Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2020 Funding Guide

The deadline to apply for funding has passed. Due to COVID-19, Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2020 has been rescheduled to November 22 to 28, 2020.

Introduction:

The Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is an annual outreach initiative of the Justice Canada Policy Centre for Victim Issues (PCVI). PCVI works to give victims and survivors a more effective voice in the criminal justice system by pursuing a range of activities and initiatives.

The goal of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is to raise awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors and about the services, assistance and laws in place to help victims, survivors, and their families. Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is also a time to acknowledge the work of service providers and their dedication to assisting victims and survivors of crime and their families.

2020 Theme:

The Victims and Survivors of Crime Week will take place from May 24 to May 30, 2020. The theme for the week is "Recognizing Courage, Renewing Commitment." This theme recognizes that:

  • It takes great courage for victims and survivors of crime and their families to share their stories and to persevere through each day in the aftermath of crime. Courage also allows victims and survivors of crime and their families to choose their path forward, not without fear, but in spite of it.
  • Throughout Canada, countless courageous professionals and volunteers work to empower victims and survivors of crime through trauma-informed and victim-centred approaches, to advocate on behalf of victims, and to deliver effective and efficient services. Service providers and criminal justice professionals have the courage to show up every day to provide information and meaningful support to victims, survivors and their families at the community, provincial, territorial and federal levels to help victims as they navigate the criminal justice system.
  • Through the courage of service providers and criminal justice professionals, Canada has taken significant steps toward creating a criminal justice system that treats victims and survivors of crime with courtesy, compassion, and respect.
  • The year 2020 marks several important milestones, including the 20th anniversary of the Federal Victims Strategy, the 15th anniversary of the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week initiative, and five years since the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights came into force.  Reflecting on these milestones gives us the opportunity to renew our commitment to support victims and survivors of crime.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Funding:

Funding for Victim and Survivors of Crime Week projects will be available from Justice Canada's Victims Fund. All projects must take place during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, from May 24, 2020 to May 30, 2020. Funding application activities must support the objective of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, which is to raise awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime as well as about the services, assistance and laws in place to help victims, survivors and their families.

Organizations may submit a funding application for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week using one of two options:

Option 1: As an individual organization (funding up to $10,000 for a single project). To apply as an individual organization, please submit a completed funding application.

Or

Option 2: As a partnership with one or more organization(s) (funding up to $20,000 for a single project). To apply as a partnership, the following information is required for funding consideration:

  1. One completed funding application from the organization taking the project lead on behalf of all of the partner organizations; and,
  2. Letters of support and project participation from all of the partner organizations.  

Justice Canada will only consider funding applications for one project per individual organization or per partnership.

Some examples of events and activities that could be organized during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week include:

  • Workshop or information sessions on victim issues or relevant topics;
  • Public awareness events (e.g. volunteer recognition event, information kiosk, etc.);
  • Social media campaigns and electronic resources on services available to victims, survivors and their families and/or victim issues;
  • Training for justice system professionals on victim needs;
  • Special issue of a newsletter dedicated to Victims and Survivors of Crime Week; and,
  • Radio, newspaper or television ads promoting Victims and Survivors of Crime Week and/or providing information on services for victims and survivors of crime.

The Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Event Planning resources should be available online by late spring 2020. For more event ideas and organization tips, consult the Event Planning section of the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week website.

Examples of Eligible and Ineligible Expenses:

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.

Ineligible expenses include the following:

  • Stand-alone meal expenses, unless they include speeches/presentations focused on victim and survivor awareness and victim services;
  • Entertainment fees, alcohol, gifts and souvenirs;
  • Participant travel/accommodation/incidental expenses to attend Victims and Survivors Week events;
  • Participant travel/accommodation/incidental expenses to attend the National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Symposium;
  • Purchase of commercial films and materials (even though related to victimization or surviving crime) for showing and distribution as part of Victims and Survivors Week events;
  • Renovations, repairs and leasehold improvements;
  • 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 Victims Week-related events and activities, as they focus on the specific mandate or project of an organization or group.

How to Apply for Funding:

To request a Funding Application / Proposal Form, please contact victimsweek-semainedesvictimes@justice.gc.ca. An alternative, accessible format of the Funding Application / Proposal is available on our website:  HTML Version.

Selection Criteria:

  1. The funding application form must be completed in full.
  2. All Victims and Survivors of Crime Week projects must take place during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, from May 24, 2020 to May 30, 2020.
  3. The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon (Pacific) February 10, 2020. No late applications will be accepted.
  4. All expenses listed in the application must be eligible for funding (please see the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week funding "FAQs" for examples of eligible and ineligible expenses).
  5. All expenses must be reasonable and customary, and must demonstrate good value for Canadians.
  6. All applicants approved for funding MUST be registered for direct deposit with Justice Canada to receive their payments.
  7. The theme for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (Recognizing Courage, Renewing Commitment) must be clearly reflected in the proposed project.
  8. The proposed project must support the Victims Fund objective of raising awareness and knowledge about the impact of victimization, the needs of victims of crime, available services, assistance and legislation. (Please visit the Victims Fund web page for more information on the Fund).
  9. Collaborative projects / community partnerships are encouraged.

    The following two factors may also be taken into account by the selection committee when reviewing the funding applications:

  10. The selection committee may take geographic representation into account during the review process.
  11. The selection committee may undertake a global assessment of all proposals in a given jurisdiction to ensure variety and broad reach, and to avoid too much similarity / duplication in projects.

Maximum Amount of Funding:

Funding for Victim and Survivors of Crime Week projects will be available from Justice Canada's Victims Fund. The maximum amounts of funding cannot exceed $10,000 for an individual organization or $20,000 for organizations applying as a partnership. Given limited resources, and to ensure that many communities and organizations receive funding, Justice Canada will only consider funding applications for one project per individual organization or per partnership. Geographic distribution, the collaborative nature of the proposed projects and how well projects reflect the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week theme may be considered during the review process. Only applications that have been completed in full will be eligible for funding.

As funding is limited each year, not all eligible applications can be approved.

Deadline to Submit Application:

The deadline to submit your funding application is 12:00 noon (Pacific) February 10, 2020. Applications will only be accepted up to this date. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the funding application has been received by the Department of Justice Canada.

If you do not receive a confirmation email within five (5) business days after submitting your application electronically to victimsweek-semainedesvictimes@justice.gc.ca, please call (613) 941-4193 for assistance.

Additional Information:

If you have any questions that are not answered in the package of documents that you have received with this application, please email us at: victimsweek-semainedesvictimes@justice.gc.ca.

Official Languages

In support of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act, the Department is committed to facilitating the participation of official language minority communities and their organizations in the development and assessment of the Department's policies, programs and services having significant impact on the development of the communities; and to take measures to ensure that the Department of Justice’s programs and services reach official language minority communities. In the context of project funding, these measures include:

  • outreach to official language minority communities to enhance their understanding of the Department of Justice funding programs; and
  • encouraging contacts between organizations that are receiving financial assistance and official language minority organizations/groups to ensure that the needs of these communities are taken into consideration in relation to the proposed projects to be considered for Department of Justice Canada funding.

Contact Information

Where is more information available?

For more information the Victims Fund and how to apply for Victims and Survivors Week funding, contact us:

Victims Fund Manager
Programs Branch
Department of Justice Canada
284 Wellington Street, 6th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H8
Telephone: General Victims Fund: (613) 941-4193
E-mail: pb-dgp@justice.gc.ca 

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