Special Tri-Provincial Research

2018 Applications/Proposals are now closed.
2019 Call-Out is May 1, 2019.

Prairieaction Foundation (PAF) is committed to funding research that leads to awareness related to issues of violence and abuse in our community and specifically provides grant funds for research that engages in solution-focused outcomes that lead to better programs to keep our communities safer.

2018 Tri-Provincial Research Projects

1. The Intersection between Criminal and Family Courts and Children’s Involvement in the Process as it Relates to Intimate Partner Violence.

There has been considerable concern regarding children falling through the cracks when families are navigating both the family and criminal courts in matters of intimate or family violence. Navigating two courts is challenging for the families, and children are almost always the ones to suffer when there is a delay in proceedings or a lack of information sharing. Children also have little involvement in the process. Prairieaction is calling for research to explore this issue using the below criteria:

  • Research must have a qualitative focus with emphasis on understanding the current literature in this area.
  • PAF is concerned with the impact of the criminal and family courts on children’s safety, protection, and well-being. Research must include:
    • an environmental scan of stakeholders connected to topic area;
    • how children who have been exposed to IPV are involved in the planning and the process;
    • what are the processes for including children in decision making and having their voices heard;
    • what recommendations may emerge from the findings of the research.
  • The project must ensure there is a partnership between an academic and/or university and community organizations that have experience/background on this issue.
  • The proposal must identify in-kind contributions and/or donations.
  • There will be regular reporting required to be forwarded to the Research Director, and CARE Grant Committee as the research progresses. (details below)
  • Project Funding: Up to $50,000.

2. Understanding Violence and Abuse of the Elderly as it Pertains to Under-reporting Patterns and Needs to Address it.

As our elderly population cohort increases, elder abuse stands to become more prevalent. The literature is clear on what constitutes elder abuse and violence, and suggests that it occurs in multiple dimensions, and can occur independent of income, gender, ethnicity, or race. Financial and emotional abuse are typically the most frequently reported in our Canadian context. Currently, there is limited data on this subject matter in terms of reporting and contextualizing the experiences of the elderly specifically related to reporting abuse and what is needed to address gaps in reporting. Prairieaction is seeking research to be conducted to understand what prevents the elderly from reporting violence and abuse, and what may prevent a mandated service provider in assisting. This research should include the following criteria:

  • Research must have a qualitative focus with emphasis on understanding the current literature in this area.
  • PAF is concerned with the factors that may prevent the elderly from reporting instances of abuse and violence; what is the context for services in the prairie provinces; and what the elderly population indicate is needed to help in situations of violence and abuse.

Research must include:

  • an environmental scan of stakeholders connected to the topic area;
  • a qualitative focus to obtain the lived experiences of the elderly;
  • recommendations that can be made emerging from the findings of the research;
  • a stated partnership between an academic and/or university and community organizations that have experience/background on this issue;
  • identification of in-kind contributions and/or donations;
  • regular reporting to the Research Director , and CARE Grant Committee as the research progresses; (details below)

Project Funding: Up to $75,000 across SK, AB, and MB.

Additional Details

The successful applicants will be required to complete the following with the full proposal:

  • Outline methodology, budget (including in-kind contributions and donations), and timelines for completion.
  • Provide two letters of support from community-based organizations in the other provinces.
  • Meet with the PAF Research Coordinator after approval of the grant to provide an overview and to detail the operationalization of the research.
  • Provide quarterly progress reports to the Research Coordinator, Care Grant Committee, that includes an interim report at the midpoint of completion of the work, and a final report according to CARE Grant guidelines outlined in the acceptance letter.
  • Make a presentation to the Board of Directors upon completion of the research work, highlighting outcomes and knowledge gained.
  • Upon completion, the dissemination of the findings must include community sharing.
  • Applications for funding application/proposals open June 1, 2018.
  • Deadline for funding application/proposals is August 30, 2018.

PAF funds only organizations that are community-based and are registered charities with Canada Revenue Agency. Organizations are expected to work in partnership with academic researchers or other relevant partners. PAF does not fund outside of the Prairie Provinces.

Recent Tri-Provincial research project award recipients:

  • 2017 – The Laurel Centre
  • 2017 – PATHS (Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan)

 Tri-Provincial Research Application

Calls for Letters of Intent open May 1. Contact us to learn more about the criteria for this funding.

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