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Calgary's Mental Health and Addictions Investment Framework call for funding proposals

On March 22, 2021 City Council approved Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategy, as well as the Investment Framework. To support the implementation of the Strategy, The City of Calgary is launching a call for funding proposals for two streams, each with its own eligibility criteria:

  • Connect the Dots! to enhance existing programs and services and
  • Change Can’t Wait! to test innovative ideas through fast pilot process.

Note: This funding call is not intended to provide direct assistance to individual applicants. If you are looking for support for yourself or someone you know, please contact the Distress Centre at 403-266-HELP (4357) or Access Mental Health at 403-943-1500.

Application period


Applications will be accepted through the Funding Information Management System (FIMS) from April 19, 2021 until:

  • June 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm for Connect the Dots!
  • May 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm for the Change Can’t Wait!

Organizations that don’t have a FIMS account must register in the system before accessing an application. Organizations access FIMS with a myID business account. A myID business account is a single sign-on approach used by businesses and organizations to access City services online. Learn about how to obtain a myID business account and register for FIMS here.

If you have questions, please contact us at fundingproposals@calgary.ca.

Description of funding


The goal of the funds is to support actions that create hope and strengthen support for everyone through three themes as identified in Calgary Mental Health and Addiction Strategy:

  • Being well: Wellness at home, at school, at work and in the community
  • Getting help: What you need, when, where and how you need it
  • Staying safe: Security at all times, especially in a crisis

The purpose of Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction call for funding proposals is to enhance support for existing evidence-based community programs and services that respond to the mental health and addictions related issues affecting Calgarians and to test innovative ideas that bring change at the individual, family, community, and policy or system levels. A total of up to $5.2 million is available through this call.

Learn more about the funding and application process


Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Investment Framework will be implemented through two streams, each with its own eligibility criteria:

Connect the Dots!

Connect the Dots! is intended to enhance support for existing evidence-based community programs and services that respond to the mental health and addictions related issues affecting Calgarians. Funding is for programs starting in January 2022 and ending December 2023.

Application period

Applications for Connect the Dots! will be accepted through the Funding Information Management System (FIMS) or approved alternative options from April 19, 2021 to June 30 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Questions during this application period can be directed to fundingproposals@calgary.ca

Description of funding

Connect the Dots! funding is intended to enhance support for existing evidence-based community programs and services that respond to the mental health and addictions related issues affecting Calgarians.

Funding period

Funding starting January 2022 – December 2023

Amount

Through this call for funding proposals, there is $4.5 million annually available for Connect the Dots!. There is no maximum or minimum amount that can be requested. However, the requested amount should be proportionate to the type of proposed activities and timelines.

Calgary Mental Health and Addictions Investment Framework objectives

Being well: Wellness at home, at school, at work and in the community

Potential Indicators:

  • More Calgarians report a strong sense of community and belonging
  • More Calgarians experience strong social support/ availability of natural supports 
  • Improved ability to cope with stresses and strains of everyday life
  • Increased opportunities for Calgarians to connect within their communities 
  • Improved knowledge about mental health and addiction 

Getting help: What you need, when, where and how you need it

  • Improved knowledge among  Calgarians about how to access help for mental health and addiction issues when needed ​
  • Improved access for Calgarians to mental health and addiction services through coordinated points of access
  • Reduced unmet needs reported for people experiencing mental illness who access formal mental health and addiction services ​
  • Improved access to shared data between organizations that facilitate client care 

Eligibility

Organizational eligibility

  • Non-profit organizations registered under the Societies Act, the Companies Act in Alberta, or the Federal Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, and operating within Calgary's city limits are eligible to apply;
  • Organizations must have a solid track record for effective service delivery; have strong operational capacity, including sound governance, stable financial outlook and the use of evidence-based practices; as well as a strategic or business plan related to the proposed program.

Program eligibility

  • This one-time funding is intended for existing programs or collaboration efforts that respond to the mental health and addictions related issues affecting Calgarians.
  • Programs funded through the 2021 Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction are eligible to apply for funding to continue to deliver currently funded programming in 2022-2023.
  • More than one application may be submitted, using a separate form for each program.

How we assess your application

Applications will be assessed in the following areas:

Eligibility

  • Application is received by the deadline – late applications will not be processed;
  • Application is complete – a partial application will not be processed;
  • Organization is a registered under the appropriate legislation (see above);
  • Organization operates within Calgary city limits.

Program assessment

  • Service enhancement to mental health and addiction programs and services is clearly articulated, including impacted population(s);
  • Demonstration of need, and evidence to support request;
  • Clear outline of intended outcomes;
  • Partners and their roles are clearly identified (if applicable);
  • Requested amount is proportionate to the type of proposed activities;
  • Demonstration that program can start as soon as the funding is available;
  • Demonstration that program has the ability to spend the fund by the end of 2023. 

Steps to apply

Read Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategy.

Read the information on this webpage in its entirety before filling out your application.

Register for a myID business account and the Funding Information Management System (FIMS), if you don’t have an account. Learn about how to obtain a myID business account and register for FIMS here.

Applications are submitted online through FIMS by June 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm

If you have questions or experience challenges accessing FIMS during this application period, please contact us at fundingproposals@calgary.ca at any time for alternative options to submit your application. Successful applicants will need to set up a FIMS account for payment and reporting purposes. 

After you have applied

All applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application by the mid-November 2021.

Applicants may be asked to submit additional documents or answer questions to support the review and decision process. 

Unsuccessful applicants may request feedback on why the application wasn’t successful and what could be done differently in the future. Requests for feedback should be sent to fundingproposals@calgary.ca.

