Four Things You Should Know About Our Funding for SRHR Initiatives in Canada

by Oxfam Canada | August 4, 2023
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Learn everything you need about applying for our financial support for initiatives promoting sexual health and reproductive rights.

1. What is this funding?

This financial support bolsters Canadian community-based initiatives elevating the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). It's part of the Stand Up project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, which aims to advance awareness and knowledge of SRHR in Canada, Mozambique, and Uganda.

2. How does this funding work?

There are two different funding streams: 

  1. Between $1,000 to $5,000 for initiatives from individuals aged 18 to 29.
  2. $20,000 for initiatives from two self-identified women's rights organizations (WROs) or youth-led organizations (YLOs).

The selected activities need to consider and accept diversity in all its forms, including gender, sexual orientation, identity, ability, race, language, religion, country of origin and political perspective.

3. Why should you apply?

If you feel strongly about raising awareness and moving forward SRHR issues in your community, now is the perfect time to take action and make a difference! Whether through a film screening, a workshop, a radio debate, a discussion panel, or an art installation, there are countless opportunities to engage with the public and create positive change. 

You should consider applying if you're part of a women's rights organization or a youth-led organization that promotes sustained community mobilization on SRHR.

So why wait? Start planning your public engagement initiative today and inspire others to join you in advocating for the enjoyment of SRHR.

Some inspiring examples of how people have used this funding

Produced and hosted by Rebecca, Because of Her brought together the voices of health professionals, patients and advocates changing SRHR policies and improving the current healthcare landscape in British Columbia.

Tess ran the Sex and Self Book Club. This exciting sex-positive online space explored literature on sexualitygender, and race. Canadian youth engaged in riveting discussions led by local authors and educators. 

s.h.a.r.e provides a safe and welcoming space for sex workers in Winnipeg to receive support without any judgment. Its doors are open for eight hours weekly and are easily accessible to everyone. On average, about 20 individuals visit the space each time it's open. Visitors can find harm reduction supplies for safer sex, drug use, and overdose management. Additionally, s.h.a.r.e uses art to foster a sense of community and trust. It produced two editions of the zine Sex-workers Claiming Agency, Resilience and Safety (SCARS), where sex workers shared their experiences through artistic expressions.

Topaza delivered and distributed a hundred care packages containing ethically made menstrual products across the University of Saskatchewan. Each package included a menstrual cup, a box of tampons, pads, panty liners, and a comprehensive booklet on SRHR. The booklet included helpful tips on basic contraceptive care and websites offering youth-friendly SRHR resources.

The ASP offered free doula support through self-referral or community partners in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario. It focused on reaching BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ youth, under-housed and newcomer populations. The ASP created a comprehensive virtual Abortion Doula Training to train new doulas across Canada. It also led virtual abortion workshops for youth workers that aimed to mobilize them as advocates for abortion access through increased awareness, comfort and knowledge. These workshops explored personal values, avoiding stigmatizing language, abortion access, youth rights, resources, and doula support. Birthmark also delivered thoughtfully curated care packages for people having an abortion with helpful items and information to support them throughout this healthcare procedure.

4. I want to know more and apply, where can I find more information?

For more information and to start your application, go to this page. The best part? You can save your progress along the way and submit it when you're ready. 

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including women, 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, BIPOC, and people with disabilities.

🔺 Remember to submit your application by midnight ET on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023. 

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📤 If you've still got questions, don't hesitate to reach out to our program officer, Lisa Gunn, at

We can't wait to see your application!


Meet the recipients from the firstsecond and third rounds of the community-based SRHR funding initiative, part of the Her Future Her Choice project.

Thanks to Our Supporters!

The funding for these initiatives is possible thanks to the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada, and the generous Canadian public.

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