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We are no longer accepting applications for this call for concepts. The deadline for applications was March 1, 2018.

"Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women's general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall development."

- UN Women

The Government of Canada is committed to furthering its partnership with civil society and recognizes the important role of advocacy in furthering shared goals. As the federal agency that promotes equality between women and men in all aspects of Canadian life, Status of Women Canada (SWC) is responsible for exercising leadership and working in partnership to promote and advance equality. By supporting community-based action and innovation for women and girls in Canada, including ending violence against women and girls, SWC creates conditions for success for all Canadians.

The Government is taking action to end gender-based violence (GBV) through It's Time: Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. The strategy builds on current federal initiatives, coordinates existing programs and lays the foundation for greater action on GBV, and is based on three pillars:

SWC is launching a call for concepts for projects to address gender-based violence (GBV) in Canada. This call for concepts supports the second pillar, namely to develop promising practices to support survivors and their families. Through the GBV Program, SWC will strengthen the GBV sector to address gaps in supports for two groups of survivors:

Please refer to the GBV Program page for information on principles that should taken into account when developing the concept.

The development of a concept is the first stage in this application process. SWC will review all concepts submitted. Those that meet the assessment criteria will be invited to develop and submit a full proposal, for which pre-operational funding (up to $30,000 will be available). All full proposals will be assessed, and approved projects will be eligible to receive up to $1,000,000 in project funding.

Call for concepts

A call for concepts is a way to identify ideas that have the potential for development into a full proposal. The call for concepts is a competitive process and all submissions are subject to screening and review. Not all organizations that submit a call for concepts will be invited to submit a proposal for funding.

This call is a way for your organization to tell us what promising practice(s) it would like to test, as well as what specific population(s) it will be working with. The promising practice your organization is looking to test can be one it organization has been using already. If this is the case, this is an opportunity for your organization to demonstrate and measure results formally. It can also be a promising practice your organization has been thinking about implementing but haven't yet been able to test at the time or resources to test.

This process is different from that of a regular call for proposals, in that we are asking for less information in your initial application (i.e., the concept). Although information will need to be provided about your organization, its promising practice and evaluation approach, only high-level information is required at this point.

As part of the assessment process, SWC will be looking for synergies between organizations that are looking to test similar promising practices and/or populations. This may result in a co-application development process where it makes sense, and will be discussed with applicant organizations where required.

What your project concept must include:

Is your organization the right fit?

Organizations should have experience working on gender-based violence issues and should be able to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality, whether through their mandate or through experience. SWC is also open to working with new and non-traditional partners through this call for concepts. Potential applicants should consult the General Eligibility Requirements for GBV Program Funding to confirm they fall within the list of Eligible Recipients, as outlined below.

We are looking for organizations who are interested in testing new ways of working in order to better support survivors of violence. We are also looking for organizations who are committed to measuring results throughout the project and who have an interest in collaborating with researchers and evaluators. Why are we asking for all of this? Because we are committed to supporting the development of blueprints that will emerge from the promising practices and that can be made available for other organizations to replicate and adapt to their local context.

Eligible recipients include legally constituted organizations that are:


Applicants will have until March 1, 2018 to submit a Call for Concepts Application Form.

Next Steps

Once your organization submits its call for concept application form, there is nothing more the organization needs to do. All concept submissions will be assessed, and successful applicants will be invited to develop a full proposal based on their concept (see Proposal Development section below). Please note that all applicant organizations will be contacted by email with the result of their assessment.

Funding Available

Up to $30,000 for the development of a proposal.

Proposal Development

If your concept is selected by Status of Women, your organization will be invited to develop a proposal based on the information provided in the call for concept application form. Successful applicants will receive up to $30,000, and will have up to three months to develop their proposals. All proposals will be assessed by SWC. Depending on the outcomes of these reviews, funding will be allocated to successful applicants for full project implementation.

If your organization is invited to develop a proposal, the following documentation will be required as part of the three-month development phase:

What your promising practice must do:

Examples of activities could include, but are not limited to:

The following activities will not be considered under this call for concepts:

Proposals developed during this phase will need to be thorough, and demonstrate how organizations intend to implement activities to support the development and implementation of promising practices that strengthen the GBV sector to better address the needs of underserved populations.

Performance reporting and specific timelines will be determined after the full application has been approved. Depending on the nature of the proposed projects, additional requirements may apply.

Promising Practice Implementation


Up to 60 months

Funding Available

Up to $1,000,000

Planned results


If your organization has questions about any of the information presented here, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Glossary of Terms

Civil Society:

Civil society is the "third sector" of society, along with government and business. It comprises civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations. Footnote 4

Promising Practice:

A promising practice is an intervention, program/service, strategy, or policy that shows potential (or ‘promise') for developing into a best practice. Promising practices may be in the earlier stages of implementation. They demonstrate: medium to high positive impact, high potential for adaptability, and a suitable quality of evidence. A "best practice" can be defined as an intervention, program/service, strategy, or policy that has, through multiple implementations, demonstrated high impact, high adaptability, and high quality of evidence. Footnote 5

Gender Based Violence (GBV):

Gender-based violence is any form of violence against an individual because of their gender expression, gender identity or perceived gender. This can take many forms: cyber, physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, and economic. Neglect and harassment can also be forms of GBV.Footnote 6

GBV Sector:

The GBV Sector is comprised of individuals, organizations, networks, coalitions, levels of government, and any other group working to end GBV.


A validator is a contracted individual\organization with expertise in performance measurement/evaluation methodology who is able to validate a project's findings and/or outcomes. A validator is usually used when an organization has the capacity to perform performance measurement/evaluation in-house, but where it is required to have third-party evaluation as part of a project.


A blueprint is a practical "how to" resource that provides an outline of a promising practice that can be replicated by another organization and adapted to their local context.

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