The Equality Fund

The Oakville Community Foundation is proud to be part of the Fund for Gender Equality, alongside Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada. The Foundation has joined other community foundations throughout Canada to shift power to women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people, and will work towards a future grounded in justice and gender equality.

Peace – Supporting women, girls and trans Canadians living free from gender-based violence

Power: Shifting economic, political and social power and autonomy over one’s body to increasing equality

Planet: Strengthening participation, leadership and climate justice for a more sustainable future

The Foundation took part in the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality earlier in 2020 and is proud to be one of 20 Community Foundations across the country to take part in the national effort to advance gender equality. 

In this next phase, The Foundation has been allocated $140,000 to distribute to charitable organizations whose mission, activities, or partnerships are focused on advancing gender equality. 

Collaborative applications are eligible for grants of up to $30,000 and single charity grants up to $20,000.

Applications will be accepted between November 3 – November 30, 2020. Apply here:

Resources to learn more about the initiative and the application process:

Applicant Guide

Application Process

CFC Website 


During this Pilot Fund, The Foundation identified five local projects engaged in gender equality work and granted a total of $50,000:

Women’s Empowerment Workshops

The Women’s Centre of Halton

Voice of Change, Advocacy & Leadership (VOCAL)

SAVIS (Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services)

Creating Gender Equity Through Education and Visibility

Oakville Public Library

Girls Linking Our Worlds (GLOW)

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton

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

Sheridan College

More About the Equality Fund

Launched in December 2019, the Equality Fund was created after the Government of Canada issued a call for the Partnership for Gender Equality. The Pilot Fund was a first learning opportunity as community foundations and local organizations came together to explore ways to support leadership in the women’s movement and advance gender equality in all communities.

Women’s organizations and movements throughout Canada, and across the world, are demanding equality and driving transformation in all facets of life. In Canada today, women, girls and trans Canadians continue to face barriers and discrimination of all types. In fact, Canada currently ranks #11 among all countries for women’s equality and general well-being.

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