The CMA Foundation Healthy Canadians Grants Program

The CMA Foundation’s Healthy Canadians Grants Program is designed to provide support for community-run initiatives that improve the quality of life for patients and vulnerable populations living in those communities, thereby having a positive impact on the entire community.

This year’s theme is youth mental health and substance use. With these grants, we’re aiming to make a tangible difference in the lives of youth, their families and the physicians who care for them.

Grants will be available for organizations across Canada that are delivering programming at the community level and are focused on improving mental health, reducing and preventing substance use, increasing resiliency, reducing stigma and decreasing barriers to mental health.

This year the CMA Foundation is offering 15 grants of $20,000 each.

The deadline for this year’s applications has now passed. 2019 grant recipients will be announced in the early fall. Check back in Spring 2020 for information about next year’s grant program. 

Some examples of initiatives that fit within this theme are: 

  • Programs aimed at reducing the stigma of youth mental illness and building awareness
  • Programs that promote the positive aspects of physical health and mental health
  • Recreational programs in schools and community centres in support of youth mental health
  • Educational workshops on mental health and substance use for youth and their families
  • Peer support groups
  • Programs that target vulnerable youth
  • Programs that take an upstream approach (e.g. focus on life skills, building resilience, prevention)

    Who is eligible to apply?

    Applicants must be a registered charity or qualified donee in Canada, and meet all of the application criteria. The application should also demonstrate how the initiative will make a tangible difference in the community.  

    How will grant recipients be selected?

    Grant applications will be carefully reviewed by the CMA Foundation and a selection committee. Applications will be evaluated based on the application criteria, their fit with the identified theme, their impact on the community, their long-term feasibility and how innovative they are. 

    If you have any questions about the Healthy Canadians Grants Program, please contact

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