Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund is part of Bell Let’s Talk, Canada’s largest corporate initiative dedicated to mental health.

Since 2011, Bell Let’s Talk has supported 344 organizations with $6 million through the Community Fund. The 2017 Fund will provide grants in the range of $5,000 to $25,000 to projects that improve access to mental health care, supports and services for people in Canada living with mental illness.

The 2017 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund is now open for applications. (Deadline to apply is March 31) Please click on the link to previous recipients to learn more about the projects we have funded to date.

Eligibility

Canadian registered charities are eligible for consideration. Successful grant recipients will only be eligible for another Community Fund grant one year after the date of any previous grant. If you received a 2016 grant, you are not eligible to apply again until the 2018 cycle.

Criteria

The Community Fund supports projects that improve access to mental health care, supports and services for people in Canada. Preference will be given to applications  that:

  • Leverage, expand or replicate proven programs and services already being offered by other mental health agencies
  • Include a detailed budget
  • Have secured funding from other sources for the project
  • Specifically address project sustainability post‑funding
  • Have clear objectives and a measurement plan
  • Are evidence-based or evidence‑informed
  • Identify community impact and specify the number or increased number of individuals helped through the project

Applicants must agree and adhere to the terms and conditions as stated in the online application form.

Exclusions

  • Business or contract fundraisers, individuals, families and political parties
  • Private clinics
  • Capital campaigns and projects
  • Medical equipment and research
  • Anti-stigma projects
  • Multi-year funding requests
  • Projects supporting neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, etc.
  • Event sponsorship
  • Not for profit organizations that DO NOT have a registered CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) charitable number

Terms of grant

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund provides annual funding. The grant year starts on October 1 and ends September 30 of the following year.

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund may provide a grant amount for less than that requested; when this happens, the grantee must submit a revised budget within the amount approved.

For more information about the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, please send an email to mentalhealth@bell.ca.