Grant Name: The Promoting Health Equity: Mental Health of Black Canadians Fund
As part of the new initiative on Promoting Health Equity: Mental Health of Black Canadians Fund, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is partnering with community-based organizations, researchers, and others in Black communities to generate new evidence on culturally focused programs and interventions that address mental health and its determinants for Black Canadians. This work will include supporting the implementation of this initiative by also undertaking knowledge development and capacity building efforts. The new information and evidence produced by projects under the Mental Health of Black Canadians program will be shared as it becomes available.
Webinar information sessions on the Promoting Heath Equity: Mental Health of Black Canadians Fund took place at the beginning of October 2018. Please contact the Centre for Grants and Contributions to obtain a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from the webinars.
To be eligible for funding under either the Implementation Stream or the Incubator Stream, proposed projects must align with the Fund’s objectives and principles, described above. Applicants must also clearly demonstrate how their funding request meets the following eligibility criteria for recipients and activities.
6.1 Eligible recipients
The following types of applicants are eligible for funding under the Implementation Stream and Incubator Stream:
- Canadian not-for-profit organizations and unincorporated groups, societies, and coalitions, with priority given to those led by and serving Black communities in Canada;
- Non-federal Canadian public institutions such as boards of education, schools, colleges and universities, chambers of commerce, law enforcement and police agencies, hospitals and other health care institutions (must apply in partnership with at least one not-for-profit organization);
- Crown Corporations as defined in the Financial Administration Act (must apply in partnership with at least one not-for-profit organization);
- Provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments and their agencies (must apply in partnership with at least one not-for-profit organization);
- Research organizations and academics affiliated with post-secondary institutions (must apply in partnership with at least one not-for-profit organization); and
- Private sector organizations (must apply in partnership with at least one not-for-profit organization).
In all cases, projects must be led by, or developed in close collaboration with, Black Canadian community groups, not-for-profit organizations, and/or researchers.
6.2 Eligible activities
All projects under both the Implementation Stream and Incubator Stream must be delivered in, and be of primary benefit to, Black communities and populations in Canada. The following activities are eligible for funding:
- Adapting existing mental health promotion programs to be more culturally focused and appropriate to Black recipients/users; and
- Implementing and evaluating novel, culturally focused programs that promote mental health and address its determinants for Black Canadians, in key populations, communities, and settings.
- Building and strengthening community-based engagement, networks, collaborations, and partnerships;
- Gathering and analyzing data and information from diverse sources (e.g., community consultations and needs assessments, peer and key informant interviews, focus groups, secondary data);
- Consolidating knowledge of what works through knowledge synthesis, mobilization of evidence and/or community resources and assets, and analysis of relevant data;
- Assessing past and present mental health promotion programs for lessons learned and promising practices;
- Developing the design and/or methodology for a novel, culturally focused mental health programs; and
- Testing the feasibility of implementing and evaluating novel, culturally focused mental health programs.
6.3 Eligible expenditures
Funding is limited to cash expenses that are pertinent, reasonable, and essential to accomplish the objectives of an eligible project. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:
- Salaries, benefits, and consultant fees directly related to the project.
- Rental of office space, and equipment not normally used in your organization’s daily operations.
- Travel expenses and accommodation within Canada, which must not exceed the rates permitted for travel on government business (www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/directive/d10/v238/en).
- Meetings, events, and workshops – expenses associated with meeting space rental, transportation, accommodation, and meals must not exceed the rates permitted for government business (http://www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/directive/d10/en).
- Dissemination, promotion, and communications.
- Insurance (recipients must ensure that any public events funded by the Program are covered by appropriate insurance).
- Third-party project evaluation and audit services; and
- Other costs related to the approved project.
In all cases, project-related administrative expenses (e.g., rental of office space) are limited to a maximum of 15% of total project funding.
A detailed budget will be required as part of the application process for both the Implementation Stream and the Incubator Stream.
No project expenses may be incurred prior to the acceptance of the funding agreement by all parties.
How to Apply?
Informational webinars will be scheduled to support applicants in completing application materials for both the Incubator Stream and the Implementation Stream.
7.1 Application process – Implementation Stream
The application process for the Implementation Stream consists of two stages. The first stage is the submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) that provides a brief overview and outline of the proposed project. Submitted LOIs will be assessed to determine best fit with the overall objectives of the Fund. Selected LOI applicants will be invited to complete the second stage, the submission of a Full Proposal. Applicants with ineligible, incomplete or unsuccessful LOI submissions will not be invited to submit a full proposal.
The maximum length of the LOI is 10 pages. As appropriate, appendices that document the supporting evidence base are permitted in addition to the 10 page maximum. Examples of possible appendices include literature reviews, needs assessments, and past evaluation results.
To obtain a copy of the LOI template, or for additional information about this funding stream, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submitting completed LOIs is November 7, 2018. All LOIs must be submitted via email to: email@example.com. Receipt of LOIs will be acknowledged via email. Please ensure that your email address is included in your LOI application.
Successful applications will be determined based on the results of a competitive review process and budgetary considerations. Funding under the Implementation Stream will not be available before April 2019.
7.2 Application process – Incubator Stream
The application process for the Incubator Stream requires the completion of a funding request form. To obtain a copy of the funding request form template, or for additional information about this funding stream, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submitting completed funding request forms is November 7, 2018. All funding request forms must be submitted via email to: email@example.com. Receipt of funding request forms will be acknowledged via email. Please ensure that your email address is included in your application.
Successful applications will be determined based on the results of a competitive review process and budgetary considerations. Funding under the Incubator Stream will not be available before February 2019.
For additional information about this funding opportunity, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHAC is under no obligation to enter into a funding agreement as a result of this invitation to submit LOIs (Implementation Stream) or funding request forms (Incubator Stream).
PHAC reserves the right to:
- Reject any submission received in response to this invitation;
- Accept any submission in whole or in part; and
- Cancel and/or re-issue this invitation at any time.
PHAC will not reimburse an applicant for costs incurred in the preparation or submission of a funding request form, LOI, or a full proposal in response to this invitation.