Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2017 Funding Guide

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 or Crime Week is to raise awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime and about the services, assistance and laws in place to help victims, survivors and their families. Victims and Survivors or 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.

2017 Theme:

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week will take place from May 28, 2016 to June 3, 2017. The theme for the 2017 week is "Empowering Resilience." This theme recognizes that:

  • Victims and survivors of crime have been through traumatic experiences, but many use their personal resilience to move beyond their victimization and to create positive change. Personal resilience can help victims and survivors create a new normal in the aftermath of victimization.
  • Throughout Canada, countless dedicated professionals and volunteers empower the resilience of victims and survivors of crime by utilizing trauma-informed and victim-centred methods to advocate and deliver effective and efficient services. Service providers and criminal justice professionals give 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.
  • Over the past three decades, Canada has made significant advances towards creating a criminal justice system where victims and survivors are treated with courtesy, compassion, and respect. By working together collaboratively, all levels of governments can continue to empower the resilience of victims and survivors and ensure that their voices are heard.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Funding:

Limited funding (up to $10,000 per organization) will be available from the Department of Justice Canada's Victims Fund for projects that support the goals of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week. All projects must take place during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, from May 28 to June 3, 2017. These projects include activities during the Week that raise public awareness about victim issues. Organizations are encouraged to partner together on Victims and Survivors of Crime Week projects. Partnering together could result in more than $10,000 being provided for a single project. If multiple organizations are partnering on a project, they are asked to submit only one application. The Department of Justice Canada will only consider funding for one project per organization.

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.

For more event ideas and organization tips, you can consult the Event Planning section.

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;
  • 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 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 submit a request for funding, we suggest that you complete the Application/Proposal Form.

Selection Criteria:

  1. The 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 28, 2016 to June 3, 2017.
  3. The application must be submitted by February 24, 2017. 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 2017 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 the Department of Justice Canada to receive their payments
  7. The theme for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2017 (Empowering Resilience) 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:

  1. The selection committee may take geographic representation into account during the review process.
  2. 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:

The maximum amount of funding that can be provided by the Department of Justice Canada for each organization partnering on a proposed project cannot exceed $10,000. Given limited resources, and to ensure that many communities and organizations receive funding, only one project per applicant will be given consideration. Geographic distribution, the collaborative nature of the proposed projects and how well projects reflect the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2017 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 February 24, 2017. 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 after submitting your application electronically to victimsweek-semainedesvictimes@justice.gc.ca, please call (613) 941-4193 for assistance.

Additional Information:

A Federal Symposium will take place during Victims and Survivors Week 2017. Information about this event will be disseminated as it becomes available.

Finally, 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 of Justice Canada'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 Canada’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 Canada 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 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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