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Funding programs for women and gender equality

Learn more about the funding programs from Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) as well as the open, closed and ongoing funding opportunities.

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Women’s Program

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:

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.

How do I 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.

Funding opportunities Open, Closed or Ongoing Funding program name

Feminist Response and Recovery Fund

Closed Women’s Program

Human trafficking call for proposals

Closed Gender-Based Violence Program

LGBTQ2 Community Capacity Fund call for proposals

Closed LGBTQ2 Community Capacity Fund

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemoration Fund

Closed

Women’s Program

Capacity-building call for proposals

Closed

Women’s Program

Gender Equality (GE) and Gender Based Violence Research (GBV) in Canada

Closed

Research and innovation

Gender-Based Violence: Promising Practices to Support Survivors and their Families

Closed

Gender-Based Violence Program

Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women

Closed

Women’s Program

Support for Women's Economic Security

Closed

Women’s Program

Funding to Advance Gender Equality in Canada

Closed

Women’s Program

Support for the Empowerment of Indigenous Women

Closed

Women’s Program

Support for Women's Empowerment

Closed

Women’s Program

Working in Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls 

Closed

Women’s Program

Increasing Economic Prosperity for Women 

Closed

Women’s Program

Economic Prosperity: Positioning Women for Success 

Closed

Women’s Program

Cyber and Sexual Violence: Helping Communities Respond 

Closed

Women’s Program

Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women 

Closed

Women’s Program

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