Groups and organizations supported by their community to provide programs and services that benefit victims of crime during their involvement in criminal justice processes are eligible to apply for funding. Priority for funding is given to police-based volunteer programs.
Grant application deadlines are April 1 and October 1 of each year. Applications are first reviewed for clarity and completeness before submission to the Victims of Crime Programs Committee. The Committee must first assess, evaluate and recommend grant applications for funding before a decision is made by the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. All applicants will be notified in writing of the decision regarding their grant application.
Successful applicants must enter into a Conditional Grant Agreement. The agreement outlines certain conditions that must be met to fulfill funding requirements. In addition, successful recipients will be required to provide information about their program throughout the year and at the conclusion of their funding term.
Detailed Grant Application Guidelines are available for both Police based Victim Service Units and Community Based Organizations.
Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section and find answers to common questions about the grants process.
Victims of Crime Act Principles
Programs requesting funding from the Victims of Crime Fund must apply the Victims of Crime Act Principles in their day-to-day involvement with victims of crime: These principles are:
- Victims should be treated with courtesy, compassion and respect.
- The privacy of victims should be considered and respected to the greatest extent possible.
- All reasonable measures should be taken to minimize inconvenience to victims.
- Victims should promptly receive, in accordance with the Act and the regulations; financial benefits for the injuries that they have suffered.
- The safety and security of victims should be considered at all stages of the criminal justice process, and appropriate measures to protect victims from intimidation and retaliation should be taken when necessary.
- Information should be provided to victims about the criminal justice system and the victim's role and opportunities to participate in criminal justice processes.
- Information should be provided to victims, in accordance with prevailing law, policies, and procedures, about the status of the investigation, the scheduling, progress and final outcome of the proceedings and the status of the offender in the correctional system.
- Information should be provided to victims about available victim assistance services, including the Victim Impact Statement Program, requesting restitution, means of obtaining financial reparation and other assistance and programs.
- The views, concerns and representation of victims are an important consideration in criminal justice processes and should be considered in accordance with prevailing law, policies and procedures.
- The needs, concerns and diversity of victims should be considered in the development and delivery of programs and services and in related education and training.
- Information should be provided to victims about available options to raise their concerns when they believe that these principles have not been followed.