Grand Challenges Canada Global Mental Health Program 2021 (up to $250,000 CAD)

Grand Challenges Canada Global Mental Health Program 2021 (up to $250,000 CAD)

Deadline: December 1, 2021

Applications are open for the Grand Challenges Canada Global Mental Health Program 2021. The aim of the program is to seed and transition to scale high impact innovations that support the mental health needs of underserved individuals, in particular young people, in low-and middle-income countries.

Mental health challenges contribute to 14 percent of the global burden of disease worldwide; 81 percent of this burden occurs in low- and middle-income countries. Individuals living with mental health challenges in these regions experience a scarcity of resources and a shortage of trained professionals, limiting their access to evidence-based treatments. Support for mental health services in low- and middle-income countries consistently lags behind other health priorities, despite the fact that mental health challenges are a prominent global health concern.

By investing in innovations that integrate mental health care into education, health, and social care settings in low- and middle-income countries, Grand Challenges Canada supports person-centered, community-based mental health services that meet people where they are.


  • Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $250,000 CAD to develop and test the proposed innovation.


  • Open to social enterprises and legally recognized organizations (e.g. non-profit, for-profit, limited liability companies, research/academic institutions);
  • Innovations must take a person centered, rights-based approach, and must involve young people and young people with lived experiences of mental health challenges from the outset;
  • Priority will go to youth-led organizations, defined as organizations in which fifty percent (50%) or more of the individuals in key leadership positions are youth 35 years of age or under.


All applicants MUST register for an account on the Grand Challenges Canada Fluxx Portal by November 23, 2021. Only applicants registered by this date will be eligible to submit an application. Complete applications must be submitted on or before December 1, 2021.

For more information, visit Grand Challenges Canada.