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Community Needs Grants 2021

Deadline: August 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm EDT

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is now accepting proposals for Community Needs grants. We will select approximately 23 grants up to a maximum of $20,000 each. In response to pressure the COVID-19 pandemic has been putting on gender justice and women’s organizations, the Foundation is launching a new annual grant stream designed to provide one year of flexible funding to organizations to meet a range of needs. Applicants may apply for funds to cover program costs and/or operational expenses, such as covering staff salaries or relief staff, adapting services for an online environment, piloting a new approach, etc. 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.

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Learn About Applying

The Canadian Womens’s Foundation prioritizes programs that are:

  • designed for women, girls, and Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people who face multiple barriers
  • developed in collaboration with the participants they serve
  • grounded in a strong gender-based analysis

Who Can Apply

We accept applications from incorporated, non-profit organizations that have a valid charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency, or First Nations Bands designated as qualified donees and by Canada Revenue Agency. To check that your charitable number is in good standing, visit Canada Revenue Agency or call 1-800-267-2384.

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 charitable organization directly)
  • profit-based organizations
  • fundraising events
  • projects outside of Canada
  • projects not solely or primarily focused on those who identify as women, girls, or trans, Two Spirit, and non-binary people
  • 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)

What We Fund

Grant proposals are accepted only during application periods. We do not accept unsolicited proposals outside of these periods.

Teen Healthy Relationship Grants

Open every 4 years. Last awarded in 2020.

These 4-year grants support school- and community-based programs that work with young people of all genders, aged 10-19, on learning about dating violence, gender stereotypes, sexual harassment, and how to create safe and healthy relationships.

Anti-Trafficking Grants

Open every 5 years. Last awarded in 2016.

These 5-year grants support programs for women, girls, Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people who have been coerced into sexual and/or labour exploitation. These programs build on women’s strengths, supporting them in accessing safety and rebuilding their lives. We also support organizations that are working to coordinate services and deepen their understanding of trafficking in local communities.

Rebuilding Lives Grants

Open every 3 years Last awarded in 2020.

These 3-year grants support programs for women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary peoples to rebuild their lives after experiencing violence, including housing supports, sexual assault and harassment supports, counselling, child witness to violence programs, court/legal supports.

Economic Development Grants

Open every 5 years. Last awarded in 2018.

These 5-year grants support programs for women, Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people who are living on low incomes to learn a skilled trade, start a business, or gain work experience, with the goal of achieving a sustainable livelihood.

Girls’ Fund Grants

Open every 4 years. Last awarded in 2020.

These 4-year grants support programs for girls, Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people, age 9 to 13 to build confidence, critical-thinking skills, resilience, and a sense of belonging. We also support mentorship programs and strengthen the capacity of organizations that work with girls.

Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Grants

Next funding cycle to be confirmed.

These grants assist organizations to support and encourage their growth and participation in the social innovation and social finance ecosystem. The grant program will focus on preparing the ground for new projects to address women’s needs in Canada in various sectors, working with diverse and underserved communities.

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