Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Mental Health 2020 Seed Funding

Deadline:July 17, 2020

Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Mental Health program supports Bold Ideas with Big Impact® The program focuses on funding high impact innovations that improve treatments and/or expand access to care for people, especially youth, living with or at risk of mental disorder.


Applicants can apply for funding of up to $250,000 CAD.
Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $250,000 CAD for 18 – 24 months to develop and validate the proposed innovation.


  • Applicants from low- and middle-income are eligible. Applicants from the United Kingdom or Canada implementing in the countries listed are also eligible to apply.
  • You do not have to be a citizen or permanent resident of the country through which you are applying. However, you must be affiliated with an eligible institution.
  • Priority will go to youth-led organizations. An increased focus on youth-led innovators is planned for round two.
  • Eligible applicants include social enterprises and other legally recognized institutions (e.g., non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and for-profit companies) that are formed and legally incorporated, and:
    are formed and legally incorporated in an eligible country, as determined by which focus area of the Request for Proposals an institution is applying to
  • can successfully execute the activities in their respective technical area
  • are capable of receiving and administering grant funding
  • are not sole proprietorships
  • are not governmental offices or United Nations country offices


  • Applications should focus on new ideas that have the potential to transforms mental health services available for youth, ages 10 to 24, in low- and middle-income countries.
  • The innovative approaches should seek 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.


Interested applicants should click here to apply.

For more information visit Grand Challenges Canada.

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