Applications are now open for the Community support for Sexual Misconduct Survivors Grant Program to supports those affected by sexual misconduct in the DND/CAF through increased access to community-based support services and collaboration between community-based and DND/CAF service providers.
The Sexual Misconduct Support and Resource Centre’s (SMSRC) Community Support for Sexual Misconduct Survivors Grant Program, funds projects led by Canadian, legally constituted not-for-profit community-based service providers with the capacity and expertise to provide support to the wider Defence community that have been affected by sexual misconduct.
- The goal of the Grant Program is to:
- broaden the range of support services available to those in wider Defence community affected by sexual misconduct in the DND/CAF; and
- increase the collaboration between community-based and DND/CAF service providers.
- The program offers two types of grants:
- One-time project grants: up to $50,000 in total per eligible initiative or activity
- Recurrent grants: up to $75,000 in total per year for two to three years, for ongoing initiatives or activities
- You may apply for both types of grants provided that the projects are distinct, and funding will not be used to pay for the same expense more than once.
- Duration: Your project should aim to start at the beginning of the fiscal year (1 April), and end in accordance with the grant agreement.
Potential Projects, Initiatives and Services
- Funding is available for a wide range of projects, initiatives and services supporting those affected by sexual misconduct in the DND/CAF, including:
- providing crisis management and support through supportive listening, information and referrals to hospital, medical or police services;
- conducting research related to the support of those impacted by sexual misconduct in the DND/CAF;
- counselling for individuals and groups to address a range of needs related to sexual misconduct in the DND CAF, including counselling for those who support individuals affected by sexual misconduct in the DND/CAF;
- outreach to Indigenous communities that have been impacted;
- outreach to underserved remote locations;
- support projects tailored to meet the needs of and/or remove barriers for women; men; Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex as well as sexual and gender-diverse people (2SLGBTQI+); First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; Black, Asian and other racialized individuals; people living with disabilities; religious minorities; those living in an official language minority community; those living in northern, rural and remote communities; others with diverse identity factor and people that cannot access services in person;
- relationship building and work with individuals, community and government organizations for community education;
- support groups including specified and drop-in groups;
- providing information, referrals, accompaniment, or advocacy to assist survivors in the areas of healing, trauma, survivor support, housing, employment, criminal justice, or legal rights and responsibilities;
- developing innovative tools (including virtual) that enable survivors to better access resources.
- Your proposed project must contribute to at least one of the following program outcomes:
- An increase in projects, initiatives and services reaching the local Defence community through innovative service delivery
- Greater access to information, training and support within the wider Defence community
- An increase in effective mechanisms at the SMSRC to strengthen community-based supports for those impacted by sexual misconduct in the DND/CAF, especially underserved groups
- Improved support across the justice and social sectors for those impacted by or at risk of gender-based violence, including survivors
- Organizations must be a Canadian, legally constituted not-for-profit community-based service provider with the capacity and expertise to provide services and initiatives for those affected by sexual misconduct in the DND/CAF.
- Organizations must also possess the legal status necessary to enter into a grant agreement with the Government of Canada.
- Organizations that do not yet have the capacity or expertise to provide these services and initiatives may be considered if they propose to undertake capacity building as a result of funding.
For more information, visit SMSRC.