Three local projects receive grants from Pilot Fund for Gender Equality

Jan 28, 2020 | Featured

The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area is pleased to announce that three local charities have received grants totalling $42,168 from the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality.  The Pilot Fund for Gender Equality is supported by a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada (our national umbrella organization) and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada.  

This fund offers granting to support actions that advance gender equality in Kingston & Area.

The three core themes are: 

  • Peace – Supporting girls, women and trans people as they build lives free from gender-based violence;
  • Power – Shifting economic, political, and social power, as well as power over one’s own body, towards increased equality between genders;
  • Planet – Strengthening participation, leadership, and climate justice for girls, women and trans* people as they building more sustainable futures.

Congratulations to the following:

Resolve Counselling Services Canada, Women’s Intensive Support Program:  $10,000

Girls Inc. of Limestone, Algonquin and Lakeshore, Girls Take the Lead March Break Camp: $ 8,668

Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, Online Chat and Text Crisis Line Volunteer Program: $ 23,500

We are pleased to have been able to leverage our national connections to draw resources from this national fund to support local projects that will help promote gender equality in our area. 

“Resolve Counselling Services Canada is thrilled to receive support from the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality to assist in launching our Women’s Immediate Services Program (WISP). This is a new initiative to help address our 8-month long waitlist, by offering drop-in services to assist women with their immediate needs, such as safety planning, while they are on the wait list for counselling.  We have already witnessed the positive impact of this grant on women who have experienced violence, by assisting women with safety planning, housing letters, referrals and legal aid certificates.  This grant has given us the resources to pilot a creative and effective program in this very difficult time for women,” says Kim Irvine-Albano from Resolve about the impact this grant will have for their clients.

About the National Pilot Fund

The Pilot Fund for Gender Equality is a first learning opportunity, as community foundations and local organizations come together to explore ways to support leadership in the women’s movement and ways to advance gender equality in communities across Canada.

To learn more about the Equality Fund, please visit:

For more information about all the granting programs at the Foundation, please contact Penny Scott, Grants Coordinator 613.546.9696 or

275 Ontario Street Suite #100
Kingston, ON K7K 2X5
Phone: 613.546.9696
Fax: 613.531.9238