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Problem Gambling Grant Opportunity

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 and Long Term Care (MOHLTC).

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 2021-2022 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, and/or counseling programs and services for immigrant, refugee and/or ethnocultural communities.
    • Request no more than $15,000 for the 2021–2022 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.

    ·       Anticipate potential restrictions in program design and delivery that could result from the Ontario government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Call for Proposals Issued

Send to eligible organizations and provincial networks. Call open for five weeks.

​February 8, 2021

​Application requirements and deadline

Applications are submitted electronically and include the following:
  • administrative information: a list of project team members' names, roles, and references
  • project information: a statement of how proposed initiative/supports will be delivered, with project plan and deliverables
  • budget: breakdown of costs.
​March 12, 2021

​Application review

​Review Committee rates each submission based on a score sheet (see Proposed evaluation criteria) and approves successful proposals.

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

​March 13–24, 2021

Notification of acceptance

​Successful applicants are notified.

​March 25, 2021

​Provision of feedback

​Review Committee provides feedback to all applicants. 

March 25, 2021
Project start date
April 1-30, 2021

Application scoring breakdown

​Category

​Criteria

​Weighting (points)

​Address problem gambling in the intended community


​Is there a demonstrated need in the community for the culturally and linguistically appropriate problem gambling awareness and/or counselling program or service?

​10

​Is the proposed initiative clearly articulated?

​10

​Is the proposed initiative evidence-based?

​10

​Initiative details

​ ​

​Is the proposed initiative culturally appropriate?

​10

​Is the proposed initiative provided in the first language of the intended community?

​10

​Is the evaluation plan appropriate and complete?

​10

​Feasibility
​ ​ ​


​Is the proposed initiative achievable within the timeframe provided?

​10

​Does the project team have the necessary skills to complete the project?

​10

​Are the project implementation steps/deliverables feasible to carry-out?

​10

​Is the budget appropriate?

​10

​Is the proposed initiative likely to improve the gambling problems of a person from the specific community?

​10

​Can the proposed initiative be implemented under COVID-19 restrictions?

​10

​Potential impact

​Will there be aspects of the project that can be maintained after the funding ends

​10

Total possible score

​130

​Minimum score required


​90


Applications will be accepted through to March 12, 2021. To request an application, please contact Stephen.meredith@camh.ca . Late submissions will not be accepted.


For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact:

Stephen Meredith
Email: Stephen.meredith@camh.ca

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/.