WISE Fund Application Process

Applications for the WISE Fund are currently closed. 

What is this grant for?
To build capacity for gender equity within organizations and support them to expand quality opportunities for girls and women to participate and lead in sport.

How much funding is available?
With the support of Sport Canada, Canadian Women & Sport awards 30 grants valued at $2,500 each!

When can I apply? 
Grant applications are currently closed. Please sign up for our newsletter to be informed when the next round opens.

 WHO is eligible?

  • Sport organizations (NSOs, MSOs, PSOs, clubs)
  • Community organizations
  • University/college sport programs
  • Schools
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Organizations who have previously received a grant can apply again

WHO is Ineligible? 

  • Individual applicants

WHAT is eligible?

New and existing initiatives that:

  • Help keep girls and women participating in sport throughout their lives
  • Increase the leadership capacity of girls and women through sport
  • Enhance an organization’s capacity for gender equity

WHAT is Ineligible?

  • Funding for Canadian Women & Sport services
  • Multiple grant applications requesting funding for the same initiative

Eligible use of funds:

    Expenses directly related to the initiative activities, including:

  • Compensation for human resources directly related to initiative activities (i.e. salaries, facilitator honoraria, etc.)
  • Venue costs
  • Direct marketing and communications costs to promote the initiative
  • Travel costs related to carrying out the initiative
  • Equipment directly related to carrying out the initiative
  • Participant training/registration fees

 INELIGIBLE use of funds:

  • Prize monies/awards
  • Retroactive initiative costs already incurred
  • Liquor and alcohol costs
  • Insurance costs

* Canadian Women and Sport is committed to equitably distributing grants to initiatives that reflect the diversity of girls and women in Canada. Some of these considerations include geography, language of program delivery, and socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, and/or ability of direct program beneficiaries.

*If an applicant is uncertain if a proposed use of funds is ineligible, contact Canadian Women and Sport for clarification prior to applying.

Other Requirements 

Organizations must demonstrate the following through their application and proposed initiative:

  • Alignment with the recommendations in our resource Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors
  • Alignment with anti-abuse, harassment, and discrimination practices
  • A commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive environment (i.e.  compliance with the Responsible Coaching Movement, use of waivers, targeted recruitment of underrepresented groups, etc.)

 For further reading on these topics:

 * Canadian Women and Sport does not require that initiatives include only girls and women, however, the objectives should be related to advancing gender equity in Canadian sport.

Expectations of Grant Recipients 

Our grant recipients are part of an ambitious nation-wide community working to advance women and girls in sport.

Recipients will be supported by Canadian Women and Sport to complete a follow-up report and document their initiatives through photos, testimonials, and social media posts. They’ll also be part of a vibrant community of practice and will share their successes with Canadian Women and Sport and other grant recipients.

Grant recipients will be required to:

  • Sign a funding agreement;
  • Spend grant funding between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021;
  • Complete a financial report indicating how funds were used;
  • Acknowledge Canadian Women and Sport in the delivery of the initiative (recognition guidelines will be provided)