National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS)
Funding Application Guide


This document is your step-by-step guide to provide information and guidance in completing an application for funding under the NCPS. It is meant to be opened at the same time as you complete the online application form.

Before applying

Review the information in this Funding Application Guide carefully, noting all of the required information and supporting documentation. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. If you have any questions about the application process, please reach out to a Program Officer who will be able to provide you with assistance.


This funding application guide consists of six main components:

Part 1: Program Overview
Part 2: Application Requirements and Deadline
Part 3: Application Assessment Process
Part 4: Helpful Resources
Part 5: Contact Information
Part 6: Application Form Questions

Part 1: Program Overview

Public Safety Canada is working to build a safe and resilient Canada through the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS), which provides time-limited funding in the form of grants and contributions to support the implementation and evaluation of local, targeted and tailored crime prevention initiatives with an objective to develop and share the knowledge of what works.

We work closely with partners and stakeholders in the provinces and territories to develop and implement results-driven programs that target specific crime issues in regions and communities across Canada. We provide tools, knowledge and support to undertake crime prevention initiatives in communities large and small across Canada.

Call Priorities
The NCPS' priorities for the 2018 Call for Applications are direct intervention or strengthening community readiness projects among Indigenous and vulnerable populations to prevent or reduce the impacts of the following crime issues on communities:

Type of Project


Strengthening Community Readiness

  • Support initiatives which work to strengthen community development, and explore ways to develop culturally-sensitive crime prevention practices among populations.
  • Strengthen communities' capacities to develop and/or implement new or existing community-identified components or model approaches of effective youth violence and/or youth gang prevention programming, paying particular attention to:
    • Local contexts; and
    • Initiatives that build bridges, trust and partnerships within Indigenous communities and/or between communities and external partners.

Some examples of activities or initiatives are:

  • Training;
  • Workshops to strengthen trust and relationships within communities or between communities and external partners;
  • Knowledge building such as conferences and research studies; and/or
  • Community assessments and planning, including expert advice and consultation.

For more detailed information, please refer to Crime Prevention: Community Readiness and Mobilization

Direct Intervention

  • Support targeted initiatives to address specific risks and protective factors associated with youth violence, youth gangs, youth bullying and youth cyberbullying in communities where these issues exist or are emerging threats.
  • Support evidence-based models and promising approaches which address known risk factors to reduce offending among at-risk youth, with a focus on Indigenous and vulnerable populations.

There are two types of Direct Intervention projects:

  • Implementation of customized interventions and associated activities – Implementation of two or more interventions to develop their own tailored crime prevention project. The project can intervene at the individual level, the community level, or both. This allows applicants to choose from a wide range of program interventions and activities that have demonstrated sound results while considering their specific context, available resources and community readiness.
  • Implementation of an established program – This allows organizations and agencies who have strong experiences and capacities to replicate a promising or model crime prevention program.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Overview of direct intervention approaches to address youth gangs and youth violence.

Eligible Recipients

Contributions may be provided to the following classes of recipients in support of the objectives of the NCPS:

Crown corporations, for-profit groups and individuals are examples of recipients that are not eligible for funding under the NCPS.

Eligible Expenditures

Funds may be used only for expenditures 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 expenditures, please refer to the Budget and Workplan Template (PDF 561 KB).

Maximum Amount and Period

Public Safety Canada provides time-limited funding. Therefore, please note that:

Strengthening Community Readiness projects can be up to 24 months of duration. The maximum amount of funding available is $400,000 per recipient, per project, with a maximum of $200,000 per year.

Direct intervention projects can be up to 60 months of duration. The maximum amount of funding available is $7,500,000 per recipient, per project, with a maximum of $1,500,000 per year.

Part 2: Application Requirements and Deadline

The current call for applications is open from June 6, 2018 to July 31, 2018. Completed applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 PST on July 31, 2018.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss project ideas with a Program Officer in their area before submitting an application. Application form questions can be found in Part 6 of this funding guide. As such, applicants are also encouraged to prepare their answers to the application questions before completing the online funding application form.

