Fund for Gender Equality

The Community Foundation is proud to be one of participating community foundations across Canada taking part in the Fund for Gender Equality in Canada, a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund which is supported by the Government of Canada. In 2022, the Fund will be hosted by participating community foundations who will make a total of $3.4M available to projects in their communities.   

The application period for the second phase of the Fund for Gender Equality ended on October 31, 2022. Check back in the coming weeks for news about our Phase Two recipients. A total of up to $80,000 will be granted to qualified projects in our region.

To learn more about the Fund for Gender Equality, click here or contact Kevin Ronaghan, our Grants Administrator at   

Pilot Phase: 2019 Fund for Gender Equality Recipients

IndigenEYEZ – $10,000: This multi-phase project begins with an invitational think tank to identify the needs of emerging Indigenous women leaders in the South Okanagan Similkameen and then builds a responsive program for subsequent delivery. 

OneSky/Foundry Penticton – $7,571: Quality relationship and sex education programs aimed at supporting autonomy and inner strength while providing the opportunity to have peer led discussions to form the framework for additional programming around youth health and wellness. 

SOICS – $7,571: Promoting gender equality by empowering immigrant women and building their capacity as leaders in the community. The program will provide safe spaces to voice opinions and form solutions to barriers immigrant women face to achieving gender equality. 

Ooknakane Friendship Centre – $7,571: The main objective for this pilot project is to bring emotional, mental, physical and spiritual support to the women who have found themselves locked up with confusion, bewilderment and desperation. The goals are to make connections, give support and information to the women who are currently in remand and awaiting court appearances in the Okanagan. 

Phase One: 2021 Fund for Gender Equality Recipients

IndigenEYEZ was awarded $40,000 for their Stepping Up Together program: Empowering Women Leaders in the South Okanagan. An Indigenous-led leadership program inclusive of ethnic and gender diversity with the goal of developing skills and supportive alliances among women, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people to increase our capacity to act as leaders in the South Okanagan Similkameen.

SOWINS was awarded $15,000 for the Explore Pre-Employment Program. Explore is a workshop-based pre-employment program for women who have experienced gender-based violence to help them achieve economic empowerment and financial security.

Foundry Penticton was awarded $25,000 to build a team-based approach to gender affirming care in the South Okanagan. Advancing the gender affirming model will promote health and positive development for a highly underserved population (trans and gender diverse youth aged 12 to 24), and by integrating primary care, mental health, peer support and social services, will also work towards eliminating health disparities, discrimination and stigma.

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