Ottawa, ON—The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) announced that it is offering 12 grants of $900 to active girls and women and/or organizations offering sport programs targeted to girls and women.

The Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund was developed in response to the ongoing financial need within the sport community and will help fund multi, national and provincial sport organization sport initiatives in an effort to help financially assist members of the sport community in Canada.

This fund is provided by CAAWS with support from Sport Canada. Since 2004, CAAWS has supported 44 individuals and organizations through this fund, dispersing over $38,000 to members of the sport community.

National and multi-sport organizations and their provincial affiliates are encouraged to apply. Individuals (such as athletes, coaches, officials) may also apply. Please feel free to forward this information within your community as you see fit. Note that details related to the WISE Fund criteria and application process can be found at Applications will be accepted between November 14th, 2007, and December 14th, 2007, and an announcement regarding the successful recipients will be made in February.

For additional information, please contact Krista Benoit, WISE Fund coordinator by telephone at 819-682-7739 or by e-mail [email protected].