Call for fall 2020 proposals: Dementia Community Investment
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Launched in 2018, the Dementia Community Investment funds community-based projects that seek to:
- optimize the wellbeing of people living with dementia (PLWD) and family/friend caregivers
- increase knowledge about dementia and its risk and protective factors
Projects could, for example, provide PLWD and family/friend caregivers with opportunities to gain knowledge, resources and skills. Projects that do not directly benefit PLWD and family/friend caregivers will not be considered for funding.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to invite organizations to submit applications for projects and initiatives that address the objectives and priorities of the 2020 fall Dementia Community Investment solicitation. This solicitation is an invitation to submit a funding request (application).
It is anticipated that 2 to 3 projects will be selected.
Dementia is a major neurocognitive disorder that leads to the loss of mental function, which affects daily activities and is caused by brain diseases and brain injury. More than 432,000 seniors (65 years and older) are living with diagnosed dementia in Canada. About two-thirds of Canadian seniors living with diagnosed dementia are women.
As the proportion of seniors relative to the Canadian population continues to grow, we will see more Canadians living with dementia. Although most prevalent in older Canadians, dementia impacts individuals of all ages who may also experience young onset dementia or be in a caregiving role. A dementia journey changes as the condition progresses, and stakeholders have indicated that it is important to identify ways to enable quality of life and dignity for people at all stages.
The priorities identified for this application process seek to address challenges that PLWD and family/friend caregivers face in the context of COVID-19. Approximately 90% of PLWD have at least 1 other chronic condition and nearly 20% have 5 or more co-morbid conditions, which may increase their risk for severe symptoms and death as a result of COVID-19 infection.
In addition, COVID-19 has created new challenges for PLWD and family/friend caregivers in terms of implementing public health guidance, such as physical distancing and hand washing. At the same time, COVID-19 is placing enormous additional pressure on family/friend caregivers who may already be feeling stretched and stressed.
The objective of this current funding opportunity is to support advanced, community-based projects with a special focus on the current COVID-19 context for PLWD and family/friend caregivers. Projects must be based on strong evidence indicating effectiveness and should focus on providing virtual supports and resources for PLWD and family/friend caregivers to address the challenges posed by COVID-19. Projects must meet both of the following criteria.
- Virtual (telephone and/or internet-based or alternative) projects: to address the outcomes of physical distancing and other challenges posed by COVID-19.
- Advanced projects: to achieve rapid scale-up of proven virtual interventions into new communities and/or jurisdictions and/or to transform an existing intervention into a virtual intervention and test its effectiveness.
Applications will be assessed based on the principles outlined below. Applications that align most closely with the following principles will be prioritized.
Applications must consider and, as appropriate, demonstrate engagement of people with lived experience. Projects must engage target populations in the planning, implementation, delivery and/or evaluation of initiatives to ensure their perspectives are integrated.
Applications must demonstrate a person-centered approach. Projects recognize that individuals have unique values, personal histories and personalities. In the context of this funding opportunity, this means placing 'the person' at the center of the proposed program or initiative and engaging PLWD and/or family/friend caregivers in the project.
Applications must incorporate a health equity lens. Health equity is fostered by the absence of unfair/unjust systematic and avoidable differences in health status or social determinants of health among population groups. It includes considerations of:
- sex and gender
- sexual orientation
- socio-economic status
- the intersections between these identity factors
Efforts to address the needs of populations that are at higher risk for poor health outcomes can help reduce health inequities among populations.
Applications must demonstrate multi-sectoral partnerships and collaboration. People living with dementia and family/friend caregivers engage with a diversity of sectors. In many instances, interventions are most effective when they bring together in a coordinated way these various organizations to support these populations. Multi-sectorial engagement or involvement can include, for example:
- other levels of government
- education organizations within and outside the health sector
- Indigenous organizations working with First Nations, Inuit or Métis
Special consideration will be given to projects that can demonstrate collaboration with other organizations through letters of support and have the ability to leverage in-kind and/or financial contributions. However, letters of support are not mandatory requirements for this solicitation.
