GBV funding opportunities

This page lists information on federal funding related to gender-based violence (GBV). It includes callouts from departments and agencies that are accepting proposals, as well as those that are currently closed.

Open calls

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

National Housing Strategy (NHS)

Announced in November 2017, Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy (NHS) is a 10-year, $40-billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home. Under the NHS, a target of 33% of all investments will support the unique needs of women and their children, and senior women, achieved through new and repaired shelter spaces, targeted research on women’s housing needs, new affordable housing, and rental support. Specifically, the National Housing Co-Investment Fund will provide financial contributions and low-interest loans to help achieve this. Partnerships from private or non-profit partners, as well as other levels of government, are encouraged to help meet this goal. Many of the NHS initiatives are currently accepting applications – learn more by visiting the website.

Department of Justice

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Family and Relationship Violence: Family Violence Initiative Fund (FVIF)

The RCMP Family Violence Initiative Fund (FVIF) distributes annual funding to support communities in responding to Relationship and Family Violence, Victim Issues, and Sexual Assault Investigators training. The objectives of the funding are to foster prevention in Indigenous communities; promote public awareness of relationship and family violence through conferences; seminars, presentations or workshops; assist victims of crime; and endorse Sexual Assault Investigators training. The RCMP FVIF supports front-line officers and community partners whose mandate is to respond to and reduce incidents of family violence. It allows for the development of resources, tools and information to educate on the prevalence and dynamics of family violence and to encourage victims and witnesses to seek assistance.

Past calls

Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE)

Department of Justice

Initiatives to address workplace sexual harassment anticipatory call for proposals

This funding opportunity is an anticipatory call for proposals that seeks to fill gaps in information and resources, to support complainants of workplace sexual harassment.

Youth Justice Fund

The Youth Justice Fund is designed to encourage a more effective youth justice system, respond to emerging youth justice issues and enable greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system.

Department of National Defence (DND)

Sexual Assault Centre Contribution Program

Announced in 2018, the Sexual Assault Centre Contribution Program will provide funding to Canadian not-for-profit organizations that support persons affected by sexual misconduct in the communities within close proximity to the ten Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) bases with the highest client base. The aim is to facilitate access to an extended range of specialized support services, and help facilitate closer working relationships between civilian community organizations and CAF service providers. The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC) will be reviewing proposals and administering the Program on behalf of DND. The Program will provide financial support to projects that meet specific criteria for up to $50,000 a year for four years (until March 31, 2023) conditional on periodic reporting to the SMRC.

Public Health Agency of Canada

Preventing Gender-Based Violence: the Health Perspective - Teen/Youth Dating Violence Prevention (Public Health Agency of Canada)

This closed call was seeking to address dating violence among teens and youth by providing funding to deliver promising programs to prevent dating violence among teens/youth; incorporate intervention research to determine if the program or initiative is effective, in which settings and for which populations; and share knowledge about "what works" in this field. This funding was made available through the It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-based Violence

Public Safety Canada

Through the National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking’s Empowerment Pillar, Public Safety Canada is seeking proposals from eligible organizations that support and advance efforts to prevent and combat human trafficking. There are two streams to this funding:

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 2018 Call for Applications

This closed call sought to increase knowledge, raise awareness and help advance efforts to prevent and combat human trafficking by providing multi-year contribution funding to an eligible organization, as per Contribution Program to Combat Serious and Organized Crime (CPCSOC)'s Terms and Conditions, to establish and maintain a national human trafficking hotline. The national human trafficking hotline will be accessible 24/7 across Canada, and will offer a toll-free service which will receive calls, emails and texts related to human trafficking. The hotline will also operate a website and refer callers to services, such as housing and health services as well as law enforcement. In addition, the hotline will collect, store, produce, analyze, and share data, and develop and disseminate research on the incidence of human trafficking in Canada.

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