KELOWNA – The application deadline for Civil Forfeiture Grants is approaching. The deadline for applications is February 24, 2012. These grants are available to organizations focusing on crime prevention and reduction strategies.
“Any programs to prevent violence are valuable in the province’s effort to reduce gang membership. $5.5 million in funding can and will make a huge difference.” -Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick
“The civil forfeiture program covers a lot of ground. There are six categories for grants, which include Preventing and Responding to Crimes Against Children, and also Ecstasy Awareness and Public Education programs. These grants are innovative and practical solutions for the use of proceeds from crime.” -Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart
“I hope to see a large number of applications. This program and funding are part of an overall commitment to play a leadership role in crime prevention. The programs that receive grants can make a difference.” -Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson
- In November 2011, Solicitor General Shirley Bond announced that nearly $500,000 from the forfeiture of assets would be used to provide one-time grants to organizations focusing on gang prevention and combating sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
- This funding has been increased this spring to a total of $6.1 million.
- Past projects include the introduction of violence-prevention curriculum in schools and an awareness-raising campaign in Kelowna that delivered an anti-gang message.
Learn more about the Civil Forfeiture Grants at:http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/crimeprevention/grants/index.htm