Survivor Support Fund

We gratefully acknowledge U-R Home Awareness & Support Services for their generous gift of $40,000 to help support the Survivor Support Fund. Thank you!

The Spring 2024 Survivor Support Fund intake is now closed.

The fund opens to receive applications on: April 8th, 2024

Completed applications must be received by: April 30th, 2024 @ 5:00pm EDT

About the Fund

The Defend Dignity Survivor Support Fund was created to provide accessible financial support to individuals who have experienced any form of commercial sexual exploitation in Canada, such as prostitution, sex trafficking, intimate images being shared online without consent, camming, escorting, massage parlours, strip clubs, survival sex, and/or involvement in pornography.

Application Process

  1. To ensure you qualify with our criteria, you must read through the Fund Policy before applying.
  2. The application must be completed and submitted by a staff member from an agency or church within Canada.
  3. Submit a completed application form.
  4. The application includes a letter from the individual requiring the funds describing the reason for the application, how the funds would be used, and the impact the funds would have. The applicant is welcome to have assistance composing the letter if needed. This letter can be up to 1-2 pages long and should explain the following:
    • Why the applicant is requesting funds and what they are requesting funds for specifically
    • An explanation of what impact these funds would have
    • A brief description of what other avenues the applicant has pursued for financial assistance
    • An explanation of the accountability the individual will hold themselves to should they receive the fund
    • Anything else the individual feels is pertinent to their application for funding

No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

Decisions regarding the awarding of funds will be made end of May and funds will be disbursed as quickly as possible afterwards. For all funded applications, a Follow-Up Questionnaire must be completed and returned to Defend Dignity by August 30th, 2024.

Please send any questions or concerns by email to the Survivor Support Fund Coordinator at: [email protected]