Backgrounder - Supporting women’s organizations to advance gender equality in Kingston


Women and Gender Equality Canada – Women’s Program

One of the ways Women and Gender Equality Canada advances gender equality in Canada is by providing funding to eligible organizations through the Women’s Program. Projects are selected via calls for proposals on specific themes, as well as through a continuous intake process that allows the Women’s Program to address emerging issues as they arise.                                                  

The Women’s Program funds projects that address systemic barriers to women’s equality in three priority areas: ending violence against women and girls; improving the economic security and prosperity of women and girls; and encouraging women and girls in leadership roles.

Capacity-building Call for Proposals

In October 2018, Minister Monsef announced a Call for Proposals under the Capacity-building Fund of the Women’s Program. Projects at the local, provincial, and national level were eligible for different amounts of funding, based on their specific internal needs and reach.

On March 8, 2019, International Women’s Day, Minister Monsef announced that over 250 women’s organizations across the country would receive funding from the Capacity-building Fund.

The objective is to fund proposals that will increase the capacity of eligible women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women, whose initiatives contribute to a viable women’s movement in Canada that advances gender equality. Funding will increase the ability of organizations to grow, meet the increasing demands for their services, and continue to work collectively to address gender equality issues. The fund stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to help support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada.

Kingston Projects

Today’s announcement in Kingston, Ontario, profiled two organizations selected for federal funding through the Capacity-building Fund:

Girls Inc. of Limestone, Algonquin and Lakeshore

Project title: Girls Inc. Advocacy Team
Funding amount: $200,000

Girls Inc. of Limestone, Algonquin and Lakeshore will receive funding to recruit, train and manage the Girls Inc. Advocacy Team in Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, Hastings and Prince Edward counties. The Team will guide conversations and deliver workshops and advocacy toolkits throughout the community to promote gender equality and raise awareness of the harmful and pervasive effects of gender inequality. The Team will guide conversations and deliver workshops and advocacy toolkits throughout its community to promote gender equality and raise awareness and prompt conversations.           

Girls Inc. of Limestone, Algonquin and Lakeshore was founded as Big Sisters of Kingston in 1972 to improve the life situation of girls in the Kingston community. They are at the forefront of the girls’ rights movement and provide programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social issues and barriers. Girls Inc. celebrates and empowers girls and young women and works towards an equitable world with persuasive advocacy at both local and national levels.

Kingston Interval House (KIH)

Project title: Fund Development and Sustainability Plan
Funding amount: $200,000

Kingston Interval House will receive support to improve its funding model, creating new funding opportunities and increasing revenue streams from a network of donors and partners. This will enable KIH to improve human resources and meet strategic goals for growth to maintain a wide range of community services for women and families in Kingston while working to eliminate all forms of violence and oppression.

KIH opened in 1975, changing locations four times as the need for increased space arose. In 2004, the current location was completed and six years later, KIH opened Robin’s Hope Second Stage Housing, a short-term, affordable housing solution for women, children and youth for up to a period of one year. KIH is funded by the provincial Ministry of Community and Social Services, the United Way of Kingston and through membership fees, private donations, and fundraising.

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