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Campus Mental Health Strategy launches new grants for students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars

Have an idea? New grant program seeks to ignite passion to build a community of caring
April 10, 2017
A mural was collaboratively painted at the Campus Mental Health Strategy keynote event on March 7. Have a big, bright idea of your own that contributes to campus mental health? Apply for a grant to fund it by April 30. Photo courtesy Campus Mental Health Strategy

A mural was collaboratively painted at the Campus Mental Health Strategy keynote event on March 7. Have a big, bright idea of your own that contributes to campus mental health? Apply for a grant to fund it by April 30. Photo courtesy Campus Mental Health Strategy

Do you have a great idea to make life a little better on campus — but the only thing stopping you is the money to do it? With the new Campus Mental Health Strategy Grants, there is one less problem standing in the way of a big (or small) idea.

The new grant program helps to foster the great ideas, initiatives and passion of the campus community to improve mental health and wellness, and build the community of caring the strategy seeks to advance. For many groups on campus, funding can be the biggest barrier to getting started with something that will help to make the campus a better place.

“The goal of the program is very simple — it’s to get students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars to think about how they can take real actions to improve the mental health and well-being of their fellow community members, and create a caring and supportive campus community,” says Andrew Szeto, director of the Campus Mental Health Strategy.

“In talking to campus community members, I get a sense there are many individuals who are eager and willing to start an initiative that will benefit the well-being of others on campus. This is such a great time to have a grant program like this — the culture and context at the University of Calgary is perfect to facilitate this program and create positive impact,” he says.

The program was announced at the Campus Mental Health Strategy keynote event on March 7, with applications open until the end of April for this year’s funding. Individuals or groups can apply, including student clubs, wellness committees or colleagues who just want to work on something together.

Applicants must show through the application process how the project will improve mental health and well-being on campus, and specifically, how it satisfies at least one of the 28 recommendations of the strategy.

“There is a tangible momentum on our campus that is working to improve mental health and create a supportive community. An initiative like the CMHS grants will not only help foster what we have done so far, but will help bring us even closer to achieving the vision set out in the strategy,” says Szeto.

Students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to read the Campus Mental Health Strategy and think about how they can contribute meaningfully to campus mental health via the CMHS Grants program. Multiple grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in June.

Application forms are available on the Campus Mental Health Strategy website and will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. April 30.