Family Violence Prevention Program

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)'s Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) supports the day-to-day operations of 41 shelters, as well as funding for community-driven proposals for family violence prevention projects on and off reserve. The FVPP is a key component of the Government of Canada's Action Plan to Address Family Violence and Violent Crimes Against Aboriginal Women and Girls.

Budget 2016 announced, beginning in 2016-2017:


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About the program

The goal of the FVPP is to improve the safety and security of Indigenous women, children and families. INAC has made women, children and families a priority. The FVPP is one of five Social Development Programs funded by INAC.

The FVPP has two components:

Shelters serving First Nations communities across Canada provide a vital place of refuge for women and their children, help them escape situations of violence and provide education and support to prevent future violence.

The FVPP supports activities that increase awareness of family violence and provide families and communities with the tools to help deal with violence. In 2013-2014, about 303 family violence prevention projects were supported.

The FVPP also provides core funding to the National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence to act as a national coordinator by supporting shelters and their staff through training forums, prevention activities, research and collaboration with key partners.

The FVPP has an annual budget of $31.74 million on an ongoing basis to support shelters and family violence prevention activities on- and off-reserve.

Between 2006 and 2014, the department invested $261.1 million in the FVPP – providing shelter services for more than 24,290 children and 27,514 women and funding more than 2,800 prevention and awareness activities in Indigenous communities. Some 329 First Nations communities (55%) are served by the 41 INAC-funded shelters.

The Government of Canada takes the issue of violence against Indigenous women very seriously and will continue to work in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous Peoples, and other stakeholders to develop effective and appropriate solutions. The FVPP is part of Government of Canada efforts to end violence against women and girls and stop family violence.

For more information on Government of Canada initiatives to end violence against Indigenous women and girls, consult:

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants Shelter operations Prevention projects
Chiefs and Councils of First Nation bands recognized by the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Yes Yes
Tribal Councils Yes Yes
Provinces Yes N/A
Yukon Territory Yes N/A
First Nations authority, board, committee or other entity approved by Chief and Council Yes Yes
Incorporated shelters Yes Yes
First Nation Child and Family Services (FNCFS) Agencies or Societies Yes Yes
Indigenous communities and organizations N/A Yes


Shelters receive annual operational funding on an ongoing basis in April of each year.

New calls for proposals will be highlighted on this web page and on INAC's Calls for Proposals web page.

How to apply?

Prevention activities on-reserve

In some regions, First Nation regional boards are authorized by Chiefs to administer prevention funds by collecting, reviewing and approving proposals for projects. The First Nation regional boards also take on a strategic visioning and coordinating role by targeting specific needs (e.g. annual youth conference) in the area of family violence.

More information is also available in the National Social Programs Manual (currently being updated). To find out more, please contact your INAC regional office.

INAC-funded shelters wishing to apply for prevention funding should contact their INAC regional office.

Prevention activities off-reserve (call for proposals 2016-2017)

This call is now closed. Applicants were asked to use the 2016-2017 proposal template (.pdf) and consult the Proposal Assessment Criteria (for projects off-reserve).

Eligible applications must have been received by e-mail to no later than midnight Eastern Time (ET) on March 3, 2016. Applications sent after that deadline will not be considered.

For any questions relating to prevention activities off-reserve, please send an email to

Eligible activities

Family violence prevention activities targeting Indigenous individuals and communities off-reserve may include:

  • public outreach and awareness
  • conferences
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • support groups
  • community needs assessments

For 2016-2017 the focus of proposals was on the following identified activity themes:

  • engaging men and boys
  • family violence prevention education for young Indigenous peoples
  • empowering young Indigenous women
  • vulnerability to violence associated with the transition between on- and off- reserve

Selection criteria

Priority will be given to family violence prevention projects that clearly identify:

  • a target audience (women, men, children and/or families)
  • a specific need (addressing violence in high-risk communities)
  • a delivery method (seminar, healing circle, cultural camp)
  • an emphasis on leveraging partnerships and additional resources
    • partners could include federal, provincial, municipal or community governments, but may also extend to communities and non-government organizations
  • tangible results with strong community participation
  • a sustainable best-practice project that could be shared and used elsewhere.


  • projects must end by March 31, 2017
  • administrative costs cannot exceed 15% of the total approved amount
    • applicants are recommended to limit these costs to allow the project to maximize participation
  • applicants are encouraged to make cash and/or in-kind contributions to their project
    • in-kind contributions can be any non-monetary good or service provided by an interested party without any expectation of reciprocal favourable treatment
  • priority will be given to Indigenous organizations, associations and societies that have family violence prevention as part of their mandate
  • for a proposal to be approved, all assessment criteria must be met and fully completed
  • recipients will be asked to submit an annual report (.pdf) outlining the project's results, number of participants and details around how the project fulfilled the priorities as per the funding proposal. The deadline for this report is May 31, 2017.

Family Violence Prevention Program officials from Headquarters provided two teleconference information sessions on February 1, 2016, and February 25, 2016, to assist applicants with respect to the off-reserve call for proposals.

Selected projects from the 2016-2017 call for proposals will be communicated in October 2016.

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