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Programs We Fund

Since 1991, the Foundation has funded programs that work to change the lives of women and girls in more than 1,500 communities across Canada. You can view our most recent grantee programs below, searching by province and program type. Learn more about our approach to moving women and girls out of violence, out of poverty, into confidence, and leadership.

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Partnerships Against Sexual Violence

Northern Society for Domestic Peace, Smithers, BC

The Partnerships Against Sexual Violence project would like to enhance the current role of the Community-Based Victim Assistance program to provide outreach specific to developing a sexual assault response and protocols in the Gitxsan Territory of rural northwest British Columbia. To focus on addressing Indigenous women’s experiences of sexual violence and community practices by engaging women in discussions on risks, safety, the rights of victims and in identifying immediate barriers to disclosure and what needs to be addressed. The project engages key community leaders, including chiefs, elders and matriarchs, and key community partners, including bands, health stations, community services, hospital and emergency responders. Through these partnerships, education and explore sexual assault response strategies that incorporate the experiences of the victims will be provided. Community protocols that interface with cultural practices and provide safe procedures that empower women and support disclosure and reporting, and third-party protocols with the detachment and communities are being developed. As well, positive relationships with the RCMP and health care providers when they are responding to sexual violence cases are being encouraged and facilitated.

Grant amount: $22,000 

Location: British Columbia
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Transition Towards Independence

Help and Hope for Families, Watson Lake, Yukon

This program is designed to demonstrate to all women, from young to elderly, that they can take back their empowerment and dignity after experiencing violence or abuse. It aims to teach women of all ages how to create healthy relationships.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Yukon
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Safer Transitions: Welcoming Gender Diversity in Saskatchewan’s Transition Houses

Moose Jaw Pride, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

The goal of this project is to ensure that Saskatchewan’s Transition Houses are equipped with information, resources, and procedures to ensure the safe and equitable treatment of gender-diverse people who are seeking crisis support services. After providing diversity training to a few Saskatchewan Transition Houses, Moose Jaw Pride recognized the need for more information on gender diversity tailored to the shelter environment. In this project, a trans-identified staff member will work with 5 transition houses to provide ongoing diversity training, a portfolio of resources and best practices, and development of policy, procedural guidelines and recommendations for welcoming gender diversity in transition houses.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Saskatchewan
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives, Systemic Change
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Les ateliers interactifs : en route vers des relations saines

L’Arrêt-Source, Montréal, Quebec

This interactive workshop series caters to the 19 women residents in this shelter for young women. The goal is to increase community support and guidance for young women survivors of violence, by improving their healthy relationship skills. This program includes interactive workshops and individual follow-up with participants.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Construire un monde sans violence

Corporation de l’Inter-Elles, Québec, Quebec

This project aims to foster positive relationships and trust between mothers and children who have experienced domestic violence. With this goal in mind, artistic projects will provide an outlet for expression in a supportive environment. Together, women and children will be encouraged to create inspiring messages through art projects that will be used in an outreach and awareness campaign that promotes non-violent relationships.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Soit forte!

Maison d’Haïti, Montréal, Quebec

This project aims to develop and strengthen a continuum of activities and individual support for young women ages 10 to 17 and their parents, as well as young mothers from racialized communities who are victims or survivors of violence (including domestic, intimate or intra-family violence, natural disasters, and migration). The program aims to help participants regain control over their lives, feel safe, become models for their children and to grow up and thrive in a healthy environment.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Leadership, Rebuilding Lives, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Engaged Creative Arts Groups for Victims of Conjugal Violence

Le Bouclier D’Athena / The Shield of Athena, Montréal, Quebec

In this program for survivors of domestic violence, an art therapist facilitates projects that allow clients to express themselves in a group setting and feel supported. Art therapy offers a safe way for survivors to share experiences that are difficult to articulate. Creating art also helps survivors to alleviate the effects of trauma, regain a sense of control, normalize stigmatized experiences, and discover new strengths and abilities. Participants may develop a trusting and safe relationship with the art therapist, which promotes their healing and supports them in rebuilding their lives.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting

