11/14/2012 03:59 EST | Updated 01/14/2013 05:12 EST

Bullying In BC Groups Eligible For $1 Million From Crime Proceeds

VICTORIA - The B.C. government says groups needing help to fight bullying can now apply for a share of money from funds seized from the proceeds of crime.

The government says $1 million is up for grabs, and schools, police agencies and community groups can make applications to use some of that money for programs to combat bullying.

The offer follows an anti-bullying summit held by the government on Tuesday in Vancouver in which it announced a website that students can use to report bullying.

Proceeds of crime funds are usually devoted to anti-crime and victim support services, but Justice Minister Shirley Bond says it's become clear the money can also be used to back community-led efforts to fight bullying.

In addition to anti-bullying programs, the government says the proceeds-of-crime grants can also be used for projects aimed at preventing family violence, violence against women, stopping young people from drifting into crime and other programs.

Since 2006 the B.C. government has seized $26.7 million in proceeds of crime, including the forfeiture of cash, homes, cars and other property.

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