Invitation to Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Dementia Strategic Fund: Awareness raising initiatives

21 January, 2020
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
Speech-Language Pathology

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Dementia Strategic Fund (DSF): Awareness Raising Initiatives. This is the first open solicitation for funding that was announced in Budget 2019 of $50 million over 5 years to support the implementation of key elements of Canada’s first national dementia strategy, A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire, by

  • increasing awareness about dementia through targeted campaigns and activities that focus on prevention and reducing stigma
  • supporting access to and use of guidance, including treatment guidelines and best practices for early diagnosis
  • improving our understanding of the prevalence and effects of dementia on our communities

Efforts to raise awareness of dementia through the new DSF will focus on multiple objectives, including how to: prevent dementia; reduce stigma, including stigmatizing behaviours; and encourage and support communities to be more dementia-inclusive.

PHAC is currently accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) from interested applicants. Those who are interested in applying should review LOI announcement. Interested applicants can request the LOI Template from PHAC’s Centre for Grants and Contributions by email at Please be sure to include “DSF: Awareness” in the subject line when communicating with us. The deadline to submit completed LOI templates is 5pm, Monday, February 24, 2020 (Pacific Time).

After the assessment process, applicants with LOIs deemed to best fit the overall requirements of this solicitation will move onto the second stage of the application process, receiving an invitation to submit a funding request (ISFR) that elaborates on the project described in the LOI.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these documents, please contact PHAC’s Centre for Grants and Contributions by email at