Theme: Increasing Economic Options for Women
To engage women and community partners in developing community strategies to increase women’s access to a broad range of economic options.
Projects will address the institutional barriers and other factors that limit local efforts to advance the economic security and prosperity of women in communities across Canada. Specifically, the projects will engage women in enhancing their economic options by tapping into opportunities in their communities. Projects will: build partnerships to identify and address the economic needs and unique challenges facing women in their local communities; work to identify effective, community-specific mechanisms and solutions; and test these mechanisms and solutions.
Priority will be given to organizations that take a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach.
Up to $200,000.
Up to 24 months.
Mandatory Key Activities
- Engage and establish working partnerships with:
- local women; and
- stakeholders and potential allies, such as women's and other community organizations, community leaders, sector leaders and councils, economic development organizations, businesses and business associations, financial and training institutions, local/regional governments, employers.
- Carry out an assessment, taking gender issues into consideration, of the community’s assets and opportunities for women:
- work with local women to identify the barriers they face, their needs, priorities, viewpoints and potential strategies for achieving economic security/prosperity;
- work with stakeholders to identify opportunities to increase economic options for women; and
- Identify supports as well as gaps in existing policies, programs, services and decision-making processes.
- Develop or adapt strategies to increase economic opportunities for women in the community:
- identify promising practices to overcome barriers to economic security and prosperity; and
- engage women and stakeholders to ensure tangible results in the context of local need.
- Implement an effective, community-specific approach with local partners.
For example, women and community stakeholders work to establish formal employment agreements between local industry leaders and community colleges to hire women graduates.
Projects proposing the following types of activities will not be considered under this Call for Proposals:
- delivering training (occupational or otherwise) to women, unless the training is to facilitate their participation in the project (e.g. facilitation skills);
- recruiting and/or awareness activities about opportunities in non-traditional sectors (e.g. job fairs); and
- providing direct access to existing services/supports; and
- supporting existing and/or ongoing activities or programs, or direct services under the jurisdiction of other levels of government.
- Effective strategies and/or mechanisms to advance local women's economic security and opportunities for prosperity have been developed.
- Women and stakeholders can identify barriers to women's economic security and are aware of local opportunities.
- Local women are actively engaging and taking on leadership roles to address these pressing issues in their communities.
- Community partners and stakeholders collaborate to maximize assets to increase economic options for women.
- Stakeholders have taken strategic actions to improve the economic situation of women living in their community.
Project Deliverables (after approval)
- Detailed work plan, results framework and performance measurement plan, risk management plan and list of project partners.
- Assets and opportunities report
- Interim report and other project documents, as required
- Final report
Performance-reporting requirements and timelines will be determined after the proposed project has been approved.
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