uwcore logo

Strengthening Community Capacity to Support Mental Health and Wellbeing

funding opportunity image
Thanks to funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross is pleased to announce the Strengthening Community Capacity to Support Mental Health and Wellbeing: COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Grant Program. This new grant program is intended to assist community organizations working on the frontlines supporting those whose mental health and wellbeing have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. COVID-19 has presented a number of unprecedented challenges including extensive mental health impacts on people and families that will continue for years to come. Pre-pandemic mental health challenges, including pre-existing inequities, risk of sexual and gender-based violence, limited access to services, and the compounding impact of emergencies such as wildfires and floods have all been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Community-based organizations understand these challenges first-hand and are on the frontlines of service delivery, working tirelessly to meet the increasing mental health and wellbeing needs of people and their families.


This program is open to registered charities, non-profits, and other qualified organizations currently supporting those whose mental health and wellbeing have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The program is designed to support community-based organizations in their work to:
  • Promote mental health and wellbeing in the context of COVID-19 by building protective factors and/or reducing risk factors and enhancing resilience.
  • Prevent longer term mental health illnesses including those associated with COVID-19 related traumatic experience.
  • Respond by equipping organizations and service providers to offer safe, responsive, and effective programming and support for those whose mental health and wellbeing has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Available Funding

Not-for-profits are critical in the response to community needs in times of crisis and organizations across Canada are stepping up to respond to COVID-19 while quickly adjusting to the unprecedented impact on their operations, fundraising, and ability to safely reach and support their communities. Community-based organizations can apply for funding of activities with a budget of a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $75,000, inclusive of direct and admin costs. Organizations may submit more than one application provided that each application is for a distinct project; however, efforts will be made to fund as many distinct organizations as is feasible.
Learn more and apply
  • Start Date

  • End Date


Sign up for the Healthy Aging CORE Canada e-news to keep up-to-date with activity from the platform and the Community-Based Seniors Services (CBSS) sector across the country.
Learn More
First Name *
Last Name *
E-mail *
Organization *