Grant guidelines

Who can apply:

All applicants should be incorporated, non-profit organizations and have a valid charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency, or First Nations Bands designated as qualified donees. 

To check that your number is in good standing visit Canada Revenue Agency or call them at 1-800-267-2384

Each of our three grant areas have different eligibility and criteria. Specific guidelines for each granting area are posted when the application process opens. Organizations are encouraged to read this document carefully before completing the application.

Grant proposals are accepted only during scheduled application periods: we do not accept unsolicited proposals outside of this time.

When to apply:

Requests for proposals will be posted on the site at the following times:

  • Violence Prevention grants: Applications for the 2018-19 Annual Grants will open in December 2017.  
  • Economic Development grants: Applications for the 2017-2022 granting stream are now closed. Gants will be awarded in 2017.
  • Teen Healthy Relationship grants: Applications for our teen healthy relationship grants are now closed. Grants were awarded in 2013.
  • Anti-Trafficking grants: Applications for our anti-trafficking program are now closed. Grants were awarded in 2016.
  • Girls’ Fund grants: Applications for our Girls' Fund grants are now closed. Grants were awarded in 2016.
  • Michele Landsberg Community Award: Applications for the 2016 Michele Landsberg Award are now closed. It was awarded in October 2016.

Please note that we do not fund:

  • individuals
  • federal, provincial or municipal government agencies and school boards (they can be involved in a project but the grant will be made to a women’s organization directly)
  • profit-based organizations
  • fundraising events
  • projects outside of Canada
  • projects not solely or primarily focused on women and girls (although violence prevention projects for teens may involve both girls and boys)
  • deficit or emergency funding
  • conferences, films or videos
  • capital campaigns or expenditures such as furniture or computers
  • research
  • self-defense training (if it is the only component of a violence prevention project)