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Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund Grant

Grants to Canada Nonprofits, Schools, Organizations, and
IHE Sports Programs to Support Gender Equality in Sports

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Funding Source:

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Canadian Women and Sport, Government of Canada

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Grants of $2,500 to Canada nonprofits, schools, organizations, and IHE sports programs to support gender equality in sports. A portion of funds will be allocated to organizations and initiatives serving or led by women and girls who are Indigenous peoples, people of color, LGBTQI2S+, deaf persons, and persons with disabilities.

The WISE Fund is to build capacity for gender equity within organizations and support them to expand quality opportunities for girls and women to participate and lead in sport.
  1. With a recognition of the challenges that lie ahead due to COVID-19, Canadian Women & Sport is committed to supporting Canadian organizations through their recovery process and to supporting their work to advance gender equity.
  2. Canadian Women & Sport is committed to the equitable distribution of grant funds to all communities and underrepresented groups across the country.

Eligible for Funding

  • Organizations and/or initiatives that help keep girls and women participating in sport throughout their lives
  • Initiatives that increase the leadership capacity of girls in women in sport
  • Initiatives that enhance an organization’s capacity for gender equity
  • Organizations and/or initiatives that focus on supporting marginalized girls and women in sport

Canadian Women & Sport does not require that initiatives include only women and girls. Canadian Women & Sport supports initiatives with objectives that advance gender equity and are inclusive beyond the gender binary.

Examples of Eligible Uses of Funds

  • Expenses directly related to the initiative activities, including:
  • Compensation for human resources directly related to initiative activities (i.e. salaries, facilitator honoraria, etc.)
  • Venue costs
  • Marketing and communications
  • Travel costs related to carrying out the initiative
  • Equipment costs
  • Participant training/registration fees

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164751

Number of Grants:

The 2021 WISE Fund will award grants to 30 organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:


Term of Contract:

Recipients will be required to spend grand funding by March 31st, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Sport organizations (NSOs, MSOs, PSOs, clubs)
- Community organizations
- University/college sport programs
- Schools
- Non-profit organizations
- Organizations who have previously received funding

This year, the Fund will reinforce its commitment to equity by dedicating a minimum of 60% of grant funding to go toward organizations/initiatives led by or directly serving women and girls who are:
- Indigenous peoples (First Nations, MĂ©tis, and Inuit)
- People of Colour (people who are non-white, regardless of birthplace)
- Deaf Persons, Persons with Disabilities

Canadian Women & Sport is committed to equitably distributing grants to reflect the diversity present in Canada. Based on principles of equity and anti-oppression best practices, these considerations include race, ethnicity, geography, language, sexual orientation, and ability.

- Individual applicants are not eligible for funding for personal use
- International organizations/initiatives serving communities outside of Canada

Ineligible activities include:
- Funding for Canadian Women & Sport Services
- Costs incurred before September 2020
- Prize monies/awards
- Insurance costs
- Liquor and alcohol costs

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will open on Tuesday, October 13th and close on Monday, November 9th.

- Applications open: Tuesday, October 13th
- Applications close: Monday, November 9th
- Recipient announcements: Early March 2021
- Grant money must be spent by March 1st, 2022

Consultation Calls:
Canadian Women & Sport will be offering 15-minute consultation calls at select times between September 21st and October 9th to support applicants with any specific questions related to the eligibility of their application. Please note that time slots are limited, and all calls will be strictly capped at 15-minutes. Book a consultation at

WISE Fund Application Process:

Contact Information:

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

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Canadian Women and Sport
970 Queen Street East, PO Box 98162, Toronto, ON, M4M 1J0

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Geographic Focus:

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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