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The province of British Columbia is making grant funding available to organizations that work to prevent violence against women, gang violence, and help Indigenous people heal from trauma.

These one-time, annual grants come from civil forfeiture proceeds, and applications are being accepted from November 7th until December 14th.

“People throughout British Columbia benefit from the many programs and services funded by civil forfeiture grants,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

“When we redirect the proceeds of crime toward helping those in need, we are helping build safer communities and providing services that meet the needs of our most vulnerable people.”

This year, the grants focus on organizations that address the following issues:

  • Crime reduction and prevention
  • Indigenous healing and rebuilding
  • Serving victims through restorative justice
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault against women
  • Human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and vulnerable women in the sex trade
  • Child and youth advocacy centres

The total amount of grants will be determined based on the value of cases concluded by the province’s Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) this year, and the funding will be awarded by March 2019.

Interested organizations can apply online here by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 14th.