Deadline: April 14, 2022, at 11:59pm PST 


The Canadian Women’s Foundation is now accepting Letters of Intent for Economic Development grants.

Organizations can apply for grants in one of the two following areas: 

Economic Development Grants: 
Programs, projects and initiatives that support women, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people, and who experience barriers to employment and/or economic security. 

Network Grants:
Research, policy, capacity-building, and advocacy programs, projects, and initiatives that support systemic change efforts on a local, regional or national scale. 

Please note that we will only accept one application per organization in this grant stream. 

The submission deadline is Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 11:59pm PST. Proposals submitted after this date will not be considered.  

To be considered for an Economic Development grant, your program, project, or initiative is required to meet the following: 

  •  Women or gender justice organizations with significant experience in working providing economic opportunities for women, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people, and organizations providing a continuum of services and connection to the community 
  • Understand the intersection of economic development with factors such as race, class, gender and sexual identity, (dis)ability, immigration status, language or geography 
  • Use an asset-based, positive approach that centers participant’s knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrate approaches to create and maintain safer/braver spaces during program time that encourage participants to speak up, and consideration given to the safety of program participants and staff outside of program spaces  
  • Must have valid charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency or be a First Nation that is designated by Canada Revenue Agency as a qualified donee or be working with a partner who fits this eligibility requirement. 

This call for proposals involves a twostage process. Interested organizations are invited to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) using the online form. A select number of organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal, including detailed workplan, budget, and partner letters. All applicants will be notified as to whether they will pass to the second stage by email within 4 to 6 weeks following the due date for the LOIs. 

If you have any questions about your application, please check the grant guidelines, letter of intent instructions, and the FAQ document. 

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

Phone: 416-365-1444 Fax: 416-365-1745 

Toll free: 1-866-293-4483 TTY: 416-365-1732 

Michelle Musindo (ext. 249)
Program Manager

Phaedra Mercantis (ext. 263)
Grants Administrator

The Economic Development Grants are made possible by the following generous donors to the Canadian Women’s Foundation Economic Development Fund: TD Bank Group, Scotiabank Fund, Ricki’s, Scotiabank, CIBC, Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Western Bank, Lancôme, and Groupe Dynamite Inc 

Logos for Women and Gender Equality Canada and Government of Canada

and our many other corporate partners, individual donors, and private family foundations throughout the country.