Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia (GANS) Community Project Grants

The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) is administering the Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia (GANS) Community Project Grant on behalf of GANS.

The objective of this program is to provide one-year project funding to address unmet needs and gaps in services, awareness and/or knowledge within a framework of preventing or reducing gambling-related harm among individuals, families and communities in Nova Scotia. Funding will be provided to projects that align with one or more of the following identified priorities:

  • Improve community networks and monitor, manage and improve local community environments to address disparities in the social determinants of health and decrease gambling harm
  • Develop and deliver broad-based and/or culturally sensitive community programs that address one or more social determinants of health for adults living “at risk” to prevent gambling harm
  • Develop and deliver broad-based and/or culturally sensitive community programs to prevent stigma and shame among those experiencing gambling harms

Funds may be used to further develop services, enhance past/existing efforts or explore the feasibility of establishing new ones where gaps exist. Projects that duplicate past or existing efforts in Nova Scotia to prevent/reduce gambling-related harm will not be funded. Projects requiring ethics approval will not be funded.

Applicants may submit applications for more than one project. Related (but not duplicate) applications are permitted, provided the applicant clearly demonstrates how each project is unique and can be implemented independently.

Overview

Eligible

  • Registered charities, community health boards or non-profit organizations registered as a society with the Registry of Joint Stocks in Nova Scotia
  • Include team members with appropriate qualifications and training to develop, manage and implement the proposed project

Ineligible 

  • Individuals
  • Political organizations, labour unions, or labour associations
  • Federal, provincial, regional, municipal or other local governments
  • Businesses, private consulting firms, business associations, or any for-profit groups
  • Nova Scotia Health Authority (excluding community health boards) and IWK

Funding Amount and Duration

  • Up to $50,000 per grant will be awarded for a period of one year. Funded applicants will receive grant funding in two instalments: 50% of funds will be issued on the project start date and the remaining 50% of funds will be issued after the 6 month progress report has been approved.
  • Up to $300,000 of funding is available in this competition. The GANS Board will consider supporting additional projects should a higher than expected number of quality proposals be received

Dates and Deadlines

Please visit the Schedule of Funding Opportunities page on the NSHRF website for current grant offerings and applicable dates.

 


How to Apply

Step 1:
Complete Letter of Intent

In order to determine eligibility, applicants must first submit a letter of intent via email to Leslie.Power@novascotia.ca.

After review of the letter of intent, only those eligible to apply will be invited to complete an application.

The requirements, deadlines and submission process for the letter of intent are outlined in the Call for Letters of Intent.

 - Call for Letters of Intent (PDF)

Step 2:
Register in NSHRF’s Grants Management System (GMS)

Applicants selected to apply for a GANS Community Project Grant will submit applications through NSHRF’s online Grants Management System (GMS).

The main contact person for the grant application is considered the Principal Investigator (PI). In order to access the application in GMS, this individual must create an account. For step by step instructions for creating an account, please click here.

Step 3:
Complete Application

Login to GMS to access the application where information will be either directly entered into GMS or uploaded as PDF documents. Application requirements are described in detail in the Application Guide below:

 - GANS Community Project Grant Application Requirements (PDF)

Application Support Applicants are invited to contact Leslie Power, Manager, Research Programs for assistance with the completion of their application.


Review Process

  1. All interested applicants are required to submit a letter of intent in order to determine eligibility for the grant competition.
     
  2. The NSHRF will assess letters of intent to determine whether they meet the eligibility criteria. Eligible applicants will be invited to submit a full grant application.
     
  3. A merit review panel will review applications in accordance with NSHRF’s peer review guidelines and the evaluation criteria outlined below.

Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the GANS Community Project Grant applications. The proposal must demonstrate:

Project Description

  • Clarity, scope and appropriateness of objectives, goals and target audience(s), including limitations
  • Potential contribution to addressing unmet needs and gaps in services, awareness and/or knowledge of preventing or reducing gambling-related harm
  • Feasibility of the proposed work

Work Plan

  • The timeline is reasonable
  • The proposed activities are feasible

Team Composition

  • Knowledge, expertise and experience of the applicant and team members in the field of gambling-related harm reduction and prevention
  • How the knowledge, expertise and experience of the applicant and team members align with the specific needs of the project

Merit of the Proposal

  • Significance and expected contribution to addressing unmet needs and gaps in services, awareness and/or knowledge within a framework of preventing or reducing gambling-related harm among individuals, families and communities in Nova Scotia
  • Significance and expected contribution to addressing one or more of the following priorities:
    • Improve community networks and monitor, manage and improve local community environments to address disparities in the social determinants of health and decrease gambling harm
    • Develop and deliver broad-based and/or culturally sensitive community programs that address one or more social determinants of health for adults living “at risk” to prevent gambling harm
    • Develop and deliver broad-based and/or culturally sensitive community programs to prevent stigma and shame among those experiencing gambling harms
  • The potential of the team to succeed in the activities proposed
  • Demonstrate that the proposed plan is sustainable for long-term community benefit

Budget

  • Appropriateness and justification of the budget (see Budget and Allowable Costs)
  • Availability of other sources of funding, if any
  • Special needs related to the project (i.e., meetings, teleconferences or infrastructure costs, such as user fees)
  • A viable plan to sustain the project being funded past the one-year funding period, where applicable

 

Project Evaluation

The NSHRF will be training funded applicants to conduct an evaluation of their project. Implementation of this evaluation will require project leads to develop evaluation processes in collaboration with the NSHRF evaluation team during meetings scheduled throughout the funding period. Project proposals should not include any evaluation plans or request funding for evaluation activities. Regular reporting on progress will also be required.


Step by Step Guide

Please click below to download a step by step guide for applicants outlining how to navigate the online application process.

- Step by Step Guide for Applicants (PDF)

Contact Information

All applicants are encouraged to contact the Manager, Research Programs, with questions prior to submitting an application.