Rosemary Speirs Leadership Grant

Make a difference in your local community!

Thank you to all of the delegates who have submitted applications for round one. Our team is now reviewing the applications and will be in touch with you soon.

For those who have not yet applied, the application deadline for round two is on or before June 30, 2019. Our goal is for every 2019 DoV delegate to launch a funded project. If you have questions or require assistance, contact us at 

Overview of the Grant 

The Rosemary Speirs Leadership Grant directly funds 338 young women and gender non-conforming leaders to accelerate advocacy efforts in local communities across Canada.

This grant is named in honour of Dr. Rosemary Speirs, the founder of Equal Voice. Rosemary Speirs is a leader in the Canadian women’s movement and has worked as a volunteer to ensure the participation of girls and women in Canadian politics. Rosemary Speirs built Equal Voice into a national organization and, in doing so, spearheaded an innovative model for “multi partisan” political action and organizing. This grant will carry on Rosemary Speirs’ trailblazing efforts and feminist advocacy; it is a fitting tribute to name it in her honour.

All 2019 Daughters of the Vote delegates are eligible to apply for a grant and encouraged to capitalize on this opportunity to move their leadership and ideas forward. Eligible projects can range from advocacy initiatives to e-tools to community gatherings to initiatives advancing decolonization and Indigenous rights. Delegates will be supported through local and regional networks and online fora to further increase their local impact.

This grant is made possible thanks to generous financial support from the Department for Women and Gender Equality.


This call is open to 2019 DoV delegates only.

Each DoV delegate is eligible to apply for a $1000 grant for a community-based project.

Delegates may work together and pool funds. A maximum of five delegates may apply jointly with a single application. Please be prepared to name a group lead who will receive the grant payments and assume the financial reporting responsibilities.

Types of Activities

Projects could include:

  • Advocacy and social change initiatives.
  • Events and mentorship programs.
  • E-learning tools promoting local issue awareness.
  • Initiatives advancing decolonization and Indigenous rights.
  • Arts-based activism and workshops.
  • Community gatherings and knowledge exchanges.

Project activities must be non-partisan and abide by the key principles of anti-oppression and anti-racism.

Eligible Expenses 

  • Costs for refreshments/meals served during key project activities.
  • Daily facility rentals for project activities, such as the rental of event space.
  • Local transportation costs (i.e. bus tickets).
  • Materials and supplies needed to carry out the project.
  • Expenses related to the design, production and printing of brochures and posters to promote the project and project activities.
  • Purchasing advertising space to promote the project and project activities.
  • Integration costs relating solely to caring for dependants/children as well as expenditures enabling people living with disabilities to participate.
  • Professional services ofan individual (who is not a group member) or a company with the expertise needed to carry out specific project activities (e.g., translation).
  • Honoraria to a maximum of $300

Ineligible Expenses

  • Travel and other expenses incurred outside of Canada.
  • Retroactive funds for activities that have already occurred.
  • Donations, scholarships or bursaries.
  • The purchase of alcohol.

Please contact us with questions regarding the eligibility of expenses at

Application Deadline

Round two: June 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST

To Apply

Delegates must complete a short proposal for their project, including a budget. Apply here.


How many grants are available?

All 2019 DoV delegates are automatically eligible to be considered for the grant with the submission of a short proposal for their project, including a budget. Our goal is for all delegates to launch a funded project.

What makes a strong proposal?

A strong proposal will reference a local community issue or need, it will bring together neighbours and community members, and it meet the budgetary requirements. In addition, project activities must be non-partisanand abide by the key principles of anti-oppression and anti-racism.

I am currently living away from the riding I represented in the House of Commons; can I still apply?

Yes. Your project proposal must have a connection to your local community, howeveryou are free to be creative in how you plan to reach your constituency and/or address local issues. For instance, you could consider using e-tools, or partnering with a local organization. If need assistance, please contact us at:

Can multiple delegates work together on a project?

Yes! Up to a maximum of five delegates can work together on a project and apply with a single application. Please be prepared to name a group lead who will receive the grant payments and assume the financial reporting responsibilities.

Can I donate the funds to a local organization or charity?

No. Project proposals that use grant funds for donations, scholarships and/or bursaries are ineligible. This grant is about advancing your leadership and ideas. Rather than a donation, consider exploring a partnership with your preferred organization to meet a local need or to raise public awareness about a local issue.

When are applications due?

There are three application deadlines for grants:

  • Round 1: Apply by May 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST.
  • Round 2: Apply by June 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST.
  • Round 3: Apply by July 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST.

We strongly encourage delegates apply early - do not wait until round three.

My grant application has been approved – what happens next?

Next, you will be required to sign a financial agreement. Once this document with original signatures is received, Equal Voice will issue the first payment representing 70% of the total grant funds. You will have six months to complete your project. Then, you will be required to write a short final report and submit all original receipts/invoices to Equal Voice. Once these documents are received, you will be issued the remaining 30% of the grant funds.

What types of supports are available as I work on my project?

Equal Voice staff are available to assist you. Please contact us at: will roll out a series of supports for delegates, including regional events hosted by Equal Voice chapters and webinars. Delegates will also have the opportunity to opt-in to a mentorship program. Detailed information about these supports will follow.

Am I required to track my spending?

Yes. Delegates are responsible for all financial reporting. Your project budget will be approved as part of the grant application process and it is your responsibility to keep and maintain original receipts and invoicesfor all approved expenses related to the project. You will be required to submit these to Equal Voice upon completion of your project.

When is the deadline for projects to be completed?

Projects should be completed in no more than 6 months. The deadlines to complete your project and submit final paperwork are as follows:

  • Round 1: Project must be completed by January 31, 2020.
  • Round 2: Project must be completed by February 29, 2020.
  • Round 3: Project must be completed by March 31, 2020.

Please note that dates are subject to change at the discretion of Equal Voice staff. Delegates may also request in writingan extension from Equal Voice staff, if needed.

Can I invite my local Member of Parliament to be part of my project?

Yes. Possible roles for your local Member of Parliament could include, a speaking opportunity at an event or function; an invitation to participate in activities or workshops; or sharing project publications.

There is a federal and/or provincial election approaching. Can I invite a political candidate to be part of my project?

To be fair and to not appear to be taking sides during an election period, you must invite candidates from all major political parties to speak at your event or be part of your project. They do not all have to show up, but they need to be invited. Let the candidates know in advance that your event is non-partisan and that they cannot campaign at your event or activity.

What do I do if a politician or candidate attends my event or activity uninvited?

If a political representative (a candidate or incumbent) attends your activity/event during an election, you should let them know that your event or activity is non-partisan and therefore, they cannot campaign.

What are examples of election campaigning activities?

Election campaigning activities can include handing out flyers, buttons, fundraising, or having a candidate speak about their campaign or a political opponent or party.

I participated in the 2017 DoV program, can I apply for a grant?

No. Funding for the grant is designated for 2019 DoV delegates only. Stay tuned for information on upcoming regional events for 2017 DoV delegates coming in fall 2019.

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