Funding Opportunities


ABACUS: Advancing Post-secondary Access — Hamilton focuses on improving the academic, community and environmental factors that most directly affect a student’s likelihood of continuing his or her education.

Dare to Dream

Do you have an idea related to the mental health and well-being of young people that you want to make happen? We’re ready to help you. We support young people with up to $5,000 to put into action projects that support mental health and wellness in schools and communities across Ontario.

Change the View

Change the View is an annual video contest hosted by Children’s Mental Health Ontario. Ontario youth are invited to make a short video that shows how we can all take the stigma out of kids’ mental health issues – for a chance to WIN $3000!


Students can apply for SpeakUp Project grants of up to $1,000, or grants of up to $2,500 for student-led teams in grades 7-12. These grants can help students take action by leading projects that make a difference in their classrooms, schools and communities. Student-led project teams will be able submit grant applications to the ministry for evaluation at ontario.ca/speakup.  Applications close December 21, 2016.

See the website for:
  • Project Application (word document);
  • Focus Areas (applicant resource); and,
  • Scoring Tip Sheet (applicant resource).

Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton (SPPCH)

This grant for student-led mental health initiatives is offered in January of each year. The criteria are as follows: 1) Promotes mental health awareness. 2) Breaks stigma around mental illness and mental health problems. 3) Builds capacity and promotes help seeking behaviour and resilience. 4) Helps advance the Hamilton Suicide Prevention Strategy – SPCCH. Notice for this funding opportunity is made available through the HWDSB Mental Health Department. Look for details to be shared in the new year.