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Girls’ Fund Grants

Grants to Canada Nonprofits for Programs
Benefiting Girls Ages Nine to Thirteen

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Foundation / Corporation

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Canadian Women's Foundation

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Grants of up to $60,000 per year to Canada nonprofits for community programs and networks designed to increase protective factors in girls ages nine to thirteen – such as confidence, critical thinking skills, social connectedness, and overall resilience. Organizations can apply for one of the following types of grants:

1. Girls programs involving weekly programming for girls: up to fourteen grants will be made to organizations focused on delivering programs to girls between the ages of nine and thirteen, using one or more of the following approaches:
- Science and technology
- Physical literacy and sports
- Leadership and empowerment
- Media literacy
- Aboriginal culture and teaching
- Girls programs are generally held at least once a week
- Girls’ program grants will range from $25,000 to $40,000 annually for a 4-year period.

2. Girls group mentoring involving formal mentoring, matching small groups of girls with one mentor or team of mentors. The ratio of mentors to girls is usually one mentor to three or four girls. One-on-one mentoring will not be considered. Up to fourteen grants will be made in this category. Girls group mentoring program grants will range from $25,000 to $40,000 annually for a 4-year period.

3. Combined Grant - Girls Program and Girls Group Mentoring Program: Some of the twenty-eight grants can be made to organizations that want to deliver both a girls program and a girls group mentoring program. These two programs must be distinct from each other, with the mentoring program including formal matched relationships between participants and mentors. The two programs can serve the same group of girls or can serve different groups of girls.

A combined grant for girls program and girls group mentoring can be up to a maximum of $60,000 annually for a 4-year period.

4. Network Activities: One to three grants will be made to organizations that are striving to develop networks and strengthen connections between girls’ programs and girl-serving organizations focusing on one of the following populations:
- Northern communities
- Girls with disabilities

Or one of the following issue areas related to girls:
- Gender diversity
- Mental health

These grants will be up to $40,000 annually for a 4-year period.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161568

Number of Grants:

Up to 28.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Girls’ Fund grants are available for a maximum of $40,000 per year for 4 years; or $60,000 per year for 4 years if you are applying for a combined girls program and girls mentoring grant.

Term of Contract:

Up to four years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants should be incorporated, nonprofit organizations and have a valid charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency, or be a First Nation designated as a qualified donee.

To be considered for a grant under the Girls’ Fund, your program or initiative is required to meet the following:
- Must focus on girls between the ages of nine and thirteen
- Must be girls only programs, inclusive of all gender expression

It is important to note and understand that although the Girls’ Fund uses the term ‘girl’ as a social category, gender is a spectrum and not limited to strict categories of ‘girl’ or ‘boy.’ Participants in girls programming may fall anywhere along that spectrum. In order to be inclusive and to foster the human rights of all youth, expanding programming to include all girls regardless of how they express their gender identity is crucial. An inclusive environment means all girls feel safe and supported, however they may identify.

- Individuals
- Federal, provincial or municipal government agencies and school boards (they can be involved but the Foundation grant will be made directly to the community organization)
- Profit-based organizations
- Fundraising events
- Conferences (although the project may involve some meetings)
- Projects not solely or primarily focused on women and girls
- Deficit or emergency funding
- Films or videos (unless this is part of a larger project)
- Capital expenditures
- Projects outside of Canada
- Research

Pre-proposal Conference:

Online Webinar: Girls' Fund Grants Application - What You Need to Know

Date: November 4, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)

Click here to register for the Webinar:

Pre-Application Information:

See the attached application, instructions, and FAQs below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Samantha Cochrane, Manager, Girls' Mentoring
Phone: 416-365-1444 x226

Beth Malcolm, Director, Girls’ Fund
Phone: 416-365-1444 x235

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Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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