Request for Proposals: Funding Bold Ideas for Youth Mental Health in 12 countries

Request for Proposals: Funding Bold Ideas for Youth Mental Health in 12 countries

Grants Funding: 250,000CAD

Being Initiative are funding bold prevention and promotion ideas that address the early drivers of mental health and wellbeing for the most underserved young people aged 10- to 24 in: Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Pakistan, Romania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Vietnam.

Being’s funding is guided by specific country priorities determined through locally driven country analyses and consultations with youth, policymakers, local organizations, and mental health experts in our 12 priority countries. We strongly encourage applications from, and will give preference to, youth-led organizations based in the 12 countries.

Available Funding Opportunities

Proof-of-Concept (POC) Funding
POC funding up to $250,000 CAD will be awarded over 15, 18 or 24 months to early-stage projects that can implement, test and refine solutions to country-specific personal, social, and/or environmental factors impacting young people’s mental health and wellbeing in one of the 12 countries.

Transition-to-Scale (TTS) Funding
TTS funding between $300,000 CAD and $1,500,000 CAD over 12-48 months will be awarded to support organizations that align with country-specific priorities along their scaling journey to help catalyze their sustainability and impact.

Ecosystem Catalyst (EC) Funding
EC funding between $200,000 CAD and $300,000 CAD over 24 months will be awarded to organizations that can address priority barriers to scale, such as legislation, evidence, coordination, and mobilize demand for the scale-up of effective solutions in one of the 12 countries.

Eligibility Criteria

All legally incorporated (or the equivalent) organizations based in any country can apply for funding through this RFP. Please note: Only organizations implementing their project in the 12 priority countries, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Pakistan, Romania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Vietnam, will be considered.

Preference will be given to eligible organizations based on the following order of criteria:

Youth-led organizations (50% or more of staff in key leadership roles are youth aged 35 and under) based in one of 12 priority countries.
Organizations based in one of Being’s 12 priority countries.
Organizations based in any low- and middle-income country partnering with a local organization based in at least one of the 12 priority countries.
Other eligible organizations.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. This means that applications are continually accepted and reviewed at specific intake periods.


All applications will involve a two-stage application process:

Completing a screening questionnaire and submitting a project summary (stage one); and
Submitting a full project application (stage two). Only those applications that pass screening (stage one) will be invited to submit a full application (stage two).
Please note: Applications will only be accepted through our online application form only accessible via Grand Challenges Canada’s Fluxx Portal https://gcc.fluxx.io. New users must register for an account on Fluxx at least 7 days before an intake deadline.

Current Application Intake Period
Our current intake period is active from April 8-April 30, 2024. The intake deadline determines when your application will be reviewed, approved or rejected and the start time of your project. You can still apply after an intake deadline; your application will be considered for the next intake period.

Deadline to register for Fluxx to submit applications for current intake: April 23, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EDT (3:59 a.m. GMT)
Current intake deadline for applications: April 30, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. EDT (4:00 p.m. GMT)
The next application intake period will run from May 1, 2024-June 26,2024.
For more information:

Upcoming Webinar: Tuesday, April 16th at 9:00 A.M. EDT (1:00 P.M. GMT) for applicants seeking to learn more about the RFP’s eligibility, application process and timelines

More information: here
Being Initiative Request for proposals


8 April 2024
Request for Proposals (RFP)
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