Economic Development Grants 2017-2022

Multi-Year Economic Development Program Grants

Accepting proposals until March 20, 2017

Interested in applying?

  1. Read the grant guidelines
  2. Read the frequently asked questions.
  3. Read the application instructions for:
  4. Download the budget form instructions and the sample budget for expenses and revenues.
  5. Click here to go to the online application form (new application).
  6. Click here to return to your application form (saved application). 

  7. Register for our Webinar on Multi-Year Economic Development Grants: What You Need to Know – Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1 p.m. EST.
  8. Register for our Webinar on the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework - Tuesday, February 21 at 1 p.m. EST.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is accepting proposals as of January 30, 2017, for multi-year Economic Development grants (2017-2022).

Organizations can apply for one of the following types of grants:

  • Self-Employment Training and Business Accelerator Programs: Support for organizations that help women create a business plan and launch their business by the end of the program.
  • Women’s Social Enterprises: Support for women-specific social enterprises focused on improving the economic opportunities of women by providing on-the-job training, developing transferable skills, offering fair-wage employment opportunities, job placements, or opportunities that foster self-employment.
  • Women in Trades & Technology Programs: Support for organizations that develop meaningful opportunities for women to enter work in the area of skilled trades and technology.

We will select up to 10 grant recipients at a maximum of $65,000 annually for 5 years. The Foundation’s selection committee will attempt to ensure that the range of funded programs is geographically representative of the total group of applicants and serves diverse populations of women. Please note that we will only accept one application from an organization for a multi-year economic development grant.

The submission deadline is Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.
Proposals submitted after this date will not be considered.

The online application portal is open as of January 30, 2017. To return to your saved application, please use this link: My Account – Applications Homepage.

Contact us with your questions:

If you have any questions, please e-mail or telephone:

Phone: 416-365-1444                    Fax: 416-365-1745
Toll free: 1-866-293-4483             TTY: 416-365-1732

Karen Campbell (ext. 253)                        Rifka Khalilieh (ext. 223)      
Program Manager                                    Grants Administrator  

Need more information?

To learn more about our economic development work: