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Women’s Program: Feminist Response and Recovery Fund call for proposals




Under this Feminist Response and Recovery Fund, systemic change for women refers to modifying one or more elements within a system in a way that allow women and girls to fully participate in the economic, social, democratic and political life of Canada. Elements within a system include policies and practices; resource distribution; networks and collaborations; authority, voices and decision-making; and gender norms and attitudes.

Organizations can apply for funding for the following maximum amounts (per project):

  • Up to $300,000 in total for projects with a local reach, where project activities cover at least one community, such as a town, city or regional municipality
  • Up to $500,000 in total for projects with a regional reach, provincial/territorial reach or interprovincial/interterritorial reach, where project activities cover multiple cities; a region of a province or territory; an entire province or territory; or a few adjacent provinces and territories. In the context of this call, projects that cover one of Canada’s three largest municipalities would qualify as regional: Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
  • Up to $700,000 in total for projects with a pan-Canadian reach, where project activities must have impact in at least four WAGE regions and be carried-out in both official languages (both official languages not required for Indigenous organizations). Pan-Canadian projects are encouraged to include engagement or partnerships with Indigenous organizations and communities.

Eligible Applicants

  • Not-for-profit women’s organizations and other not-for-profit organizations with experience in advancing equality for women
  • Not-for-profit Indigenous organizations (that represent First Nations, Inuit or Métis interests and is controlled by members of the population it serves)
    • Where there are no Indigenous not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous governments (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities) and their agencies
  • Research organizations, institutes and centres of expertise
  • Educational institutions

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenditures are costs considered necessary to deliver the project. For this call for proposals, eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:

Direct delivery expenditures (considered necessary to deliver the project):

  • Travel expenses within Canada: Travel expenses shall not exceed the rates for civil servants set out in the National Joint Council Travel Directive including Travel Directive for Kilometric Rates and Meals Allowances
  • Salaries and benefits for staff for the duration of the project and that are directly related to project delivery
  • Honoraria and professional fees
  • Materials and supplies
  • Facilities that are project specific such as room rental for activities
  • Translation
  • Professional development
  • Engagement of Indigenous Elders
  • Publicity and promotion
  • Other expenses not included in other budget items, such as costs for refreshments/meals served during key project activities

Administrative expenditures (related to central administrative functions of the organization receiving funding that support project activities):

  • Project oversight
  • Project staff office space
  • Telephones
  • Computer equipment
  • IT maintenance
  • Accounting

Administrative expenditures will not be approved where they are higher than 20% of the total funding requested from the Department.

Deadline Date

March 25, 2021


Contact Name: Status of Women Canada

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