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2019-2020 Annual Violence Prevention Grants

Grants to Canada Nonprofits to Support Women and
Children Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Canadian Women's Foundation

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

02/04/19 11:59 PM PST


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Canada nonprofits for programs that address domestic violence and offer support to women and children who have experienced violence and abuse. Funding is intended to help prevent violence among girls and teens, help women and children rebuild their lives after experiencing violence, and financially assist women who have experienced violence. Priority will be given to proposals that support women, children, and teens facing multiple challenges.

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

Organizations can apply for one of the following types of grants:

Prevention: Prevent gender-based violence through programs involving girls only, or for teens of all genders (11 to 19 years old).

Prevention programs 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 two class presentations)
- Have a component that builds skills in areas such as critical analysis and decision making.

Rebuilding Lives: Support women’s organizations and programs in Canada to help women and children rebuild their lives after the crisis of experiencing violence.

Priority will be given to projects that provide:
- Support to children who have witnessed abuse or for parenting children who have witnessed abuse
- Housing supports provided to women and their children who have experienced violence
- Training, 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 projects that provide:
- Follow-up counseling 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.

Overall Criteria
- Women’s organizations with significant experience in gender-based violence, such as shelters and sexual assault centers;
- 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 2SLGBTQ+, 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.
- Grass roots organizations with small budgets.
- Projects that demonstrate a gender-analysis on the issue of violence (within the project materials, organizational structure, etc.).
- Projects where grant funds can help leverage other funds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177921

Number of Grants:

Approximately 25

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be funded up to a maximum of $20,000 each. If your organization and work fits the selection criteria, you may apply for additional funding of up to $3,000 to assist with access costs.

Term of Contract:

This funding cycle is for projects starting August 2019. A project can be funded a maximum of 3 years in a row.

Additional 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 your organization does not have charitable status or is not a qualified donee, the funding source can consider an application from 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.

Not funded:
- Individuals
- Federal, provincial or municipal government agencies and school boards (they can be involved but the grant will be made directly to the community organization)
- Profit-based organizations
- Fundraising events
- Conferences
- Projects outside of Canada
- 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
- Self-defense training (if it is the only component of the project).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Monday, January 21, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

The Canadian Women's Foundation invites interested applicants to join a session to learn more about the available grants, selection process and tips on preparing your application. Participants are encouraged to bring any related questions as a significant portion of the presentation will be dedicated to Q & A.

Presented by: Keetha Mercer, Program Manager of Community Initiatives at the Canadian Women's Foundation

This webinar will be primarily in English - you can call Keetha to discuss your proposal in French.

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST.

- February: Submit full proposals for projects starting August 2019
- February - April: Review of applications and shortlisting proposals
- May: Grants Selection Committee meeting to review shortlist and make final selection
- Mid-June: Board Approval of final grants selected
- July: Grants awarded
- September: All applicants will be notified.

Organizations that have already received funding for the same project for three years, may not reapply for the same project.


Additional information:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Keetha Mercer, Program Manager, Community Initiatives
416-365-1444 ext. 238

Rifka Khalilieh, Administrator, Community Initiatives
416-365-1444 ext. 223

Canadian Women’s Foundation – National Office
133 Richmond St. W. Suite 504
Toronto, ON M5H 2L3
Phone: 416-365-1444
Toll Free: 1-866-293-4483
Fax: 416-365-1745 / Toll Free 1-877-293-7490

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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