Applications open for Gender and Women’s Studies Community Grants

The Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) program at Brandon University (BU) is accepting proposals for grants that will support community-based programs that aim to reduce discrimination and oppression.

Supported by the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund, the grants foster links between non-profit community organizations and GWS. Projects could include those with the goal of reducing discrimination related to gender, race, class, sexuality, disability and neurodivergence.  Examples of eligible initiatives include workshops, research, short-term programming or other special projects.

“The connections we make with the community are very important for Gender and Women’s Studies and our students,” said Dr. Lisa Robson, GWS Program Co-ordinator at BU.

Through the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund we are able to support important projects in the Brandon area. Many special projects have been funded by GWS throughout the years.

Projects eligible for the grants will take place between May 1 and September 5, 2023, and two types of grants are available: Two Program Grants, of up to $2,000 each, and two Work-Study Grants, worth up to $4,000 each.

The program grants can be used for supplies, food, guest speakers or other necessities for workshops, research projects, short-term programs or other projects. The Work-Study Grants allow for $2,500 to be allocated to support the employment of a Gender and Women’s Studies student with the organization, with another $1,500 available for other program costs.

“Our Gender and Women’s Studies students are very committed to social justice in the community,” Robson said. “Our program will help pair students with organizations so that the students can engage in learning outside the classroom and bring skills and enthusiasm to the organization over the summer months.”

To download a grant application form, please visit The deadline for applications is April 3, 2023.


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