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Campus Capacity Grants

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Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses’ Campus Capacity Grants program is funded by the BC Ministry of Health. This program has been developed to support BC post-secondary institutions in building capacity and encouraging innovation in campus mental health promotion and the reduction of risky substance use. Each grant will provide stimulus funding to encourage institutions to convene diverse and cross-sectoral representation to achieve some shift in campus culture relative to mental health or substance use in particular.

In keeping with the work of our Community of Practice, these grants also provide an opportunity for grantees to be connected to a broader community of students, campus professionals, faculty and administrators, all interested in cultivating mentally healthier campus communities.

We are looking for applications that propose unique, innovative and creative projects that fall into the broad domain of promoting campus mental wellness, including healthy relationships with psychoactive substances. We anticipate that a diverse range of projects will receive funding.

Application Criteria

Each project should attempt to use ideas drawn from the socio-ecological model of mental health promotion. You can learn more about this particular model by referring to the references listed in the application form. Applications must include an explanation of how the project will provide a mechanism for at least two different campus constituencies (e.g. students, campus professionals, faculty, administrators) to plan and implement the activities collaboratively. These grants are designed to stimulate capacity development, not provide full funding. To be eligible, project budgets must include 100% matched funding (e.g. in-kind contributions via staff time, financial contributions) from the applicant’s institution. Applicants must also be willing to share details of their projects and associated outcomes with the broader Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses Community of Practice. This will help stimulate dialogue, learning and the exchange of ideas at a provincial level.

This grant program will award up to a maximum of $3000 in matched funds per campus. Project progress updates must be submitted by June 30, 2012. Projects must be completed, finalized and reported upon by December 15, 2012. Fifty percent of the grant amount will be disbursed by March 1, 2012 and the remaining 50% will be disbursed on receipt of the progress update, due June 30, 2012. Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses encourages applications from all interested post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. Exemplary projects will be selected for presentation at the Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses Summit 2012.


January 15 - February 15: Applications due

March 1: Successful applications notified and first payment (50% of total grant) disbursed

June 30: Mid-project update due and second payment (50% of total grant) disbursed

October/November: Select projects presented at Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses Summit 2012

December 15: Projected completed and final report due

How to Apply

1. Download the Capacity Development Grants Application Form to your desktop. Please complete the application form electronically. You will need an up-to-date version of Adobe Reader to do this. You can download Adobe Reader by navigating to

2. Please submit your completed application form to [email protected]

3. Proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis between January 3, 2012 and February 15, 2012. Preference will be given to early submissions. All grantees will be notified by March 1, 2012

4. If you have any questions about the application process or this grants program, please contact Jonny Morris, Acting Director of Mental Health Promotion (CMHA BC), at [email protected]

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by representatives from CMHA BC Division, the Centre for Addictions Research of BC and the HM/HC Community of Practice. The following evaluation criteria will be used to judge applications:

1. The project’s application of ideas drawn from the socio-ecological model for mental health promotion

2. The project’s capacity to develop and enhance a mechanism for at least two different campus constituencies to collaboratively plan/implement the proposed activities

3. The level of institutional in-kind or financial support

4. The project’s uniqueness, innovation and creativity

5. The clarity and feasibility of the project

6. The project must adhere to budget guidelines

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