Community-Based Trauma-Informed Empowerment Projects

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Under Stream A of the Contribution Program to Combat Serious and Organized Crime (CPCSOC), the Department of Public Safety Canada is seeking proposals from eligible organizations for projects and/or initiatives starting in fiscal year 2020-21 that support and advance efforts to prevent and combat human trafficking, with a specific focus on enhancing access to  trauma-informed, culturally-relevant, wrap-around services and supports by victims and survivors of human trafficking from specific vulnerable populations. This targeted contribution funding supports Public Safety Canada’s mandate by ensuring communities are kept safe.

Objectives of the Call for Proposals

The objective of this call for proposals is to fund projects by eligible organizations that provide trauma-informed, culturally-relevant, wrap-around services and supports to victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Projects funded through this call should aim to empower victims and survivors of human trafficking to regain their independence. Further, projects should help to prevent the re-victimization of people who have been the targets of human trafficking, and support their recovery as they regain control over their lives, gain independence, and reintegrate into their communities.

Projects could provide transition, second stage housing, mental health, and employment services and supports, as well as training and tools to gain financial independence. Unique forms of support will help victims work through the trauma they have experienced when being trafficked and provide them with the tools necessary for them to reintegrate into their communities.

Projects that target one or more of the following at-risk and vulnerable populations may be prioritized: Indigenous persons living on and off-reserve, in Northern, rural or urban communities; persons living with disabilities; and immigrant and migrant populations, including migrant and foreign national workers.

Requirements for Applications

In addition to adhering to the objectives of CPCSOC’s Terms and Conditions, eligibility will depend on an applicant’s ability to meet the following requirements:

  1. The activities of the proposed projects must target one or more of the vulnerable and at-risk populations identified in the objectives of this call for proposal. Failure to demonstrate this will result in the proposal being ineligible.
  1. Applicants must demonstrate their experience with providing services and supports and/or tools and resources to victims and survivors of human trafficking from one or more of the vulnerable and at-risk populations identified in the objectives of this call for proposals, including mental and physical health care, psychological treatment, employment assistance and case management support and other services that are tailored to the gender-specific and culturally-sensitive needs of its clients.
  1. Applicants must demonstrate their capacity to provide training on victim-centred and trauma-informed approaches to their front-line service professionals.
  1. Applicants must provide a detailed description of the project and workplan, including expected results and how the project meets the objectives of the call and CPCSOC.
  1. Project proposals should include a collaboration plan that demonstrates planned engagement to leverage resources and build partnerships with victim-centre support services and organizations, Indigenous organizations and other relevant stakeholders, in order to meet the objectives of the project. The proposal should include at least two letters of support from partners.
  1. Characteristics of youth most at risk of human trafficking include being: under 18 years of age; of female gender identity; LGBTQ2+; Indigenous; homeless; and/or living in foster care. Youth with a history of significant conflict with parents/caregivers, and with previous experience with physical or sexual or physical abuse are also considered at risk. Taking these and other relevant characteristics into account, project proposals should demonstrate how the proposed initiative will be culturally appropriate and sensitive, acknowledge the specialized needs of vulnerable youth populations and incorporate a gendered and diverse approach in preventing exploitation, including ensuring that education and awareness materials and resources include inclusive language and a balanced and constructive perspective. Applicants must include a GBA+ (intersectional) analysis identifying how members of Indigenous and northern communities, youth, LGBTQ2+persons will be engaged. Failure to demonstrate consideration of gender and diversity in the proposal will result in the application being rejected.
  1. In support of Part VII, section 41 of the Official Languages Act, the project proposal must include a description of how the Official Languages Act and the federal government policies on official languages will be considered.
  1. Applicants must include a performance measurement and evaluation plan that demonstrates how outcomes of the proposed project will be measured.
  1. Applicants must include a description of how any confidential and personal information will be protected in accordance with applicable federal, provincial or territorial legislation.

Available Funding

The level of funding will vary from project to project based on the nature of the proposed activities and the scope of the population served. Funding will be considered for single year projects or multi-year projects up to four years. The total federal funding available through this call is $3,000,000 over a four-year period, starting in fiscal year 2020-21 (ending March 31, 2024). A total of $750,000 is available each fiscal year for all funded projects, with an anticipated maximum of $150,000 available per year for each project.

Funding is available to eligible organizations that are not currently receiving funding through Stream A of CPCSOC.

Funding through this call can be used for the following types of eligible expenses

Funding through this call cannot be used for the following types of expenses:

Note that the list of eligible and ineligible expenses are not exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to consult the budget template provided through this call, as well as the Terms and Conditions for the Contribution Program to Combat Serious and Organized Crime (CPCSOC) when developing their applications.

Projects that include activities beyond the duration of Public Safety’s funding must be sustainable without further contribution from the Program. Please note that total government (federal/provincial/territorial/municipal) funding cannot exceed 95 percent of the eligible and supported expenditures. 

Proposals should include costs for translation of materials that would be distributed nationally, in keeping with the Official Languages Act.

Supporting Material:

As part of the application process, you must complete the application form and provide the following supporting material:

Application Process

Applicants interested in submitting an application should send their completed application form and supplementary information to Public Safety Canada by e-mail to no later than Friday, September 11, 2020.

Funding decisions will be made based on a review and approval process by delegated Departmental authorities. Decisions will be made based on a proposal's alignment with the Terms and Conditions of the CPCSOC, the proposal’s alignment with the requirements outlined in this document, and the availability of funding. Please note that funding for this call for proposals is not guaranteed.

Failure to meet basic eligibility requirements or provide a completed application and supporting materials will result in your  proposal being rejected. 

Applicants will be notified of the status of their respective applications upon completion of the review process.

Please note that the deadline to complete and submit an application under this call for proposal is 12:00 pm PST Friday, September 11, 2020. As this is a competitive process, applications received after this deadline will not be considered for potential funding.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to send your enquiries to

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