Starting today, Oct. 12, Nova Scotians can apply for Sexual Violence Prevention Innovation Grants of up to $5,000. The grants support community groups and organizations, including youth and marginalized groups to reach out to their peers and build healthier, safer and more resilient communities. “Prevention Innovation Grants are about changing attitudes, by trying new things, being creative, and getting more people involved in the prevention of sexual violence,” said Community Services Minister Kelly Regan. “The grants can help groups create initiatives that reach youth in culturally specific ways, raise awareness, and promote a better understanding of consent.” The Sackville High School Student Support Group received a grant last year to train a group of students to become peer educators who champion sexual violence prevention at their school and in their community. The group used the evidence-based course, Girl on Fire Empowerment Program as a starting point for the training. “Girl on Fire is a program that gives female-identified teens a set of tools to help navigate their mental, physical, spiritual and sexual health, and recognize the impact that society has on their overall health,” said Meaghan LeMoine, teacher at Sackville High School. “By implementing the project during school time, we are letting our students know that addressing this issue is of the utmost importance.” This is the fourth round of grant applications. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. and are available at http://breakthesilencens.ca/prevention .