The Women’s International Solidarity Program of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is launching a pilot open call for proposals outside Canada for international development projects and worker-led initiatives that support women in accessing and being successful in employment occupations and industry labour sectors impacted by gender bias.
Projects must be led and implemented by non-profit organizations or associations located in low and middle-income countries. This initiative seeks to expand the international partners of the Humanity Fund to help advance strategic women and labour issues.
This call for proposals seeks to:
- Increase women’s successful labour integration in industries that continue to experience gendered occupational segregation;
- Elevate women’s leadership in labour movements that advocate for access and equity in non-traditional jobs;
- Help women secure decent work in career fields or sectors of employment where women’s participation is underrepresented.
- Project funding request can range from $10,000 up to $25,000 Canadian dollars to support project activities.
- Funding is for one-year project activities.
- Project activities will need to be completed by July 31, 2024.
- Funding renewal after one year will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.
- Continued funding will depend on project outcomes and future available resources.
- Strong preference will be given to projects working with women facing precarious and vulnerable employment conditions and those systematically disadvantaged.
- Preference will be given to activities with women-led, grassroots initiatives or community projects with a commitment to labour organizing and social justice values.
- Preference will be given to projects that build in a global education component to support the engagement of the United Steelworkers Canadian union members. (examples: online presentation, workshop, participation inadvocacy actions, travel delegation visit, etc.)
- Project funding can support existing initiatives or be applied to seed-fund innovative ideas.
- Eligible applicants must be registered non-profit organizations based and operating in developing countries or low or middle-income nations.
- Applicants must be able to project manage and operate internationally funded initiatives.
- Preference will be given to emerging and medium-sized organizations.
- Existing funded partners of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund are not eligible to apply for this call for proposals at this time.
Process and application
- Interested international organizations that meet the criteria for this call for proposals are cordially invited and encouraged to apply via the completion of an online form.
- Their organization is only able to receive proposals in three main languages: English, French and Spanish.
- If your organization is interested in applying, please use one of these three online application forms available.
For more information, visit Steelworkers Humanity Fund.