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WWEST and eng•cite Funding Partners Program

The WWEST and eng•cite Funding Partners program brings together training, resources and funding to support community organizations and research groups that are undertaking activities to promote outreach, recruitment and retention for girls, young women and industry professionals in engineering, science and technology. The intention of the funding is to help establish or expand programs, and it is expected that projects have matching funds from other sources, and a plan for continuation after WWEST and eng•cite Funding Partners funding ends. Individual projects will only be funded once, but organizations may apply with new projects more than once. Organizations may apply for a 1 year grant of up to $­­­­5000 for new projects. The overall funding pool is limited, so it is anticipated that we may not be able to fund all projects, or may not be able to fund projects at the requested level. If receiving less funding than you applied for will cause the project to be cancelled or significantly modified, please include details in your proposal.

Next Funding Call: August 2017

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To be eligible to receive funds, an organization must either be a non-profit organization with a registration that is recognized in the BC/Yukon Region, or an educational institution. If your group does not meet either set of criteria, we suggest partnering with another group with similar goals who does. We are unable to transfer funds to groups that do not meet these guidelines. Please note that the WWEST and eng•cite Funding Partners program generally supports programs with a broad impact. Funding for teams, participation in conferences, and other individual pursuits is generally not available unless there is a broader impact.

Criteria for Selection

  • The need for the project, including geographic and sector considerations;
  • The impact the project will have and the number of people affected;
  • The sustainability of the project after the funding ends, including organizational capacity;
  • Organizational readiness for the funding;
  • Appropriate plans for how the project will be meaningfully measured and plans for dissemination of results;
  • Other factors may be considered to ensure diversity in funded applications.
  • Project funding will be based on recommendations from a review committee.

How to Apply

The next call for funding abstracts will be in August 2017 for projects taking place in 2018.

If you would like to be notified when applications for funding open again, please click here to sign up for the Funding Partners Program mailing list.

WWEST has partnered with eng•cite to contribute more funding to the Funding Partners program. eng•cite is the operating name of the Goldcorp Professorship for Women in Engineering at the University of British Columbia. eng•cite is designed to catalyze a transformation in the way that engineering is perceived and understood, so that young women see engineering as not only a possible and feasible educational and career path, but also an inspiring and exciting opportunity.
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