The Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is pleased to invite organizations to submit proposals to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate problem gambling awareness and/or counselling programs and services for immigrants, refugees and ethnocultural populations in Ontario.
Evidence shows that immigrants, refugees and ethnocultural populations experience disparities in their access to mental health and addictions services, quality of care and health outcomes. And problem gambling awareness programs designed for the general population are not as effective at reaching ethnocultural communities.1 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.2 Services that respect and respond to the cultural and linguistic needs of diverse groups are effective in improving service use and reducing health inequities.3
Purpose of funding
The objective of this Call for Proposals is to provide funding for problem gambling awareness and/or counselling programs and services tailored to fit the needs of immigrants, refugees and ethnocultural populations in Ontario for the 2022–2023 fiscal year. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Eligible initiatives should do 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 (e.g., 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 (e.g., 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 counselling services to specific immigrant, refugee and ethnocultural communities.
To be eligible for funding, organizations must be legally constituted not-for-profits and must provide awareness and/or addictions treatment and support services in Ontario.
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 counselling programs and services for immigrant, refugee and/or ethnocultural communities
- request no more than $15,000 for the 2022–2023 fiscal year
- have regulated professionals, or professionally designated staff, available onsite or closely affiliated to the organization, if providing counselling 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
- Proposals should show evidence of align/support with the Ontario Roadmap to Wellness
- 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
- permit their project information to be posted on the GGTU website and newsletter.
- participate in the delivery of a webinar to share information about their project.
Proposal review process
The review process includes:
- 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
- a formal rating/score (see Proposal evaluation criteria) by the Review Committee to determine the successful candidates.
Call for Proposals Issued
Send to eligible organizations and provincial networks.
Call open for four weeks.
February 4, 2022
Application requirements and deadline
Applications are submitted electronically and include the following:
March 14, 2022
Review Committee rates each submission based on a score sheet (see Proposal evaluation criteria) and approves successful proposals.
Key contact for applicant must be available to answer any questions.
March 15–24, 2022
Notification of acceptance
Successful applicants are notified.
March 25, 2022
Provision of feedback
Review Committee provides feedback to all applicants.
March 25, 2022
Project start date
April 1–30, 2022
Proposal evaluation criteria
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?
Is the proposed project clearly articulated?
Is the proposed initiative evidence based?
Is the evaluation plan appropriate and complete?
Is the proposed initiative achievable within the timeframe provided?
Is the proposed initiative provided in the first language of the intended community?
Is the budget clearly articulated?
Is the proposed initiative likely to improve the gambling problems of a person from the specific community?
Can the proposed initiative be implemented under COVID-19 restrictions?
Will there be aspects of the project that can be maintained after the funding ends?
Total possible score
Minimum score required
To request a funding application, please email: Stephen.Meredith@camh.ca
Submissions will be accepted by e-mail to Stephen.Meredith@camh.ca until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, March 14, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.
- Ontario Resource Group on Gambling, Ethnicity and Culture. (2010). A guide for counsellors: Working with problem gambling clients from ethno-cultural communities. Available: http://icboc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/A-Guide-for-Counsellors-Working-with-Problem-Gambling-Clients-from-Ethno-Cultural-Communities.pdf. Accessed January 26, 2022.
- Provincial System Support Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (2018). Mental health and addictions treatment interventions for immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized (IRER) populations in Ontario: Scoping review. Available: https://converge3.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/converge3-evidence-mental-health-irer-treatment-interventions-2018-10-16.pdf. Accessed January 28, 2021.
- 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. Mental Health Commission of Canada. Available: https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/wp-content/uploads/drupal/2016-10/case_for_diversity_oct_2016_eng.pdf. Accessed January 27, 2022.