Request for Proposals – International Service Project

International Service Project 2023-2024

Deadline: April 3rd, 2023

Application here


Each year, CFUW clubs raise funds for an international project or program to empower women and girls in the global South. CFUW is currently seeking proposals from the international development community for the next cycle of fundraising to begin during International Development week (February 5-12, 2023) for one year. 


Eligible organizations are non-partisan, non-sectarian, CRA-registered Canadian charities and implements service projects outside of Canada to advance the status of women or girls. CFUW members are encouraged to invite charities to apply, however CFUW members cannot apply on a charity’s behalf.

Eligible international service projects are those that are aligned with one or more of the four strategic pillars of the International H.E.A.L. Action Framework: Health; Education; Action for Women, Peace & Security, Leadership. These pillars are important to build community resilience in support of sustainable advancement of the status of women and girls.

  • Health – includes health system support and Social Determinants of Health
  • Education – includes education system support and tuition fees
  • Action for Women, Peace & Security – includes community-based approaches to mobilize system change that supports women and girls
  • Leadership development – includes training the next generation of leaders and community advocates, particularly to mobilize those with lived experience of barriers to advocate for themselves and provide a role model for others facing barriers.

Criteria for Selection

  1. The cost/benefit and feasibility of the proposed project to respond to the needs of those identifying as women and girls; 
  2. Alignment with one or more of the pillars of the International H.E.A.L. Action Framework; and 
  3. Clarity and presentation of the proposal and budget.

Anticipated Amount

CFUW fundraising target will be a minimum amount of $2,500 (not guaranteed). However, applicants should indicate (in both in their project outline and budget notes) how they plan to utilize funds that may be raised in excess of the minimum amount.


Proposals will be collected up until April 3rd, 2023 and will then be reviewed by the International Relations Committee and the CFUW Board of Directors.

Previous Projects

In the past, our fundraising efforts focused around International Women’s Day, known as IWD. The International Service Project is aimed to be a yearlong fundraiser for clubs and individual members to raise funds for the board-approved project. Some examples of previous projects:

International Service Project 2022-2023 – Canadian Women 4 Women in Afghanistan

CFUW’s 2022-23 International Service Project Fundraiser is the Darakht-e Danesh Online Library (DDL), a program by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. The Darakht-e Danesh Online Library (DDL) provides Free and Open Educational Resources for Afghanistan. The Library is a digital repository of open educational resources (OERs) for teachers, students, and anyone with a curious mind who wants to learn more on a particular subject. The Library currently houses nearly 6,000 resources in almost 130 subjects, for both primary and secondary teachers, in nine languages. The Library was created to increase access to quality, locally adapted educational resources, to encourage individuals and teachers to consult a wide variety of information sources in their practice, and to support teachers to adapt, create and share their own resources with other educators. CFUW donated a total of $12,342 to the DDL from 2022-2023. Final amounts will be shared at the end of our fundraising initiative. 

IWD 2020 – Interpares 

CFUW members donated a total of $1,520 to Interpares for our International Women’s Day Fundraising Project for 2020. The project was “Promoting Justice for Women in Antioquia, Colombia,” which was supported by Inter Pares and implemented by their Colombian counterpart Humanas.  Inter Pares is an organization that has worked for over 40 years with organizations from around the world to build peace, advance justice and globalize equality.

IWD 2016 – MATCH

The International Relations Committee recommended and the Board supports MATCH for 2017. We hope you took the time to visit with the MATCH representative at the 2016 AGM. MATCH is Canada’s only international women’s fund to support grassroots organizations in the global South. MATCH is 38 years of age and partners with over 650 women’s groups in 75 countries and in current “hot spots. It funds grassroots women’s organizations in developing countries by focusing on dismantling barriers, changing systems, challenging perceptions and transforming society and addressing the needs of their communities.

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to reading your application. 

How to Apply:

Click here to view the Application


February 24, 2023


April 3, 2023


Request for Proposals


Canadian Federation of University Women