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The Canadian Women’s Foundation




As a women’s foundation, we specialize in helping women and girls move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership. Each of our three grant areas have different eligibility and criteria. Specific guidelines for each granting area are posted when the application process opens.

Grant proposals are accepted only during scheduled application periods: we do not accept unsolicited proposals outside of this time.

Eligible Applicants

To be considered for an Annual Grant, your program, project or initiative is required to meet the following:

  • Women or gender equality organizations with significant experience in working with women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary peoples such as shelters, sexual assault centres, women’s centres, and organizations providing a continuum of services and connection to the community
  • Understand the intersection of inequity and barriers to participation factors such as race, class, gender, and sexual identity, (dis)ability, immigration status, language, or geography
  • Use an asset-based, positive approach that centres participants’ 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.

Eligible Expenses

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

1. Gender-based violence:
Programs, projects and initiatives that support women, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people, and their children, who have experienced violence, that aim to promote violence prevention, or that support systemic change efforts related to gender-based violence.

2. Economic security:
Programs, projects, and initiatives that support women, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people to lift them and their children out of poverty and into financial independence.

3. Girls’ empowerment:
Programs, projects, and initiatives that support girls, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary youth aged 9-13 in supportive, all-girl environments to build confidence, resilience, and critical thinking skills needed to face life’s challenges.

4. Inclusive leadership:
Programs, projects, and initiatives that support women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people to practice leadership skills and help participants understand that there is more than one way to lead.

Deadline Date

February 27, 2020


Contact Name: Canadian Women’s Foundation

Phone Number: 1-866-293-4483

E-mail Address:


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