Applications must demonstrate that the proposed program or initiative is evidence-based. This refers to rigorous, scientific research, data, and/or evaluation of the intervention, or the application of relevant research to support the relevance and impact of the proposed intervention and/or adaptation of the intervention to a new context or population.
Applications must demonstrate the proposed project is community-based. Community members play an integral role in designing, developing and delivering proposed projects.
Implemented resources and supports can be accessed from community settings such as homes, workplaces, and community organizations that serve PLWD and family/friend caregivers. Applicants are reminded that funded projects are not permitted to provide services and supports that are the responsibility of other jurisdictions such as:
- respite care
- primary care
- hospital care
- long-term care
However, projects may involve linkages with health care providers as appropriate.
Applications must demonstrate, where applicable, cultural sensitivity. Understanding the cultural contexts of populations is an essential element in designing and delivering culturally sensitive community-based programs.
Cultural contexts and values have a strong influence on health-related behaviours. In their applications, applicants must demonstrate how their proposed project would take into consideration the cultural context of the populations that they are targeting.
Other considerations for application development
Official language requirements
The Government of Canada is committed to:
enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada for:
- Francophones living outside the province of Quebec
- Anglophones living in the province of Quebec
- supporting and assisting their development
- fostering the full recognition and use of both official languages in Canadian society
Funding recipients are expected to report on their actions with regard to official language minority communities. Projects must be available in one or both official languages depending on the reach and audience. For additional information, consult the Official Languages Act.
Gender-based analysis requirements
The Government of Canada is committed to Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+). GBA+ incorporates in the development of policies and programs the consideration of gender as well as other identity factors, such as:
Applicants are expected to incorporate these considerations into their application.
Research ethics approval
All projects that involve research with humans must be approved by a research ethics board that adheres to the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. In addition, the project lead should consult the Tri-Council Policy Statement website before the research portion of the project begins. Research is defined as an activity designed to:
- test a hypothesis or answer a specific research question
- permit conclusions to be drawn
- extend knowledge through the use of:
- systematic collection or analysis of data
- scientific methods and standardized protocols
- other types of inquiry
Project applications may be reviewed by external reviewers to inform funding decisions, such as:
- people with lived experience
- professional and academic experts
- representatives from other levels of government
By submitting an application, the applicant agrees to possible external reviews of their proposed project.
Working within First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities
The impact of colonization on First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada has had a devastating impact on their health and wellness. As a result, First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada face specific challenges and have unique experiences with the social determinants of health.
Organizations and research teams are encouraged to submit an application if they are:
- led by First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada
- have strong partnerships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities (including demonstrated collaboration)
Applicants are encouraged to reference socio-ecological models or frameworks that best meet the needs of their population, such as:
- First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Model
- Social Determinants of Inuit Health
- other culturally appropriate models/frameworks
In addition, various approaches to research will be considered, including appropriate research methodologies for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.
Applicants must demonstrate that they and/or their collaborators bring the following organizational capacities and expertise to the project.
- Experience or expertise related to dementia and supporting PLWD and/or family/friend caregivers.
- Confirmed access to the target population for which the project is proposed (e.g., a partnership with a community organization).
- Capacity to engage PLWD and/or family/friend caregivers in the design and implementation of the project.
- Evaluators or researchers with appropriate subject matter knowledge and sensitivity.
- Experience and capacity to conduct intervention research.
- Financial management capacity to undertake the community-based project.
Funding details and requirements
Applications must propose advanced interventions.
To be an advanced intervention, projects must have a high-quality evidence base indicating effectiveness. Applicants must demonstrate organizational infrastructure to support sustained scale-up of the intervention beyond federal funding.
Duration: up to 2 fiscal years, beginning in 2021/2022 and concluding in 2022/2023.
Amount: up to $400,000 per fiscal year.
Funding maximum: $800,000.
Submission process and deadline
Applications must be completed using PHAC’s template, and be no longer than 30 pages, single-spaced, in size 12 Arial font, inclusive of existing template contents. The required format is Microsoft Word or PDF. Appendices are permitted in addition to the 30-page maximum, but must be referenced in the application. Literature reviews, needs assessments and past evaluation results are 3 examples of documents that could be part of an appendix.
