Awakening Grant

A grant for Canadian projects to help Indigenous women in Canada.

David Alexander Risk painting for WICC's Fellowship of the Least CoinThis grant is funded by sales of the limited edition prints of “Awakening,” a painting by Canadian artist David Alexander Risk. We thank him for donating this painting to WICC, and our board for its vision to use this gift to benefit Indigenous women in Canada.

Please note that grant applications are now closed for 2023 funding.
If you applied for a 2023 grant, then you will receive a response by July 10, 2023.

Applications received after March 31, 2023 will not be processed this year. The next period for grant funding will be open from November 2023 to March 31, 2024. 

Awakening Grant Application Form

Read the most recent Awakening grant story


What qualifies you for an Awakening grant?

  • An organization in Canada supporting Indigenous women and children
  • A valid registered charity number from the Canada Revenue Agency
  • A project to benefit an Indigenous community in Canada

Do any of these areas describe your work with Indigenous women in Canada?

  • Addressing gender-based violence
  • Economic justice, health
  • Cultural education
  • Child welfare
  • Advocacy
  • Anti-racism
  • Peace

Does your project help us promote these values?

  • Cooperation
  • Self-sufficiency
  • The growth of Indigenous languages and cultures
  • Awareness of underlying causes of suffering
  • Empowerment of women
  • The ability of women to develop their full potential
  • Culturally safe education and training for Indigenous women

Is the Awakening grant right for your project?

  1. WICC does not give grants to individuals, or for buildings (capital campaigns) or general operating expenses such as salaries and rent.
  2. Awakening grants range between CDN$500 and CDN$2000, depending on availability of funds.
  3. Your Awakening grant application form must be submitted by March 31 each year.
  4. WICC will notify successful applicants by July 10 of the year they applied.
  5. WICC requires a follow-up report from you within six months of receipt of the grant detailing how you used the funds. You must use the funds as described in your application.

Awakening Grant Application Form here