Capacity funds for Aboriginal community-based justice

Capacity Funding

Nanoo, nanoo, Funds Fans!  (Anyone remember where that greeting is from?)  I wasn’t sure if I should post today since most people are probably busy packing up their campers and tents for one last blast o’ summer fun before school starts but what the heck, it was too good to wait ’til next week.

The Federal Department of Justice is providing a Capacity-Building Fund designed to support capacity-building efforts in Aboriginal communities, particularly as they relate to building increased knowledge and skills for the establishment and management of Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) community-based justice programs.  Grants range from $25,000 to $50,000.  (estimate)  Deadline: September 13th, 2013.

The objectives of the Capacity-Building Fund are:

  • to support the training and/or developmental needs of Aboriginal communities that currently do not have community-based justice programs;
  • to supplement the on-going training needs of current community-based justice programs where the cost-shared budget does not adequately meet these needs, including  supporting  evaluation activities, data collection, sharing of best practices and useful models;
  • to support activities targeted at improved community reporting in AJS communities and the development of data management systems;
  • to support the development of new justice programs, paying particular attention to:
  • the current geographic/regional imbalance in programming;
  • the commitment to develop new programs in the under-represented program models, such as dispute resolution for civil and family/child welfare; and,
  • to support one-time or annual events and initiatives (as opposed to on-going projects and programs) that build bridges, trust and partnerships between the mainstream justice system and Aboriginal communities.

Any of the following may be eligible for contribution funding under the Capacity-Building Fund:

  • First Nations, bands, Tribal Councils, local, regional and national Aboriginal organizations;
  • regional/municipal governments including their agencies and institutions;
  • non-profit community organizations, societies, and associations which have voluntarily associated themselves for a non-profit purpose;
  • provincial and territorial governments;
  • individuals; and,
  • for-profit corporations, as long as these corporations will not make a profit on the work performed.

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