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NEED HELP? Call the FREE 24/7 Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642

Community Grants are only available to rural communities who have a trained Community Animator. To get involved with the Rural Mental Health Project, visit our About page to learn more.

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.

The Application Deadline for Year 1 has now passed. Community Animators will receive an email with the Application Forms, Application Guidelines, and the Adjudication Rubric when we open for applications again. 

Local projects must align with the Rural Mental Health project’s guiding principles – community-driven, building on local strengths, 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 aims to support local mental health action plans that are tailored to each community’s local context, assets, and realities. We also plan 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. 

The Rural Mental Health project received funding to disperse $490,000 to rural communities with trained Community Animators for three years. 

In Year 1, applications were be open-ended, with communities requesting the amount of funds they required to complete their project. There were three granting streams: Microgrant (under $5,000), Individual Community Grant ($5,000 to $40,000) and Multi-Community Grant ($5,000 to $50,000). 

Communities may only receive one (1) RMH Community Grant per granting cycle, inclusive of Multi-Community Grants. Applications can include multiple interwoven projects. Please contact us if you have multiple project ideas and want to discuss them.