Community Support for Sexual Misconduct Survivors Grant Program

The Sexual Misconduct Support and Resource Centre (SMSRC) Community Support for Sexual Misconduct Survivors Grant Program funds projects proposed by community-based service providers to support people in the wider Defence community who have been affected by sexual misconduct.

The SMSRC has assessed grant recipients with the safety and needs of the community in mind, however we cannot guarantee results. We encourage you to contact these services to find out more about what they offer, and to consult with your health care provider(s) or support person(s), to determine if they are a good match for you.

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Program objectives

The SMSRC Grant Program was established to:

Who can access funded services

Anyone 16 years and older who has been directly or indirectly affected by sexual misconduct and self-identifies as connected to the wider Defence community can access the services funded by the Grant Program free of charge. This includes:

It is not necessary to prove that you are connected to the Defence community.

Specialized projects and services

Most funded projects are unique. Some are undertaken by organizations that offer specialized services, for example, for women, men, Indigenous peoples and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals.

Visit Funded projects to find brief descriptions of the projects and the funded organizations with links to their websites where you can find information on all their services, where they are, and how to contact them.

Confidentiality and privacy

SMSRC Grant Program funded organizations do not communicate personal information or disclosures of sexual misconduct to the SMSRC, the DND or the CAF. As independent, community-based organizations, they do not have the CAF Duty to Report. Nevertheless, when you contact a service, you may want to discuss confidentiality and disclosure of sexual misconduct before you identify yourself.

Feedback and questions

Please send your feedback and questions about the Grant Program and funded project(s) to, or call the SMSRC confidential 24/7 support line at 1-844-750-1648.

Applying for a grant

The SMSRC calls for applications once a year. Organizations can apply for more than one grant and more than one type of grant. They may also apply each year during the application period.

The Program offers two types of grants: one-time project-based (maximum $50,000) and recurrent (maximum $75,000 annually for up to three years).


Organizations must be Canadian, legally constituted not-for-profit community-based service providers, and possess the legal status necessary to enter into a grant agreement with the Government of Canada.

Organizations must also have the capacity and expertise to provide support to those in the wider Defence community affected by sexual misconduct in the DND/CAF. Those without the capacity or expertise to provide such services will be considered if they propose to build their capacity and expertise through SMSRC Grant Program funding.

Eligible projects

Funding is available for a wide range of projects, initiatives and services supporting those affected by sexual misconduct in the DND/CAF, including:

Evaluation of applications

The Grant Program Team reviews all applications and consults with other SMSRC teams on topics related to their expertise. The Team scores applications numerically; those with the highest scores are recommended for funding to SMSRC executives for approval.

The Team applies evaluation criteria that include:

Announcement of recipients

The SMSRC announces publishes brief descriptions of the Funded projects and the organizations shortly after all funding agreements have been signed.

Support for funded organizations

As funded organizations start on their projects, the Grant Program Team invites them to view a virtual live presentation on the SMSRC. They introduce the SMSRC teams that work with the Program Team and provide information on sexual misconduct and military sexual trauma. In addition, an SMSRC Military Liaison Officer gives an overview of the CAF, its member services, and the military culture and environment.

The Team also provides an Acknowledgement Requirements guide and links to policy documents such as the Defence Administrative Order and Directive 9005-1 on Sexual Misconduct Response and, to help connect with the Defence community, links to Canadian Armed Forces bases and support units, and Canadian Forces Moral and Welfare Services.

Contact us

For more information, please email the SMSRC's Grant Program Team at

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