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.

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund will be accepting applications in January 2020. Please click on the link below 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 2019 grant, you are not eligible to apply again until the 2021 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
  • Have clear objectives and a measurement plan
  • Are evidence-based or evidence-informed
  • Include a detailed budget and have secured funding from other sources for the project
  • Specifically address project sustainability post-funding
  • 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
  • Anti-stigma projects
  • Multi-year funding requests
  • Projects supporting neurological and developmental disorders as defined by the World Health Organization
  • Event sponsorship
  • Research projects
  • Projects supporting post-secondary student mental health and wellness services

Bell Let’s Talk is committed to supporting post- secondary student mental health and wellness. Together with The Rossy Foundation and the RBC Foundation, we are funding the creation of a new voluntary Standard for Psychological Health and Safety of post-secondary students under the leadership of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and in partnership with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Upon completion of the Standard, projects supporting post-secondary student mental health and wellness services will be eligible.

In the interim, post-secondary projects delivering services for the greater community (i.e. mental health walk-in clinic) are eligible.

Terms of grant

The Bell Let's Talk Community Fund only provides annual funding. The grant year starts on October 1 and ends September 30 the following year. Stewardship reports are due November 1, one year after grants are awarded.

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.