Family Violence Prevention Program

The 2019-2020 call for proposals for prevention activities off reserve is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was March 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)'s Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) supports the day-to-day operations of 41 shelters, as well as funding for community-driven proposals for family violence prevention projects on and off reserve.

Budget 2016 announced, beginning in fiscal year 2016 to 2017:

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About the program

The goal of the FVPP is to improve the safety and security of Indigenous women, children and families. ISC has made women, children and families a priority.

The FVPP has 2 components:

Shelters serving First Nations communities across Canada provide a vital place of refuge for women and their children, help them escape situations of violence and provide education and support to prevent future violence.

The FVPP supports activities that increase awareness of family violence and provide families and communities with the tools to address violence such as treatment and intervention, culturally sensitive services (Elder and traditional teachings), awareness and self-development projects. Over 300 family violence prevention projects are supported each year.

The FVPP also provides core funding to the National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence to act as a national coordinator by supporting shelters and their staff through training forums, prevention activities, research and collaboration with key partners.

The FVPP has an annual budget of $31.74 million on an ongoing basis to support shelters and family violence prevention activities on and off reserve.

Between 2006 and 2014, the department invested $261.1 million in the FVPP, providing shelter services for more than 24,290 children and 27,514 women and funding more than 2,800 prevention and awareness activities in Indigenous communities. Some 329 First Nations communities (55%) are served by the 41 ISC-funded shelters.

The Government of Canada takes the issue of violence against Indigenous women very seriously and will continue to work in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous Peoples and other partners to develop effective and appropriate solutions. The FVPP is part of Government of Canada efforts to end violence against women and girls and stop family violence.

For more information on Government of Canada initiatives to end violence against Indigenous women and girls, consult:

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants Shelter operations Prevention projects
Chiefs and Councils of First Nations bands recognized by the Minister of Indigenous Services Yes Yes
Tribal Councils Yes Yes
Provinces Yes n.a.
Yukon Territory Yes n.a.
First Nations authority, board, committee or other entity approved by Chief and Council Yes Yes
Incorporated shelters Yes Yes
First Nation Child and Family Services agencies or societies Yes Yes
Indigenous communities and organizations n.a. Yes
Non-Indigenous communities and organizations (mandate include services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis) n.a. Yes


Shelters receive annual operational funding on an ongoing basis in April of each year.

There was a call for proposals for off reserve projects with a deadline of March 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

How to apply?

Prevention activities on reserve

In some regions, First Nations regional boards are authorized by Chiefs to administer prevention funds by collecting, reviewing and approving proposals for projects. The First Nations regional boards also take on a strategic visioning and coordinating role by targeting specific needs (such as an annual youth conference) in the area of family violence.

To find out more, please contact your ISC regional office.

ISC-funded shelters wishing to apply for prevention funding should contact their ISC regional office.

Prevention activities off reserve (proposal-based)

The 2019-2020 call for proposals is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was March 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

The 2018-2019 call for proposals is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was April 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

The 2017-2018 call for proposals is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was March 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

The 2016-2017 call for proposals is now closed.

For any questions relating to prevention activities off reserve, please send an email to

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