Last year, alongside The Equality Fund, the Government of Canada and Green Shield Canada, we launched the Fund for Gender Equality— a granting stream to support ambitious, local projects that advance gender equality. Today, we are excited to share the granting results and the inaugural cohort of 21 community foundations supporting the ongoing efforts of The Fund and Communities for Gender Equality.

21 community foundations are granting $3.5M locally to support 126 organizations, whose core activities, leadership, mission, and vision are committed to advancing gender equality. 


people will be served by these projects


of people served will be women, girls, Two-Spirit and/or gender-diverse

Funded Projects

Groups Leading Projects

Please Note: Many projects are intersectional and are led by multiple groups listed. Projects will be counted more than once if they are being led by more than of the outlined groups.



Women have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and we believe that as we plan for recovery, it must be a feminist recovery. To create communities of true belonging, we need to advance gender equality across the country. 

Community foundations participating in the Fund for Gender Equality are committed to changing philanthropy from the inside out. In addition, community foundations participating in the broader Communities for Gender Equality program are going on an 18-month learning journey to create systems change within their own organizations. 

Models of Collaboration



Project Areas of Focus

Please Note: The chart shows all projects who selected a service. Many projects are intersectional and are delivering multiple services.



Participating community foundations have committed to prioritizing gender equality by updating their governance, staffing, human resources, procurement policies/procedures, and more. As a cohort, they will collectively contribute an additional $3.4M of their own capital funds to gender-lens investments.

Northern Projects

In partnership with the Government of Canada, we worked to actively deliver a designated $120,000 from the Fund for Gender Equality across the territories and Inuit Nunangat to expand the Fund’s reach and impact.

Through this funding, we are pleased to support the Yukon-based project “ElectHER,” led in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Yukon and the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle. The project aims to lift up and empower Indigenous youth and women, encourage diversity in politics, and providing resources and tools required to enter a campaign.

Additional Northern-specific initiatives will be announced in February. 

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