Violence Against Women Prevention Grant

The Interministerial Women's Secretariat works with community organizations to develop projects, programs and services that benefit women in Prince Edward Island. This year, with support from Women and Gender Equality Canada, the grant has increased to $300,000 in funding available to projects that focus on the prevention of violence against women and gender-based violence in Prince Edward Island. This year, the focus theme will be Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (although all forms of gender-based violence will be considered). 

What are the funding objectives?

The objective of the Violence Against Women Prevention Grant is to provide project funding to community organizations for innovative projects that will enhance awareness, education and action towards preventing violence against women in Prince Edward Island. 

What are the eligibility requirements?            

  • Organizations must have capacity to enter into a legal agreement to receive funding (i.e., a provincial incorporation number).
  • Organizations with approved projects will be required to sign a project contract. To see the requirements of the contract, please click here.
  • All budgets need to clearly demonstrate how proposed expenditures are related to the project. Eligible expenditures include the following:
    • Salaries and benefits;
    • Administrative costs associated with the project (up to 15% of total budget); 
    • Honoraria;
    • Professional fees related to the project;
    • Facility rental and utilities;
    • Office equipment;
    • Materials and supplies;
    • Publicity and promotion;
    • Provincial travel;
    • Evaluation.

How will applications be assessed?

The Interministerial Women's Secretariat grant applications will be assessed and graded on a point system based on the applicant’s ability to communicate how it meets the objectives of the funding program as expressed by the following criteria:    

•    Does the proposal show a strong focus on prevention measures that are likely to be effective? (20 points) 
•    Do the organization’s principles, objectives and activities support legal, health, social and economic equality for women? Please describe how. (15 points) 
• Does the proposal clearly describe the project activities? Does it clearly describe the project workplan and proposed activities and explains their purposes? (15 Points)
•    Is the project likely to succeed (for example, does it propose realistic timelines and achievable goals? (15 points)
•    Is the project budget clear, and is it an appropriate financial request for the proposed activities? (10 points)
•    Does the proposal show evidence-based ways to respond to preventing violence against women and/or girls or reduce harm? (for example, connection to proven best practices, modelled on programs that have been well-evaluated, etc.)  (10 points)
•    Does the proposal clearly identify anticipated project outcomes and describe how the project will be evaluated? (5 points)
•    Does the proposal provide examples of community support for the project (for example, letters of support that clearly identify the benefits of funding this project)? (5 points)
•    Does the project address the focused theme of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response? (5 points)

    Note: For each project you must submit a minimum of one letter of support from stakeholders and/or project partners in order to be considered for funding.

    What is the application process?

    Proposals must be received by November 3, 2023 (4:00 PM)  and must meet the eligibility requirements (see ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS above). Any submissions received after this, will not be considered.

    Any proposals that do not meet the eligibility requirements will be immediately disqualified. Proposals will be assessed and graded on a point system based on the applicant’s ability to communicate how their project meets the objectives of the funding program as expressed by the assessment criteria. A review committee will assess all eligible proposals. All final funding decisions will be made by the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. Successful applicants will be notified by the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25, 2023).

    What do I need to include with my application package?

    Your funding application must include the following:

    • completed application form
    • all necessary attachments describing organizational and project information; and
    • detailed budget that clearly outlines all expenses and revenues for the project (this would include other sources of funding and/or in-kind support).

    How do I submit my application?

    Please submit three (3) hard copies to the address below plus one (1) electronic copy of your proposal to :


    *Physical Address: Interministerial Women's Secretariat

    3rd Floor Sullivan Building, 16 Fitzroy St, Charlottetown

    *Mailing Address:

    Interministerial Women's Secretariat

    PO Box 2000, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

    *Please note: all copies must be received by November 3, 2023 (4:00 PM) so please ensure your copies are posted with this in mind.

    ELECTRONIC COPY:                                                         

    Submitting a proposal does not guarantee funding. Not all qualified applications are guaranteed to receive funding. The total grant fund is $300,000 for all projects. The number of projects that can be supported and the degree of support a project receives will be determined by the program budget. These are one-time only grants. As determined by the adjudicating committee and upon final decision of the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, approved funding amounts may be different from proposal amounts. Organizations with approved projects will be required to sign a project contract with the Interministerial Women's Secretariat.

    Applicants are encouraged to contact the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat with any questions regarding the application process:

    Phone: (902) 368-6494

    Published date: 
    October 10, 2023