Proposals welcome for community projects that reduce oppression and link community

The Gender & Women’s Studies (GWS) program at Brandon University invites proposals for projects that foster links between community-based organizations and our academic program. This community grant aims to help non-profit organizations prepare projects such as workshops, research projects, short-term programming, or other special projects.

All projects that aim to reduce any form of intersectional oppression will be considered, including discrimination related to gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, and neurodivergence.

About GWS:

Gender & Women’s Studies (GWS) invites students to challenge prevailing notions of gender and sexualities, and to learn about gender relations as they have been constructed culturally, globally, historically, and institutionally. GWS invites students to develop the critical knowledge and skills to explore the intersections of gender, sex, race, class, sexuality, disability, colonialism, imperialism, citizenship, and transnational identity while paying attention to power, oppression, and resistance. Students engage in dialogue about such topics as feminist and queer activisms, transnational poverty and precarity, diverse masculinities, popular culture and media, reproductive justice, racial politics across borders, and war and violence.

About the grants:

There are two types of grants available for the current year (April 1, 2024–March 31, 2025):

Program Grant: $2000 grants for programming (2 grants available)

Grants can be used for expenses to cover workshops, research projects, short-term programming, or other special projects. (E.g., supplies, food, honoraria for guest speakers, etc.)

Work-Study Grant: $4000 grants for programming and to support a student placement in the organization (2 grants available)

As part of the grant, a Gender & Women’s Studies student will be placed in the organization. The student will develop work experience and have an opportunity to engage social justice learning outside of the classroom, and the organization will receive labour support. GWS will help the organization pair a GWS student with the organization.

Of the total, $2,500 should be used for a stipend to pay a GWS student to work in the organization during the summer term. The remaining $1,500 can be used for expenses for a special project, event, or programming (e.g., supplies, food, honoraria for guest speakers, etc.).


The deadline for receipt of project applications is March 15, 2024. Grants are eligible for projects that run any time between April 1, 2024 and March 31, 2025. A simple report describing your project and its results, as well as an itemized budget report listing all expenses incurred, will be required following the project’s completion.

Please see the proposal form below and submit by email to Dr. Lisa Robson, Gender & Women’s Studies Coordinator,



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