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Training on Sexual Violence


The Ontario Women’s Directorate (OWD) is seeking applications from provincial violence against women (VAW) organizations and professional groups to develop and/or deliver training on sexual violence for service providers in the community, health, education or justice sectors. These projects are to be provincial in scope, evidence- based, reflect current promising practices and tailored to meet the needs of service providers in the health, education, social services and/or justice sector.

Funds are for training that will provide professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to foster a more responsive and supportive environment for women who experienced sexual violence.

Project activities are expected to begin January 1, 2013 and be completed by December 31, 2014 with a Final Report to follow on February 1, 2015.

A total of $930,000 (over three fiscal years) is available through this Invitation for Applications (IFA). Funding for individual projects is not expected to exceed $150,000 (over three fiscal years).


Applicants are required to apply online through Grants Ontario. The process requires some advanced work:

You should register at least three weeks before the application deadline.

  • Before your organization can start applying for grants, you must have a ONe-key account that includes a user ID and password. This is a one-time process. Once you receive your ONe-Key ID and password, you can continue to request an enrolment ID and PIN for the Grants Ontario System. For detailed instructions, please see the Applicant Registration Guide (see beginning page 5).
  • Know how to properly save your draft application and submit attachments. Please follow the Applicant Reference Guide (see beginning page 17).

If you require further assistance, consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of the Grants Ontario website or contact Grants Ontario Customer Service (available Monday to Friday during normal business hours):


• In Toronto: (416) 325-6691

• Toll Free: 1-855-216-3090




Deadline Extended

All applications must be submitted through Grants Ontario at www.grants.gov.on.ca, by 5:00 p.m. on October 23, 2012. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


The following organizations may apply for funding:

  • an organization incorporated federally or provincially as a not-for-profit corporation or
  • a broader public sector organization or
  • an Aboriginal organization that is a legal entity

Organizations that do not meet any of the above criteria may be part of a collaborative or consortium that includes at least one eligible member. The eligible member would act as the lead applicant and would accept legal and financial responsibility for any approved grant.

All applicants must operate in compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Not Eligible for Funding

Applications will not be considered:

  • from individuals or profit-based organizations
  • from organization’s seeking deficit or emergency funding
  • for projects headquartered outside of Ontario or with programming occurring outside of Ontario
  • for religious and/or political activities


Projects will be selected for funding through a competitive process. Even if a proposal meets all of the assessment criteria, there is no guarantee that funding will be awarded.

Following the assessment of individual proposals, the assessment process may consider the extent to which the group of recommended applications address targeted professions and/or groups of women.

Assessment Criteria

Applications will be evaluated on the extent to which they demonstrate the following:

1. Capacity to deliver the proposed project (30% of total score)

2. Soundness of the proposed approach (30% of total score)

3. Value for money through the budget and financial information (20% of total score)

4. Accessibility, diversity and gender-based analysis (20% of total score)

Program Guidelines and Sample Application

Funding Guidelines & Application Instructions

All applicants are required to complete and submit an online application form through the Grants Ontario system (www.grants.gov.on.ca).

To use Grants Ontario, applicants need a computer with internet access and a web browser.

All applicants must register via www.grants.gov.on.ca before they can begin their online application. This should be done at least three (3) weeks prior to the OWD application deadline.

Once an online application form is started, it may be saved at any point and the applicant can return to it later.

The application cannot be loaded onto a memory stick and its web address cannot be shared (e.g., copied into an e-mail).

Frequently Asked Questions

Training on Sexual Violence FAQs

In the on-line application some items in Section I - Performance Metrics are not fully displayed. Please click here to see the full list.


For solutions to technical issues, applicants should first consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Grants Ontario website (www.grants.gov.on.ca). Applicants may also contact Grants Ontario Customer Service (available Monday to Friday during normal business hours):


• In Toronto: (416) 325-6691

• Toll Free: 1-855-216-3090



Questions about the Invitation for Applications or the training for professionals program should be directed to OWD staff (available Monday to Friday during normal business hours):

Vicky M. Gibson
Senior Partnership Development Specialist
Tel: In Toronto: 416-314-0376 / Toll Free: 1-866-510-5902
Email: vicky.m.gibson@ontario.ca

Last updated: October 16, 2012