Alberta Health has announced a two year $4.9 million grant for projects within Alberta that will help enhance Indigenous community-based mental health and wellness supports and services, called the Indigenous Addiction and Mental Wellness grant.
This Indigenous Addiction and Mental Wellness grant is:
- focused on Indigenous peoples, no matter where they live in the province.
- open to applications from First Nations (on reserve), Métis Settlements, the Métis Nation of Alberta, Inuit-led organizations, and rural and urban Indigenous-led and operated organizations that wish to address gaps in mental health and addiction supports in their communities.
- aiming to increase capacity within Indigenous communities and organizations, with $1 million annually dedicated to opioid response projects to support Indigenous models for addressing the opioid crisis, and $1.45 million annually to support the design and implementation of recovery oriented, culturally rooted mental health and wellness services.
The IAMW grant program will initially provide successful applicants up to $200,000 in funding over 24 months (up to March 31, 2025). Objectives of the IAMW are:
- to provide Indigenous communities/organizations with project support and funding to establish a sustainable community-led project that seeks to address mental wellness and addiction among Indigenous populations.
- to provide opportunities to support and enhance existing community-led addiction and mental wellness programs and recovery-oriented practices.
- to support community opioid and addiction responses
- to encourage collaboration and partnerships among Indigenous organizations to co-design projects that fit within a holistic and recovery-oriented continuum of care in order to:
- inform leading practices that have potential to leverage ongoing funding;
- build upon findings for future addiction and mental wellness initiatives.
- serve people in First Nations, Métis Settlements, and Indigenous people living in urban or rural municipalities.
Interested applicants are asked to send inquires to IndigenousAMHContinuum@ahs.ca. A member of the grant team will contact the applicant.