The following funding opportunities are available for shelters and transition houses supporting women and children fleeing violence:

Opportunities through WSC

Fundraising Support
WSC is providing one-on-one fundraising sessions for shelters and transition houses across the country (prioritizing associate members). These sessions are offered in English but include familiarity with Quebec philanthropy as well as funders nationwide. The sessions can be up to 1 hour in length and are currently being offered on Thursdays. To book a session, please contact Catherine Rideout at If you are seeking fundraising direction, motivation, or collaboration – this may be a place to start.

Shelter Ready Fund
The Shelter Ready Fund has now closed the first application period for VAW shelters and transition houses across the country. The application period will reopen in autumn 2024. For more information on the scope of the program, click here.

New Opportunities

Grey Birch Foundation
The Grey Birch Foundation provides grants for projects that fulfil their priority areas of programming for women and girls: education, poverty reduction, and/or violence prevention. Applications close each year on April 15.

CMHC Canada Greener Affordable Housing program 
Under the Canada Greener Affordable Housing (CGAH) program, the Government of Canada is investing $1.2 billion over four years to support the completion of deep energy pre-retrofits and/or retrofits to existing affordable housing that serve low- and moderate-income households and those in greatest need. Deadlines may vary.

Ongoing Opportunities

Grants through the Canadian Women’s Foundation
The Canadian Women’s Foundation has regular grants cycles for which VAW shelters and transition houses are eligible. You can search their programs here.

CharityVillage’s List of Funding Programs for Nonprofits
CharityVillage has a list of ongoing funding opportunities for funding from government, foundations, and corporate programs available here.

Google Ad Grants
For non-profits to raise awareness, attract donors, and recruit new volunteers using Google search ads. Google Ad Grants shows your message to people searching for nonprofits like yours. Each qualifying nonprofit has access to up to $10,000 per month in search ads. More information here.