Health Canada Announces Funding for Micro-grants for Cannabis and Vaping Awareness Initiatives

Published: April 29, 2019

Canadians often go to people they know and trust in their communities for health-related information. Health Canada recognizes the importance of these community-level conversations and wants to support community leaders across the country in providing Canadians with information to make informed choices about their health.

Health Canada announced the launch of a new three-year, $600,000 micro-grant fund, under its Substance Use and Addictions Program, to support community-led education efforts to inform the public about the health facts of cannabis use and vaping. Canadians over the age of 16, Canadian not-for-profit organizations and community-based organizations can now apply for a micro-grant of up to $1,000 to support public education projects in their communities.

To be eligible, projects must disseminate factual information to increase awareness about the health risks of cannabis use or vaping and must foster action at the community level to reduce harms associated with cannabis use or vaping. Examples of activities that could be funded include hosting a community event, developing tailored educational materials, or simply adapting or disseminating existing public education resources, such as the Government of Canada’s Pursue Your Passion toolkit.

Micro-grants are part of the Government of Canada’s efforts—carried out in collaboration with provinces, territories, Indigenous and community-based organizations and other partners—to disseminate clear, consistent and evidence-based information on the health and safety facts about cannabis use and vaping.

Individuals or organizations who believe a micro-grant could help them to reach Canadians about cannabis use or vaping are encouraged to visit Health Canada’s website to apply.