Community groups receive funding to benefit women and girls

Supporting Island communities

Ten community groups will receive funding from provincial government for projects to help empower Island women and girls. 

Funding is provided through the 2019 Interministerial Women’s Secretariat Grants for the groups to develop a wide range of inclusive leadership programs for women and girls with different lived experiences across the province. 

“I am very proud of the great progress we have made towards being a more equitable, diverse and inclusive place for Island girls and women. We continue to challenge ourselves to make Prince Edward Island the best place for everyone,” said Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Paula Biggar. “I look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition, to hear of their meaningful impacts in everyday lives, and to realize together, with community organizations, a bright inclusive future for all Islanders.”

"The PEI Business Women's Association is very pleased to receive this funding," says Margaret Magner, executive director. "We are  the only business women's association in PEI with an Island-wide mandate, and this funding will allow us to offer professional development resources to Island women, particularly in rural PEI and help them gain leadership skills."  

The Interministerial Women’s Secretariat has provided over $685,000 in grants to community organizations across the province since 2015.

Media contact:
Vicki Tse 


Here are the 2019 Interministerial Women’s Secretariat Grants recipients.

Sommet des Femmes 2019
Action Femmes will receive $7,500 to host an international Women's Summit during the Congrès mondial acadien (CMA) taking place this summer.
Effective Business Leadership Advancement for Women in Rural PEI
PEI Business Women’s Association will receive $10,000 to provide professional skills in leadership to women in rural PEI to further support their professional growth as leaders and entrepreneurs.
LeadHERship Nature Program
Sierra Club Foundation – Wild Child PEI will receive $5,827 to develop leadership qualities in girls through positive outdoor experiences and build confidence and communication abilities needed to be an effective leader.
Migrant Worker Woman: Challenges Beyond Borders
Cooper Institute will receive $12,000 to create opportunities for migrant women to participate in various events to promote community participation and reduce isolation.

Taking the Lead
EPWIC will receive $18,455 to provide gender and diversity analysis to employers, groups and organizations in the Summerside area.

Commemorating Island Women’s Political History
PEI Coalition for Women in Government will receive $22,330 to collect and preserve Island women’s political history (a need identified and supported by the Special Collections and Archives Department at UPEI) and educate the public about women’s role in the history of PEI, including an educational component for Island children.

Still Visible: Bringing Senior Women Together
Women’s Network PEI will receive $17,000 to increase the understanding of leadership amongst senior women and enhance leadership opportunities for women over the age of 50. 

Leading by Values
Sport PEI will receive $10,000 to provide 20 women leaders in sport with leadership enhancing opportunities.

‘For Me Fridays’ Caring for the Caregivers
PEI Association for Community Living will receive $6,751 to empower women by providing caregivers of people with disabilities with educational sessions about stress reduction, leadership and advocacy awareness.

CHANCES Community Kitchen
CHANCES Family Centre will receive $3,200 a community kitchen program to alleviate social isolation by fostering community connections and empowering women to provide healthy food for themselves and their children. 

General Inquiries

PEI Interministerial Women's Secretariat
3rd Floor Sullivan Building,
16 Fitzroy Street,
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6494