Grant Name: Dementia Strategic Fund: Awareness raising initiatives phase 2 (2022)





The application deadline is 12 P.M. (EST) April 8, 2022.


This funding opportunity contributes to the implementation of Canada’s national dementia strategy by supporting projects focused on one or more of the following themes:

  • preventing dementia
  • reducing stigma
  • encouraging and enabling communities to become more dementia-inclusive

Studies have identified several modifiable risk factors associated with a greater risk of developing dementia. It is estimated that 12 risk factors could explain 40% of cases of dementia globally. These risk factors include lower levels of education, hearing loss, traumatic brain injury, hypertension, obesity, alcohol use, depression, smoking, social isolation, diabetes, physical inactivity and air pollution. Other risk factors currently being explored include diet and cholesterol levels.

For people living with dementia, stigma can result in barriers to care and support. In addition, those living with dementia and dementia caregivers can face challenges as a result of stigma when accessing services, participating in their communities and seeking to continue working while still able.


The following types of organizations are eligible for funding:

  • Not-for-profit voluntary organizations and corporations
  • For-profit organizations, provided they partner with a not-for-profit organization
  • Unincorporated groups, societies and coalitions
  • Provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments and agencies
  • Organizations and institutions supported by provincial and territorial governments (regional health authorities, post-secondary institutions, etc.)
  • Indigenous organizations working with First Nations, Inuit or Métis

Partnerships between organizations with complementary areas of expertise are strongly encouraged, as are projects involving partnerships that span more than one province/territory.

Only Canadian organizations may apply for funding under this solicitation.

How to Apply?

All eligible applicants must submit a completed Funding Request (including the documents identified in the checklist on page 8) in Microsoft Word, an Excel budget sheet, and letters of support. Additional supporting material will not be accepted or reviewed. Funding Request templates are available by sending an email request to:

All applicants must:

  • Provide all details of the proposed project requested including demonstrating the applicant’s ability to complete the proposed work
  • Provide a valid email address (all submitted applications will be acknowledged by email)

The maximum length for Part B of the proposal is 30 pages single-spaced in size 12 font.

The submission process is competitive, and all submissions are subject to screening and review. All funding is subject to budgetary and solicitation considerations.

Additional application process information is available by sending an email request to:

Funding Amount

PHAC is anticipating funding up to 9 projects. The recipient will receive up to $375,000 in fiscal year 2022/23 and up to $341,000 in fiscal year 2023/24. The total maximum funding available over fiscal years 2022/23 and 2023/24 is $716,000.

Projects funded under the DSF may be invited to share information with the Canadian Dementia Learning and Resource Network (CDLRN), which is a closed community of practice for community-based projects funded by PHAC’s Dementia Community Investment (DCI).

Contact Information

To obtain additional information about this ISFR, please contact us at

NOTE: PHAC is under no obligation to enter into a funding agreement as a result of this ISFR.

PHAC also reserves the right to:

  • reject any submission received in response to this invitation
  • accept any submission in whole or in part
  • cancel and/or re-issue this ISFR at any time

Please note that PHAC will not reimburse an applicant for costs incurred in the preparation and/or submission of a funding request proposal in response to this invitation.

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