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Grants and Contributions Transformation Initiative

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Global Affairs Canada (GAC) launched the Grants and Contributions Transformation Initiative (GCTI) to streamline and modernize the department’s grants and contributions system for international assistance.

The initiative’s goal is to make the system more:

It will serve the needs of:

The focus will be on:


We are transforming our grants and contributions system by:

As this initiative advances, we will continue to rethink our approach to international assistance. We are committed to integrating the principles of diversity, inclusion and cooperation into every exchange and process.


The Grants and Contributions Transformation Initiative addresses commitments made in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy:

In his mandate letter to the Minister of International Development, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked that we improve the way we manage and deliver international development assistance.

Modernizing the Government of Canada’s grants and contribution system will create positive change in people’s lives around the world.

If you have questions or comments, email the Grants and Contributions Transformation Initiative team at

News and Events

Partner Forum

In December 2023, 253 participants from over 112 organizations in three continents attended the virtual Partner Forum. The event was designed to inform and solicit feedback from organizations interested in the ongoing work of grants and contributions transformation.

Risk-appetite hackathon for Grants and Contributions Transformation

Government of Canada employees and partnering organizations explored the best ways of working together. They also focused on the risks related to approving and managing funding for international assistance projects. This exercise is part of our commitment to involve partners in designing a modernized system.

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