The Redwood, Toronto, Ontario

This program teaches positive parenting skills to mothers in the Redwood shelter. Over 12 weeks, participants learn strategies for non-violent, respectful, and solution-focused parenting for children up to age 20. The skills parents learn help to cultivate their children’s self-discipline and long-term life skills. In addition, peer mentorship is available and consists of 2 weekly sessions with an emphasis on facilitating Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting to mothers in the community. As peer mentors, women can facilitate workshops and support mothers who have survived violence. Participants build self-esteem in the process, becoming role models for their children, and sharing invaluable knowledge with hundreds of women and children in the community.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Mentorship, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

All About Kindness Loan Program

Jessie’s – The June Callwood Centre for Women and Families, Toronto, Ontario

The All About Kindness Loan Program provides women who have experienced violence or abuse with access to a specialized doula during their pregnancy, labour, birth and post-partum period. The doula service aims to provide much-needed support to women at a time when they are vulnerable and more likely to return to abusive partners. This program also aims to reduce the risk of post-partum PTSD, mood disorders, and triggering of previous abuse.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Loan Funds
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Family Court Support Program

Lanark County Interval House, Carleton House, Ontario

The Family Court Support Program provides support to victims of domestic violence who are involved in the family court process. The program offers information about the process, preparation for proceedings, support with court paperwork, referrals to other specialized services and resources in the community, help with safety planning, such as getting to and from court safely, and accompaniment to court proceedings. Through the program, there is oversight and coordination of the volunteer program (including ongoing training opportunities), and advocacy for change to better address women’s safety and support in the family court process. This includes working closely with rural lawyers, legal aid services, and court officials.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives, Systemic Change
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Volunteer Program

Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region, Sutton West, Ontario

This grant supports a part-time volunteer coordinator to expand the shelter’s volunteer base and recruitment strategy. The coordinator will work to engage volunteers who reflect the diversity and needs of the women and children served by the shelter. The overall goal is to provide more opportunities to empower women in the community to support women and children who are rebuilding their lives after violence. Volunteers will be recruited to support programs within the shelter and in the community, and to serve as co-facilitators. The project will also update training and policies for volunteers, as well as information to ensure safety and confidentiality for volunteers, staff, and clients.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Voices of Refugee Women from the Middle East

Family Services of Peel, Mississauga, Ontario

This project empowers refugee women by giving them the opportunity have input on what impacts their safety throughout their migration journeys. It explores how the immigration experience can increase women’s vulnerability to violence. It also highlights how the trajectory of immigration shapes refugee women’s status and impacts their overall safety and well-being. Through discussion, participants help develop strategies for violence prevention. The program also challenges common stereotypes of Muslim women.
Grant amount: $22,250

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Family Court Support Program

YWCA Sudbury, Sudbury, Ontario

Through the Family Court Support Program, survivors of abuse get help navigating the family court system so they can rebuild their lives. Women receive assistance with legal paperwork, and receive referrals that help them explore their options. When women need to attend legal appointments and/or appear in court, the program provides someone to accompany and support them. Other services include safety planning and much-needed emotional support.
Grant amount: $21,800

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Empowering Warriors Project

Springtide Resources, Toronto, Ontario

The Empowering Warriors Project supports women with disabilities and Deaf women who face multiple barriers to rebuilding their lives after experiencing violence and poverty. The project will prioritize women who identify as black, Indigenous, and/or people of colour. Through a series of 8-week leadership development workshops, this project empowers this demographic of survivors in community-building and rebuilding their lives. The primary goal of the Empowering Warriors Project is to create fully accessible supports for survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors. Topics include safety planning, self-care, assertiveness skills, leadership skills, and healthy relationships. Participants will have the opportunity to take on planning, facilitation, and leadership roles in the workshops.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Safe housing pilot for women leaving abusive relationships

