Community Resilience Fund: Funding Application Guide

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Introduction

Public Safety Canada is working to build a safe and resilient Canada through the establishment of the Community Resilience Fund (CRF), which provides time-limited funding in the form of grants and contributions to enhance and/or support countering radicalization to violence (CRV) research and programming across Canada. The term “radicalization to violence” refers to a process where a person or group takes on extreme ideas or beliefs and begins to think they should use violence to support them. The CRF provides opportunities for local communities, organizations, practitioners and researchers to obtain funds for CRV initiatives.

Public Safety’s newly established Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (CCCEPV) provides leadership, coordinates resources and expertise, mobilizes and supports community outreach and enhances research in the area of CRV. The CRF will be a key element of the Centre, helping to enhance partnerships and innovation in CRV research and programming in Canada.

Purpose

The purpose of this Funding Application Guide is to provide information and guidance in completing an application for funding under the CRF. This guide is to be used in conjunction with the CRF Project Proposal Form.

Before applying:

Review the information in this Funding Application Guide, carefully noting all of the required information and supporting documentation. Please also review the CRF Terms and Conditions (Annex A). Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. If you have any questions about the application process, please reach out to the Department through the CRF mailbox at ps.crf-frc.sp@canada.ca and a Program Officer will be able to provide you with assistance.

Contents

This Funding Application Guide consists of five main components:

Part 1: Program Overview

CRF Objective

The objective of the CRF is to enhance cooperation and innovation in CRV research and programming by:

CRF Priorities

To build domestic capacity at the local level and encourage research, the CRF has identified four key priority areas for the program. These high-level priorities are not specific to just the current call for proposals, and may evolve as the program progresses into the future. The CRF priority areas are being provided to inform proposal development from potential recipients.

Priority Areas

Objective(s)

Priority 1: Intervention and prevention programming

Support new or existing local intervention programs that aim to prevent and counter radicalization to violence at the individual level.

Support the ability of communities, services, and organizations in building local, collaborative solutions to violent extremism.

Priority 2: Performance measurement / evaluation tools

Support the development of Canada-specific tools to measure and evaluate how programs and services are helping prevent and counter radicalization to violence.

Priority 3: Action-oriented research

Research on questions linked to policy/program design needs, and local issues, including:

  • Overcoming barriers to trusting and reporting to authorities
  • Finding effective training and information resources for frontline workers, including for interviewing and identifying risk factors
  • Measuring the impact of violent extremist online activity, and ways to deal with such activity
  • Improving ways to assess threats and needs in support of local actors (e.g. to inform city-level program development)
  • Improving understanding of and addressing radicalization to violence, and effective prevention methods
  • Improving understanding of links between hate speech and hate incidents and radicalization to violence, and finding effective prevention methods

Priority 4: Youth engagement / Alternatives narratives

Support and empower influential voices within communities to create messages that reject violent extremism and promote respect for and inclusion of all members of our diverse communities.

Support key NGOs to work with youth and local partners to launch small-scale, innovative pilot programs and initiatives that would reflect local needs and issues.

Areas of Interest (Scope of Call)

The CCCEPV has defined the following three areas of interest as the scope of the current open call for proposals. Proposals will need to fall under one of the following areas of interest to be considered for funding for this specific call for proposals.

1. Short-Term Projects
Project Duration: Up to 12 months
Description: Short-term agreements, for activities completed within a year, would be used to fund smaller projects that support strong, or already successful, work in the areas of preventing and countering radicalization to violence.  Projects receiving short-term funding would be completed quickly, and can include local programs and research projects.
Project Examples: Training courses, workshops/conferences, program or educational material, rapid evidence reviews, focus groups and surveys, data analysis, etc.

2. Research projects supporting a National Strategy
Project Duration:
Up to 24 months
Description: The CCCEPV is currently formulating its national strategy for CRV. In support of this effort, research projects funded under this area would help by providing information the CCCEPV can use to assist in its efforts to develop policy and support programs and research to prevent and counter radicalization to violence. For example, building on what we already know about effective CRV, what innovative models or lessons from abroad and/or from other fields of prevention/intervention are important to consider? What should be early priorities for investment? Who are the key partners and how best to involve them?
Project Examples:
Addressing evidence gaps or barriers to effective practice, mapping relevant resources for prevention, examining what activities should be core to CRV versus those better led through other initiatives, etc.

3. Long-Term
Project
Duration: 24 months - 60 months
Description: The CRF will support multi-year initiatives for local programs, research, and evaluation. For programs, the CRF would aim to help local organizations, services, and communities build their capacity to develop and deliver programs involving various partners to prevent and counter radicalization to violence. For research and/or evaluation, the Fund would support studies conducted over several years, as well as efforts to develop networks of experts or resources to support applied research.
Project Examples:
Innovative/existing direct intervention model programming, development and testing of training and procedures, program impact assessment, creation and assessment of narrative-based approaches, support for sharing information and building trust, etc.

