$15K Challenge

What would you do with $15,000 to improve women’s health?

We are excited to announce an initiative to support grassroots research projects across the province. The $15K Challenge awards $15,000 or more to various organizations who can help advance the health of women and girls.

The next deadline for the $15K Challenge is October 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. A Notice of Intent is needed to apply for funding, and must be submitted by September 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.


The Challenge

Women’s Xchange is offering $15,000 or more in one-time one year (non-renewable) grants to support research projects that address women’s health issues at the local level. First time applying to a research grant? Women’s Xchange will provide guidance throughout the application and research process. With access to a Scientific Lead and assistance in developing academic partnerships, applicants will be supported with regards to developing a research proposal and conducting a successful research study.

  1. Small scale projects – This award is available to community organizations or to collaborations between community organizations. Academic organizations can only apply to this funding stream when partnered with a community organization. Each award will be around $15,000 per project.
  2. Large scale projects – This award is available to academic organizations partnered with community organizations. The principal applicant must be from the academic institution. The goal of the large-scale projects is to more fully engage the community, resulting in a sustainable program or high-impact research. Each award will be around $75,000 per project.

What Project Ideas Are Eligible For Funding?

Potential projects may include:

  1. Identifying unmet needs within a defined community
  2. Exploring or testing effective solutions to problems
  3. Increasing the understanding of factors that influence women’s health

Women’s Xchange will not fund:

  • Budget deficits
  • Core programming
  • Activities or organizations that could be deemed discriminatory, as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code
  • Dollar-for-dollar replacement of government funding
  • Direct contributions to annual fundraising drives, capital campaigns, or special fundraising events/campaigns
  • New construction or renovations which add to an existing building’s square footage
  • The purchase of land or buildings
  • Existing programs or activities
  • Religious activities

Who Is Eligible For Funding?

You are eligible to apply if you are an individual or group of individuals based in Ontario and affiliated with:

  • A registered charitable organization or foundation
  • An organization incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation
  • An unincorporated branch or chapter of a charitable organization or incorporated not-for-profit organization
  • A community agency
  • A collaborative of two or more organizations that that are working together to achieve a common goal (with at least one eligible member)
  • Universities/Colleges, schools, hospitals are eligible only if they are working with a community agency that involves at least one eligible organization

Academic-community partnerships are required to qualify for large-scale project funding. Women’s Xchange considers an academic to be an individual with a PhD or MD who also holds a current university appointment in Ontario.

Want To Apply?

Click here to learn how you can apply for the $15K Challenge.

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