The Status of Women Canada has launched a call for applications for the Feminist Response and Recovery Fund to support a feminist response and recovery from the current impacts of COVID-19, particularly for underrepresented women, through systemic change projects across the Women’s Program three priority areas.
The purpose of the Women’s Program is to address or remove systemic barriers impeding the progress and advancement of women, in all their diversity, in three priority areas:
- Encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making positions
- Improving women’s and girls’ economic security and prosperity
- Ending gender-based violence
Key Action Areas
The Department is supporting projects that seek to address gender inequality for women through one or more of the following action areas that touch upon elements within a system:
- Advancing inclusive policies and practices: Address sexism and other barriers to gender equality at the organizational, governmental, legislative and sectoral levels through the creation, modification or the removal of policies and practices
- Encouraging more effective and equitable sharing of resources: Address how key resources such as knowledge, information and funding are shared, mobilized and redistributed to address barriers to equality
- Increasing networks and collaboration to accelerate systemic change: Build and strengthen partnerships to work across sectors and break down silos, with an aim to increase the reach, impact and sustainability of gender equality efforts
- Supporting positive distribution of authority, voices and decision-making power: Address unequal power structures to ensure those directly affected by gender inequality and with lived experiences are part of the dialogue and solution
- Addressing persistent harmful gender norms and attitudes: Challenge standard beliefs and assumptions (e.g. stereotypes) on how people should think and act based on their gender and other intersecting identity factors
- Organizations can apply for funding for the following maximum amounts (per project):
- Up to $300,000 in total for projects with a local reach, where project activities cover at least one community, such as a town, city or regional municipality
- Up to $500,000 in total for projects with a regional reach, provincial/territorial reach or interprovincial/interterritorial reach, where project activities cover multiple cities; a region of a province or territory; an entire province or territory; or a few adjacent provinces and territories. In the context of this call, projects that cover one of Canada’s three largest municipalities would qualify as regional: Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
- Up to $700,000 in total for projects with a pan-Canadian reach, where project activities must have impact in at least four WAGE regions and be carried-out in both official languages (both official languages not required for Indigenous organizations). Pan-Canadian projects are encouraged to include engagement or partnerships with Indigenous organizations and communities.
- Projects should aim to start no earlier than early Summer 2021 and must be completed by March 31, 2024.
- All applicants under this call for proposals must be Canadian, legally constituted organizations and be one of the following:
- Not-for-profit women’s organizations
- Not-for-profit Indigenous organizations (that represent First Nations, Inuit or Métis interests and is controlled by members of the population it serves)
- Where there are no Indigenous not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous governments (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities) and their agencies
- Research organizations, institutes and centres of expertise
- Educational institutions
- For the purpose of this call for proposals:
- A women’s organization has as its primary mandate and objectives to promote equality for women in Canadian society. The use of the word “women” is inclusive of both cisgender and trans individuals. Women’s organizations include those advocating for women’s equality and promoting broader societal awareness, engagement and action on advancing gender equality.
- An Indigenous organization represents First Nations, Inuit, or Métis interests; is representative of the members of the population it serves; and its work includes advancing gender equality for Indigenous women in Canada. The use of the word “women” is inclusive of Two-spirited, cisgender and trans individuals.
- An educational institution is an entity that provides instructional services or education-related services. Examples include: universities, colleges and CEGEPs, secondary schools, school boards and school districts.
- Research institutes or research centres are establishments founded for doing research. They have a research mandate and qualified research staff or research facilities.
- Centres of expertise or centres of excellence are organizations that aim to provide leadership, best practices, research, support or training in a given field.
For more information, visit https://cfc-swc.gc.ca/fun-fin/frrf/index-en.html