A completed application form consists of:

  1. Online Funding Application Form - If internet access is limited, please contact your Regional Office to obtain alternate formats.
  2. Budget and Workplan Template (PDF 561 KB).

Incomplete applications and applications received after July 31st, 2018 will not be considered for funding.

Part 3: Application evaluation and Assessment Process

Assessment Criteria
A criteria-based assessment process ensures that all applications are evaluated objectively and consistently, according to the NCPS funding programs Terms and Conditions and the availability of funding.

Applications will be reviewed against merit criteria, such as:

Assessment Process

The application assessment process will consist of:

The NCPS aims to select applications that help bridge gaps in knowledge on how crime prevention programs can be adapted to respond to identified needs within vulnerable communities. Therefore, the basic score of each application will be one of many factors considered for the final selection.

Project Evaluation

Evaluation will be a key activity in the implementation of the NCPS. 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 crime prevention practices.

In order to be considered for an evaluation, applicants should demonstrate:

Communication of Results

Ineligible applicants will receive a written notification.

Eligible applicants will be contacted by Public Safety Canada with the results of the assessment.

New projects could start as early as April 1, 2019.

Part 4: Helpful Resources

Part 5: Contact Information

For all questions or if you would like to speak with a Program Officer in your area, please contact:

Ontario: Ontario Regional Office
Quebec & Nunavut: Quebec & Nunavut Regional Office
Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan & Northwest Territories: Prairie & Northwest Territories Regional Office
British Columbia & Yukon: Pacific Regional Office
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island & Newfoundland and Labrador: Atlantic Regional Office

Part 6: Application Form Questions

Applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare the response to the questions before filling out the online application form. For ease of reference, the questions of the online application form have been transcribed below.

Section 1: Applicant Contact Information

Question 1.1 - Identify the project title (Write the project title)

Question 1.2 - Applicant Organization:
Complete each section below regarding your organization's information:

Question 1.3 - Primary contact for this application:

Complete each section below regarding the primary contact for this application:

Question 1.4 - Is the primary contact authorized to sign on behalf of the organization/entity? (Yes or No)

Question 1.5 - Is the primary contacts' address the same as the one provided for the organization? (Yes or No)

Question 1.5a - If not, please complete the requested information below:

Question 1.6 - Is there an additional contact with signing authority? If yes, complete each section below (optional):

Question 1.6a - Would you like to include one more additional contact? (Yes or No)

*If yes, please complete the requested information below:

Section 2: Applicant Organization

Question 2.1 - What is the type of your organization from the list of eligible organizations? (Select one)

Question 2.1.1 - If you selected Not for Profit Organization, Indigenous Organization/Community or Educational Institutions, please describe the mandate and key activities of your organization.

Question 2.2 - Please provide your Canada Revenue Agency Business Number, if applicable:

Question 2.3 - How did you first became aware of the NCPS call for applications (Select only one option):

Section 3: Need for the Project

Question 3.1 - What crime prevention issue does your project address? (Select all that apply):

Question 3.2 - Describe the challenges and frequency/prevalence of the crime prevention issue(s) in your specific community (2,500 character limit):

Question 3.3 - Describe the gaps in services or knowledge that this project will be addressing. Are there other similar services or activities currently being implemented? (2,500 character limit):

Section 4: Project Activities

Question 4.1 - Select which type of project will be implemented? (Select only one).

Question 4.2 - Describe the project activities. What will you do to address the identified challenges and gaps? (2,500 character limit)

Question 4.2.1 - For Direct Intervention projects only, please select the type of intervention. Select only one.

Question 4.2.2 - For Direct Intervention projects only, please describe the interventions that will take place in the project. Select all that apply. At least two must be selected.

** If you selected Arts; Cultural activities and community service learning; and sporting/recreation activities: These cannot be implemented on their own and MUST be combined with at least one of the other interventions listed above

Question 4.3 - The project site is the physical locations where your organization intends to implement the project activities.