YWCA NWT, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

This program provides housing for women who are leaving abusive relationships. It helps women to overcome the barriers associated with finding secure housing, which can discourage them from leaving abusive relationships. This will not only increase safety for women and their children, but also help them to establish a solid tenancy record and stable home environment.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Northwest Territories
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

December 6th Fund

YWCA Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The December 6th Fund provides interest-free loans to women leaving situations of abuse. These loans of up to $500 help reduce barriers to leaving abusive relationships, by enabling women to cover essentials like damage deposits for housing, outstanding bills, utility deposits, and first-month’s rent.
Grant amount: $18,040

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Loan Funds, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

The Avalon Legal Consultation Fund

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Avalon Legal Consultation Fund reduces barriers to the civil, family court, and criminal justice systems for survivors of sexualized violence and for parents of child survivors of sexual abuse. Avalon Sexual Assault Centre will consult with feminist lawyers and law students to develop improved policies and procedures for clients around sexual assault cases, child protection, and records applications. Legal counsel will help the Centre to protect survivors’ interests, and to provide legal information to clients or liaise with other legal professionals. This will build capacity to influence legislative reform against discriminatory practices.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives, Systemic Change
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Building Bonds

Alice Housing, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Building Bonds offers support to women and their children who have left domestic violence, in order to reduce the likelihood they will return to abusive relationships. As well, the program helps women to navigate parenting with their abusive ex-partner, and to create a safe home environment for their children.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Helping Children Thrive: Supporting Women Abuse Survivors as Mothers

St. John’s Women’s Centre/Marguerite’s Place, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

Helping Children Thrive supports mothers who are leaving situations of domestic violence to develop effective parenting skills. This 12-week program helps mothers understand how domestic violence can undermine their parenting and offers alternative strategies in a safe and supportive environment. The overall goal is to strengthen families and stop the cycle of intergenerational violence. Participants develop improved mental, physical, and emotional health, which manifests as higher confidence, a stronger sense of belonging and community connections, as well as an improved ability to parent.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Live-In Support Worker

Women’s Safe Haven Resource Service Inc., Flin Flon, Manitoba

This grant helps to provide a live-in support worker who offers stability and guidance to women who are moving toward a healthy lifestyle that is free from violence.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Manitoba
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

VWTH Housing & Outreach Program

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society, Victoria, British Columbia

This program supports the health and healing of women living on or close to the streets, who have experienced abuse or violence. Taking a holistic approach, the program offers a safe space for peer-driven learning, storytelling, and discussion. Participants are encouraged to reflect on a time and place where they felt safe. The themes covered throughout the year will reflect the realities of women’s lives, and include spiritual and emotional healing, as well as basic health and safety.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: British Columbia
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Bridging Hope with Indigenous Healing

Hope Resource Centre, Westlock, Alberta

Hope Resource Centre is the only service provider in the Westlock area that offers activities for the Indigenous community. The Bridging Hope program provides culturally sensitive outreach, advocacy and navigation supports to women and children. The program seeks to address barriers including poverty and affordable housing, which can hinder women’s access to services like court support, legal aid, and mental health support. Culturally sensitive services are critical in reducing the marginalization of women this community.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Peer Support Program

Sagesse, Calgary, Alberta

This program trains volunteer women from the community to facilitate peer support groups for women who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing domestic violence. The peer support groups program is an 18-20 week program, broken into an initial program focused on self-esteem (Finding Our Voices) and a domestic violence specific program (Growth Circle). Topics covered in the Peer Support program include self-esteem, communication, shame, compassion, healthy relationships, cycles of violence, family of origin issues, effects of abuse, guilt, anger and denial, moving beyond abusive experiences and reclaiming our lives. The program aims to build capacity within eight rural and remote communities to support women and children experiencing domestic violence and build a safe and caring community for everyone.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Leadership, Mentorship, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention