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Canadian Women’s Foundation seeking LOIs for Rebuilding Lives Grants 2020-2023

Canadian Women’s Foundation seeking LOIs for Rebuilding Lives Grants 2020-2023

Deadline: 7 January 2020

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is currently accepting Letters of Intent for its Rebuilding Lives grants 2020-2023.

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Funding Available

Approximately 17 grants of up to $40,000 per year each will be allocated. Please note that the Foundation will only accept one application per organization in this grant stream.

Organizations can apply for grants in one of the two following areas:

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  • Rebuilding Lives: Programs, projects and initiatives that support women, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people, and their children, who have experienced violence.
  • Collaborative Projects: Research, policy, capacity-building, and advocacy programs, projects, and initiatives that support systemic change efforts on a local, regional or national scale.

Overall Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for a Rebuilding Lives grant, program, project or initiative is required to meet the following:

  • Women or gender equality organizations with significant experience in working with survivors of violence such as shelters, sexual assault centres, and organizations providing a continuum of services and connection to the community
  • Understand the intersection of violence with factors such as race, class, gender and sexual identity, (dis)ability, immigration status, language or geography
  • Use an asset-based, positive approach that centers survivors’ knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrate approaches to create and maintain safer/braver spaces during program time that encourage participants to speak up, and consideration given to the safety of program participants and staff outside of program spaces

Program Specific Criteria

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  • Rebuilding Lives Programs: Up to $40,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years
    • The Foundation will fund programs that support women, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people, and their children, who have experienced violence including:
      • Counselling, legal or support services for those that have experienced violence, including physical, sexual, emotional or verbal, financial, spiritual, and criminal harassment or stalking
      • Housing supports provided to women who have experienced violence, and their children
      • Supports to survivors of sexual assault and harassment, including in the workplace and on campus
      • Support to children who have witnessed abuse or for parenting children who have witnessed abuse
      • Projects using other approaches to assist women who have experienced violence, and their children, to rebuild their lives free from violence
  • Collaborative Projects: Up to $40,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years
    • The Foundation will fund programs that support the capacity of organizations serving and reducing barriers for women, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people, who have experienced violence including:
      • Sectoral resource sharing, capacity building or training opportunities, and knowledge mobilization by regional, provincial, or national groups
      • Policy work/leadership on gender-based violence that actively involves women who have experienced violence
      • Advocacy that aims to address systemic barriers for survivors of violence
      • Education and action on gender-based violence involving First Nations, Métis and Inuit, Black, 2SLGBTQI+ and women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary peoples living with disabilities

Grantee Activities

In addition to funding, successful applicants will help develop and take part in learning and evaluation activities such as:

  • Grantee meetings
  • Peer-to-peer learning opportunities
  • Evaluation strategy
  • Skills institutes that increase knowledge and build the field of practice
  • Strategic alliances and networks

Selection Criteria

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  • Related to the Program
    • Relevance of the approach for participants in local area
    • Program alignment with the stated criteria, and the Foundation’s overall mission and vision
    • Inclusion of a comprehensive outreach and recruitment strategy that strives to reach potential participants who may experience barriers to accessing programs
    • Programs for those who face multiple barriers and are underserved, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, Black peoples and peoples of colour, those living in rural or northern communities, those who identify as 2SLGBTQI+, living on low-incomes, refugee, immigrant or non-status peoples, those with disabilities and/or who are Deaf
    • The ability to provide, either internally or through confirmed referrals, a wide range of supports and services to ensure that participants are able to fully access and complete programs such as: childcare, transportation, loan funds, counseling, advocacy, and job retention support
    • Strong gender analysis with a commitment to including gender issues as a central part of the learning objectives, and is demonstrated in all aspects of the program from outreach to evaluation
    • Clear competencies and skills that will be developed and offers opportunities for participants to practice
  • Related to the Organization
    • Organization’s philosophy and previous experience with the proposed community and with addressing gender-based violence
    • Organization’s ability to carry out the work and to attract the other funds required if the request to Foundation is for partial support of costs
    • Demonstrated experience applying a gender-analysis on the issue and delivering programming from an intersectional feminist approach
    • Organization’s openness to learning from other approaches and interest in testing new ideas
    • Experience with monitoring and documenting learnings, and willingness to participate in national evaluation activities led by the Canadian Women’s Foundation
    • Partnerships with organizations that have prior experience delivering similar programs

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