Substance Use and Addictions Program: Micro-grant funding for cannabis and vaping public education

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Micro-grant funding

Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) has introduced micro-grant funding to test new and innovative ways to support local, small-scale projects (maximum of $1,000) that raise awareness about the health effects of cannabis and/or risks of vaping.

Eligible recipients

Eligible recipients for micro-grant funding include:

  • Individual Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are at least 16 years of age
  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations

2019-20 Call for Proposals

2019-20 micro-grant funding Call for Proposals

This process is now closed.

Overview

Do you have a great idea to raise awareness about the health effects of cannabis and/or risks of vaping?

This is your opportunity to make a positive difference!

Health Canada is offering micro-grant funding for innovative projects that educate or raise awareness about the health effects of cannabis and/or risks of vaping.

Successful submissions will be eligible for up to $1,000 of funding.

Projects should be completed within the fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) in which the micro-grant funding is awarded.

Cannabis micro-grant funding

On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act came into force and puts in place a new legislative and regulatory framework for Canada. By legalizing and strictly regulating cannabis, the Government of Canada is taking a public health approach that includes raising awareness and educating Canadians about the health effects of cannabis use.

Like alcohol and tobacco, cannabis poses a number of health effects. Cannabis use that begins early in adolescence, is frequent and continues over time is more likely to bring about harms. Some of those harms may never fully go away. For more on the health effects of cannabis use, visit Cannabis in Canada.

For cannabis public education micro-grant funding, we will be funding projects that help raise awareness about the health effects associated with cannabis use. We encourage applicants to target projects at youth, linguistic minority populations, rural and remote communities, and Indigenous communities.

Vaping micro-grant funding

The Canadian market for vaping is evolving rapidly and new evidence suggests that more young people are using vaping products. Vaping can increase your exposure to chemicals that could harm your health (for example, cause lung damage). Vaping could also expose you to nicotine, which is addictive.

For vaping micro-grant funding, we will be funding projects that help raise awareness on the harms and risks of vaping product use among youth. For more on the risks of vaping, visit canada.ca/vaping-info.

Examples of projects

There are many types of projects and activities you can undertake to raise awareness about the health effects of cannabis and/or risks of vaping. Here are a few examples:

  • Host a community event to raise awareness.
  • Work with a local youth organization to spread information.
  • Translate existing resources in a language other than English or French for further distribution.
  • Adapt or circulate existing public education resources, such as our Pursue Your Passion toolkit.
  • Working with your school council, host an event at your school. Ideas include bringing in a professional speaker and launching trivia games or other interactive activities to engage your peers.
  • Organize a workplace event to educate your colleagues about the effects of cannabis and/or risks of vaping.
Who can apply
  • individual Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are at least 16 years of age, or
  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations

Individuals who receive funding from Health Canada can work with a mentor, a school or a community organization to complete the proposed project.

This initiative is not open to federal government employees.

As there are a limited number of micro-grants, it is possible that not all eligible applicants will receive funding.

How to apply
  • Fill out and sign the application form and email it to us.
  • For individuals with limited Internet connection, you can send an application by mail to Health Canada.
How applications will be assessed

Projects must demonstrate:

  • The potential to raise awareness about the health effects of cannabis or risks of vaping
  • a positive impact on their target audience
Application deadline

Funding applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis, with consideration given to fair geographical and audience distribution.

As there is a limited amount of funding available, not all eligible applications will receive funding.

After you apply

  • We will acknowledge your application by email within 2 business days.
  • Health Canada will review your application to see if it meets the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria.
  • We will notify you of our decision by email.
  • If your application is approved, we will ask you to complete a direct deposit Form so that we can issue your funding.
  • Once you receive the funds, you can begin your project.
  • After your project is complete, you are required to share the results on social media using the hashtag #cannabisaware (cannabis projects) or #vapinginfo (vaping projects) or #cannabisaware and #vapinginfo (cannabis and vaping projects). You must email proof of your social media postings within 2 weeks of project completion. Results may include photos, project details, when it took place, how many individuals or groups participated, and the outcome, including any successes or failures.
  • Projects may be subject to random audits. Should Health Canada become aware that you are submitting false or misleading information or misusing funds, you will be ineligible for future project funding. We may also work to recover the funds.

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