Question 4.4 - Desired Outcomes: Please describe the changes you expect to see as a result of project activities. Why do you want to carry out this project? (2,500 character limit).

Question 4.5 - What is the duration of project activities?

Question 4.6 - What is the estimated funding being requested from Public Safety Canada?

Section 5: Project Participant Information (For Direct Intervention projects only)

Question 5.1 - Please identify the age(s) of the participants. Select all that apply:

Question 5.2 - Please identify the gender of participants. Select all that apply:

Question 5.3 - Please identify the ethno-cultural breakdown of the participants. Select all that apply:

Question 5.4 - Please identify the main challenges of the people you're trying to reach. Select all that apply:

Question 5.5 - What is the estimated total number of participants that the project will serve throughout the duration for the project?

Section 6: Experience and Readiness to Implement the Project

Question 6.1 - Describe the strengths and experiences your organization has that can help implement and manage the project. For example, you could describe your organization structure or advisory/steering committee in place to support this project. You could also describe past projects for similar focus (2,500 character limit).

Question 6.2 - Describe your organization's experience working with the people you are trying to reach or engage? (2,500 character limit).

Question 6.3 - Project planning: Has your organization or community engaged with key stakeholders, done an environmental scan or a needs assessment that helped identify the need for the project? Yes or No.

Section 7: Project Partner Information

Question 7.1 - Who will you be partnering/collaborating with. Select all that apply:

Question 7.2 - Please name and describe the role(s) of each project partner (2,500 character limit):

Question 7.3 - What are the obstacles to participation and how will you engage stakeholders and partners?

Section 8: Evaluation and Sustainability Planning

Question 8.1 - Does your organization have an interest in or intend to undertake evaluation activities related to the proposed project? Yes, No or To be determined.

Question 8.2 - Has your organization been involved in evaluation activities in the past? Yes or No.

Question 8.3 - Does your organization currently gather data on existing programs (e.g., participant attendance, participant and/or stakeholder survey results, and program financial records)? Yes or No.

Question 8.4 - Please note the NCPS provides time-limited funding. Have you have included sustainability planning activities in your project work plan? Yes, No, To be determined or Not applicable.

Section 9: Workplan and Budget Submission

Question 9 - Please note incomplete submissions will not be considered. The completed application must include the following mandatory attachments:

Section 10: Disclosure

Question 10.1 - Please note that should you be awarded funding, you will be required to report project data in a template provided by Public Safety Canada.

Note: you must be willing to report on the project to the Government of Canada in order to be awarded funding. If you click "No", your application will be ineligible for funding

Are you are willing to report (for example: number of participants) on the project to the Government of Canada? Yes or No:

Question 10.2 - Will this project include the services of a former public servant either as an employee or as a member of the Board of Directors who has left the federal government in the last twelve months? If yes, please provide assurance that the public servant (or former public servant) is in compliance with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service, and the Conflict of Interest Act (S.C. 2006, c.9) or the Parliament of Canada Act (R.S. 1985, c.P-1.01). Yes or No:

If yes, please provide details of assurance (response required):

Question 10.3 - Will this project include the services of a lobbyist? If yes, please provide assurance that, where lobbyists are used, they are registered in accordance with the Lobbying Act (R.S.C., 1985, c44 (4th supp.)) and that no commissions or contingency fees have or will be paid directly or indirectly to any person for negotiating or securing this request for funding). Yes or No:

If yes, please provide details of assurance (response required):

Section 11: Signature Page

Question 11.1 - Check the box to acknowledge you understand that:

Please provide us with following information related to the project signing authority:

Write the full name for the project signing authority: 

Write the position/title for the project signing authority:

Write the organization name: 

Write the completion date: 

Provide the signature for the project signing authority: 

Question 12: Feedback (optional)

Question 12.1 - Would you like to provide feedback with any regards to this application tool (i.e. technology, questions, length, etc.)? Yes or No. Please note that feedback is optional.

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