Is the Women’s Program the right match for me?

Working in Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls

The mandate of the Women’s Program is to advance equality for women in Canada by working to create conditions for women’s success.

All projects funded by the Women’s Program must contribute to the fulfillment of this mandate. To do this, potential applicants should keep the following key considerations in mind when deciding whether or not to develop an application for funding from the Women’s Program:

  1. The focus of the Women’s Program is not on directly assisting or changing women, but on changing the environment (systemic change) to ensure that women and girls are not excluded because of their gender. To do this, the Women’s Program focuses on supporting projects that work to change practices, policies, customs, etc. that prevent or discourage the participation of women and girls.
  2. The Women’s Program funds projects. A project is defined as having a start date and an end date, and has activities that are time-limited. The Women’s Program cannot fund ongoing programs or services offered by organizations, such as sheltering abused women, and/or providing personal or group counselling that are part of an organization’s regular activities.
  3. Projects must work with others. Projects must undertake activities that create, develop or sustain partnerships. Women affected by the issue, partners and stakeholders work together to address the barriers that women and girls face. Change requires action by many players and it is only by including others that necessary changes can be made, and sustained, beyond the life of a particular project.

Here are some examples of activities the Women’s Program can and cannot fund:

Cannot fund projects that:

Could fund projects that:

For more information, please read the eligibility requirements and the application guide.

Not all organizations are a good fit for Women’s Program funding. However, you are encouraged to apply if your organization:

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