The Women & Girls Sport Fund (WGSF) is an initiative of ISWO, under it’s Women & Girls program. The program is intended to increase opportunities for women and girls to participate in sport, recreation, and physical activity while empowering through increased confidence, capacity and knowledge. The fund is also focused on removing barriers, providing access to resources and decreasing at-risk behaviours, which can have long-term negative consequences, through education and support.
The WGSF supports projects that utilize sport as a positive agent to impact social change, helping to achieve social development outcomes in Indigenous communities, specifically for female populations. Proposals that outline how culturally grounded sport, recreation and physical activity opportunities will support overall wellness, for women and girls, will be considered for funding.
The WGSF is intended to make community sport, physical activity, and Indigenous approaches to wellness more accessible to women and girls of all ages and abilities. ISWO encourages remote and rural communities where sport-related opportunities are fewer, and large urban Indigenous populations where low participation rates may exist, to apply.
The WGSF is supported through contributions from the Government of Canada, under STREAM 1 of the Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities (SSDIC) initiative, administered by Sport Canada.