
Additional advocacy and support around:
Financial Literacy Program
As part of our ability to support the Financial Health of Communities, we focus on delivering essential programming that supports members, community organizations and students of all ages, through free financial literacy development and education. Last year we delivered over 150 workshops on Financial Literacy to the Community and our partners.
Our programs span from understanding the basics of Financial Literacy, to more in-depth and specific workshops for Social Innovators and Entrepreneurs, or Nonprofit and Charitable organizations.
Here are some useful tools to help Parents and Educators teach children and youth about financial literacy.
If you have a particular area of interest or need, regarding financial literacy education please reach out to our team.
Community Grants Program
The program provides grants of up to $1,000 to initiatives where a small amount of money can have a significant impact in the communities we serve.
Completed applications can be submitted to email@example.com A complete application will include:
Application Deadline: April 29th 2022
Financial Inclusion Grants
The Financial Inclusion Grant Program will typically award grants of up to $40,000 to 1 or 2 organizations annually. Through this program, we are looking to identify innovative programs that will work to address issues of Financial Literacy and Financial Inclusion among underserved communities. Particular emphasis will be placed on initiatives that offer opportunities for scale and/or replication to other communities. Emphasis will also be placed on initiatives that offer broader opportunities for partnership with the Credit Union.
Alterna’s Financial Inclusion Grant Program supports:
Click Here to find out more about how your organization can benefit from membership at Alterna.
Step 1. Letter of Inquiry
If you have an idea that you think would be a good fit for the Financial Inclusion Grant Program please submit a maximum 2-page Letter of Inquiry detailing your initiative.
Step 2. Request for Proposal
Alterna will review all letters of inquiry and invite a limited number of organizations to submit full proposals for funding.
Step 3. Proposal Submission
Alterna will only consider proposals from organizations that have been invited to submit a full proposal based on their letter of inquiry.
Step 4. Application Review
Received proposals will be reviewed by an internal committee of Alterna staff. Proposals will be evaluated on a number of criteria including potential for replication or scale of the initiative, impact, measurable results.
Step 5. Grant Approval
Alterna will inform all applications as to the status of their application. Successful applications will be announced on Alterna website and social media.
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: May 31, 2022
Proposal Deadline: September 10, 2022
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