Grantmaking Guidelines

Thinking of applying for a grant? Here are some tips to help.

Medavie Health Foundation is committed to contributing to the well-being of Canadians through our support of programs that make a difference in the lives of those impacted by mental illness or type 2 diabetes or a related health risk. We tend to focus our support on initiatives that encourage active living and mental resiliency, involve the community, are sustainable and have the potential to serve as a model for others.

With this in mind, we consider five key elements when reviewing funding proposals.

Innovative programing targeting our core health causes.
First, we determine if your program is directly focused on child and youth mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder or type 2 diabetes, or if there’s another focus with only secondary links to our core health causes. For example, is it an actual program or are you looking to purchase equipment or secure funding for an awareness campaign.

Next, we consider if there’s anything unique or innovative about the program. Whether it’s new or established, we also look at the potential for replication: could another organization replicate or modify this program in another community?

An organization with a solid track record
Tell us about your organization, your experience offering programs and the key personnel involved. We’ve found that a project champion can make all the difference in helping a program succeed. Also, what’s your vision and does it align with ours?

Realistic funding ask with timelines
Include a budget that provides details on how you’ll spend the money (materials/supplies, training, program facilitation, etc.) and when. Don’t forget to tell us if your project receives funding from other sources and note that we do require financial statements audited in Canada. As for the funding amount, our grants typically range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Targeted impact with measurable results
Define the goals of the program and if it addresses an existing or unmet need in your community. Be sure to include details on how you intend to engage the targeted population, how many people you expect to reach either directly or indirectly, the program’s geographical scope, and how you’ll measure success.

Community Involvement
If you have great relationships with organizations and community groups, we want to hear about them, including letters of support. Describe how you’ll involve these partners and, in doing so, involve the broader community.

Guided by our mission of supporting community-based programs that encourage healthy change, we are helping create a culture of wellness. Together with our grant partners, we are improving the health of Canadians.