CFSC provides community grants to encourage projects that engage in criminal justice issues and align with our values and ways of working. We provide community grants of approximately $500 to two or three applicants per year.
How to apply
If you want to apply for a grant, please read our Guidelines and Proposal Requirements (PDF) and email your completed application to us as described in that document.
We accept applications twice a year, by March 1 and October 1. We aim to let applicants know about their applications by March 31 and October 31.
Recent grant recipients
- The John Howard Society of Ontario to assist the development of Unlocking Change, an interactive project examining the criminal justice system through the lens of mental illness.
- The Yonge Street Monthly Meeting Helping Hands Project to provide essential kits to people released from court without their belongings (read an article about this work).
- The Alternatives to Violence Project to begin AVP programs in prisons in Ontario.
- The Seventh Step public forum and training session, which aimed to support the reintegration of offenders through the implementation of self-help groups.
- The Canadian Families and Corrections Network to reprint Parent-Child Activity Sheets
- Understory Magazine, an online magazine of literary writing and visual art by and about Canadian women, to assist with a special issue on the theme of women and justice.
- Dorothy and Gerald Vandering for an art show and workshops titled Ripped Apart or Stitched Together at the 2014 National Restorative Justice Conference in Banff.
- Concilio Prison Ministry (Nova Scotia) towards the costs of Spring House, which addresses the needs of families visiting the federal prison located in Springhill.
- Women’s Shelter (Toronto) to assist with transportation for women and their children to a counseling program for children exposed to violence.
- Canadian Families and Corrections Network (Kingston) for the republishing of Time’s Up: A reintegration toolkit for families and other resources for families of offenders.
- Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton (Ontario) to assist with the establishment of an Elizabeth Fry office in Newmarket, Ontario and for a Criminal Lawyer Duty Counsel Emergency Fund to help those released by the court to return to prison to retrieve their personal belongings.
- Telltales Media towards the production of a documentary ‘Til the Cows Come Home about Kingston’s prison farm.
- Initiatives for Just Communities (Winnipeg) for development of a database for the Open Circle Program.
- Mennonite Central Committee Canada for a Maritime tour of the play Forgiven/Forgotten by the theatre troupe Theatre of the Beat that addresses issues of crime and our responses to those affected by crime.
- Moncton Community Chaplaincy (New Brunswick) towards A Circle of Support and Accountability (COSA) Fredericton start-up.
- Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Victoria (British Columbia) Area Council of AVP-Canada for workshop focusing on trauma.
- Instruments of Change Society (British Columbia) for workshops and activities related to the Ladies Rock Camp in women’s prisons.
- A column on peace and nonviolence in the Out of Bounds prison magazine.