Grant Criteria

The World Day of Prayer is celebrated in more than 170 countries around the world on the first Friday in March annually. From the offerings received in Canada during the observance of the WDP, funds are made available to support projects in Canada and abroad.

  1. An application for a project grant will be considered from:
    • national and international organizations supporting local initiatives with and on behalf of women;
    • Canadian ecumenical organizations;
    • denominational groups that have ecumenical outreach serving women within the wider community;
    • local women’s groups in Canada.
  2. Applications which support program work with women in the following areas will be considered: violence against women, economic justice, health, education, racism, and peace. We encourage projects that:
    • are cooperative and promote self-sufficiency
    • contribute to raising awareness of underlying causes of suffering
    • contribute to women’s empowerment
    • enable women to develop their full potential
    • provide education and training for women

Limitation: WICC does not give grants to individuals, or for buildings or general operating expenses (e.g. salaries).

  1. Grants range between $500 and $5000, Canadian funds.
  2. Applications from outside Canada must be received by February 28 each year. All applications must be on the World Day of Prayer Grant application form and all will be reviewed by the selection committee. Final approval will be made by the Council at its spring meeting. Applicants will be notified of the Council’s decision after June 30.
  3. A follow-up report on the work for which funding has been received must be submitted to the Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada within six months of receipt of the grant.

Ecumenism and the Grant Process.

WICC is an ecumenical organization made up of 10 churches partners, including the Anglican Church of Canada, the Canadian Baptist Ministries, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Mennonite Church, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Society of Friends (Quakers), the Roman Catholic Church, the Salvation Army and the United Church of Canada.

We make every effort to ensure that we do not support any project that is contrary to the teachings of any of our church partners. Each application that is being considered for funding is read by the Denominational Appointees who may decline any application which is contrary to the teachings of her church.

Grant Submission

Completed grant applications can be sent by email to, by fax to 416-929-4064, or by post to

The Women's Inter-church Council of Canada
47 Queen's Park Cres. E.,
Toronto, ON M5S 2C3