The objective of the Women’s Program is to achieve the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada. Funding is provided to eligible organizations in support of projects at the local, regional and national levels that address the following three priority areas:
- Ending violence against women and girls
- Improving women’s and girls’ economic security and prosperity
- Encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles
Funding is available for time-specific projects that address barriers to women’s participation and equality in Canadian society. Eligible organizations and activities are determined by the Women’s Program’s funding criteria. Funding is not provided for ongoing activities, such as an organization’s operations and administration. Also, as available funds are limited, not all qualified applicants may receive funding.
Gender-Based Violence Program
The Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Program takes action under the second pillar of It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence which is “support for survivors and their families”. The Strategy builds on current federal initiatives, coordinates existing programs and lays the foundation for greater action on GBV.
The Program is population-specific, and its objective is to support organizations working in the GBV sector in developing and implementing promising practices to address gaps in supports for Indigenous and underserved groups of survivors in Canada.
Funding is provided to eligible organizations in support of projects at the local, regional and national levels, and is available for time-specific projects that address gaps in supports for specific groups of survivors, including Indigenous women and their communities and underserved populations, such as those who are more at risk of GBV and/or who are facing barriers to accessing services. These could include children and youth, ethno-cultural women, LGBTQ2 communities and gender-non-binary people, non-status/refugee/immigrant women, seniors, women living in an official language minority community, women living in northern, rural and remote communities, and women living with a disability.
As available funds are limited, not all qualified applicants may receive funding.
Visit the GBV Knowledge Centre for other funding opportunities related to GBV.
Equality for Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Program
The objective of the Program is to advance social, political and economic equality with respect to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Funding is provided to eligible organizations for time-specific projects, including partnership building, capacity building, and applied community research, etc.
Eligible organizations and activities are determined by the Program’s funding criteria. Funding is not provided for ongoing activities, such as an organization’s operations and administration. Also, as available funds are limited, not all qualified applicants may receive funding.
Eligible applicants include legally constituted organizations that are:
- not-for-profit Canadian organizations
- for-profit Canadian organizations, if the nature and intent of the funded activity is non-commercial and not intended to generate profit
- Indigenous governments (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities) and their agencies
- provinces, territories, municipalities and their agencies
- research organizations and institutes, centres of expertise
- educational institutions
How to Apply?
WAGE issues targeted calls for proposals on specific themes, each with a number of predetermined elements, and application deadlines. Additionally, through a continuous intake process, WAGE is able to address emerging issues as they arise. To ensure your proposed project fulfills the requirements of the eligibility criteria, please consult the General eligibility requirements for Women’s Program, the General eligibility requirements for GBV Program or the General eligibility requirements for SSOGIE Program. You may also contact a Women and Gender Equality Canada office to discuss the application with a Program Officer.
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