Assistance for Victims and Survivors of Crime with Disabilities

This Call For Proposals has now ended. We are no longer accepting funding proposals. This page is for reference only.


In 2009, Statistics Canada reported that individuals with disabilities, both mental and physical, were at increased risk of violent victimization and of being repeatedly victimized compared to the general population. In 2015, Statistics Canada indicated that mental health was the second most influential factor associated with the risk of violent victimization. About 1 in 10 Canadians reported a mental health-related disability, a developmental or learning disability, or self-assessed their mental health as poor or fair. These individuals combined reported a rate of violent victimization more than four times that of people who self-assessed their mental health as excellent or very good.

Some victims with a disability are at increased risk of certain types of victimization compared to the general population of victims with disabilities. For example, women and children with disabilities, and women who live in institutions, are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault (Justice Canada, 2004).

The Government of Canada recognizes the unique challenges faced by victims and survivors of crime with disabilities. Given their increased vulnerability to victimization, it is important to help ensure that accessible and appropriate supports, services, and resources are developed and enhanced to respond to their unique needs in the aftermath of victimization.


The purpose of this call for proposals is to help address gaps where there is limited support and services, awareness raising, or research to benefit victims and survivors of crime with disability. Funding will be available to increase capacity where services already exist to support this vulnerable group; however, preference will be given to projects that help to address gaps.

To support this objective, the Government of Canada has allocated resources in the Victims Fund specifically for:

Who can apply for this funding?

Eligible applicants may include, but are not limited to:

This funding cannot be provided to individuals.

What selection criteria will be used?

As funding is limited, the following factors will be considered in order to prioritize funding applications and make funding decisions:

What are Eligible Expenses?

Funding will be available between February 1, 2017 and March 31, 2019. The Victims Fund will consider single year projects or multi-year funding for up to 2 years. The Victims Fund will make up to a total of $250,000 available for each year with an anticipated maximum of $50,000 available per year for each project. Funding from the Victims Fund can be used for the following types of expenses:

What is Ineligible?

Funding from the Victims Fund cannot be used for:

When is the deadline to submit a funding application?

The deadline to submit a funding application for Assistance for Victims and Survivors of Crime with Disabilities is December 31, 2016.

How to Apply for Funding

To submit a request for funding, please complete the Application/Proposal Form: HTML Version. The funding application form requires that you provide overview information on your organization as well as project details included partnerships, a work-plan and a budget. Please ensure a complete response is provided to all questions.

Points to Consider

Please note that funding is limited, and therefore, not all eligible proposals will be funded. The Department of Justice thanks you for taking the time to complete and submit an application for funding.

Gender-based Analysis

When preparing your funding application, please clearly articulate how your proposed activities will impact women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, queer, intersex and two-spirited (LGBTQQI2S) and gender non-conforming people. Also, please indicate if your proposal will have a greater impact on the experiences of survivors of sexual violence from another vulnerable population in addition to the population of persons with disability. Please be sure to analyse your proposed approach and activities to avoid unintentionally creating barriers to services for other vulnerable groups.


Please be sure to include an evaluation plan as a part of your funding proposal. A completed evaluation will be a mandatory deliverable and reporting requirement upon completion of each project, and final payment will not be released until it has been received by Justice Canada. Up to 10% of the total amount of funding requested should be allocated towards the development of an evaluation framework and the completion of a final evaluation to be shared with Justice Canada, partners and other relevant stakeholders.

Official Languages

In support of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act, the Department is committed to facilitating the participation of official language minority communities and their organizations in the development and assessment of the Department's policies, programs and services having significant impact on the development of the communities; and to take measures to ensure that the Department of Justice's programs and services reach official language minority communities. In the context of project funding, these measures include:

Sustainable Development

The Department of Justice encourages applicants to submit proposals electronically. If you submit your application on paper, please consider printing on both sides of the paper. These actions will minimize environmental impacts.

For more information about the Victims Fund and how to apply for project funding, contact us:
Victims Fund Manager
Telephone: General Victims Fund: (613) 941-4193
Programs Branch
Department of Justice Canada
284 Wellington Street, 6th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H8