OERC – CAI Stream 2

Please note: the Community Overdose Crisis Innovation Grants - Stream 2 is now closed, and we are no longer accepting applications. Please join our mailing list to be kept up to date on future grant opportunities.

The Community Action Initiative (CAI), in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions (MMHA) and the Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC), has funding available for Community Overdose Crisis Innovation Grant. These grants will augment the impact of the previously announced Community Action Team (CAT) grants.

Similar to CAT grants, Community Overdose Crisis Innovation Grant are available for initiatives aligned with the OERC’s Comprehensive Package of Interventions (see OERC Terms of Reference). These interventions will capitalize on proven and effective strategies to form a comprehensive response to the overdose crisis. For example, new initiatives to strengthen pathways to treatment and care, innovative strategies to reach people who use alone, expansion of Indigenous approaches to healing and wellness, and initiatives to enhance engagement of people with lived experience.

Community Overdose Crisis Innovation Grants are one-time funds that are available to communities that are not developing a CAT. However, communities with a CAT are not precluded from applying for this second stream of funding.

Maximum funding for this grant program is $75,000 per applicant. Application criteria will include an emphasis on geographic reach and innovation. Agencies and coalitions within communities that have an Overdose Emergency Community Action Team (CAT) are eligible to apply for this grant, but funding decisions will take into account equitable distribution of resources across regions affected by the overdose crisis.

Innovation Grant Application


Innovation Grant Question and Answers


Key dates:

  • Applications open: June 4, 2018
  • Applications close: July 13, 2018
  • Grants awarded: September 2018