Human trafficking call for proposals: Eligibility
We are no longer accepting applications for this call for proposals. The deadline for applications was September 11, 2020, at 11:59 a.m. (noon) Pacific time.
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All applicants under this call for proposals must be Canadian, legally constituted organizations with demonstrated experience in preventing human trafficking within at risk populations and/or in interventions for human trafficking survivors; and be one of the following:
- not-for-profit organizations
- Indigenous not-for-profit organizations (that represent First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis interests and is controlled by members of the population it serves)
- Indigenous governments (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities) and their agencies
- municipalities and their agencies
In exceptional circumstances and where no such organizations with demonstrated experience exists in a given region or community, an exception may be granted to the above. Please send an email to Call for Proposals Enquiries to confirm an exception prior to submitting an application.
Organizations can apply for funding for the following maximum amounts:
- up to $700,000 for projects with a pan-Canadian scope
- up to $400,000 for projects with a regional or provincial/territorial scope
- up to $200,000 for projects with a local scope
The Government of Canada recognizes the additional costs of living and travelling in northern or remote areas. Consequently, you may be eligible to apply for an additional 25% whenever activities are delivered in these areas (see question 34 for definitions). Should you be eligible, the maximum funding amounts would be up to $875,000 for projects with a pan-Canadian scope, up to $500,000 for projects with a regional or provincial/territorial scope, and up to $250,000 for projects with a local scope.
Eligible organizations may submit only one application for funding in this call for proposals.
Projects should aim to start no earlier than late fall 2020 and must be completed by March 31, 2024.
The proposed activities must be clearly linked to the call for proposals’ objective. Projects must focus on developing and implementing promising empowerment-focussed practices to address gaps in prevention and/or support for at-risk populations, victims and survivors of human trafficking. At-risk populations include women and girls, Indigenous women and girls, LGBTQ2 and gender diverse people, immigrant and migrant women and girls, women and girls living with disabilities, and women and girls living in Northern, rural and remote areas.
Projects must prevent or address human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation or for the purpose of forced labour.
Please note that Indigenous-focussed solutions must be Indigenous-led or in partnership with an Indigenous community or organization.
Eligible project activities may include, but are not limited to those related to:
- developing, implementing, testing and evaluating promising prevention practices for at-risk populations
- developing, implementing, testing and evaluating promising intervention practices to support victims and survivors
As such, WAGE will not support projects that focus solely on the following elements:
- awareness-raising campaigns
- networking or partnership development
- strategy development
- development of referral inventories
- research and associated publications
Important note: All proposed projects must include an external evaluation. This must be reflected in your work plan and budget.
Before completing their application, organizations are encouraged to do the Introduction to Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) online course.
Priority will be given to proposals which:
- propose local initiatives
- propose trauma-informed initiatives
- apply intersectional approaches that recognize the interconnectedness and complexity of human trafficking, gender-based violence and gender equality
- are submitted by organizations that have experience in implementing solutions that empower survivors and at-risk populations (empowerment-focussed solutions)
- are submitted by organizations representative of the population they serve; including Indigenous organizations that propose distinctions-based solutions to reflect the unique cultures and experiences of the First Nations, the Métis Nation and Inuit (initiatives that are culturally safe, relevant and appropriate)
- address any other gap based on geography (rural and remote, including the North), population group, official language group, or any other gap as deemed a priority by the department
As per Treasury Board’s Transfer Payment Policy, total government funding for the project shall not exceed 100% of eligible expenditures. This includes federal, provincial, territorial and municipal assistance for the same purpose. In the event that it exceeds 100%, Women and Gender Equality Canada will adjust its level of assistance and seek reimbursement if necessary.
Eligible expenditures are those considered necessary to support the purpose of the project and are costs incurred after the signature of the agreement. Please consult the Guidelines on Eligible Expenditures for Funding Programs for more detailed information.
There are two categories of eligible expenditures:
- direct delivery expenditures: expenses related to the implementation of the project, which are easily traced to specific activities
- administrative expenditures: expenses related to an organization’s ability to administer and support project activities; in other words, expenditures that are important to organization's operations as part of the delivery of a project
The Department reserves the right to make the final determination on the value of funding and to exclude expenditures that are ineligible, unnecessary or outside the range of the project.
Eligible expenditures are costs considered necessary to deliver the project. For this call for proposals, eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:
Direct delivery expenditures (considered necessary to deliver the project):
- Travel expenses within Canada: Travel expenses shall not exceed the rates for civil servants set out in the National Joint Council Travel Directive including Travel Directive for Kilometric Rates and Meals Allowances
- Salaries and benefits for staff for the duration of the project and that are directly related to project delivery
- Honoraria and professional fees
- Materials and supplies
- Facilities that are project specific such as room rental for activities
- Professional development
- Engagement of Indigenous Elders
- Publicity and promotion
- Other expenses not included in other budget items, such as costs for refreshments/meals served during key project activities
Administrative expenditures (related to central administrative functions of the organization receiving funding that support project activities):
- Project oversight
- Project staff office space
- Computer equipment
- IT maintenance
Eligible indirect costs will not be approved where they are higher than 20% of the total funding requested from WAGE.
Ineligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:
- direct financial compensation to victims
- general operating costs of your organization that are not related to this project (for example, regular telephone and heating costs, rent, utilities, property taxes, insurance, equipment for staff, audit costs that are not required for this project)
- capital expenditures, such as land, buildings, vehicles and other major capital costs, with the exception of computer equipment such as desktops, portables, and small peripherals required to carry out the project
- salaries, allowances, and benefits for members of a board of directors or other decision-making body
- budget deficits, debt reduction, organizational reserves or endowment funds
- unexpected costs or contingency costs which are costs added to a project over and above the actual estimated project value to cover unexpected costs. This could include costs used in planning for potential cost overruns in projects
- costs incurred before a funding decision is made
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