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Shift Grant Objective

The objective of the Shift Grant is to test new, innovative ideas to prevent violence and support victims. Funded projects will aim to identify promising practices, build collaboration, and strengthen capacity for implementation. We are seeking proposals that reflect new ways of approaching the issue, engage partners in addressing systemic barriers for vulnerable populations, and transform the environment that contributes to domestic violence. These grants will focus on creating, exploring, and testing new ideas, models, and pilots, and are not intended to support existing programs or direct service delivery. If these ideas show promise to benefit Nova Scotians, they may become part of the plan. 

Priority Funding Areas

We welcome all types of innovative ideas for changing the conversation about domestic violence with a focus on prevention. Projects that support women from vulnerable and underserved 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. 


EligibilityPlease 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.

To apply for a Shift 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
  • Educational institution (schools, universities, and colleges)
  • Mi’kmaw Band Council
  • Funding AmountUp to $75,000 is available per grant.
    Grant is non-renewable.
    Funding DurationGrants may be up to 24 months in duration.
    All grant activities must be completed before March 31, 2022.
    Multiple SubmissionsApplicants may submit only one Shift 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

    STEP 1:
    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 prior to submitting an application.
    STEP 2:
    Review Application Guidelines
    Be sure to carefully review all application guidelines, as outlined in the document below:

    Standing Together Shift Grant Application Guidelines (PDF)
    STEP 3:
    Review Eligible Costs
    Please carefully review all eligible costs, as outlined in the document below:

    Standing Together Shift Grant Eligible Costs Guidelines (PDF)
    STEP 4:
    Create a GMS Account
    Applications will be submitted via an online Grants Management System (GMS).
    Please sign up here to create an account.
    STEP 5
    Bring 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.
  • STEP 6:
    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 application in accordance with the assessment criteria outlined 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 Shift Grant applications.

    Project Summary
  • Appropriateness of project partners and clarity of description how project will engage partners in the work to prevent and address domestic violence
  • 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 and project plan are reasonable
  • The proposed activities are feasible
  • Scope of project is appropriate comparable to budget request
  • Project can be completed before March 31, 2022
  • Budget
  • Appropriateness of the budget (see eligible costs above)
  • A viable plan to sustain the project being funded past the available funding period (where applicable)
  • 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:

    Technical Grants Management System (GMS) 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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