Family Violence Prevention Program: Call for proposals 2022 to 2023

Call for proposals closed

The 2022 to 2023 call for proposals for family violence prevention activities is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was January 30, 2023 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

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About the call

The Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) provides vital services to Indigenous women, children, families and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people facing violent situations, and funds activities and key supports to help prevent future violence.

This call for proposals concerns family violence prevention activities that focus on Inuit, Métis, as well as Indigenous 2SLGBTQQIA+, and urban populations. Proposals for family violence prevention activities that are geared toward First Nations on reserve are to be sent to ISC regional offices. Activities may include, but are not limited to:

The primary focus of proposed activities must be on family violence prevention. Proposals can range from short term activities with a smaller budget (such as $50,000 for 1 year) to multi-year projects in the average upper range of $100,000 per year.

Proposals should include the budget needed to undertake the planned activities in a meaningful way per year, if applicable.

Strong and comprehensive proposals with a budget higher than the average range may be considered on an exceptional basis. These proposals will be assessed based on how they directly contribute to preventing family violence.

Note: Applications from organizations with outstanding funding reports will not be reviewed.

ISC may circulate proposals amongst other government departments with similar funding should the Family Violence Prevention Program be unable to fund the project.

Eligible activities

Activities that address at least 1 of these themes will be prioritized:

  • outreach to Indigenous women, children, youth and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people on the prevention of family violence
  • empowerment of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people to reduce the risk of vulnerability to violence
  • vulnerability to violence associated with the transition between on reserve and off reserve living environments
  • engagement of Indigenous men and boys in the prevention of family violence
  • human trafficking and sexual exploitation
  • assessment of needs in prevention and protection against gender-based violence
  • wrap-around services and case management for survivors of gender-based violence

If your project does not address at least 1 of these themes, please note in your cover letter how it addresses a specific need.

Selection criteria

Applications must include the following elements:

  • a focus audience, such as women, men, youth, children, families or 2SLGBTQQIA+ people
  • a target number or level of community participation
  • a specific need, for example, addressing violence in high-risk communities
  • a delivery method, such as seminar, healing circle or cultural camp
  • an emphasis on using partnerships and additional resources:
    • identify potential partners, for example:
      • federal, provincial, municipal or community governments
      • communities and non-government organizations
    • identify the role of partners in your application
  • tangible and measureable expected results, for example:
    • integrated and culturally appropriate programming
    • increase in community awareness on family violence
    • a reduction in violent behaviours
  • strong community participation
  • links with community planning, objectives or identified needs

Financial considerations

  • Overhead administrative costs such as supplies, IT equipment and rent cannot exceed 15% of the total approved amount
  • Family violence prevention funding must be spent by the project completion date, as set out in the approved project proposal. For example, salaries can only be paid for the duration of the project and cannot be used for permanent positions
  • Funding for ongoing costs, such as treatment or counselling services, must be spent by the project completion date. However, the funding recipient can refer clients to other services
  • Applicants are encouraged to seek out cash or in-kind contributions to their project
    • In-kind contributions can be any non-monetary good or service provided by an interested party without any expectation of reciprocal favorable treatment. Letters supporting additional sources of funding should be included with your application.

Who can apply

Non-Indigenous organizations, including provincial, territorial and municipal governments, are only eligible for funding if they can demonstrate meaningful support from the Indigenous clients they expect to serve.

Indigenous-led proposals will be prioritized.

We may also prioritize:


The deadline to submit a proposal for 2022 to 2023 is January 30, 2023 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

Single-year projects funded in 2022 to 2023 must be completed by March 31, 2023.

How to apply

Only proposals submitted electronically via the FVPP email address ( will be considered.

All documentation, including attachments, should not exceed a total of 10 letter-sized pages.

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