Grants for victim services

Grants are available for organizations that help victims of crime during their involvement with the criminal justice process.

Important dates

Application deadlines are April 1 and October 1.

Overview

Grants are available for organizations that help victims of crime during their involvement with the  criminal justice process.

These programs must provide information, support and referrals in either:

  • police-based programs working with the municipal police, RCMP or Indigenous  police services or
  • community-based programs providing services that address a of a specific type of crime or victim.

For more information, see the following guidelines:

Funding

  • Both police and community based programs can apply for up to $150,000 a year.
  • These funds must be used for program-operating costs.
  • Priority is given to police-based programs.

Eligible programs

Eligible programs must be operated by one of the following.

Police-based programs

  • a non-profit organization with corporate legal status acting as a governing body for a police-based victim services unit
  • municipalities (including bands and tribal councils for Indigenous communities) acting as a governing body for a police-based victim services unit, or as the signing authority for a police service

Community-based programs

  • a non-profit organization with corporate legal status
  • a community-based coalition or network
    • an incorporated fiscal agent who’s part of the coalition or network must be identified in the application
  • Indigenous communities, including bands and tribal councils, acting as the governing body for a victim services unit

How to apply

Grant application deadlines are April 1st and October 1st.

Step 1. Contact the Victims of Crime Grant Program to determine eligibility

Call Victims Services, Public Security Division:

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
780-427-3460

Step 2. Set up a pre-application interview

  • Eligible programs are invited to set up a pre-application interview

Call Victims Services, Public Security Division:

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
780-427-3460

Have this information ready for the interview:

  • overview of the organization
  • program description
  • program goals and objectives
  • how victims of crime are referred to your program
  • how the funds will be spent
  • other prospective funding sources

To help prepare for your interview, review the Service Guidelines for Police-Based Victim Services Units (0.2 MB).

Step 3. Fill out an application form

PDF form instructions

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Community-based programs fill out the community-based grant application (0.2 MB).

Police-based programs fill out the police-based grant application (0.2 MB).

The grant application must be signed by an authorized board member, preferably the Chair.

If your program isn’t managed by a board, someone with legal signing authority for your organization must sign.

Step 4. Submit your application

Submit your application form by email to victims.programs@gov.ab.ca or by mail to:

Victims Services, Public Security Division
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 St NW, 10th Floor North
Edmonton, AB T5J 3W7

After you apply

Your application will be reviewed and you will receive a written reply  within 6 months explaining if your application is:

  • approved
  • approved with conditions, a different amount or a different grant term
  • denied

Reporting requirements

PDF form instructions

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If your application is approved, your organization enters into a grant agreement with the Alberta government.

As part of the agreement, you must submit financial reports and program reports throughout the grant term. These reports include:

Quarterly reports

Report due dates

Reports are due on the 15th of each month after each quarter ends:

  • January–March: due April 15
  • April–June: due July 15
  • July–September: due October 15
  • October–December: due January 15

Police-based programs

Police-based programs have to fill out both the Quarterly Report form (Part A) (0.5 MB) and Part B (0.2 MB).

Community-based programs

Community-based programs that offer frontline service will have to fill out the Quarterly Report Form (0.3 MB).

Community-based programs that don’t offer frontline service will have to fill out the Quarterly Progress Report (0.3 MB).

Annual Progress Reports

For multi-year (3 year) grant recipients an Annual Progress Report is required after the first and second year  of their grant term. The report must be submitted before the next payment is released, and must include these documents:

  • financial statements
  • Actuals Financial Report
  • annual report/ annual general meeting minutes (if applicable)
  • updated board member list (if applicable)

Annual Progress Report: Police-based Programs (0.1 MB)

Annual Progress Report: Community-based Programs (2.3 MB)

Program Evaluation Report

Program Evaluation Reports are due 90 days after the grant term ends and must include these documents:

  • financial statements
  • Actuals Financial Report
  • annual report/ annual general meeting minutes (if applicable)
  • updated board member list (if applicable)

Program Report: Police-based Programs (0.1 MB)

Program Report: Community-based Programs (0.2 MB)

Contact

If you have questions about the application process or reporting requirements  call Victims Services, Public Security Division at 780-427-3460.