Micro-funding for cannabis and vaping public education

2019-2020 Call for Proposals

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Micro-funding 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-funding for innovative projects that provide education and/or 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-March 31) in which the micro-funding is awarded.

Cannabis micro-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 which 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, that is frequent and that 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-funding, we will be funding projects that help raise awareness about the health effects associated cannabis use. We encourage applicants to target projects at youth, linguistic minority populations, rural and remote communities, and Indigenous communities.

Vaping micro-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 (e.g. cause lung damage). Vaping could also expose you to nicotine, which is addictive.

For vaping micro-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 just a few examples:

  • Host a community event to raise awareness.
  • Work with a local youth organization to disseminate information.
  • Translate existing resources in a language other than English or French for further distribution.
  • Adapt or disseminate existing public education resources, such as the Government of Canada’s Pursue Your Passion toolkit.
  • In cooperation with your school council, host an event at your school: bring in a professional speaker, launch 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.

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

If you or your organization has already received a micro-grant between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 under this program you are not eligible to apply for a second micro-funding grant until April 1, 2020.

How to apply

How applications will be assessed

Projects must demonstrate:

  • Potential to raise awareness about the health effects of cannabis and/or risks of vaping.
  • A positive impact on their target audience.

Application deadline

We are currently accepting applications.

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

There is a limited amount of funding available, therefore not all eligible applications will receive funding.

After you apply

  • We will acknowledge your application by email within 2 business days.
  • Health Canada will assess 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 request that a Direct Deposit Form be completed 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). Proof of social media postings must be emailed to hc.suapmicrogrants-pudsmicrosubventions.sc@canada.ca within 2 weeks of project completion. 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.
  • 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 and Health Canada may pursue the recovery of funds.

Contact us

By email: hc.suapmicrogrants-pudsmicrosubventions.sc@canada.ca

By mail to:

Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch
Address locator: 0302B
Health Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9

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