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Problem Gambling Grant Opportunity

Providing problem gambling awareness and/or counseling services for immigrants, refugees and ethnocultural populations in Ontario



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Problem Gambling Grant

What is the funding opportunity?

Does your not-for-profit organization provide awareness, and/or addiction treatment and support services in Ontario?

You may be eligible for up to $15,000 funding to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate problem gambling awareness and/or counseling services for immigrants, refugees, and ethnocultural communities.

Funding for this initiative is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH).

Why focus on immigrants, refugees and ethnocultural populations?

Evidence shows that immigrants, refugees and ethnocultural populations experience disparities in their access to addiction and mental health services, quality of care and health outcomes. Problem gambling awareness programs designed for the general population are not as effective at reaching ethno-cultural communities.1 Services that respect and respond to the cultural and linguistic needs of diverse groups are effective in improving service use and reducing health inequities.2 For these reasons, it is critical to include culturally-specific or culturally-adapted treatment models or interventions for clients from different ethnocultural communities who have gambling problems.3


What project ideas are eligible for funding?

The aim of this Call for Proposals is to provide funding for problem gambling awareness and/or counseling programs and services tailored to fit the needs of immigrants, refugees, and ethnocultural populations in Ontario for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Eligible initiatives should include at least one of the following:

  • Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate problem gambling outreach and awareness programs to specific immigrant, refugee, and ethnocultural communities in Ontario (for example, information sharing and community initiatives or events).
  • Improve access to timely and appropriate services for members of specific immigrant, refugee, and ethnocultural communities experiencing problems with their own gambling or that of a family member (for example, developing a helpline or resources in the first language of the intended community to provide information about problem gambling services and supports).
  • Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate problem gambling counseling services to specific immigrant, refugee, and ethnocultural communities.

Who is eligible for funding?

Organizations must be legally constituted not-for-profits and must provide awareness, and/or addiction treatment and support services in Ontario.

What are the requirements for proposals?

Proposals must meet each of the following requirements:

  • Submit all required documents with the Application for Funding form, including two organizational references for each project team. 
  • Plan to provide or already be providing culturally and linguistically appropriate problem gambling awareness, health promotion, and/or counseling programs and services for immigrant, refugee and/or ethnocultural communities.
  • Request no more than $15,000 for the 2020–2021 fiscal year.
  • Have regulated professionals, or professionally designated staff, available onsite or closely affiliated to the organization, if providing counseling programs or services.
  • Obtain, submit proof of, and maintain a minimum of $2,000,000 liability insurance throughout the duration of the project.

Information to note

  • CAMH reserves the right to grant conditional funding dependent on the applicant’s willingness to change project activities and budget.
  • Applicants must be willing to do the following:
    • Participate in monthly project check-ins with a CAMH Project Lead.
    • Meet with CAMH staff, if requested, to review project requirements and progress-to-date.
    • Enter into a funding agreement with CAMH.
    • Provide quarterly progress reports and a final summary report.

Proposal review process

Each proposal will receive a score based on the evaluation criteria (see below) and the following:

  • an initial review of applications for completeness and eligibility
  • an interview with the applicant, as required, to obtain clarification on the proposed project and/or application

Process timelines

Activity
Details
Date
Application requirements and deadline
​Applications are submitted electronically and include the following:
  • a list of project team members' names, roles, and references.
  • a statement of how proposed initiative/supports will be delivered, with project plan and deliverables 
  • a detailed budget
Deadline: April 3rd, 2020
Application review
​Review Committee rates each submission based on score sheet (see evaluation criteria below) and approves successful proposals.

Key contact for applicant must be available to answer any questions. 

April 7th to 9th, 2020
Notification of acceptance/provision of feedback 
Successful applicants are notified, feedback provided to unsuccessful candidates 
April 14th-15th, 2020
Contract finalized
Successful applicants review and sign contract
April 17th, 2020
Project start date
April 20th, 2020

Application scoring breakdown

Applications will be accepted through to April 3, 2020. Please email applications to colleen.tessier@camh.ca. Late submissions will not be accepted.

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact:

Colleen Tessier
Email: colleen.tessier@camh.ca
Telephone: 416535-8501 ext. 34550

References

  1. Ontario Resource Group on Gambling, Ethnicity and Culture. (2010). A Guide for Counsellors Working with Problem Gambling Clients from Ethno-Cultural Communities. Available: https://www.canadianharmreduction.com/sites/default/files/GuideforCounsellorsWorkingWithProblemGamblingClientsfromEthno_culturalCommunities.pdf. Accessed December 10, 2018.
  2. McKenzie, K., Agic, B., Tuck, A. & Antwi, M. (2016). The Case for Diversity Building the Case to Improve Mental Health Services for Immigrant, Refugee, Ethno-Cultural and Racialized Populations Report to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Available: https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/sites/default/files/2016-10/case_for_diversity_oct_2016_eng.pdf. Accessed December 17, 2018.
  3. Provincial System Support Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Mental Health and Addictions Treatment Interventions for Immigrant, Refugee, Ethno-Cultural and Racialized (IRER) Populations in Ontario: Scoping Review.; 2018. https://converge3.ca/publication/.