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.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
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
The Victims Fund provides grants and contributions to support projects and activities that encourage the development of new approaches, promote access to justice, improve the capacity of service providers, foster the establishment of referral networks, and/or increase awareness of services available to victims of crime and their families.
Specific funds are earmarked annually for projects that enhance support to victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, and individuals involved in the sex trade.
The Victims Fund provides support to Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) which were developed to create a safe space for child victims and their non-offending caregivers. They feature child friendly spaces, a multidisciplinary team approach with police, social services, victim advocates, and medical personnel working together as a well as victim advocacy and support. CACs seek to minimize system-induced trauma and support longer-term well-being by providing services under one roof.
The Department of Justice Canada provides funding for initiatives that support families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls: Family Information Liaison Units and funding for community-based organizations that provide culturally-grounded grief and trauma supports for families.
The Family Violence Initiative supports of the development, implementation, testing and assessment of models, strategies and tools to improve the justice system's response to family violence. It also supports projects that raise public awareness of the issue and encourage public involvement in responding to family violence.
The Family Violence Initiative funds projects that develop long-term programming, build on lessons learned and support the Department's family violence policy directions.
This funding opportunity provides financial assistance to increase the capacity of the justice system and its stakeholders to offer justice services in both official languages; it also seeks to increase awareness in the legal community and official language minority and majority communities concerning their rights and issues related to access to justice in both official languages.
This funding opportunity is designed to support provincial and territorial governments, not-for-profit organizations, associations, academic institutions and individuals to assist families experiencing separation and divorce in the following capacity: the development, implementation and evaluation of provincial and territorial innovative family justice services and programs; activities that inform Canadians about family law issues such as parenting arrangements and child/spousal support; or the development of new strategies, models and tools intended to improve access to family justice. Funding for this component is 1 million per year and is available on an ongoing basis.
This funding opportunity is designed to support provincial and territorial government programs and services that assist families experiencing separation and divorce. Examples include information on making parenting arrangements, determining child/spousal support and promoting compliance with family agreements and orders. The first five year funding cycle began in 2017 and will be available for renewal in 2022.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
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.
Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE)
In September 2019, the National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking was launched. Through the National Strategy’s new Empowerment Pillar, WAGE created the Human Trafficking Initiative to support organizations that work to prevent and address human trafficking. With an investment of $14 million, the objective of this call for proposals is to support eligible organizations in developing and implementing promising prevention or intervention practices that will advance knowledge and enhance empowerment supports for at-risk populations and survivors of human trafficking.
The Department for Women and Gender Equality launched a Call for Proposals to support Indigenous governments and organizations to work with families, survivors and/or communities to develop and implement commemoration initiatives.
Status of Women Canada (SWC) is seeking proposals for knowledge synthesis and/or research related to GE or GBV in Canada. While important work has been done to advance knowledge on GBV and GE in Canada, there remain important knowledge gaps.
This funding opportunity provides financial assistance to increase the capacity of eligible women’s and Indigenous organizations whose initiatives contribute to a viable women’s movement in Canada to advance gender equality. Funding will increase organizational capacity and help organizations work collectively to address gender equality issues.
This closed call was seeking to address gender-based violence (GBV) in Canada by providing funding to develop promising practices to support survivors and their families, especially two groups of survivors: Indigenous women and their communities, and underserved populations, such as those who are more at risk of GBV and/or who are facing barriers to accessing services. These include, but are not limited to: children and youth, ethno-cultural women, LGBTQI2+ communities and gender-non-binary people, non-status/refugee/immigrant women, seniors, women living in an official language minority community, women living in northern, rural and remote communities, and women living with a disability.
Department of Justice
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.
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)
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
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:
The objective of this call for proposals is to fund projects by eligible organizations that provide trauma-informed, culturally-relevant, wrap-around services and supports to victims and survivors of human trafficking to enhance access for specific vulnerable populations.
The call will focus on raising awareness of human trafficking among at-risk youth. The objective is to provide time-limited and multi-year contribution funding to eligible organizations to develop pilot projects that test promising or best practices with the focus of: creating innovative human trafficking awareness tools for at-risk youth that can be replicated; raising awareness of human trafficking in group home settings; and promoting at-risk youth involvement in the development of the pilot projects.
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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