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Province seeks proposals for grants under violence prevention program

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is seeking project proposals to support the prevention of violence against Aboriginal women and children through the Aboriginal Women’s Violence Prevention Grants Program.

“It is the 10th year that the Aboriginal Women’s Violence Prevention Grants program has been offered by the provincial government, and I would like to acknowledge the outstanding work that’s been done through the funded projects,” said Charlene Johnson, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and lead Minister for the Violence Prevention Initiative.

“Through an investment of $200,000 this year, organizations can work towards preventing violence against Aboriginal women and children so that everyone can live in safe and violence-free communities.”

Grants up to a maximum of $30,000 per project will be awarded for 2014-15. The goal of the program is to support the development and implementation of culturally appropriate approaches to prevent violence against Aboriginal women and children, and to increase awareness, education and leadership.

Projects should include one or more of the following activities: developing public awareness and education materials or activities such as posters, pamphlets or advertisements; developing Aboriginal women’s leadership capacity; and developing and delivering cultural and wellness programs, activities, and training that support violence prevention.

“Violence against Aboriginal women and children cannot be tolerated,” said Nick McGrath, Minister Responsible for Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs.

“Through these annual grants, our government is able to work collectively with Aboriginal partners to help advance valuable projects that address violence. In March 2014, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador supported an all-party resolution and continues to call upon the federal government to hold a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.”

Funding for the Aboriginal Women’s Violence Prevention Grants Program is allocated through the Violence Prevention Initiative. Since 2005, the Aboriginal Women’s Violence Prevention Grants program has provided approximately $1.32 million for 92 projects throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

For further information about the Aboriginal Women’s Violence Prevention Grants Program application process, visit www.gov.nl.ca/VPI/aboriginal/. The deadline for submissions is October 3, 2014.

Organizations: Aboriginal Women

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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