In 2019, CFC became one of the founding partners of the Equality Fund, a groundbreaking collaboration that will deliver new momentum for women’s movements in Canada and around the world.
As a founding partner, CFC joined a diversity of others including women’s funds, community foundations, Royal Bank of Canada, a gender-lens investing firm, venture capital, a network of the largest global foundations, and others, in an effort to scale global impact by working together. In June of 2019, the Government of Canada announced its own contribution to the Equality Fund, which will further help in creating a sustainable and predictable source of funding for women’s organizations and movements advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all genders, including women, non-binary people and trans people.
The Fund for Gender Equality
As Canadian communities work towards a just recovery and a future grounded in gender equality, the Fund for Gender Equality (The Fund) will support ambitious, local projects that advance gender equality.
The Fund will support local initiatives in over 20 communities across Canada. Hosted by local community foundations, the Fund will build on efforts to shift power to women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people, and will work towards a future grounded in justice and gender equality.
Several foundations took part in the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality earlier in 2020. Having taken important learnings from the pilot, Community Foundations of Canada and participating community foundations are now inviting applications to the Fund for Gender Equality.
The Fund will support ambitious, local projects that advance gender equality as Canadian communities work towards a just recovery. From November 2020 to March 2022, the Fund will be hosted by participating community foundations who will make a total of $3.4M available to projects in their communities.
The Fund is available in participating communities, and organizations whose mission, activities, or partnerships are focused on advancing gender equality are welcome to apply for grants of up to $40,000.
Participating community foundations will accept applications from November 3 to November 30, 2020.