COVID-19: How Your Support Helps Women and Girls During the Pandemic
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Safer + Stronger Grants

Challenge the Rising Risk of Gender-Based Violence in the Pandemic


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Once you have registered and logged in, please use the following link to access your application in progress: My Account.

Grants Are For: Women’s organizations and other organizations offering significant gender-based violence supports and services to women to:

  • Prepare surge capacity to deal with an anticipated influx seeking support as a result of increased gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Support their ability to help address, prevent and reduce gender-based violence

Grants Will: support organizations’ ability to help address, prevent and reduce gender-based violence and deal with an influx of people seeking support due to an increase in gender-based violence in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amount You Can Apply For: requests can range between $10,000 and $200,000.

**Larger grants may be appropriate for national or regional activities, or when a coalition of organizations comes together to jointly undertake activities. If you are a single organization requesting a grant over $75,000, please reach out to your Regional Grants Advisor to discuss your ideas first.

Application Deadlines:
Apply as early as possible. We will accept applications on a continuous basis until February 15, 2021 or until the funds are fully distributed. Applications that are received on or before the deadline for a cycle will be reviewed and approved together.

  • January 8, 2021
  • January 18, 2021
  • February 1, 2021
  • February 15, 2021

Proposals must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date to be considered.

Number of Grants to be Given Out: the exact number depends on the size and number of requests.

Number of Applications We Expect to Receive: 400 to 600

Applicants Must Be:

  • Women’s organizations and other organizations in any region of Canada, except Quebec, offering significant gender-based violence supports and services to women to: prepare surge capacity to deal with an anticipated influx seeking support as a result of increased gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic; and support their ability to help address, prevent and reduce gender-based violence.
  • Organizations seeking funds for gender-based violence programs in Quebec can find information here.
  • Incorporated non-profit organizations with a valid charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency, or a First Nation or other organization/hamlet that is designated as a qualified donee.
  • Incorporated non-profit organizations without charitable status that are not qualified donees will be considered if they are working with a partner who is a qualified donee and has a mandate relevant to the project. Please discuss with your Regional Grants Advisor prior to submitting a proposal.

We encourage applicants from and applications supporting equity-seeking communities, including:

  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women, girls, Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people
  • Black women, girls, Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people
  • Women, girls, Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people living with disabilities
  • Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, androgynous, and asexual (2SLGBTQI+) people

What You Can Apply For: a range of activities and approaches to address gender-based violence in the COVID-19 pandemic will be considered. In your application, show how the funding will be used to support your organization’s COVID-19-related costs.

Activities must be completed, including all funds spent, by September 30, 2021. It is preferred that organizations plan to spend most of the funds by March 31, 2021, however there is some flexibility for expenses to be incurred after March 31 until September 30, 2021. Expenses beginning October 21, 2020 may be included.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Counselling support
  • Crisis intervention
  • Digital and telephone-based resources
  • Coordination of services and/or supplies
  • Additional staff required to safely deliver services
  • Participant engagement costs (e.g. childcare, transportation assistance)
  • Preventing and supporting those that have experienced sexual violence, including in the workplace and on campus
  • Capacity-building for the sector through resource sharing, training opportunities or knowledge mobilization by regional, provincial, or national groups
  • Broader prevention work such as advocacy, policy development, research, and public engagement in the context of the pandemic

Examples of eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Staffing
  • Organization’s administrative/operating costs (e.g. rent, hydro, heating)
  • Program delivery including supplies, furniture, or equipment
  • Infection control/COVID-19 prevention (i.e. protective equipment, Plexiglas barriers), including cleaning supplies
  • Rental expense for additional spaces
  • Knowledge exchange expenses (e.g. meeting costs, communities of practice to share lessons learned)
  • Volunteer recruitment/training

One proposal per organization will be accepted.

If your organization has already received a grant under one of the other government-funded emergency COVID-19 response funds offered by the Canadian Women’s Foundation or Women’s Shelters Canada, you may apply, but not for the same project or activities unless they are for expanded or different needs. If you apply for this grant, you can still apply for other funding from the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Successful applications will:

  • Clearly address gender-based violence in the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Demonstrate your experience delivering gender-based violence services and programs.
  • Show the specific groups, community, or communities you will serve.
  • Demonstrate your experience with the proposed community and with addressing gender equity/equality.
  • Demonstrate that all activities covered by the grant will be completed by September 21, 2021, including all funds spent. Expenses beginning October 21, 2020 may be included.

Read Full Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Further Assistance

If you have any further questions, contact the Grants Advisor for your region.

British Columbia & Yukon:
Jen Sungshine: | extension: 243

Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Northwest Territories:
Shagufta Pasta: | extension: 224

Nunavut and Canada-Francophone:
Mianu Ortega Trujillo: | extension: 255

Joy Agres: | extension: 253

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island:
Laura Cutmore: | extension: 230

Call 416-365-1444
Toll free: 1-866-293-4483
TTY: 416-365-1732

For general inquires, email:


The Canadian Women’s Foundation has received funding from the Government of Canada’s Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) to support women’s and gender-equality seeking organizations working on gender-based violence (GBV) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is a portion of the federal government’s October 2020 announcement on funding for organizations supporting people experiencing gender-based violence.

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