Grants available for community projects in Gender and Women’s Studies

January 5, 2016

The Gender and Women’s Studies program at Brandon University (BU) is accepting applications from the community to help fund projects that will link with their program.

Up to two grants of up to $2,000 each are available through the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund in Gender and Women’s Studies.

Opportunities are wide-open for grant applicants, which can be used to put on an event or to hire student help.

“In the past, students have been hired to work at community organizations in town, often during summer months,” said Dr. Corinne Mason, coordinator of Gender and Women’s Studies at BU. “This allows our students to bring their knowledge, expertise and their dedication to social justice into our community. It’s very good for their professional development, and is an important way to help out non-profits who are always strapped for funding.”

As well, she added, the grants are flexible by design, to allow for community groups to use them in the way that best fits their needs.

“Organizations can also use it for ‘special projects,’ like paying for a speaker, conducting a small research project, or hold an event or workshop, which allows them to push outside of their usually tight programming budgets,” Mason said. “The point is to take our feminist and gender justice mission and values into the community to affect positive change.”

Applications are due March 1, 2016 for projects that run between April 1, 2016 and March 30, 2017.

Download an application form.

About Gender and Women’s Studies:
Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) invites students to challenge prevailing notions of gender and sexualities, and to learn about gender relations as they have been constructed culturally, globally, historically, and institutionally. GWS invites students develop the critical knowledge and skills to explore the intersections of gender, sex, race, class, sexuality, (dis)ability, colonialism, imperialism, citizenship, and transnational identity while paying attention to power, oppression, and resistance. Students engage in dialogue about such topics as: feminist and queer activisms, transnational poverty and precarity, diverse masculinities, popular culture and media, reproductive justice, racial politics across borders, and war and violence.