Funding opportunities

The Department for Women and Gender Equality works to advance equality for women and girls in Canada. Two of the ways it does this is through the Women’s Program, and the Gender-Based Violence Program.

Gender Equality and Gender Based-Violence Research

Minister Monsef launched a call for proposals on December 10 for knowledge synthesis and/or research related to gender equality (GE) or gender-based violence (GBV) in Canada.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), on behalf of the Department for Women and Gender Equality, has a requirement to procure research and development, as well as studies, that address GE and, GBV. It also aims to fund Indigenous-led and/or co-created research related to GE and GBV that meet needs identified by Indigenous communities.

The maximum project funding is up to $1 million, applicable taxes included, per contract until March 31, 2020. The total approximate funding available for all contracts is (2018-20) is $5 million.

Focus on key populations

Proposals must fill knowledge gaps in support of key populations, which could include: Indigenous Peoples; women and girls; men and boys; LGBTQ2 individuals; visible minorities; those living in northern, rural, and remote communities; people with disabilities; newcomers; children and youth; and seniors.

Apply now!

Capacity-building Fund

The Capacity-building call for proposals, which launched in October is now closed. This call, which stems from our Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement, is for projects that will increase the organizational and sector capacity of eligible women’s and Indigenous organizations.

Thank you to all the organizations who applied. We will review applications and announce the successful projects in spring 2019.

MMIWG Commemoration Fund

Through the Department for Women and Gender Equality, the government will establish a commemoration fund by providing $10 million over two years to honour the lives and legacies of Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2 individuals. The commemoration fund will support Indigenous communities in developing and implementing commemorative events. As the inquiry noted in the interim report, public commemoration is a powerful way to honour truths, support healing, create awareness, and to advance reconciliation.

Check back on our website for this new call for proposals.

Other Funding Opportunities

Other federal departments and agencies also offer funding opportunities for women to achieve their full participation in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.

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