Community Grants

Community grants from CFSC are used to support healing approaches to criminal justice - restorative justice, penal abolition, transforming harm to healing

Don McCaffrey of Yonge Street Monthly Meeting and the essentials kits provided by the Helping Hands Project at Newmarket Court, Ontario 2017

CFSC (Quakers) Criminal Justice WorkCFSC 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.

Ripped Apart or Stitched Together, presented at the 2014 National Restorative Justice Symposium in Banff, Alberta.

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.