COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Grant Program

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June 2022

The Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross announced the Strengthening Community Capacity to Support Mental Health and Wellbeing: COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Grant Program. This new grant program is intended to assist community organizations working on the frontlines supporting those whose mental health and wellbeing have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

COVID-19 has presented a number of unprecedented challenges including extensive mental health impacts on people and families that will continue for years to come. Pre-pandemic mental health challenges, including pre-existing inequities, risk of sexual and gender-based violence, limited access to services, and the compounding impact of emergencies such as wildfires and floods have all been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Community-based organizations understand these challenges first-hand and are on the frontlines of service delivery, working tirelessly to meet the increasing mental health and wellbeing needs of people and their families. This program is open to registered charities, non-profits, and other qualified organizations currently supporting those whose mental health and wellbeing have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The program is designed to support community-based organizations in their work to:

  • Promote mental health and wellbeing in the context of COVID-19 by building protective factors and/or reducing risk factors and enhancing resilience.
  • Prevent longer-term mental health illnesses including those associated with COVID-19-related traumatic experiences.
  • Respond by equipping organizations and service providers to offer safe, responsive, and effective programming and support for those whose mental health and wellbeing has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community-based organizations can apply for funding of activities with a budget of a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $75,000, inclusive of direct and admin costs. Organizations may submit more than one application provided that each application is for a distinct project; however, efforts will be made to fund as many distinct organizations as is feasible.

Eligibility Criteria

Funding for time-limited project grants is available to community-based organizations across Canada, especially those serving populations whose mental health and wellbeing has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and in accordance with the following guidelines.
Organizations that meet ALL the following criteria are eligible to apply for funding from this program by July 29, 2022:

  • Have a mandate, guiding statement, and/or established history of delivering mental health and wellbeing services, including strengthening social connectedness, in communities in Canada
  • Have been in operation since on or before December 31, 2019, and have operated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic without prolonged cessation of services
  • Are incorporated or established in Canada or have a principal registered office address in Canada
  • Are registered federally as a charity or qualified donee; registered provincially, territorially; or federally as a non-profit, and are in good standing; or are an established Indigenous governing body  
  • Have a governance structure with at least three people on the board, management committee, etc.
  • Have internal accountability measures such as practices and procedures for internal controls and accountability
  • Have a bank account in the name of the organization and a financial management system to effectively track the income and expense transactions of the organization

Given the limited funding available, preference may be given to organizations that have at least two years of experience in delivering mental health and wellbeing services and/or that have annual revenues of $1,500,000 or less. Click here to learn more.

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