Funding opportunity: Youth Mental Health innovations

The Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Mental Health program has announced its second round of funding for high impact innovations that aim to solve youth mental health.

Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Mental Health program is seeking innovative and transformative approaches to enhance mental health literacy and/or provide youth-friendly services to address the needs of the most underserved 10 to-24 year olds in low- and middle-income countries. Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $250,000 CAD to develop and test the proposed innovation over 18 or 24 months.

Innovations should lead to at least one of the following priority outcomes:

  • Increased wellbeing
  • Increased resilience
  • Decreased symptom severity
  • Improved functioning

The program is particularly interested in innovations that:

  1. Use peer to peer models
  2. Tackle damaging gender norms and the mental health needs of people with diverse sexual and gender identities
  3. Deliver care through youth-friendly, non-health delivery mechanisms
  4. Integrate mental health and/or wellbeing interventions into existing education or social care systems
  5. Leverage technology that is highly used and trusted


The application deadline: December 1, 2021 at 12:00pm EST (5:00pm UTC).

For more information check: www.grandchallenges.ca/programs/global-mental-health