News release

Applications Open for Sexual Violence Prevention Innovation Grants

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an opportunity to take an active role in sexual violence prevention, educate about consent, debunk myths and stereotypes and create awareness of the resources available to support victims and survivors.

Beginning today, April 1, applications are open for Sexual Violence Prevention Innovation grants of up to $5,000. The grants support community groups to connect with their peers and build communities that are safer, healthier and more resilient. Groups led by and for youth and/or marginalized Nova Scotians are priorities for funding.

“These grants are a great way to encourage more Nova Scotians to become involved,” said Karla MacFarlane, Minister of Community Services. “It’s about developing new ideas, being creative and trying new things to prevent sexual violence and raise awareness.”

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on May 13.


Heroes and Adventurers is a safe, inclusive place for people of all ages in Colchester-East Hants to enjoy role-playing games. The grant is helping us develop our own game to provide education about consent. We’re also creating a training module for current and future volunteers and conducting outreach to identify opportunities for our volunteers and players to further learn about consent and sexual assault prevention. Jon Hutt, Executive Director, Heroes and Adventurers; 2021 grant recipient

Quick Facts:

  • this is the seventh round of applications for Sexual Violence Prevention Innovation grants
  • 12 grants were awarded in 2021
  • past projects have included a focus on healthy relationships, consent, media literacy and raising awareness about sexual violence; groups have done this by creating podcasts, making videos, designing posters and hosting cultural and community events

Additional Resources:

The application and program guidelines are available at:

More information about sexual violence and how to get help is available at: