Golf Canada Foundation recognizes the importance of introducing golf to more girls and women across Canada. Under the Women’s Fund, the Foundation is dedicated to supporting initiatives that have a long term impact on growing the game for women.
The mandate of the Golf Canada Foundation’s Women’s Fund Committee is to support women’s initiatives and programs that will have a significant impact on women’s golf.
Golf Canada Foundation Women’s Fund
The 2021 Women’s Fund Grant Application period is NOW CLOSED.
Grants are available to Provincial Golf Associations and other groups or individuals as long as the applications fit the fund criteria to have a significant impact on women’s golf. Potential areas of focus are as follows:
Female training or player development programs that focus on long term development and/or player competitive experience will be considered. Programs must have mechanisms in place in order to track the progress of the players who participate in these programs. This data will be required to be provided to Golf Canada. Preference will be given to new programs.
Women Instructors and Coaches
The Women’s Fund committee recognizes the need for role models for young female golfers. Programs that assist to promote training, mentoring and education of female instructors and coaches will be considered for grant monies. Special attention will be focused on initiatives that are targeted at involving females in the training and certification of the PGA of Canada contexts of Future Links Leader, Coach of New Competitors and Coach of Developing Competitors.
Volunteers(Rules Officials, Course Raters, Etc.)
The Women’s Fund will pay for one female from each province to attend a National Rules Seminar each year and for one female from each province (who has not attended before) to attend a National Course Rating Seminar (when held). Participants will attend the closest seminar to their homes and will have their travel, accommodation, and course entry fee covered. Golf Canada travel agents must be used and the Golf Canada expense form must be completed.
Consideration for any grants that fall under the first two areas will be given to initiatives or programs that are able to continue annually and become self-sufficient in terms of funding. Promotion of programs must recognize the contribution of Golf Canada Foundation and grant funds must only be used for approved programs. Upon approval of the program, Golf Canada Foundation will distribute 75% of the approved amount.
A report on use of the funds must be submitted by October 1st of the year the funds were provided, and any unused funds must be returned to the Golf Canada Foundation Women’s Fund.
2020 Women’s Fund Recipients
PEI Golf Association – Ladies Learn to Golf Program$2,000
Women’s golf represents one of the largest segments for growth opportunity across PEI. Prior to the 2020, PEI did not have a women’s golf program in place and with the support of the Women’s Fund, the PEI Golf Association created a women’s program that addresses more than just the skills of golf, but the elements that lead to feeling more comfortable and confident at a golf facility. This six-week program was delayed due to COVID-19 but was otherwise able to run as planned. There continues to be a large demand for introductory programs for women in PEI and the PEIGA plans to expand on the momentum gained in the 2020 season by offering a variety of introductory programs in spring 2021.
Golf Canada – Course Rating Training$4,000
Golf Canada requested funds to support the continued education of Canadian female leaders in Course Rating. The national Handicap & Course Rating Committee includes five women (nine committee members in total), with these five members each representing a province. Changes to the Course Rating System were introduced in 2020 to align with the World Handicap System (WHS), which requires the ongoing development and engagement with Canadian Course Rating officials so that they can continue to develop their skill set. Funds were granted to send female Golf Canada Handicap & Course Rating Committee members to the USGA Course Rating Calibrations in February 2020.
Metro Ladies Golf Inc. – Metro Girls Junior Golf League$4,500
The Metro Girls Junior Golf League is a program designed to transition high school girls (ages 13-18) in the Halifax area from practice and lessons to playing the game. This League brought girls in the region together who may already be members of clubs and recruited new golfers to the sport to learn, develop, play and compete at various levels with the intention to narrow the gap for girls in golf. The League offered clinics, learn to play lessons, on-course instruction, competition support and two 9-hole Play with the Pro events supported by female PGA Professionals, female mentors and volunteers.
Iron Lady Golf – Iron Lady League$4,850
Iron Lady Golf received funding to develop an affordable golf community for new and existing players of all levels. This program included a preliminary meet and greet/learning session where participants could brush up on their skills and connect with other league members. Due to gathering limitations, a monthly tip night was organized for individuals to sign up for a lesson at each location instead of hosting a larger clinic. Participant numbers exceeded expectations as the demand for golf, community and connection during the pandemic sky-rocketed. The program was able to provide a safe activity where participants could be outdoors and connect with others safely.
Golf Manitoba – Jr. Girls Development Team$5,000
In 2012, an influx of junior girls participated in a development team for the 2012 Manitoba Games. Over the past 3 years, all 20 of those girls have graduated out of the program. Golf Manitoba received funds to re-establish a similar program for the 2020 Manitoba Games to introduce a new group of girls to the game with the intention to feed into collegiate golf careers. Although the Games were postponed for a year, Golf Manitoba, and PGA of Canada assistant pro, Bri-ann Tokariwski conducted weekly practices for 12 girls from May until August. Fortunately, all participants on the development team have junior eligibility next year and will continue to prepare for the 2021 Manitoba Games.