Applications open for Women and Girls Fund

Red Deer & District Community Foundation

Relevent Country: Canada

The Red Deer & District Community Foundation has launched the Women and Girls Fund to support organizations at the heart of the women’s movement, whose core activities, leadership, mission, and vision are committed to advancing gender equity.

Funding Priorities

  • The proposed funding will support your organization’s ability to provide programs, services and/or advocacy initiatives, either directly through funding program or service costs or indirectly through funding core operational costs, that align with one or more of the Foundation’s funding priorities:
  • provide opportunities to address basic needs or develop economic self-sufficiency for women, girls, and gender-diverse individuals,
  • strengthen and/or provide health and safety programs for women, girls, and gender-diverse individuals
  • promote the education of women, girls and gender-diverse individuals, and/or
  • invest in systems and sustainable change efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion.

What will they fund?

  • Innovative new projects
  • Short term projects
  • Seed funding for long term projects
  • Focus on vibrant, healthy, caring community through supporting, advocating, or addressing needs of women and girls

Eligibility Criteria

To be deemed eligible for the Women and Girls Fund grant, organizations must demonstrate that their proposal meets the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be incorporated non-profit organizations and have a valid charitable number from Canada Revenue Agency or be a First Nations Band or municipality designated as a qualified donee by Canada Revenue Agency. If your organization does not have charitable status or is not a qualified donee, they can consider an application in partnership with another organization that is a registered charity or qualified donee with a mandate relevant to your proposal.
  • Gender-based programming, services, and/or advocacy are central to your project’s mission, and you have experience offering gender-based programs, services, and/or advocacy initiatives with/for women, girls, Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people who face multiple barriers and are underserved, including:
  • First Nations, Métis, and InuitBlack2SLGBTQI+
  • With disabilitiesLiving in rural or remote communities
  • Racialized, Refugee, immigrant, or non-status
  • Living on low incomes
  • Older/Seniors
  • Young
  • Your organization is grassroots with a small budget (defined as organizations with an operating budget of less than $1 million per year OR shelters/transitional housing with an operating budget of less than $2 million per year).
  • Note: The Foundation will accept applications from a qualified donee applying on behalf of a grassroots nonprofit organization, coalition, network, or group without charitable or qualified donee status.


  • Ongoing core administrative expenses
  • Partisan political or singular direct religious activities
  • Building an endowment, fundraising expenses
  • Debt reduction or emergency funding