Official Languages Health Program Call for Proposals 2019-2022: Micro-Funding to Support Compassionate Community Initiatives for Official Language Minority Communities - Applicant Guide

Official Languages Health Program

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Published: 2019-08-16

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. About the Official Languages Health Program (OLHP)
  3. Funding Priorities
  4. Eligibility
  5. Funding Amount and Duration
  6. How to apply
  7. Application Deadline
  8. Review Process
  9. Project Reporting
  10. Contact us


This call for proposals aims to fund compassionate community projects in French-speaking communities outside Québec and English-speaking communities in Québec (known as official language minority communities - OLMCs).

Compassionate communities are based on the premise that dying is a natural event that happens within families and communities, and that support from loved ones, friends, neighbours and colleagues is needed before, during and following a death. Compassionate communities aim to empower individuals to reach out to help their family, friends, neighbours and others they care about when faced with death, dying, loss and/or grief.

There are different ways to develop a compassionate community. If you are looking for ideas, you may wish to visit Pallium Canada's "Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit"

The overall objective of implementing micro-grants is to reach out to individuals and community-based organisations so that they engage and mobilise interest and resources in promoting compassionate communities.

Micro-grants of up to $1000 each will be distributed on a first come, first served basis for compassionate community projects in OLMCs. A total of $300,000 has been allocated for this call for proposals, with $50,000 in 2019/2020, $125,000 in 2020-21 and $125,000 in 2021-22. Project intake will continue until funds have been fully allocated in each fiscal year.

Please note that micro-grants will only we awarded following the October 2019 federal election.

About the OLHP

The Official Languages Health Program (hereafter referred to as "the Program") was established in 2003 and is designed to help reduce language and cultural barriers to health care for English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada. The Program supports the federal government's commitment to maintaining a strong and effective publicly funded health care system by ensuring that official language minority communities (OLMCs) have access to health services in the language of their choice.

The activities of the Program also support Health Canada's responsibility for enhancing the vitality of OLMCs pursuant to Section 41 of the Official Languages Act (2005).

The Program fosters collaboration and innovation in the areas of training and retention of health care professionals, health networking activities and innovative projects aimed at improving access to health services for OLMCs.

Funding Priorities

Activities funded under this solicitation process are expected to support community-based initiatives that address the psychological and social aspects of palliative care for members of OLMCs and their families who are experiencing death, dying, loss and/or grief.

Submissions under this process must focus on initiatives that:


As part of this call for proposals, the following applicants will be eligible:

Eligible applicants may include, but are not limited to, students, employees of a company, members of cultural institutions, recent immigrants, members of the LGBTQ2 community, seniors, or other types of individuals or not-for-profit organizations that are interested in engaging and mobilizing their community to support individuals at the end-of-life and their families, friends and other affected members of the community.

This initiative is not open to federal government employees and their immediate families.

Eligible Expenses

In order to strengthen community action at the local level by shifting the discourse on death and dying, eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

Activities should create supportive social environments at the community level to better respond to individuals in OLMCs and their families experiencing death, dying, loss and/or grief.

Eligible expenditures include:

Ineligible Expenses

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

Funding Amount and Duration

The total budget of each approved project must not exceed $1000. Successful applicants must complete their project in the fiscal year (April 1st to March 31st) in which they received funding.

How to Apply

Fill out and sign the Application Form and email it to

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Application Deadline

We are currently accepting applications.

A total of $300,000, with $50,000 in 2019/2020, $125,000 in 2020-2021 and $125,000 in 2021-2022, will be available for this call for proposals. Funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis until the limit for each fiscal year is reached, provided applicants meet all funding priority and eligibility requirements for this call for proposals. Applications will be accepted until the funds have been fully allocated in each fiscal year.

Review Process

Project Reporting

Reporting will be done through social media postings. Micro-grant recipients will be asked to post their project results on popular social media platforms within 30 days of the completion of their project. This will encourage community discussion around innovative approaches and activities and will enable other Canadians to find, share and draw inspiration from funded activities. For example:

  1. Post to your Instagram or Twitter account
    • Consider using the hashtag #CompassionateOLMCs, #Canada, #OLMC, #HealthCanada, #OLHP
  2. Post to a LinkedIn account
  3. Facebook
    • Post to your personal page
    • Join and post to other relevant groups, for example:
      • Canadian Heritage
      • Societé Santé en français
      • Community Health and Social Services Network
      • Healthy Canadians (@HealthyCdns)
  4. Share your results in the Compassionate Communities idea exchange platform

Proof of social media postings and a summary report on expenditures (make sure you keep all your receipts) must be emailed to  within two weeks of the publication of the project’s results on social media.

Results  may include photos, details on what the project is about, when it took place, how many individuals and/or groups participated, and what the outcome was, including any successes or failures.

Contact us

To obtain additional information about this call for proposals, please contact Health Canada at:
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