The Fund for Gender Equality

The Oakville Community Foundation is proud to be one of participating community foundations across Canada taking part in the Fund for Gender Equality in Canada, a new collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund which is supported by the Government of Canada. The Foundation is now 1 of 25 community foundation to sign up and participate in the final cohort for the Fund for Gender Equality, who will make a total of $3.4M available to projects in their communities.

As a participant in this program, The Foundation will have the opportunity to distribute another $200,000, in addition to the $190,000 already distributed into our community through the Fund for Gender Equality.

Local organizations who fit the Fund’s criteria are invited to apply here between October 3 and October 31, 2022. Refer to the Applicant Guide (coming soon!) for more information. 

Qualified donees can apply for grants valued between $5,000 and $40,000 with grants distributed to successful applicants in 2023 via 2 instalments (25%/75%).


Previous Rounds

As a first step in this five-year journey, the Oakville Community Foundation was 1 of  26 community foundations in the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality, which experimented with gender-lens grantmaking in late 2019 and early 2020. With a focus on initiatives that shifted power, built peace, and protected the planet, the Pilot Fund saw $50,000 granted to 5 local organizations that sought to advance gender equality at the community level.

The Women’s Centre of Halton

Women’s Empowerment Workshops

SAVIS (Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services)

Voice of Change, Advocacy & Leadership (VOCAL)

Oakville Public Library

Creating Gender Equity Through Education and Visibility

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton

Girls Linking Our Worlds (GLOW)

Sheridan College

Report on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commission Event

In fall 2020, The Foundation continued its collaboration in a cohort of 21 community foundations which focused on shifting power through three core gender-lens activities: grantmaking, organizational change and investing. As part of this next cohort, The Foundation, through the Fund for Gender Equality, granted a total of $140,000 to 7 projects led by organizations at the heart of the women’s movement. As a participant in the initiative, The Foundation was required to make matching gender-lens investments which it did through a $250,000 investment in the Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton

Girls Linking Our Worlds (GLOW)

Black Mentorship Inc.

The Empowered Single Moms

Home Suite Hope

Homeward Bound Halton

Restorations Second Stage Homes

Growing Peer Support for Women Survivors of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

SAVIS (Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services)

Reproductive Counselling Support

Shifra Homes

Residential Program

The Women’s Centre of Halton

Women’s Empowerment Workshops

National Granting Results

More About the Fund for Gender Equality

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 part of the collaboration, CFC and the Equality Fund have developed a five-year initiative to advance gender equality in Canada with support from the Government of Canada.

Over 5 years, this collaboration will make $8.2 million available to women-led and women-serving organizations across Canada. In 2022, the Fund will be hosted by participating community foundations who will make a total of $3.4M available to projects in their communities.

We know that investing in women is not just the right thing to do, it is a strategic choice. By funding women-led and women-serving organizations, we can deliver double the impact—support decent work for female staff at these nonprofits and support the programming that serves women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people.

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