June 30, 2020 Deadline for Applications for MCCSS Expanded Fund

REMINDER - July 30 Deadline for MCCSS Expanded Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund and Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund

We wanted to write to remind you of the call for applications to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Service’s (MCCSS) expanded Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund and Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund and the upcoming July 30, 2020, 5:00 pm EDT deadline for applications.

This is a one-time application process for up to five years of funding (2020-21 to 2024-25). Together, the funds will provide $46 million for community-based and Indigenous organizations across Ontario. The Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund is approximately $19 million over five years and the Community Supports Fund is approximately $27 million over five years. There is no funding cap for applications and Indigenous communities or organizations are permitted to apply to both Funds, however, a different proposal must be submitted for each Fund.

Investments will prioritize early intervention and increased protection for child and youth victims of sexual exploitation and dedicated survivor supports, such as:

  • Trauma-informed programming developed and delivered by survivor-led organizations;

  • Dedicated services for victims under age 18, including residential placements and treatment, peer mentoring, as well as education and employment training programs;

  • Culturally appropriate, Indigenous-designed supports for First Nations, Inuit and Métis victims, families, and communities;

  • Targeted supports for sexually exploited boys, individuals with developmental disabilities, LGBTQ2S individuals, and racialized and newcomer populations; and

  • Specialized programs for children and youth involved in or transitioning out of child welfare or the youth justice system.

Our goal is to build a more comprehensive network of anti-human trafficking services across Ontario. Increasing supports for child and youth victims of sex trafficking services and survivor-led programming, including Indigenous-specific services, responds to critical needs heard in discussions over the past year with frontline agencies and survivors.

More information about the MCCSS Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund and Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund call for applications can be found on the Available funding opportunities page on ontario.ca (https://www.ontario.ca/page/available-funding-opportunities-ontario-government#section-2). In addition to resources on ontario.ca, MCCSS staff can be reached at antitraffickingoffice@ontario.ca to respond to questions and provide support with the application process.

Thank you for your contribution as a partner in the fight against human trafficking. We hope you will explore this funding opportunity.

Michael Reid

Assistant Deputy Minister

Indigenous Relations and Programs

Chiefs of Ontario

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