Win a Seed Grant of up to $250,000 CAD in the Grand Challenges Canada Global Mental Health Program 2021

Apply to win a seed grant of up to $250,000 CAD in the Grand Challenges Canada Global Mental Health Program 2021.

Application Deadline: December 1 2021


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There is no minimum amount, but we expect the seed grants to be around $250,000 CAD to achieve the goals and priority outcomes outlined in the Request for Proposals.


Grand Challenges Canada will screen applications on the basis of the eligibility criteria outlined below. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be removed from the review process. The eligibility criteria is listed below:

  1. Eligible applicants include social enterprises and legally recognized organizations (e.g. non-profit, for-profit, limited liability companies, research/academic institutions) that:
  • is formed and legally incorporated in an eligible country listed in Appendix A
  • can successfully perform activities in their technical area
  • can receive and administer grant funding

These are ineligible: 

  • Individuals
  • sole proprietorships 
  • unincorporated trusts and partnerships
  • government organizations
  • United Nations country offices
  1. There can only be one (1) Project Lead for each project and they must be affiliated with the applying organization. The Project Lead should be the person with the highest level of responsibility working directly on the project and will be the point of contact for Grand Challenges Canada.
  2. A Project Lead can only be listed on one (1) application. Single institutions can submit multiple applications but each needs a different Project Lead. 
  3. The Review Committee will only consider applications that include all the information required and addresses all questions. You must complete the full application to be considered for review.
  4. Your ideas must align with:
  • Section 2.1: Areas of Focus
  • Section 2.2: Target Users. 

Section 2.4 outlines what we won’t fund.

  1. Applicants must obtain any legal and/or regulatory approvals, consents or reviews required to accept foreign grant funds and/or conduct the project activities, before concluding a funding agreement. For example, project activities in India may require prior registration with the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 2010 (FCRA). As such, successful applicants would have to provide either FCRA registration or written certification. Failure to comply with FCRA requirements may result in financial and/or criminal penalties against your organization. Get advice to determine if FCRA applies. 
  2. Grand Challenges Canada may, at any time and at our sole discretion, change the eligibility criteria for applicants, Project Leads and/or eligible countries, as long as it doesn’t substantially undermine the review process.

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Application Instructions

To apply for funding, applicants must register for an account and start their application in Grand Challenges Canada’s Fluxx Portal. ONLY applications submitted via Fluxx will be reviewed and considered for funding, applications sent via email will not be considered.

About the Grand Challenges Canada Global Mental Health Program

The Global Mental Health program seeks transformational, affordable, and accessible innovations that have the potential to be sustainable at a larger scale. We fund early-stage seed innovations that target youth mental health as well as later-stage Transition-to-Scale innovations addressing mental health challenges across the lifespan.

By investing in innovations that integrate mental health care into education, health, and social care settings in low- and middle-income countries, Grand Challenges Canada supports person-centered, community-based mental health services that meet people where they are.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

  • November 23, 2021 at 12:00 pm EST (5:00 pm UTC) – All applicants MUST register for an account on the Grand Challenges Canada Fluxx Portal by this date. ONLY applicants registered by this date will be eligible to submit an application.
  • December 1, 2021 at 12:00pm EST (5:00 pm UTC) – All applicants MUST submit an application via Grand Challenges Canada Fluxx Portal by this date to be considered for funding. Proposals submitted after this date and time will not be accepted.
  • All applications will undergo a three-stage review process, including: Eligibility Screen, Innovation Screen and External Peer Review.

Program and Venues

  • The timeframe to develop and test the proposed innovation is 18 or 24 months.
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