To obtain a copy of the template, or for additional information about this call for proposals, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submission for this application process is 12 pm (ET) on November 3, 2020. Funding will be subject to budgetary and project considerations.
Applications will be acknowledged by email. Please ensure that your email address is included in your application.
The following types of organizations are eligible for funding:
- not-for-profit voluntary organizations and corporations
- for-profit organizations, provided they partner with a not-for-profit organization
- unincorporated groups, societies and coalitions
- provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments and agencies
- organizations and institutions supported by provincial and territorial governments (regional health authorities, post-secondary institutions, etc.)
- Indigenous organizations working with First Nations, Inuit or Métis
Partnerships between organizations with complementary areas of expertise are strongly encouraged.
Eligible costs include such expenses as:
- travel and accommodations
- materials and supplies
- rent and utilities
- 'other' costs related to the approved project
A detailed budget is required as part of the full proposal in this application process.
No project expenses may be incurred prior to the acceptance of the contribution agreement by all parties.
Ineligible activities and expenses
The following activities and expenses are not eligible for funding:
- statutory and extended benefits exceeding the 20% ceiling
- personnel payments related to performance, maternity leave, and severance
- pure research in any discipline
- provision of services that are the responsibility of other levels of government
- costs of ongoing activities for the organization
stand-alone activities, which could include conferences, symposia, workshops, audio visual production or website/smartphone application development and maintenance
- such activities are considered stand-alone when they are unrelated to the delivery, evaluation and dissemination of the program or initiative
- capital costs, such as the purchase of land, buildings or vehicles
- ongoing operational support or overhead/administrative fees expressed as a percentage of ongoing activities of an organization
- unidentified miscellaneous costs
- travel and hospitality expenses that exceed the National Joint Council rates
- renting charges for space and computer use when already owned by the recipient organization
- membership fees
To obtain additional information about this invitation to submit a funding request, please contact email@example.com.
PHAC is under no obligation to enter into a funding agreement as a result of this application process.
PHAC also reserves the right to:
- reject any submission received in response to this invitation
- accept any submission in whole or in part
- cancel and/or re-issue this invitation at any time
Please note that PHAC will not reimburse an applicant for costs incurred in the preparation and/or submission of a proposal in response to this invitation.
Glossary of terms
Dementia refers to a set of symptoms and signs associated with a progressive deterioration of cognitive functions that affects daily activities. It is caused by various brain diseases and injuries. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. Vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Lewy body dementia constitute other common types. Symptoms of dementia can include:
- memory loss
- judgement and reasoning problems
- changes in behaviour, mood and communication abilities
Community members play an integral role in designing, developing and delivering proposed projects. Implemented resources and supports can be accessed from community settings such as homes, workplaces and community organizations that serve PLWD and family/friend caregivers.
Family members, neighbours and friends who take on an unpaid caring role to support someone with a:
- diminishing physical ability
- debilitating cognitive condition
- chronic life-limiting illness
The use of scientific methods to produce knowledge about policy and program interventions that operate within or outside of the health sector and have the potential to impact health at the population level. The intervention research approach focuses on building knowledge on how the intervention process brings about change and the context in which the intervention worked best and for which populations.
Program or initiative
Sometimes referred to as an intervention. It is a set of actions and practical strategies that aim to bring about positive changes in individuals, communities, organizations or systems in a way that produces identifiable and measurable outcomes.
Refers to rigorous, scientific research and/or evaluation of the intervention, or the application of relevant research to support the relevance and impact of the proposed intervention and/or adaptation of the intervention to a new context or population.
Social determinants of health
The broad range of social, economic and environmental factors that relate to an individual's place in society (such as gender, race, income, education or employment) and that largely determine individual and population health.
Assembly of First Nations and Health Canada. First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework. Ottawa (ON): 2015. Available from: http://www.thunderbirdpf.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/24-14-1273-FN-Mental-Wellness-Framework-EN05_low.pdf.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy. Ottawa (ON): ITK; 2016. Page 19, Figure 6. Available from: https://itk.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ITK-National-Inuit-Suicide-Prevention-Strategy-2016.pdf.
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