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

The Alliance Focusing Action for Positive Change Grant Program offers different 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, Creating Connections Grants, and Targeted Investment Grants. 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 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

Innovation Grants provide funding to develop and assess innovative approaches that help build resilience among Islanders. Each distinct project requires a separate application.

Stream 3:

Creating Connections Grants

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).

Stream 4:

Targeted Investment Grants

Targeted Investment Grants provide 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

During its inaugural cycle of the grant program, the Alliance launched an innovative Grant Coaching Program to support applicants in ensuring their projects align with the Grant Program’s Objectives, Action Areas, and Knowledge Base.

 

While coaching has ended for this grant cycle, please contact the Alliance Grants Coordinator if you would like to be kept informed of the supports available to applicants in upcoming cycles: grants@allianceformentalwellbeing.com

Deadline to register for a session:

Stay Tuned for Future Grant Cycles

Sessions take place:

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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.ca

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

Check back here for information on upcoming cycles of the Grant Program.

If you would like to be informed of updates directly, please contact the Alliance Grants Coordinator: grants@allianceformentalwellbeing.com

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.