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Neighbours, Friends and Families Immigrant and Refugee Communities Campaign 2017-2019


The Ministry of the Status of Women is releasing a call for Letters of Intent for the Neighbours, Friends and Families Immigrant and Refugee Communities Campaign.

Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF) is the Ontario government’s key domestic violence public education campaign. It educates the public on how to recognize the signs of woman abuse and what they can do to help a woman at risk of domestic abuse.

The English language campaign was launched in 2006 as a component of the government’s Domestic Violence Action Plan and in direct response to recommendations of the Chief Coroner’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. The campaign expanded to include the Francophone and Indigenous adaptations (Voisin-es, ami-es et families and Kanawayhitowin – Taking Care of Each Other’s Spirit), a workplace-based campaign and the Immigrant and Refugee Communities campaign.

The NFF Immigrant and Refugee Communities Campaign was launched in 2010 to include local/regional projects ‘by and for’ immigrant and refugee communities to engage communities in meaningful dialogue and action on issues of violence against women and help change norms and attitudes regarding woman abuse and encourage healthy relationships.

The campaign’s long-term objective is for all adults in Ontario to recognize the signs and risk factors of woman abuse and be prepared to offer support, and as a result, reduce violence against women in all communities in Ontario.

Please review the Program Guidelines for further details.


The deadline for the Letters of Intent is August 10, 2017, 5pm.

After the Letters of Intent are assessed, only those selected will be invited to submit a full application.

Eligibility Requirements

This funding will support non-profit agencies and organizations that serve or represent immigrant and refugee communities to deliver local projects that will engage and disseminate the NFF messages to immigrants and refugees. Arts and design organizations and smaller collectives and women’s groups will be considered, but must be partnered with a non-profit agency.

Please note the Indigenous campaign is led by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (ofifc@ofifc.org) and the Francophone campaign is led by Action ontarienne contre le violence faite aux femmes (info@aocvf.ca). Please contact these organizations for further details about these campaigns.

The following applications will not be considered for funding:

  • from individuals or for profit based organizations;
  • from organizations seeking deficit or emergency funding;
  • from organizations that are not able to demonstrate a strong relationship or connection to immigrant and refugee communities; or
  • from organizations headquartered outside of Ontario or for projects occurring outside of Ontario.

Program Guidelines

Please review the Program Guidelines before completing the Letter of Intent Template.

Program Guidelines

Questions and Answers (Updated as of July 24, 2017)


All questions regarding this LOI must be sent to: yen.chu@ontario.ca and tahira.gonsalves@ontario.ca by 5:00 p.m. on July 10, 2017. Answers to all questions will be posted regularly on the Grants Ontario website until August 4, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to visit Grants Ontario regularly for information updates. To ensure a fair and transparent process, the Ministry of the Status of Women will not provide any advisory services to organizations on an individual basis.

Last updated: August 10, 2017