Reporting

Organizations will be required to report using the following accountability methods:

  • A mid-program report will be submitted through FIMS that details the initiative outputs and outcomes for the six months of funding. This report will be due on July 15, 2022;
  • An end-program report will be submitted through FIMS that details the initiative outputs and outcomes. This report will be due each year in Q1 2023 and 2024;
  • Audited financial statements will need to be submitted within three months after the organization’s fiscal year-end.

Note: Organizations are encouraged to include the costs associated with audited financial statements for the programs in the application’s budget section.

Change Can't Wait!

Change Can’t Wait! supports innovative ideas that bring change at the individual, family, community, and policy or system levels. Funding is for 6-month projects starting as early as July and ending by January 31, 2022.

Application period

Applications for Change Can’t Wait! will be accepted through the Funding Information Management System (FIMS) or other approved alternative options from April 19, 2021 to May 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Questions during this application period can be directed to fundingproposals@calgary.ca.

Description of funding

The purpose of Change Can’t Wait call for funding proposals is to test innovative ideas that bring change at the individual, family, community, and policy or system levels.

Funding period

Projects can launch as soon as funding is approved starting in July 2021. Approved projects will receive funding for a 6 month period and must be completed by Jan. 31, 2022.

Amount

Through this call for funding proposals, there is a minimum $700,000 plus leveraged funds from the Community Investment Table in funding available for Change Can’t Wait!. There is no maximum or minimum amount that can be requested. However, the requested amount should be proportionate to the type of proposed activities and timelines.

Calgary Mental Health and Addictions Investment Framework objectives

Being well: Wellness at home, at school, at work and in the community

Potential Indicators:

  • More Calgarians report a strong sense of community and belonging
  • More Calgarians experience strong social support/ availability of natural supports 
  • Improved ability to cope with stresses and strains of everyday life
  • Increased opportunities for Calgarians to connect within their communities 
  • Improved knowledge about mental health and addiction 

Getting help: What you need, when, where and how you need it

  • Improved knowledge among  Calgarians about how to access help for mental health and addiction issues when needed ​
  • Improved access for Calgarians to mental health and addiction services through coordinated points of access
  • Reduced unmet needs reported for people experiencing mental illness who access formal mental health and addiction services ​
  • Improved access to shared data between organizations that facilitate client care

Staying safe: Security at all times, especially in a crisis

  • Improved perception of personal safety by Calgarians within their community
  • Increased availability of non-emergency mental health and addiction support and outreach services available 24/7
  • Increased availability of community and peer support programs
  • Improved access to court diversion programs
  • Decreased proportion of 911 calls involving police for persons experiencing mental health crises

Eligibility

Organizational eligibility

  • Organizations that submit ideas requiring funding will need to be registered to operate in Alberta. The opportunity is not limited to non-profit or charitable organizations. For example, businesses, faith groups, community associations, academic & public institutions are all eligible.

Project eligibility

  • It must be a new idea. This fund is not for expanding or enhancing established programs.
  • If you need to make purchases or to test your idea, that cost is eligible for funding. The cost to maintain and operate may also be covered during the 6 month test period. However, no funding will be provided for ongoing maintenance, operation or staffing following the test period.
  • Staffing costs are eligible for the 6 months period only, with no expectation for extension.
  • Pilot projects have to benefit Calgarians.
  • Individuals with great ideas will be required to find a qualified organizational partner to apply.
  • Organizations that submit ideas requiring funding will need to be registered to operate in Alberta. The opportunity is not limited to non-profit or charitable organizations. For example, businesses, faith groups, community associations, academic & public institutions are all eligible.
  • More than one idea may be submitted, using a separate application form for each distinct idea.

How we assess your application

Applications will be assessed in the following areas:

Eligibility

  • Application is received by the deadline – late applications will not be processed;
  • Application is complete – a partial application will not be processed;
  • Organization is a registered under the appropriate legislation;
  • Organization operates within Calgary city limits;

Project assessment - Change Can’t Wait!

  • Requested amount proportionate to the type of proposed activities;
  • Alignment to Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategic Framework theme areas and actions;
  • Ability to test a new solution;
  • Ability to launch quickly and test the idea within the 6 months’ timeframe;
  • Project scalability after the idea has been tested

Steps to apply

Read Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategy.

Read the information on this webpage in its entirety before filling out your application.

Register for a myID business account and the Funding Information Management System (FIMS). Learn about how to obtain a myID business account and register for FIMS here.

Applications are submitted online through FIMS by May 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm. If you have questions or experience challenges accessing FIMS during this application period, please contact us at fundingproposals@calgary.ca at any time for alternative options to submit your application. Successful applicants will need to set up a FIMS account for payment and reporting purposes.  

After you have applied

All applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application by end of June 2021.

Applicants may be asked to submit additional documents or answer questions to support the review and decision process. 

Unsuccessful applicants may request feedback on why the application wasn’t successful and what could be done differently in the future. Requests for feedback should be sent to fundingproposals@calgary.ca.

Reporting

Organizations will be required to report using the following accountability methods:

  • A mid-project report will be submitted through FIMS that details the initiative outputs on October 15, 2021;
  • An end-project report will be submitted through FIMS that details the initiative outputs and outcomes. This report will be due on February 15, 2022;
  • An unaudited financial report will be submitted through FIMS. This report will be due by March 31, 2022.      

Frequently asked questions

Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Investment Framework FAQ provides more information.

If you have questions or feedback, please email fundingproposals@calgary.ca.

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