Nova Scotia communities, organizations and law enforcement agencies can apply for funding to help in their efforts to combat and address the impacts of crime and violence.
Funding through the Community Crime Intervention Initiative will support the development of programs and increased resources.
“Crime affects us all, it undermines our safety and our sense of security and it exploits our most vulnerable members of society,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “This funding can make a significant impact on the development of programming to support more resilient and stronger neighbourhoods.”
Funding will support initiatives that help address root causes of crime and violence, alleviate the impacts of crime and violence on communities and build community capacity to respond. Prevention and intervention initiatives are also eligible.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, July 16. Applicants can receive multi-year funding, beginning in April 2020.
Funding comes from the Government of Canada’s Initiative to Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence. The province is receiving $4,731,447 over five years.
Program investments for 2018-19 and 2019-20 include support for Halifax Regional Municipality’s community mobilization project to respond to violent or traumatic incidents and increase community resilience.
“We know that when violence occurs it not only impacts those directly involved, it impacts the community as a whole,” said Aisha Hum, Mulgrave Park Community Mobilization Team member. “Our holistic response works on mitigating the trauma and harm as a result of violence, so that healing can occur without festering conditions to further violence.”
Other programs supported through the fund include the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre’s Seven Sparks transition program, a bail supervision program run by the Mi’kmaq Legal Support Network and an integrated support model for survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking provided by the YWCA. The application form for funding is available at https://novascotia.ca/community-crime-intervention-initiative-fund/ .