Focusing Action for Positive Change Grant Program

Focusing Action for Positive Change Grant Program

The Alliance has a funding mechanism that will support projects and initiatives that focus on building and strengthening the resilience of individuals, families, and communities to help improve mental well-being outcomes for all Islanders.

The multi-million dollar “Improving Mental Well-being for All: Focusing Action for Positive Change” Grant Program is a catalyst for enhancing existing initiatives and creating innovative solutions.

“Funding initiatives to build resilience and foster
mental well-being”

The Alliance has a funding mechanism that will support projects and initiatives that focus on building and strengthening the resilience of individuals, families, and communities to help improve mental well-being outcomes for all Islanders.

The multi-million dollar Improving Mental Well-being for All: Focusing Action for Positive Change Grant Program is a catalyst for enhancing existing initiatives and creating innovative solutions.

“Funding initiatives to build resilience and foster
mental well-being”

Virtual Grant Technical Workshop

Understanding the Knowledge Base

Objectives

The grant program has four major objectives that align with the mandate of the Alliance.

  • Strengthen and enhance the factors that build individual, family and community resilience.
  • Generate and amplify cross-sector and cross-PEI initiatives to align and integrate preventative approaches.
  • Support capacity-building and raise awareness of the connection between resilience and mental well-being, based on knowledge.
  • Support efforts to assess, learn, evaluate and share resilience-building best practices and their impact on PEI and in other jurisdictions.

Objectives

The grant program has four major objectives that align with the mandate of the Alliance.

  • Strengthen and enhance the factors that build individual, family and community resilience.
  • Generate and amplify cross-sector and cross-PEI initiatives to align and integrate preventative approaches.
  • Support capacity-building and raise awareness of the connection between resilience and mental well-being, based on knowledge.
  • Support efforts to assess, learn, evaluate and share resilience-building best practices and their impact on PEI and in other jurisdictions.

Grant Action Areas

All funded projects must focus on one or more of the areas that the collective knowledge tells us can strengthen resilience and mental well-being.

Supporting responsive relationships
Strengthening core
life skills
Reducing sources of toxic stress and its harmful buildup

Learn more about these areas and mental well-being here.

Funding Streams

There are four funding opportunities available. Each stream is designed to support different types of needs and opportunities including multi-year support, partnership development, and innovative approaches.

There are four funding opportunities available. Each stream is designed to support different types of needs and opportunities including multi-year support, partnership development, and innovative approaches. The Alliance may adjust budgets assigned to each individual grant stream as required to meet overall application demand.

Stream 1:

Enhanced Support Grants

Enhanced Support Grants of up to $300,000 to be paid over three years to enhance existing programs, policies and initiatives. Funds can also be used to deepen knowledge and understanding through professional development, training, and building communities of practice.

Stream 2:

Innovation Grants

One-time funding of up to $50,000 to develop and assess innovative approaches that help build resilience among Islanders. Each distinct project requires a separate application.

Stream 3:

Creating Connections Grants

PEI organizations can apply for Creating Connections Grants that provide up to $50,000 in one-time funding for projects that develop new, or strengthen existing, connections and relationships across sectors (including but not limited to, not for profit, health, social services, justice, education, faith institutions, the community, municipalities, business, academia).

Stream 4:

Targeted Investment Grants

PEI organizations can apply for Targeted Investment Grants that provide up to $100,000 in one-time funding for projects that hold potential to inform policy and/or systems level change directed at advancing resilience in one or more of the Action Areas.

Grant Coaching Program

The Alliance is offering coaching to grant applicants! The purpose of the Grant Coaching Program is to support applicants in ensuring their projects align with the Grant Program’s Objectives, Action Areas, and Knowledge Base.

If you would like to learn more about the Coaching Program, or register for a session, please contact the Alliance Grants Coordinator: grants@allianceformentalwellbeing.com

Deadline to register for a session:

January 4, 2022

Sessions take place:

January 10 through February 7, 2022

Steps to Apply

Before applying, applicants are asked to review the backgrounder about mental well-being and resilience available here.

Step 1:

Download the Application Form Template and the Budget Template

Step 2:

Complete the Templates according to the instructions.

Step 3:

Submit your completed Application Form Template and Budget Template to the Grants Coordinator by email at: grantapplications@allianceformentalwellbeing.com

Incomplete applications will not be eligible to advance in the process.

Application Review and Decision

All applications are assessed by a diverse and inclusive peer review committee that represents the community of potential applicants. Committee members have expertise and experience relevant to the Grant Program Objectives and Action Areas. Reviewers from outside the province may be engaged to fill gaps in expertise or to avoid conflicts of interest. Applicants will be contacted once a funding decision is made.

Quick Facts

Application timeline

Application process opens:

Early December

Last date to submit an application:

February 18, 2022

Notice of Decision:

End of March 2022

Who can apply for a grant?

Organizations in all regions of PEI from across all sectors, including:

  • Local and regional not-for-profit, community and charitable organizations
  • Indigenous organizations and communities
  • Partners working with any of the above, including, but not limited to, businesses, municipalities, schools, and post-secondary organizations

What are eligible expenses?

Grant funds may be used to cover the following eligible expenses:

  • Training and professional development
  • Holding meetings and events, including facility rentals and remote meeting costs
  • Transportation
  • Research, evaluation, and dissemination activities
  • Wages* and fees (e.g., consultants, trainers, expertise not available in the community, honoraria)
  • Promotional and marketing activities directly related to the project
  • Reasonable overhead, capital, and infrastructure costs directly related to the project to a maximum of 10% of the total grant
  • Costs associated with the grant’s financial reporting requirements

*Wages – Eligibility for wage coverage will be assessed based on the demonstrated need. Wages must cover tasks that do not already fall within a staff’s job and are critical to the success of the project and require additional time.