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.
In Canada today, too many women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse individuals still face barriers and discrimination of all kinds. To create communities of true belonging, we need to advance gender equality across the country. Communities for Gender Equality supports long-term systemic change in four main settings including personal, governance, institutional, and community. Since 2019, the pilot and cohort 1 rounds have supported women, girl, gender-diverse and Two-Spirit-led organizations from coast to coast to coast. Building on that success, cohort 2 will fund additional tenacious organizations.
The Fund for Gender Equality is part of the broader Equality Fund. As communities work towards a just recovery during the global pandemic and a future grounded in gender equality, the Fund will support ambitious, local projects that advance gender equality. The Fund will shift power into the hands of women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse individuals by supporting their leadership and engagement in community-level initiatives.
The Fund for Gender Equality
Applications are now open until October 31, 2022. As Canadian communities work towards a just recovery and a future grounded in gender equality, the Fund for Gender Equality (The Fund) supports ambitious, local projects that advance gender equality.
The Fund looks to support local initiatives in over 20 communities across Canada. Hosted by local community foundations, the Fund builds 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.
The Fund supports ambitious, local projects that advance gender equality as Canadian communities work towards a just recovery. The first round of the fund was hosted between May and November 2020 by participating community foundations who distributed a total of $3.4M 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 able to apply for grants of up to $40,000.