Human Resources

Women's Safety

We are committed to the safety of the study and work environment of the women who are members of Western's community.

Since 1991 the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has provided grants to colleges and universities to support initiatives relating to the safety of women.

In previous years, the Ministry has requested that institutions undertake activities including adopting sexual harassment policies and procedures, conducting safety audits, offering programs of attitudinal change for men, providing support for women’s centres, and supporting initiatives which address homophobia and lesbian/bisexual issues. Projects previously funded by these grants through The President’s Committee on the Safety of Women on Campus (PCSWC) include funding for: emergency telephones, training on date and acquaintance sexual assault awareness, the Women’s Issues Network, Orientation Week educational activities, a campus accessibility map, etc.

Goals of the Committee

The President’s Committee on the Safety of Women on Campus has adopted the following goals:

Grant Program

Eligible groups on campus may apply to PCSWC for a portion of the funds awarded to Western from the Ministry, which must be used for initiatives to continue improving the safety on campus for women students and workers through support for programs dealing with women’s safety, sexual harassment, and violence against women. This funding can continue current activities, off-shoots of these, or new initiatives that ensure that women’s safety issues continue to be addressed in the future.


To be considered for funding, groups must meet the following criteria:

What Costs are Eligible?

Funding can be used for any appropriate purpose other than ongoing salary expenses. For example, salaries for contracted project staff may qualify, while permanent staff salaries would not.

How Much are the Grants?

In previous years, grants have ranged from $500 to $15,000 with partial funding awarded in some instances.

Note: The President’s Committee on the Safety of Women on Campus is not responsible for any costs incurred in the preparation of the grant application or any commitments made in anticipation of official written notification from the Committee that a grant has been approved.

How to get an Application Form

You can print your own application form or you can be pick up a form in the Human Resources Communication Centre, Room 4159, Support Services Building.

Where to Send Applications

Complete the Application Form and enclose a copy of your proposal/project description and forward to:

Donna Chute-Dolan, 519-661-2111 ext. 85558
The President’s Committee on the Safety of Women on Campus
Room 4159, Support Services Building, Western University

Deadline for Applications/Proposals

Proposal/Project Description

Complete the application form and attach a project description. Be sure to include the following information and any other you think would help the Committee make its decision. Applicants may be asked to make a brief presentation to the committee.

Committee Members


If you have any questions please call Donna Chute-Dolan at ext. 85558.