Advancing Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls

Last date: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Detailed Description

The Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT) is seeking concept notes for its Intake 3 program that provides small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs) with the opportunity to briefly describe/pitch innovative solutions to advance gender equality and empower women and girls in the Global South.

FIT aims to contribute to advancing Gender Equality (GE) in the Global South by supporting the testing of innovative solutions that are gender-responsive and seek to empower women, girls, and vulnerable communities.

Guided by Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and the Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact, FIT recognizes that promoting Gender Equality is not only a crucial human rights issue, but also a pre-condition for inclusive and sustainable development.

Funding Information

  • Applicants may seek funding of between $150K to $250K to implement projects over a 6-15 month period (lower amounts may be considered, but not over $250K).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be Canadian small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs) who want to test innovative solutions to specific development challenges in partnership with local organizations.
  • Projects should have focus on advancing gender equality and empowering women and girls in the Global South.

What is an SMO?

FIT’s definition of an SMO is premised on two inclusive criteria:

  • Consolidated revenue in the organization’s financial statements is equal to or less than $10 million (this limitation does not apply to educational institutions), and
  • The organization does not have annual overseas expenditures exceeding $2 million in overseas development assistance (ODA) (i.e. projects administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as their main objective).
  • SMOs can be civil society organizations, education institutions, private sector, or social enterprises.
  • Organizations must legally be incorporated in Canada, and upon request, make available proof of legal status (e.g. a letter of incorporation), and a Canada Revenue Agency business number.
  • Post-secondary institutions can be SMOs as long as their annual overseas expenditures in development assistance do not exceed $2 million. They are not required to respect the $10 million revenue limit.

Other Criteria:

  • Applicants must be at the testing phase of their innovative solutions. (General development projects do not qualify).
  • Applicants must be willing to share/license intellectual property with the Government of Canada.
  • Proposed projects must be implemented in a country that is eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA).
  • Proposed projects must not involve any construction (e.g. building a new structure or rehabilitating an existing structure).


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