Funding Opportunities

Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,300 organizations providing mental health supports and services throughout Canada, including hospitals, universities, local community service providers and other care and research organizations. On this page you will find the most up to date information about funding available through the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund and the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund.

Click below to learn more about each fund.

Post-Secondary Fund

Overview

Bell supports post-secondary student mental health and wellness across Canada through the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund. Bell Let’s Talk funding enabled the creation of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students (the Standard), under the leadership of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and in partnership with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

The Post-Secondary Fund supports initiatives that improve student mental health and support the institution’s journey to align with the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students (the Standard) or Québec Action Plan on Student Mental Health for Higher Education (Plan d’action du Québec).

Post-secondary institutions can now apply for a grant of up to $100,000 over two years to fund programs identified in the institution’s gap analysis and support their alignment with the guiding principles and models of the Standard or the Québec Action Plan.

The application is open from June 22 until August 10 at 12:00pm PST. The Fund will be administered by Bell in partnership with Universities Canada.

A select number of grants will be awarded in December and announced in early 2023.

All eligible institutions may apply, including those who received the one-time $25,000 Kickoff Grant. However, if your institution received an Implementation Grant, you are not eligible to apply again until a minimum of one year following the end of your project term.

To learn more about the projects we have funded to date, please click here.

Eligibility

Not-for-profit Canadian post-secondary institutions that are taking action to align with the implementation of the Standard or Québec Action Plan are eligible to apply for a grant.

Please note only one application per institution will be accepted.

Criteria

Applications must include the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate the institution completed a gap analysis to highlight those areas that require further work to meet the requirements of the Standard or Québec Action Plan.
  • Clearly explain how the grant will help offset the costs to activate the institution’s project to align with the guiding principles and models of the Standard or Québec Action Plan.
  • Support projects that will help the institution close an identified gap and support their efforts to align services with the Standard or Quebec Action Plan.
  • Demonstrate a financial commitment of cash or in-kind by the institution in aligning services with the Standard or Quebec Action Plan.
  • Incorporate student and/or student association feedback into their project, or students and/or student associations who were involved in the development of the project.

Exclusions

  • For-profit institutions
  • Business or contract fundraisers
  • Individuals, families and political parties
  • Private clinics
  • Event sponsorship
  • Capital Campaign

Terms of grant

The Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund will award a grant of up to $100,000 to a select number of eligible institutions.

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

Institutions will be required to complete a stewardship report by October 31, 2023 (and by October 31, 2024 for two-year projects).

For questions about the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund, please send an email to postsecondarymentalhealth@bell.ca.

Community Fund

Overview

As part of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative, the Community Fund provides annual donations of up to $25,000 to charitable organizations to fund mental health services and supports in communities across Canada.

Over the past 11 years, the Community Fund has invested more than $15 million in grants to 888 organizations. To learn more about the projects we have funded to date, please click here.

The 2022 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund grant application window is now closed and will re-open in January 2023. Organizations will hear back on the status of their applications by July and all grants will be disbursed before December 31, 2022.

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 2021 grant, you are not eligible to apply again until the 2023 cycle.

Please note only one application per organization will be accepted.

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
  • Post-secondary projects supporting student mental health and wellness services. To learn more about the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund click here.

Post-secondary projects delivering mental health services for the greater community (i.e. mental health walk-in clinic) are eligible to apply for a Community Fund grant.

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 October 15, 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 communityfund@bell.ca.

Diversity Fund

Overview

As part of Bell’s commitment to take a strong stance against racism, social injustice and the impacts on ethno-cultural communities, the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund supports the mental health and well-being of members of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities across Canada. The Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund supports organizations with projects aiming to reduce the stigma around mental illness and/or increase access to culturally informed mental health and well-being support for BIPOC communities in Canada.

To help guide us, we have engaged a broad circle of advisors, including mental health experts and people with lived experience from within these communities who will assist us in the Fund review process as well as providing advice on directions and priorities, consultation on the development and future evolution of the Fund.

The 2022 Bell Let's Talk Diversity Fund grant application window will open in July 2022. To learn more about the projects we have funded to date, please click here and continue to visit this page or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter to stay informed about future fund developments.

Eligibility

Canadian registered charities, non-profit organizations, and community organizations are eligible for consideration.

Criteria

Preference will be given to organizations:

  • Led by an individual who is a member of the BIPOC community they support (e.g., Executive Director)
  • Managed by a board, council or executive committee predominantly consisting of individuals who reflect the community they support

Preference will be given to projects:

  • With a 2-5 year time period
  • That clearly articulates how the proposed project will advance the mental health and well-being of the community it serves through anti-stigma and/or access to care
  • That offers services that are evidence and culturally-informed
  • That identify community impacts, specifying the number or increased number of individuals helped through the project, and how it will be measured

Exclusions

Applicants:

  • Business or contract fundraisers, individuals, families and political parties
  • Private clinics

Projects:

  • 1 year project
  • Capital campaigns and projects
  • Medical equipment
  • Projects supporting neurological and developmental disorders as defined by the World Health Organization
  • Event sponsorship
  • Research projects
  • Post-secondary projects supporting student mental health and wellness services are not eligible to apply to the Diversity Fund but such projects may be eligible to apply to the Post-Secondary Fund. However, post-secondary projects delivering mental health services for the greater BIPOC community (e.g., Indigenous mental health walk-in clinic) are eligible.
  • Projects delivering mental health services for the broader Canadian community may be eligible to apply for a Community Fund grant.

Terms of grant

The Fund will award grants of up to $200,000 payable over 2-5 years. The Bell Let’s Talk Diversity 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. Stewardship reports are due on an annual basis and subsequent payments are conditional on the satisfactory completion of the annual stewardship report.

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