Canadian Women’s Foundation: Seeking Proposals for Annual Violence Prevention Grants 2019

Deadline: 4 February 2019

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is currently accepting proposals for its 2019-2020 Annual Violence Prevention Grants.

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The Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s only national public foundation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. They also provide women and girls with the tools they need to move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence and leadership.

Principles governing Canadian Women’s Foundation’s violence prevention grant making include:

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  • A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Priority given to funding projects in which women are leaders and there is strong input and involvement from project participants
  • Priority given to projects that consider the realities of women’s lives e.g. by providing child care, transportation assistance and advocacy supports

Purpose of the Grants

The Violence Prevention Organizations can apply for grants that address one of the following goals:

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  • Prevention: Prevent gender-based violence through programs involving for girls only, or for teens of all genders (11 to 19 years old);
  • Rebuilding Lives: Support women’s organizations and programs involving women and children rebuild their lives after experiencing violence;
  • Loan Funds: Provide interest-free loan funds to women who have experienced violence.

Funding Information

Approximately 25 annual grants of up to $20,000 each will be allocated. Priority will be given in these grants to work with women, children and teens facing multiple challenges.

Note: The foundation will only accept one proposal per organization, and that their organization can apply for a grant in only one of the above mentioned three areas.

Overall Criteria

  • Women’s organizations with significant experience in gender-based violence, such as shelters and sexual assault centres;
  • Programs for women who face multiple challenges, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women, Black women and women of colour, women living in rural or northern communities, those who identify as 2S LGBTQ+, women living on low-incomes, older women, refugee, immigrant or non-status women women with disabilities and Deaf women, and young women;
  • Projects that have established partnerships with other local women’s organizations or community based organizations that have experience working with women and girls.
  • Grassroots organizations with small budgets.
  • Projects hat demonstrate a gender-analysis on the issue of violence (within the project materials, organizational structure, etc.).
  • Projects where funds can help leverage other funds.

Grant Specific Criteria

  • Prevention: The foundation will fund programs/activities for girls only, or for teens of all genders (11 to 19 years old) that work to prevent gender-based violence, that can be school-based or offered outside of schools in a setting that provides a safer space. The application must:
    • Have a significant focus on issues of violence experienced by women and girls, and healthy relationships. This may be within the context of connecting key issues such as violence, sexual relationships, substance abuse, respecting diversity and differences, and sexuality
    • Show a confirmed partnership with schools, if the program delivery is school-based
    • Actively involve girls/teens as peer educators or in other ways that promote their feeling of ownership in the program
    • Actively involve participants for a significant time period (i.e. More than four class presentations)
    • Have a component that builds skills in areas such as critical analysis and decision making.
  • Rebuilding Lives:
    • The foundation will give priority to programs that provide:
      • Housing supports provided to women who have experienced violence, and their children
      • Support to children who have witnessed abuse or for parenting children who have witnessed abuse
      • Train opportunities, development and advocacy by provincial groups
      • Education and support on gender-based violence involving women with disabilities, older women and those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+
    • The foundation will also consider programs that provide:
      • Follow-up counselling and/or support
      • Help with financial, housing,health, and legal issues
  • Loan Funds: The foundation will help new or existing funds that offer interest-free loan funds for women leaving an abusive relationship, and are also supported by:
    • Additional resources for financial planning, budgeting, and managing priorities
    • Access to information on programs

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be incorporated non-profit organizations and have a valid charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency or a First Nations, Metis or Inuit band designated as a qualified donee by Canada Revenue Agency.
  • If organization does not have charitable status or is not a qualified donee, the foundation can consider an application in partnership with another organization that is a registered charity with a mandate relevant to the project. The other organization’s volunteer Board of Directors will have fiscal responsibility for the grant and be legally responsible for ensuring that the funds are spent for the charitable purposes intended. They will be required to sign a letter of agreement and work in partnership with the organization delivering the project.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

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  • Avatar Leane kekana says:

    It is surely pathetic for our community south of Gauteng experiencing violence. Your support shall transform a vommune

  • Avatar Rachel Tonui says:

    We are aCBO based in Kenya and we support young girls and vulnerable children to get access to quality education and mentor them on alternative right of passage in place of FGM which is still rampant in my community. Dear qualify for your grant? Rachel Tonui

  • Avatar Ayanda says:

    I am a founder of Olive tree Violence empowermet non profit organisation for the women and child abused to shelter ,counseling and training but we have a big challenges of a property to operate and the resources to continue with the project and it is our deepest desire to operate and to create jobs for the auxiliary social workers administrators and house keepers we can be in partnership with the sponsor ,we are based here in Pretoria South Africa, thanks I can send the proof of the certificate of Npo registration for your reference thank ,your positive response will be highly appreciated thanks

  • Avatar Kadiatu Kamara says:

    Indeed it is really heart rendering to see women suffering in Africa where we claim to respect women. we will be very grateful to accept your support against women violence.

  • Avatar Rachel MINDOUDOUMOU MVOMO says:

    Bonjour, dommage , je maîtrise pas la langue anglaise. Mais, active dans le domaine de la protection de l’environnement et les droit à la bonne alimentation et le droit l’éducation de qualité des Orphelins et Enfants Vulnérables (OEV). Un accent est mis sur ceux des mineurs en conflit avec la loi et incarcérés. D’où notre engagement, pour transformer cette difficulté en une opportunité durant son séjour en prison. (AFESAF) Association Femmes Sans Frontières.

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:


      Thank you for contacting fundsforNGOs. Unfortunately, our services are only available in English and we are only able to respond to queries written in English.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar cliff matara says:

    is kenya as well illigible to the program………

  • Avatar More says:

    Hi. Any recommendations for Zimbabwe? Thanks

  • Avatar Najibeh Ataei says:

    I am wondering if any NGO or person linked with an NGO from Afghanistan is eligible for this grant?

  • Avatar Huda says:

    is iraq included in this grant? please reply

  • Avatar Anzoa Jennifer says:

    Hello there,
    We are a small CBO based in the Northern part of Uganda – Adjumani (called: El-Shadai Globeline Empowerment). we support young vulnerable girls, children and women to proper education and mentor them on their alternative rights mainly on SRH. Is Uganda Eligible and do we qualify dear?

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