Canada commits US$79 million to women impacted by COVID-19 crisis, opens call for proposals

Canada's Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, Maryam Monsef, has announced a call for proposals for the Feminist Response and Recovery Fund by March 25, 2021, "to fund eligible organizations to support a feminist response and recovery from the current impacts of COVID-19".

The Fund has dedicated CA$100 million (US$79 million) to support new projects that "increase women and girls' participation in Canada’s economic, social, democratic and political life".

Applications that specifically support marginalized or underrepresented women, including "Indigenous women, Black women, women of colour, women who are members of LGBTQ2 communities, and women living with disabilities or in rural or remote communities" will be given priority.

The Fund comprises three key focus areas:

  • Stopping gender-based violence;
  • Improving "economic security and prosperity" for women and girls; and
  • Promoting leadership roles for women and girls.

Press release - Women and Gender Equality Canada