Questions and Answers ("FAQ")

Q. Who can apply for funding?
A. Not-for-profit agencies and organizations, educational institutions, bands and tribal councils, provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments, and private-sector organizations sponsoring non-profit projects are all invited to apply for funding under the Victims Fund to raise awareness during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week about victim issues and services.

Q. What types of projects are eligible for funding?
A. Events or activities taking place during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, intended to raise public awareness about victim and survivors of crime issues and about services and assistance available to victims and survivors and their families, will be considered. Events organized to acknowledge the work of victim and survivors service providers are also eligible for funding.

Q. Is there a limit to funding for a particular community? If five groups in my community submit merited proposals, will they all receive funding or is geographic distribution a consideration?
A. Geographic distribution may be considered in the selection process. Collaborative projects and community partnerships are encouraged. As funding is limited each year, not all eligible applications can be approved.

Q. Are "crime prevention" projects with a focus on “victims” and “survivors” eligible for funding?
A. The goal of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is to promote awareness of victim issues and services available to victims and survivors and their families after a crime occurs. Crime prevention projects are not eligible for funding. To access funding information with regard to crime prevention projects, please visit the National Crime Prevention Centre at Public Safety Canada.

Q. What expenses are eligible?
A. The following are typically considered eligible for funding:
  • Contract fee expenses (e.g. contract for speaker fees);
  • Salaries (coordinator/facilitator);
  • Cost of supplies/materials/services;
  • Facility rental and reasonable hospitality costs for special events;
  • Travel/accommodation/incidental expenses to bring in professionals, such as workshop facilitators, panelists and presenters, for presentation or training purposes; and,
  • Advertising costs.

Q. What expenses are ineligible?
A. Ineligible expenses include the following:
  • Stand-alone meal expenses, unless they include speeches/presentations focused on victim awareness and victim services;
  • Purchase of commercial films and materials (even though related to victimization) for showing and distribution as part of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week events;
  • Capital expenses (e.g., purchase of equipment, buildings); and,
  • Satellite events of victim-related organizations. A satellite event is a meeting organized by an organization or group to coincide with the events of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (e.g., organization's annual meeting). Satellite events differ from Week-related events and activities, as they focus on the specific mandate or project of an organization or group.

Q. What is the timeframe for funding?
A. Funding can only be provided for events/activities that mark Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, which is from May 29 – June 4, 2016. Expenditures must be for expenses that occur for planning or holding events/activities during the Week, or for wrap-up activities following the Week. For detailed deadlines, please consult the Victims and Survivors of Crime Funding Guide.

Q. Where can I find guidance on organizing a Victims and Survivors of Crime Week event or activity?
A. The Victims and Survivors of Crime Week website offers many suggestions for organizing events and activities to raise awareness of victim of crime issues. It also includes a section on event planning.
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