COVID-19: How Your Support Helps Women and Girls During the Pandemic


We are no longer accepting applications for these grants.

If you have submitted a Letter of Intent, please use the following link to access your application: My Account

Organizations can apply for grants that address one of the following goals:

  • Girls’ Programs – up to $40,000/year to support weekly programs for girls between the ages of 9 and 13.
  • Girls’ Mentoring Programs – up to $40,000/year to support a program for girls involving formal mentoring and matching of small groups of girls between the ages of 9 to 13 with one mentor or team of mentors.
  • Combined Girls’ Program and Girls’ Group Mentoring Program – up to $40,000/year to support an organization to provide a continuum of programming involving both a weekly girls’ program and group mentoring.
  • National or Regional Networks – up to $40,000/year to develop networks that strengthen and enhance the capacity of girl-serving organizations across a region or nationally.


To be considered for a grant under the Girls’ Fund Grant, your program or initiative is required to meet the following:

  • Must focus on girls between the ages of 9 and 13
  • Must be inclusive of all girls. The Canadian Women’s Foundation embraces an inclusive definition of “women” and “girls” that includes people who identify as women, girls, trans, genderqueer, gender non-binary, Two-Spirit, and gender questioning. An inclusive environment means all participants feel safe and supported, however they may identify.
  • 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 two stage 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 6 to 8 weeks following the due date for the LOIs.

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

If the Canadian Women’s Foundation has funded a project previously, you may reapply, but please note that we will only fund the same project for two funding cycles.

The submission deadline is Monday, November 4, 2019 at 11:59pm PST. Proposals submitted after this date will not be considered.


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

Janine Rocha (ext. 227)
Program Manager, Community Initiatives

Phaedra Maicantis (ext. 263)
Grants Administrator, Community Initiatives

Need more information?

To learn more about our Girls’ Fund work:

  1. See projects that have received Girls’ Fund Grants in the past
  2. Learn the facts about girls in Canada
  3. Read our tip sheets and research reports, see our webinars

These grants are made possible by generous support of:

Founding Donor of Mentoring for Girls:

Nancy Baron of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation

Founding Partners of the Girls’ Fund: 

Ann Southam Empowerment Fund at Canadian Women’s Foundation, RBC Foundation, Zukerman Family Foundation

Girls’ Fund Donors:

Julie and Rick George, Giant Tiger, Lynda Hamilton, The Haynes-Connell Foundation at the Toronto Community Foundation, Anne Larson, La Maison Simons Inc, Andrea Miller, Praxair, Reitmans (Canada) Limited, TD Bank Group

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