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Connect Grant Objective

The objective of the Connect Grant is to share knowledge, capture lessons learned, and foster ongoing collaboration to prevent domestic violence and better support victims. We are seeking proposals from groups that have ideas and knowledge to share from their existing or completed projects and initiatives. Community groups and organizations are exploring new ways of engaging partners in addressing systemic barriers for vulnerable populations and identifying practices that have the potential to understand and transform the context and conditions that contribute to domestic violence. This grant intends to fund initiatives that support connecting this learning with new partners. The Connect Grant provides flexible support to create space for knowledge mobilization and bring focus to what needs to change to disrupt cycles of violence, and how to work differently to address this complex issue.

Priority Funding Areas

We welcome all types of innovative ideas for sharing knowledge about what we’re learning so far about changing the conversation about domestic violence with a focus on prevention. Projects that tell the story about how to disrupt cycles of violence and better support women from vulnerable groups, and specifically Standing Together’s priority areas listed below, are encouraged:

  • Indigenous women and girls
  • Children and youth
  • Men and boys

Interested in working with us? Follow the process below to apply. 


EligibilityTo apply for a Connect Grant, the Primary Applicant must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Registered not for profit organization (Registered and in good standing with NS Joint Stocks)
  • Registered charity that operates in Nova Scotia
  • Academic Appointment at an educational institution in Nova Scotia
  • Educational institution (schools, universities and colleges)
  • Mi’kmaw Band Council
Please note: Individuals, businesses and government departments/agencies are not eligible for this grant. This grant is not intended to support research and any project requiring ethics approval is not eligible. Sharing information from completed academic research in partnership with community groups would be an eligible activity.

Applicants are not required to hold current Standing Together funding. Current grant holders may apply if knowledge gained is near completion and timing is appropriate for dissemination.
Funding AmountUp to $25,000 is available per grant.
Grant is non-renewable.
Funding DurationGrants may be up to 12 months in duration.
All grant activities must be completed before March 31, 2021.
Multiple SubmissionsApplicants may submit only one Connect Grant application for consideration.
Dates and DeadlinesApplication Deadline: March 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (AT)
Application Review: March 2020
Results Available: March/April 2020
Funds Available Beginning: April 2020

Application Process

Confirm Eligibility
Consider whether you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above. 
If applicants have any questions about their eligibility, they are encouraged to contact Leslie Power at 902.424.4193 or before submitting an application.
Review Application Guidelines
Be sure to carefully review all application guidelines, as outlined in the document below:

Standing Together Connect Grant Application Guidelines (PDF)
Review Eligible Costs
Please carefully review all eligible costs, as outlined in the document below:

Standing Together Connect Grant Eligible Costs Guidelines (PDF).
Create a GMS Account
Applications must be submitted through an online Grants Management System (GMS).

Please sign up here to create an account.
Begin Application in the GMS
To begin application, login to your GMS account and select “Apply for Grant”.
  • Information for this grant (outlined in the application guidelines) is entered either directly in the GMS or information is requested in a document that will be uploaded in the GMS.
  • Application text and documents inputted in the GMS can be edited until submitted or until the grant deadline.
Submit Application
When all information is complete submit your application by clicking on the “Submit Application” tab in the GMS and follow the directions.

All applications must be submitted before the deadline and time noted above. No applications or application documents/edits will be accepted after this time.

Review Process

Research Nova Scotia staff will assess applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.A panel will review applications in accordance with the assessment criteria noted below.

Please note: All decisions made by the review panel are final and cannot be appealed.

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used by the review committee to assess Connect Grant applications.

Project Summary
  • Clarity of description how project will disseminate knowledge that will prevent and address domestic violence
  • Appropriateness of project partners
  • Feasibility of the proposed work
Project Impact
  • Clear link to project impact with established priority areas
  • Appropriate partnerships have been engaged in the community or province
Project Activities
  • The timeline is reasonable
  • The proposed activities are feasible
  • Scope of project is appropriate comparable to budget request
  • Project can be completed before March 31, 2021
Additional Documents
  • Appropriate Letters of Support provided by project partners

Resources & Assistance

Application Support 
For all questions please contact Leslie Power, Manager, Research Programs prior to submitting an application:

GMS Technical Support 
Please click here to download and view a Grants Management System (GMS) User Guide for applicants outlining how to navigate the online system. 

For any technical questions regarding the GMS, contact the GMS Help Desk at 902-424-3054 or

Please allow 1-2 business days for a response. Ensure any technical issues are communicated with the GMS help desk before the grant deadline. 

The Nova Scotia Advisory Council was established in 1977 to educate the public and advise the provincial government on issues of interest and concern to women. The Nova Scotia Advisory Council works to make sure that issues affecting the lives of Nova Scotia women become part of the government’s plan. Our concerns touch all areas of women’s lives.

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