Get Up to $250,000CAD Seed Funding for Innovative Solutions in the Global Mental Health Program 2020

Apply now and propose to Grand Challenges Canada, innovative ideas that have the potential to transform mental health services available for youth in low-resource settings in the Global Mental Health Program’s Seed Funding 2020. 

Come up with new and vibrant answers to help the Global Mental Health program garner much-needed solutions to the mental health issues of young people in low resources settings. 

 Provide culturally sensitive, community-driven, innovative approaches to improve mental health literacy in contributing to young people’s mental health and wellbeing in communities where little to no attention is paid to such matters. 

Collaborate with Grand Challenges Canada to support a scheme aimed at improving treatments and expanding access to care for people, especially youth, living with or at risk of mental disorder.

If you’re selected, you receive a grant of up to $250,000 CAD for developing your proposed innovations 

Application Deadline: July 17, 2020


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Successful applicants whose proposals are selected:

  • Can apply for funding of up to $250,000 CAD.
  • Will be awarded seed grants of up to $250,000 CAD for 18 – 24 months to develop and start up the proposed solutions.


The following are selection criteria for applicants:

  • Applicants from low- and middle-income countries are eligible to apply 
  • Applicants from the United Kingdom or Canada are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who aren’t permanent residents or nationals of the country they’re applying through must be affiliated with a recognized institution.
  • Social organizations and other legally recognized institutions can apply (e.g. non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and for-profit companies that are formed and legally incorporated, and:
    • are formed and legally incorporated in an eligible country, 
    • can successfully execute the activities in their respective technical area
    • are capable of receiving and administering grant funding
    • are not sole proprietorships
    • are not governmental offices or United Nations country offices


  • Youth-led organizations (35 years of age and younger) will be given priority.
  • Applications should focus on new ideas that have the potential to transform mental health services available for youth, ages 10 to 24, in low- and middle-income countries.
  • The innovative approaches should seek to enhance mental health literacy and/or provide youth-friendly services while accounting for the complex social and environmental factors that contribute to young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
  • Approaches should be culturally sensitive and community-driven.

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Application Instructions

Applicants MUST use the online application provided, which is ONLY accessible via the Grand Challenges Canada’s Fluxx Portal. To submit your proposal, 

  • For questions and  assistance  related to this Request for Proposals that are not addressed here, contact

Watch this Webinar for tips on how to Create and Submit Your Application here

About Grand Challenges Canada

Funded by the Government of Canada and other partners, Grand Challenges Canada funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. 

The initiative is launched off the realization that support for mental health services in low- and middle-income countries consistently lags behind other health priorities. Poor mental health in youth negatively impacts the development of social connections, cultural belonging, emotional wellbeing, educational opportunities, and economic resources.

 The Global Mental Health seed funding program aims to address the gap in youth mental health services in low- and middle-income countries by funding innovations that enhance mental health literacy and provide youth-friendly services.

 The program seeks transformational, affordable, and accessible innovations that have the potential to be sustainable at a larger scale.

Grand Challenges Canada has implemented over 1,300 innovations in 106 countries.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

It’s recommended that you start your application at the latest by July 10th, 2020.

Submission deadline is 3:00 PM (EST) Friday, July 17th, 2020

  • All entries are reviewed by a board of trustees. Shortlisted applicants will be notified duly.

Grand Challenges Canada is hosted in Toronto at the Sandra Rotman Centre at the University Health Network

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

Funded primarily by the Government of Canada, Grand Challenges Canada is in partnership with local and international organizations, government entities and companies. They include:

  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Sandra Rotman Centre 
  • Aga Khan Foundation Canada
  • The Bernard van Leer Foundation, 
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), 
  • The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)
  • The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

In collaboration with these partners, Grand Challenges Canada has implemented many progressive campaigns and initiatives like 

  • Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge
  • Water Innovation Engine
  • The Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace
  • Saving Lives at Birth
  • Saving Brains
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