The Intersectoral Action Fund (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Funding Opportunity
Date & Time
Public Health Agency of Canada

The Intersectoral Action Fund
Submission deadline - July 12, 2021

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) launched a new funding opportunity entitled “The Intersectoral Action Fund”. PHAC is currently seeking proposals for community-based projects that support collective action on the social determinants of health. This solicitation will aim to build capacity for intersectoral action across three project Streams:

  • Stream 1: Identify priority areas for collective action on social determinants of health and wellbeing
    Examples: community needs assessment; analyses of how programs, policies, or other issues impact diverse groups, assessments to improve how sectors work together to improve health; translating evidence into policy effectively; develop a community vision, agenda, or action plan
  • Stream 2: Foster transformative partnerships to facilitate action on social determinants of health and wellbeing
    Examples: hire dedicated staff, initiate peer-to-peer coaching or mentorship for undertaking intersectoral work; support partnerships with new sectors; involve people with lived experience in decision-making processes; establish a network of intersectoral community partners
  • Stream 3: Build capacity to take action on social determinants of health and wellbeing
    Examples: cross-sectoral training to advance common goals among partners; build internal capacity for data analysis and interpretation, or other essential areas; communicating health information to diverse audiences and sectors, social marketing campaigns that support health equity; develop tools to support leaders to undertake intersectoral work

If your organization is working in one of the above areas, or if these are areas where you would like to undertake new work, you are encouraged you to apply. Applications from small organizations are welcome – organizations can apply for between $25,000 and $250,000 per project.

Funds will be issued through grants no earlier than Fall 2021. It's expected that applicants will complete the proposed project within 12 months. A final report will be due within 1 month of the project's end.

Only applicants in the following categories may be considered for funding:

  • Canadian not-for-profit voluntary organizations and corporations
  • organizations and institutions supported by provincial and territorial governments (regional health authorities, community health centres, schools, post-secondary institutions, etc.)
  • Indigenous organizations, including Indigenous government organizations
  • Regional and municipal governments and agencies
  • For-profit organizations (must apply in partnership with a not-for-profit organization)

Small organizations are welcome to apply.

For-profit organizations must apply in partnership with a non-profit organization, to ensure the project meets the needs of the community of interest, and is delivered with input from that community and the organizations who serve it. Applicants from for-profit organizations will be asked to demonstrate meaningful and appropriate community partnerships in their request for funding and will be required to submit Letters of Support from community partners with their application.

For more information, please visit the Intersectoral Action Fund website.