Targeted funding opportunities available through a “call for concepts” for projects that support survivors of gender-based violence and their families
NICKEL BELT/GREATER SUDBURY – Events such as The Globe and Mail’s “Unfounded” series, the #MeToo movement, and the Women’s March are all contributing to rigorous public discussion on issues of sexism, misogyny, and gender-based violence (GBV). As a result of the growing societal focus on gender equality and equity, public and private sectors alike have faced increasing pressure to deliver positive, system change.
That is why, as a member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women and as a member of the Indigenous Liberal Caucus, Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, is proud that the federal government, through the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women announced last week $20 million in funding for a call for concepts as part of the new Gender-Based Violence Program. In June of 2017, the government launched the first federal strategy aimed at addressing and preventing GBV: It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. Survivors of GBV were at the center of this strategy, and this call for concepts takes action to address the second pillar of It’s Time, namely to support survivors and their families.
The objective of this funding is to support organizations working in the GBV sector to develop and implement promising practices to address gaps in supports for Indigenous women and their communities and other underserved groups of survivors in Canada including LGBTQ2 communities and gender-non-binary people, non-status/refugee/immigrant women, seniors, women living in an official language minority community, women living in northern, rural and remote communities, and women living with a disability. MP Serré is inviting organizations to apply for this Government of Canada support, the largest pool of funding ever announced for programming that will specifically support diverse groups of GBV survivors and their families.
The call for concepts, Promising Practices to Support Survivors and their Families, falls under Status of Women Canada’s (SWC) new GBV Program. After listening to experts, survivors, and stakeholders across the country in the summer of 2017, the call for concepts was put in place as an innovative way to create funding opportunities that are more accessible and sustainable for organizations. And because this approach focuses on the idea stage, SWC hopes to engage a broader range of organizations, including those that until now, haven’t had the resources to complete full proposals—especially since this approach also provides intermediary support to develop fully detailed proposals after an initial concept approval.
To better advance equality issues and make lasting impact for women in Canada, SWC has implemented changes to the Women’s Program to strengthen its support and flexibility to funded organizations and initiatives making it easier for organizations to access resources, through for example, longer-term, higher value funding opportunities, and funding core programming.
“We all have a role to play in addressing gender-based violence. This new GBV Program and call for concepts is a unique opportunity to come together with our partners in the community to coordinate and multiply our efforts. I am beyond proud that the federal government has initiated this program, especially after hearing of the need for a program such as this numerous times in the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, which I am honoured to sit on as a member. Together, we can make a tangible difference in the lives of gender-based violence survivors and their families.”
– Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
“Canadians mandated our government to develop and implement a gender-based violence strategy. We achieved this. Canadians have asked us to support the organizations who work tirelessly to provide healing for survivors and their families. We are doing this. These organizations have now asked us to invest in their sustainability by reforming the way we make funding accessible to them. With this new call for concepts approach, I am proud to say that we have.”
– The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P., Minister of Status of Women
Marc Serré MP Nickel Belt