To be deemed eligible for a Community Needs Grant, organizations must demonstrate that their proposal meets the following criteria.
1. 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, we can consider an application in partnership with another organization that is a registered charity or qualified donee with a mandate relevant to your proposal.
2. Gender-based programming, services, and/or advocacy are core or central to your organization’s mission and you have significant 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:
a. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit
d. With disabilities
e. Living in rural, remote, or northern communities
g. Refugee, immigrant, or non-status
h. Living on low incomes
3. 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 larger organizations applying on behalf of a grassroots nonprofit organization, coalition, network, or group without charitable or qualified donee status.
4. 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 pillars:
a. Gender-Based Violence
b. Economic Security
c. Girls’ Empowerment
d. Inclusive Leadership