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Global Mental Health Youth Seed Program: Grants of up to $250,000 CAD over 18 to 24 months

Global Mental Health Youth Seed Program: Grants of up to $250,000 CAD over 18 to 24 months


The Global Mental Health program is accepting applications for proof-of-concept grants up to $250,000 for innovations that focus on the mental well-being of youth in low- and middle-income countries.

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The aim of Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Mental Health Program is to seed and scale up, high impact innovations that support individual mental health needs in low and middle-income countries. With funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) UK aid through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support global health research – they have relaunched theGlobal Mental Health program to seed innovations to help young people’s mental health.

Focus Areas

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The Grand Challenges seeks bold ideas to meet the mental health needs of the most vulnerable young people aged 10 to 24 years. They are specifically looking for innovative approaches to enhance mental health literacy and/or provide youth-friendly services while accounting for the complex social and environmental factors that contribute to young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Approaches should be culturally sensitive and community driven.

Innovations should seek to do one or more of the following:

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support community environments that promote mental wellbeing throughout adolescence
creatively approach mental health literacy and psychosocial education, working to embed mental health understanding in the broader community
provide effective and affordable youth-friendly community-based care and rehabilitation
foster resilience and advance mental disorder prevention and mental health promotion
integrate mental health services and/or wellbeing interventions into existing education systems
address the mental health needs of young people exposed to violence, with a trauma informed approach
inventively leverage technology that is highly used and trusted by young people.
Grand Challenges is particularly interested in innovations that:

aim to empower and give a voice to young people
inform local communities
tackle the outcomes of damaging gender norms
support delivering mental health care through youth-friendly, non-health delivery mechanisms
consider the social determinants of health – like violence, marginalization and vulnerability
Target Beneficiaries

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Innovations must ultimately benefit the most vulnerable 10 to 24 year olds in the eligible and middle-income countries.

Funding Information

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There will be seed grants of up to $250,000 CAD over 18 to 24 months to develop and test innovations. Assuming a sufficient number of strong proposals, around 15 seed grants will be awarded.

Eligibility Criteria

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This is open to any social enterprise and legally recognized institution (e.g. non-profit, for-profit, academic institution) that:
is formed and legally incorporated
can successfully perform activities in their technical area
can receive and administer grants.
These are ineligible:
sole proprietorships
government organizations
United Nations country offices.
There can only be one Project Lead for each project and they must be affiliated with the applying organization.
A Project Lead can only be listed on one application. Single institutions can submit multiple applications but each needs a different Project Lead.
Priority will go to youth-led organizations. An increased focus on youth-led innovators is planned for round two.
Proposals should show evidence of meaningful involvement of young people with lived experiences, in the design, testing and evaluation of your innovation.
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