eDemocracy for Canadian Cities receives a Major Boost


Ethelo has received a $300,000 Social Innovation Fund grant from the McConnell Family Foundation to advance eDemocracy in cities across Canada. The two-year grant is provided through McConnell’s Cities for People initiative.

The aim of the Cities for People initiative is to support inclusive urban innovation that contributes to more resilient and livable cities for all people. Urbanization represents one of the greatest challenges of our times, particularly because of rising social inequalities, unprecedented demographic shifts, and environmental degradation.

The funding is dedicated to supporting Ethelo’s work promoting democracy in local communities. That includes supporting the growth of sales of Citizen Budget, which Ethelo recently acquired from Open North, as well as Ethelo’s ongoing democracy projects, including Salon Politic and its ongoing support of nonprofit organizations such as the Youth Cafe who are seeking to use citizen engagement and participatory decision-making as a tool of political action

There’s more information here.