GORE BAY, ON – Split Rail Brewing has announced that it has received $26,117 of funding through the Government of Canada’s Investment Readiness Program (IRP) to assist its development as a social purpose business and its move toward gaining B Corp certification.
“Split Rail is using the Investment Readiness Program funding to bring in expertise in business optimization, to ensure that every aspect of our business is moving us toward increased sustainability and reducing our environmental impact, while still building and growing our business”, said Split Rail co-founder Andrea Smith in a statement.
“As a women-owned brewery, we were different from the norm in this industry when we started in 2012, although we are increasingly seeing women in every aspect of brewing. We’re continuing to look for new ways of doing things that put our values first, by working with local suppliers when we can, creating year-round jobs here on the Island, and engaging with Manitoulin communities.”
“The Investment Readiness Program recognizes that businesses can contribute to the social and environmental well-being of a community,” added co-owner Susan Snelling. “We’re thrilled and grateful that the program recognized Split Rail as a business that exists to make a difference. The funding will allow us to develop our social purpose even further, and pursue B Corp certification as a standard for our values-based business.”
Split Rail was one of nine businesses to receiving funding from Community Foundation Grey Bruce, in partnership with Georgian College, from a pool of $341,381 that was provided by the IRP through Community Foundations of Canada.
Source & Photo: Split Rail Brewing