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Posted: October 11, 2019

Community safety grant applications being accepted

Organizations throughout the province working to make B.C. communities safer are invited to apply to the 2019-20 Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program.

This year’s funding streams focus on a number of government priorities, such as:

* community-led crime prevention;

* healing and rebuilding in Indigenous communities;

* restorative justice;

* addressing violence against women and children, including: sexual assault and domestic violence; domestic violence prevention/intervention programming for those who commit violence in intimate-partner relationships;

* human trafficking, sexual exploitation and vulnerable women in the sex trade; and

* child and youth advocacy centres;

* police responses, specialized equipment and training.

As in past years, the overall amount of funding available for grants will depend on the value of cases concluded by British Columbia’s Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) during the current fiscal year, with grants awarded by the end of March 2020.

The CFO works to remove the profits from unlawful activity by taking away the proceeds and assets used in crime, and reinvesting them in community safety and crime prevention. The vast majority of cases are linked to drug, gang and organized crime.

Details of the grant submission process, which is open from Oct. 11 to Nov. 18, are available online.

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