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The Rural Mental Health Project is excited to announce that we have started a Community Grants program!

The program is in its pilot year and we are looking to gather insight on what types of projects rural communities are looking to support. We are also seeking input from Community Animators as we develop the granting process, based on your previous experiences, hopes, and concerns. We would like to hear your ideas about community-driven projects that seek to promote mental health and wellbeing in your communities!

Important: This form is NOT an official application for Community Grants. This form may be used if you would like feedback on a project idea before applying. Additionally, we are looking to gain insights into the variety of projects that Animators are looking to develop in their communities to inform our Community Grants program.

 

Community Grants Expression of Interest

    Only rural communities with a trained Community Animator are eligible for RMH Community Grants. To learn more about the Rural Mental Health Network, please visit our about page.
    To be eligible for RMH Community Grants, communities must have an Animator who has completed all training modules. If you are an Animator who has not yet received their Certificate of Completion, please make sure that you complete Module 7 of the online training and then contact us at [email protected] for your certificate.
  • The Backbone Organization will receive funds on behalf of the Animator. We highly encourage the same Backbone support for Animators and RMH grants. AHS and Health Advisory Councils are not able to be backbone organizations.
    This is solely for our planning purposes; you may change the amount of funds you request in the formal application as you learn more about your project. Please note that the maximum amount RMH will disperse for any one project is $40,000.
  • This is solely for our planning purposes; you will not be confined to this idea and may change your plan in the formal application as you learn more about your project and community.

 

Do you have input for us regarding the application process?

Please contact our Grants Coordinator Eden at [email protected] to learn more about how you can help us develop the program!

 

Please see the answers to some frequently asked questions below or visit the FAQ page.

Community Grants are only available to rural communities who have a trained Community Animator. If you are an Animator who has not yet received their Certificate of Completion, please make sure that you have completed Module 7 of the online training and then contact us at [email protected] for your certificate.

Additionally, Animators from Cohort 1 will need supplemental information to complete the application because the training curriculum has been updated. If you completed in-person training prior to July 2019 , please contact us at [email protected] for additional information prior to applying.

Local projects must align with the Rural Mental Health project’s guiding principles – community-driven, building on local strength, 5 of 5 people have mental health, whole community approach (i.e., 8 Domains), and developmental in nature. See our Project Principles and the Project Overview Video for a summary of our principles and to learn more about the project. RMHP would like to support local mental health action plans that are tailored to each community’s local context, assets, and realities. We also hope to continue to support Animators to engage with a variety of community members, supporting local activities in all stages of project development and implementation and involving diverse voices in planning and decision-making. 

Generally, pre-existing programs or projects focusing exclusively on existing service provision will not be eligible for funding. If your project aims to provide mental health services (e.g. clinical forms of counselling), please contact us at [email protected] before applying. 

Each community may only receive one grant in the funding cycle.