October Newsletter: NEW Opportunities Available to Bring Your Gender Equity Vision to Life

Canadian Women & Sport has a jam-packed month of opportunities available to sport and physical activity organizations! 

The most notable? Our 2022 WISE Fund Grant opens TODAY! A lack of funding dedicated to creating equitable opportunities for women and girls to participate and lead in the sport system is a barrier to achieving gender equity in Canada. Since 2004, Canadian Women & Sport has awarded over $300,000 in grants through our WISE Fund to leaders and organizations across Canada to help address this gap. 

With the support of Sport Canada, the 2022 WISE Fund will grant 45 organizations $2500 to advance gender equity in Canadian sport – helping us deepen our gender equity work with sport organizations, which is a key priority within our strategic plan.

To learn more about who should apply and how, visit the Application Process page or download the 2022 Application Guide. Have more questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Program Coordinator, Vanessa Wallace at vanessa@womenandsport.ca. We’ve opened our 15-minute virtual consultation with our staff to help answer any questions about your application or the process. To sign up for a slot, click here

Applications are open from October 12th until November 2nd at 11:59pm ET. 

What’s happening at Canadian Women & Sport in October?

  • Our Game On Leadership Program will be accepting applications from October 18th until November 5th, 2021. The Game On program combines training for coaches on the essentials of girl-centered sport and a leadership development program for the girls in sport. Interested organizations will provide coaches that will sign on to receive training and then deliver the full 8-week program virtually or in-person to girls in their club aged 14-18. Details and our application portal will be made available Monday, October 18th via our website.
    • NOTE: Organizations can apply for BOTH the 2022 WISE Fund Grant and the Game On program if they are able to meet the requirements.  
    • To learn more about the Game On program, click here
  • Coaches are the most visible and influential leaders in sport, but unfortunately, we know that women are under-represented in coaching roles (Canadian Women & Sport, The Rally Report, (2020). We’ve partnered with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to combat this issue by creating new resources to help organizations identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement. The new interactive tools will be made available in October 2021 and will provide organizations with the resources they need to cultivate a more equitable coaching landscape within their communities. 
  • We’re hiring! We’re looking for a Program Manager (Parental Leave Coverage) to manage multi-year programs, work deeply with sport and physical activity organizations and leaders to build knowledge, shift attitudes and develop competencies for gender equity. This position will be for a duration of 20 months (December 2021 – July 2023) with the possibility of extension, to backfill a parental leave. The ideal candidate has considerable program management experience including program development and implementation with extensive experience with facilitation and relationship management. Deadline to apply is Friday, October 29, 2021. Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume on Submittable to the attention of Stephanie Talsma, Programs Director. Questions about the position? Contact info@womenandsport.ca
  • The GTA Same Game Challenge organizations have been selected. The Same Game Challenge helps sport and physical activity organizations to build their capacity to create equitable and inclusive opportunities, leading to greater engagement of women and girls in their programming. To learn more about the program, view the release. We would like to thank Nike Canada for funding this project. 
  • The National Same Game organizations have also been selected! This Challenge will incorporate 18 sport and physical activity organizations from around the country to also build their capacity to create equitable and inclusive opportunities, bettering engagement of women and girls in their programming. Read the release to learn more. We would like to thank Sport Canada for funding this project. 

While you’re here…

  • Is your organization working on/delivering gender equity initiatives to women and girls in your community? We want to hear about it and share your work with others! Submit your initiatives on our website where it may then be featured in our monthly newsletter. 
  • Our Gender Equity LENS e-learning module gives you the information and tools you need to act on your commitment to gender equity, helping you make policy and program decisions to better serve women and girls in your sport. Take the training today and earn NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) PD points up completion! 
  • Visit our Resources and Learning Opportunities pages for access to workshops, webinars, reports, research, and infographics to continue your gender equity journey. 

Thanks for reading!