Eligible Recipients

For information on recipient eligibility, please refer to the CRF Terms and Conditions (Annex A).

Eligible Costs

Funds may be used only for expenses directly related to the activities of the project identified in a budget approved by the Department for both grants and contributions.

For a full list of eligible and ineligible expenses, please refer to the CRF Terms and Conditions (Annex A).

Part 2: Application Requirements and Instructions

The current call for proposals is open from July 6, 2017 to October 1, 2017. Completed applications must be submitted electronically to Public Safety Canada through the CRF mailbox at ps.crf-frc.sp@canada.ca, no later than midnight EST on October 1, 2017.

All applicants will receive confirmation that their submission was received and will be notified of the status of their respective applications in due course.

Reference Documents

Please use this Guide and the attached Annex A as reference material when completing the CRF Project Proposal Form and Detailed Budget Template.

Application Package Checklist

The following documents must be submitted as part of a CRF application package:

CRF Project Proposal Form (mandatory)

The CRF Project Proposal Form is consists of the following six sections:

Important Note:

Sections 1, 2, and 6 of the CRF Project Proposal Form must be completed for all project proposals. Applicants are also required to complete either Section 3, 4, or 5, depending on the type of project they are applying for. The CRF Project Proposal Form will automatically adjust to make only the applicable section visible based on the project type selected in Section 2, under the Project Summary heading.

Please use the table below to determine which section to complete.

Project Type

Description

Section to be completed:

Direct Intervention/ Prevention Programming

Direct intervention/prevention programming projects support new or existing local intervention programs that aim to prevent and counter radicalization to violence at the individual level, supporting the ability of communities, services, and organizations in building local, collaborative solutions to violent extremism.

Section 3

Capacity Building

Capacity building projects provide training, equipment or technical assistance to CRV partners and their personnel so they are better able to implement community resilience, prevention and intervention programs to respond to risks of radicalization to violence.

Section 4

Research

Research on questions linked to policy/program design needs, and local issues, including:

  • Overcoming barriers to trusting and reporting to authorities
  • Finding effective training and information resources for frontline workers, including for interviewing and identifying risk factors
  • Measuring the impact of violent extremist online activity, and ways to deal with such activity
  • Improving ways to assess threats and needs in support of local actors (e.g. to inform city-level program development)
  • Improving understanding of and addressing radicalization to violence, and effective prevention methods
  • Improving understanding of links between hate speech and hate incidents and radicalization to violence, and finding effective prevention methods

Section 5

Detailed Budget (mandatory)

The application must include a detailed budget for the entire project, disclosing all revenues from all sources (confirmed and potential), including in-kind support, as well as all expected expenses over the life of the project, including all evaluation costs. The Detailed Budget template provides the format required for the project proposal submission.

Letters of Support (optional)

Letters of support may be provided in support of the CRF Project Proposal Form. Letters of support should come from key project partners, and can be used by the applicant to demonstrate buy-in and partner engagement in support of the project proposal.

No more than five letters of support should be included with the application package.

Important Note:

If approved, Quebec organizations may be asked to submit their most recent financial statements during project development phase in order to determine whether the organization is subject to the application of the Act Respecting the Ministère du Conseil Exécutif (M-30).

Part 3: Project Evaluation and Assessment Process

Assessment Criteria

A criteria-based assessment process ensures that all project proposals are evaluated objectively against the same assessment criteria, the CRF Terms and Conditions, and the availability of funding. Project proposals will be reviewed against merit criteria, such as;

Assessment Process

The project assessment process will consist of:

Project Evaluation

Evaluation will be a key activity in the implementation of the CRF. In addition to the regular performance monitoring and reporting required for all projects funded under a contribution program, Public Safety Canada supports robust and rigorous evaluation of selected projects and provides assistance to develop and implement evaluations that are appropriate to the type of project being undertaken.

Project evaluation results contribute to building the evidence and knowledge about effective CRV practices. The dissemination of knowledge obtained from evaluations enables people in communities, policy-makers, and program designers to develop more effective CRV initiatives, locally and nationally. For more information on project evaluation, please see Evaluation and Measuring Performance.

In order to be considered for an evaluation, the project proposal should demonstrate that the applying organization:

Part 4: Contact Information

Please direct requests for assistance to the CRF mailbox at ps.crf-frc.sp@canada.ca. Program Officers are available to provide advice on the eligibility of applicants, activities and costs and to answer general questions. Please note that completed applications will not be reviewed prior to submission.

Annex A: CRF Terms and Conditions

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