Women’s Shelters Canada is excited to announce that the Shelter Ready Fund is open for applications! Due to much more limited funding (as opposed to the federal COVID-19 funding we distributed), not every application through Shelter Ready will be approved.

For this round, we will be giving out 20 grants of $5,000 in support of women’s shelters with pet-sheltering facilities. 

Apply to the Shelter Ready Fund if: 

  • You operate a VAW shelter/transition house in Canada whose primary mandate is to offer 24/7 residential services for women, children, 2SLGBTQIA+ people, and/or gender non-binary people fleeing domestic violence.  


  • Your VAW shelter/transition house allows pets on-site or plans to do so within the next 6 months.  

NOTE: Shelters with an operating budget under $500,000.00 will be prioritized. 

The application period is now open and closes on Sunday, March 3 at 11:59 PT. 

Invitations have been sent to all VAW shelter and transition house organizations across the country. If you haven’t received an invitation, please check your junk mail folder for an email from Women’s Shelters Canada. Otherwise, please contact us at grants@endvaw.ca. Read our FAQ document for more information.