Up to $500,000 in Funding is Available through CC-ABHI’s Spark Program!

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We are proud to announce that CC-ABHI is launching the Spark Program, which will be accepting submissions for funding between September 7 – October 28, 2016. 

The CC-ABHI Spark Program is a new initiative that will provide up to $50,000 in funding per project in support of grassroots ideas that will help improve brain health or the quality of life for older adults. We aim to select up to 10 projects for funding through the Spark Program, which means we are offering up to $500,000 in support of grassroots innovations for the healthcare sector!  Without our key funders this would not be possible so I’d like to thank the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, Public Health Agency of Canada and the Baycrest Foundation for their funding support.

What makes this program so exciting is that we’re looking to point-of-care workers to bring these ideas forward because we believe that many of the best ideas that can improve brain health and quality of life for older adults will come from the point-of-care workers within the healthcare sector. CC-ABHI is looking to people within the healthcare space, which includes allied health professionals, food services staff, housekeeping staff, nurses, personal support workers, physicians– any point-of-care and service staff member workers who are associated with healthcare delivery or service provider organizations to bring their ideas forward and submit an application for funding.

One of our goals is to provide solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing older adults in our community today, so to qualify project submissions for consideration will need to address one of the following themes for older adults living with dementia:

  • Emergency department visits: Solutions that avoid or reduce unnecessary emergency department visits for older adults living with dementia
  • Falls prevention: Solutions that prevent falls or mitigate injury due to falls in older adults with dementia
  • Aging at home: Solutions for better management of complex chronic conditions for older adults with dementia living at home
  • Cognitive fitness: Solutions that improve brain health or cognitive fitness in older adults

Do you think you have an idea that will change the way we grow older? If so we want to hear from you! 

To Apply for Funding:

Step 1: Read the Spark Program Call for Innovations – Information Package for details about the application process, timing and selection criteria before submitting your application form.

Step 2: If you have submitted your Expression of Interest by 5 pm on Monday, October 3, 2016 (EDT), please proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: Submit your Application Form by 5 pm on October 28, 2016 (EDT). All applications must be in English, and nothing confidential or proprietary should be included. You are granting no rights to any intellectual property by submitting an application. The online application must include a letter of support from the host organization, which includes confirmation from the host organization that it understands its role and obligations if the applicant’s project is selected for funding. 

Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science, as well as, the Government of Canada through the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Baycrest Foundation.

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