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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, IHEs, and Law Enforcement Agencies for Crime Prevention Projects

Civil Forfeiture Grant Program

British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General - Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch and Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #182510

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $40,000 to British Columbia nonprofits, school districts, IHEs, law enforcement agencies, health agencies, and Indigenous organizations to prevent crime and promote safety in local communities. Funding is intended for project-related expenses. Eligible project focus areas include crime prevention, restorative justice, indigenous healing, and gender-based violence.

2022 / 2023 Streams:

Crime Prevention - This stream provides one-time funding to proposals that will implement evidence-based, crime prevention and community safety initiatives that address criminal activity by providing direct interventions for vulnerable individuals at-risk of, or currently involved in, criminal activities and / or behaviour, including prolific offenders. Priority Areas: Applicants can submit proposals that focus on their community’s unique crime prevention and community safety needs, however, the following priority areas have been identified for this year’s stream, if relevant to your community:

  • Gang involvement and gun violence
  • People with lived/living experience of mental health challenges and/or health harming coping strategies who are involved or are at-risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system

Restorative Justice - This stream provides one-time funding to proposals that will support or enhance current restorative justice program delivery in communities across British Columbia, in particular those that focus on improving capacity to serve victims. Proposals may include activities and expenses related to the following areas:

  • Capacity development
  • Participant supports including supports that prevent victim re-traumatization
  • Awareness building
  • Partnership development
  • Service delivery 

Indigenous Healing - This stream provides one-time funding to proposals that will address healing of Indigenous peoples from the impact of intergenerational trauma, crime or victimization in communities across British Columbia. NOTE: Projects must focus on healing approaches reflective of and / or aligned with Indigenous culture and worldviews, including:

  • Healing for the individual, the family and/or the broader community;
  • Emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of healing; and
  • Other culturally identified practice(s) that contribute to healing.

Gender-based Violence - This stream provides up to $40,000 in one-time funding to proposals that will develop and/or enhance culturally relevant, culturally safe and trauma informed responses to gender-based violence, including violence against women, in communities across British Columbia.

  • Focus areas for addressing and preventing gender-based violence projects may include, but are not limited to: domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, sexual exploitation (including online child sexual exploitation), sex worker safety, and exiting from sex work.

Funding is intended for direct project related expenses only. This may include staffing, supplies, training, resource development, operational support, and honorariums.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include:
- Local governments
- Community-based not-for-profit organizations
- Schools and school districts
- Health authorities
- Academic institutions
- Police departments
- Indigenous organizations (e.g. First Nations Bands or Tribal Councils, First Nations organizations incorporated as a not-for-profit society or registered charitable organization, Urban/off-reserve First Nation organizations such as Friendship Centres, Métis chartered communities and Métis service providers)

Crime Prevention Stream: *NOTE: Proposals that focus on police enforcement, criminal activity monitoring or general awareness campaigns will not be considered.

Restorative Justice Stream:
- Applicants must be a current restorative justice service provider (including Community Accountability Programs and Indigenous Justice Programs).
- NOTE: Consistent with current Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Community Accountability Program contracts, proposals must not address issues related to powerbased crimes (including violence against women in relationships, sexual assault, and/or hatemotivated crimes).

Indigenous Healing Stream:
- Preference may be given to proposals from Indigenous organizations. Non-Indigenous organizations that apply under this stream must demonstrate how they consulted or worked with Indigenous partners in project design and also how they will partner with Indigenous organizations in implementing the project.
- Preference may be given to projects that focus on unique needs of Indigenous women and girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people and / or projects that are responsive to the “Calls for Justice” of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Gender-based Violence Stream:
- Preference may be given to projects that focus on the unique needs of Indigenous women and girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, racialized survivors, and survivors with disabilities.

Individuals are not eligible to apply for a Civil Forfeiture Grant.

Capital expenses (e.g. computers, laptops, etc.) that can be used beyond the limited timeframe for the project are not eligible for funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In order to assist you in developing your grant application, a webinar on how to apply for a civil forfeiture grant will take place on Wednesday, October 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (PST). If you are interested in attending the webinar, please register using the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

- Application Period: October 12, 2022-November 23, 2022
- Review Period: November 24, 2022 - March 2023
- Results Notification: March 31, 2023 - April 2023

Your organization can apply under multiple streams as long as each application is for a different project. You cannot apply under multiple streams for the same project.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

All grant streams now have the same funding limit of up to $40,000 per application.

Contact Information:

Submit applications to

If you need assistance with your application or have questions, please contact:
Name: Stacey Malainey
Phone: 778-405-1806

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