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 next intake for the Survivor Support Fund is TBA.

The fund opens to receive applications on: TBA

Completed applications must be received by: TBA

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 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 need, the reason for application, and how the fund will be used. The applicant is welcome to have assistance in composing the letter if needed. This letter can be 1-2 pages long and should explain the following:
    • A brief overview of the applicant’s story (no details required)
    • Why the applicant needs funds, and what they are needing funds for specifically
    • An explanation of how the fund will support the applicant in their journey towards healing
    • A brief description of what other avenues the applicant has pursued for financial assistance
    • Why the applicant believes they are an appropriate candidate to receive this fund
    • 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.

For our spring 2023 intake, desicions regarding the awarding of funds will be made mid-May 2023 and funds will be dispersed early June 2023.  For all successful applications, a Follow-Up Questionnaire must be completed and returned to Defend Dignity by August 31st, 2023.

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