BURANBY – New Democrat MLAs Anne Kang and Janet Routledge are welcoming one-time grants totaled at $125,000 for Burnaby through the Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program, announced last Friday. Programs that mentor youth to resist joining gangs, support women escaping violence and help Indigenous families heal from intergenerational traumas will benefit from this funding.
“Women escaping violence face many barriers on the path towards healing,” said Kang. “With these grants, organizations will be able to create sensitive programs for those in the community who need it most.”
“The recipients of this year’s grants work with some of Burnaby’s most vulnerable,” said Routledge. “The healing and restorative nature of these projects will address the root issues of crime and help make Burnaby a safer place for all of us.”
Organizations in Burnaby receiving funding are:
- Cameray Child & Family Services, $10,000 to provide two, seven-week support groups for girls who have experienced sexual assault by creating an emotionally safe space for girls to create social connections with other girls who have gone through similar experiences.
- Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society, $30,000 for a project that will focus on enhancing the health and safety of immigrant and refugee women by providing them with an understanding of the impact of domestic and sexual violence on the risks to their health and lives and that of their children through a series of workshops.
- AWCEP Asian Women for Equality Society, $25,000 to provide workshops and legal clinics for vulnerable women in the sex trade and service providers to increase their awareness and understanding of criminal records while assisting with pardon applications to reduce barriers to women’s access to employment, education and participation in community activities.
- Dixon Transition Society, $30,000 for a project that will allow for an Indigenous Community Liaison to build a strong, culturally safe, Indigenous component into Dixon Transition Society’s programs.
- The Salvation Army, $30,000 for a project that supports women and children survivors of domestic violence to settle into new homes following their stay in a transition house by providing essential and priority items such as beds and mattresses, linens and towels, kitchen pots and pans, dishes and other items.
The Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program is funded through proceeds of the Civil Forfeiture Office, which undermines the profit motive behind criminal activity by taking away tools and proceeds of crime and putting them back into programs that support community crime prevention and safety.
In total, over $6 million in grants and more than 170 local organizations and projects – led by community not-for-profits, and school districts – will receive funding through this grant program in 2018-19. Since 2006, the Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program has provided more than $39 million to help organizations throughout B.C. to further their crime prevention efforts.
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