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Women Economic and Leadership Opportunities Fund – Call for Proposals

Women’s Economic and Leadership Opportunities Fund and Women’s Capacity Fund: Calls for Proposals       

Women and Gender Equality Canada has opened two calls for proposals.

Call 1: Women’s Economic and Leadership Opportunities Fund (Systemic change) Women and Gender Equality Canada invites the following organizations to apply for funding:

  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations that are legally constituted. They must have experience advancing equality for women.

Only the following organizations may apply:

  • Women’s organizations

  • Indigenous women’s organizations

  • Other equality-seeking organizations

The objective is to address barriers to women’s success. Projects can work to change systems to improve women's economic security and prosperity. They can also work to increase women’s representation as leaders and decision-makers through changes to systems. The department will support projects under the following two streams:


  • Stream A: for new systemic change projects

  • Stream B: to scale successful systemic change projects to expand their reach and impact

Call 2: Women’s ’s Capacity Fund (Capacity-building)

Women and Gender Equality Canada invites the following organizations to apply for funding:

  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations that are legally constituted. They must have experience advancing equality for women.

Only the following organizations may apply:

  • Women’s organizations

  • Indigenous women’s organizations

The objective is to build the long-term capacity of women's and Indigenous women’s organizations. For both calls for proposals, we will prioritize proposals that focus on women who are:

  • Indigenous

  • living with a disability

  • members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities

  • newcomers or migrants

  • Black or racialized

  • members of an official language minority community

  • seniors

  • young women and girls

  • living on a low income

  • living in a rural, remote, or northern community

  • that address any other gap, such as geography, as deemed by the department

In Call 1: Systemic Change: We will prioritize proposals submitted by women’s organizations and Indigenous women’s organizations.


In Call 1: Stream B: The priority for scaling projects is to those that were previously funded by WAGE.


In Call 2: Capacity-building: We will prioritize proposals submitted by organizations that have not previously received capacity-building funds from WAGE. Eligible organizations must submit their application for funding in these calls for proposals by November 3, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific time.

Note: You can only apply to one call for proposals. If you choose to apply to Call 1: Women’s Economic and Leadership Opportunities Fund, you can only apply to one stream of that call.

Please reach out – WAGE is here to help:

For full eligibility requirements and all the details you need to get started, can be found on WAGE’s website including tips about the type of things to include when completing the application questions. You can also connect with us:

  • Virtually: WAGE staff will deliver information sessions to answer your questions and present the application form and online system.

  • By email: Send us an email and we will respond within two business days to provide you assistance with: -   Information on the call for proposals -   Technical support

  • Online: Check out our guide on how to use the online application and intake system (ONAIS).

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