Community Needs Grants 2022

Community Needs Grants Overview

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is now accepting proposals for Community Needs grants. Approximately 24 grants up to a maximum of $20,000 each will be selected.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to put pressure on gender justice and women’s organizations. The aim of the Community Needs Grants is to provide short-term support for organizations doing gender-based work, particularly among smaller grassroots organizations, to meet a range of immediate needs. Applicants may apply for funds to cover program costs, to undertake timely policy or advocacy initiatives, to support organizational capacity-building or professional development, to build networks, and/or for operational and administrative expenses. Proposals will be expected to demonstrate how the funds will be used and how that spending will contribute to efforts to serve women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people in their communities.

Interested organizations are invited to submit a full proposal using the online form including budget and partner letters.

The submission deadline is Monday, March 21, 2022 at 5:00pm EDT. Proposals submitted after this date will not be considered.

Please note that we will only accept one application per organization in this grant stream. If Canadian Women’s Foundation has funded your organization previously, you may reapply, but note that we do not fund the same initiative more than three times.

To be deemed eligible for a Community Needs Grant, organizations must demonstrate that their proposal meets the following criteria.

1. Applicants must be incorporated non-profit organizations and have a valid charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency or be a First Nations Band or municipality designated as a qualified donee by Canada Revenue Agency. If your organization does not have charitable status or is not a qualified donee, we can consider an application in partnership with another organization that is a registered charity or qualified donee with a mandate relevant to your proposal.

2. Gender-based programming, services, and/or advocacy are core or central to your organization’s mission and you have significant experience offering gender-based programs, services, and/or advocacy initiatives with/for women, girls, Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people who face multiple barriers and are underserved, including:

a. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit
b. Black
d. With disabilities
e. Living in rural, remote, or northern communities
f. Racialized
g. Refugee, immigrant, or non-status
h. Living on low incomes
i. Older/Seniors
j. Young

3. Your organization is grassroots with a small budget (defined as organizations with an operating budget of less than $1 million per year OR shelters/transitional housing with an operating budget of less than $2 million per year). NOTE: The Foundation will accept applications from larger organizations applying on behalf of a grassroots nonprofit organization, coalition, network, or group without charitable or qualified donee status.

4. The proposed funding will support your organization’s ability to provide programs, services and/or advocacy initiatives, either directly through funding program or service costs or indirectly through funding core operational costs, that align with one or more of the Foundation’s funding pillars:

a. Gender-Based Violence
b. Economic Security
c. Girls’ Empowerment
d. Inclusive Leadership

If you have any questions about your application, please check the Grant Guidelines, Instructions, and the FAQ documents or attend one of our webinars. See sidebar for more information.

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

Jacqueline Hall (ext. 231)
Program Manager

Rifka Khalilieh (ext. 223)
Grants Coordinator

Community Needs Grants are made possible by the following generous donors to the Canadian Women’s Foundation:

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.

Interested in applying?

  1. Read the Grant Guidelines to see if your proposal fits the criteria
  2. Read the Application Instructions
  3. Read the Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Register for our webinars:

Community Needs Grants: What You Need to Know
Wednesday, February 23 at 2pm ET

Subventions d’appui communautaire: Ce qu’il faut savoir
Le jeudi 24 février à 11h00 HE