Awakening Grant

The Awakening Grant supports projects by and for Indigenous peoples in Canada, especially women.

David Alexander Risk painting for WICC's Fellowship of the Least CoinRevenue from the limited edition “Awakening” print is directed to this fund. Thank you to the artist David Alexander Risk for donating this art to WICC, and to the Board for choosing to use it in this way.

Who is Eligible for Awakening Grant Funding?

An application for a project grant will be considered from

1. Any Indigenous women’s organizations with a valid registered charitable number from the Canada Revenue Agency.

2. Organizations doing program work with Indigenous women in the following areas:

  • Gender-based violence
  • economic justice, health
  • cultural education
  • child welfare
  • advocacy
  • racism
  • peace

We especially encourage projects that:

  • are cooperative and promote self-sufficiency
  • promote the growth and education of Aboriginal languages and cultures
  • contribute to raising awareness of underlying causes of suffering
  • contribute to the empowerment of women
  • enable women to develop their full potential
  • provide cultural education and training for women

Limitation: WICC does not give grants to individuals, or for buildings (capital campaigns) or general operating expenses such as salaries and rent.

How Can We Apply?

Read the following details, then submit an application form.

  1. Grants range between CDN$500 and CDN$2000, depending on availability of funds.
  2. Applications must be received by April 1 each year, on our Awakening Funding application form. Final approval will be made by the Council at its spring meeting in June. Applicants will be notified of the Council’s decision by June 30.
  3. A follow-up report on the work for which funding has been received, detailing how the funds were used, is expected within six months of receipt of the grant. The funds are expected to be used in the same manner as indicated on the application.