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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.

Applications Closed for 2017-18

The next round of Applications will open in August 2018

To receive updates regarding the funding program, please join the mailing list here.


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

Note: If you missed the abstract deadline, you can still send a Phase 3 application by midnight, October 27th. (Please see Phase 3 below.)

We also invite you to attend our Community Partners Workshop (see Phase 3 below) - attendance at the workshop is not mandatory for receiving funding, but it's a great opportunity to network and learn some new skills.

Phase 1: Abstract & Budget - Due September 22, 2017

Complete the application form available as [.docx] or [.pdf], and submit it to along with a 1 page abstract and project budget by midnight on September 22, 2017. An accepted abstract does not imply funding.

Phase 2: Partners Workshop & Abstract Feedback - October 16, 2017

All applicants will be requested to send at least one delegate to the Community Partners workshop, where the WWEST and eng•cite teams will provide feedback on your abstract. Please see event details here. Please RSVP to by October 13th, 2017.

Phase 3: Final Application Submission - Due October 27, 2017

Complete the final application form [.docx] or [.pdf] as well as the budget template [.xlsx]. Submit these to by midnight on October 27, 2017.

Phase 4: Funding Decision Announcement - December 1, 2017

WWEST will notify all applicants of the outcome of their application by December 1, 2017. If your application is successful, your project can expect to receive funding by February 2018.

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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