Focusing Action for Positive Change Grant Program

Focusing Action for Positive Change Grant Program

The Alliance has a funding mechanism that supports 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 “Improving Mental Well-being for All: Focusing Action for Positive Change” Grant Program works to enhance existing initiatives and create innovative solutions. 

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

The Alliance has a funding mechanism that supports 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 “Improving Mental Well-being for All: Focusing Action for Positive Change” Grant Program works to enhance existing initiatives and create innovative solutions. 

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

Objectives

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

  • To strengthen and enhance the factors that build individual, family or community resilience. 
  • To generate and amplify cross-sector and cross-PEI initiatives to align and integrate preventative approaches. 
  • To support capacity-building and raise awareness of the connection between resilience and mental well-being, based on science. 
  • To support efforts to assess, learn, evaluate and share resilience-building best practices and their impact on PEI.  

Objectives

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

  • To strengthen and enhance the factors that build individual, family or community resilience. 
  • To generate and amplify cross-sector and cross-PEI initiatives to align and integrate preventative approaches. 
  • To support capacity-building and raise awareness of the connection between resilience and mental well-being, based on science. 
  • To support efforts to assess, learn, evaluate and share resilience-building best practices and their impact on PEI.  

Grant Action Areas

All funded projects must focus on one or more of the evidence-based factors that 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 action areas on our Mental Well-Being and Resilience webpage.

Funding Streams

The Alliance’s Focusing Action for Positive Change Grant Program currently offers three types of funding designed to support different types of needs and opportunities including multi-year support, partnership development, and innovative approaches. 

These include Enhanced Support Grants, Innovation Grants, and Creating Connections Grants. The Alliance may adjust budgets assigned to each individual grant stream as required to meet overall application demand. 

The Alliance will be dividing its annual funding into two funding windows. A Summer Cycle and a Winter Cycle will be offered this year. Each cycle will feature select funding streams.  

Stream 1:

Enhanced Support Grants

Offered in the Winter Cycle, Enhanced Support Grants 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

Offered in the Summer Cycle, Innovation Grants provide funding to develop and assess innovative approaches that help build resilience among Islanders. 

Stream 3:

Creating Connections Grants

Offered in the Summer Cycle, Creating Connections Grants provide 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). 

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 of the province may be engaged to add additional expertise or to avoid conflicts of interest. Applicants will be contacted once a funding decision is made. 

Cycle Overview

Application timeline

Stay tuned for the launch of our next cycle!

If you would like to be informed of updates directly, please contact the Grant Program Manager: Grants@AllianceForMentalWellBeing.com 

Who can apply for a grant?

  • PEI-based not-for-profit organizations from all regions and sectors throughout the province. All other types of organizations must apply in partnership with a PEI-based not-for-profit organization.   

  • Partner organizations can include, but are not limited to, businesses, publicly funded entities such as municipalities, schools, and post-secondary institutions, health units, etc. 

Currently Accepting Applications for:

Currently closed to applications

What are eligible expenses?

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

  • Training and professional development 
  • Convening meetings and events, including facility rentals and remote meeting costs  
  • Transportation within PEI 
  • 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, 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 and must cover tasks that (1) do not already fall within a staff’s job and (2) are critical to the success of the project and require additional time. 

Grant Program Support

You can book a virtual call with our Program Manager, Stephen Loo, through Calendly.  

Visit the Calendly page to sign up: https://calendly.com/amwb_coaching/grant-program-coaching-and-evaluation 

Events and Learning Opporunities

Throughout our Grant Program cycles, we offer a variety of events and learning opportunities for potential applicants. These opportunities provide more information about the science that our Grant Program is based on and explore capacity building, networking, writing, and storytelling.  

Logic Models and Template

A Logic Model is a program planning tool that defines the inputs, outputs, and outcomes of a program to help explain the thinking behind program design and show how specific program activities lead to desired results. It is a groups ‘theory of change.’ 

Use our Logic Model template as a tool to help you to capture your resilience project activities and the impact you expect to make.