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GANS Community Project Grant

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
  • Develop and deliver broad-based and/or culturally sensitive community programs that address the relationship between gambling-related harms and mental health and addictions

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 considered.    

Overview

Eligible
  • Registered charities and non-profit organizations registered as a society with the Registry of Joint Stocks in Nova Scotia
  • Project includes team members with appropriate qualifications and training to develop, manage and implement the proposed project.

Please note: Community Health Boards are eligible partners and/or team members, however, are unable to administer funding for grants.
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 and IWK
Funding Amount and DurationUp to $50,000 per grant for a period of one year. 
Dates and DeadlinesDeadline: March 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (AT)
Results: All principal applicants will be notified the end of March 2020
Funding Available: Projects can begin as early as April 1, 2020

Application Process

STEP 1:

Confirm Eligibility
Consider whether you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above. 
 
If you are unsure please contact Leslie.Power@researchns.ca or call 902.424.4193 for confirmation before beginning application. 
STEP 2:

Register in the Grants Management System (GMS)
Applications will be submitted via an online Grants Management System (GMS).
 
The main contact person for the grant application is considered the Principal Applicant (PA). In order to access the application in the GMS, this individual must create an account.
STEP 3:

Review Application Guide
Be sure to carefully review all application requirements and directions, as outlined in the application guide below:

GANS Community Project Grant Application Guide (PDF)
STEP 4:

Review the GANS CPG Budget Considerations and Allowable Costs Document
Please carefully review the Allowable Cost document for this funding opportunity available below: 
 
GANS Community Project Grant Budget Considerations and Allowable Costs (PDF)
STEP 5:

Complete Organizational Agreement Form
For this opportunity the primary host organization who will administer funding must complete an organizational agreement form to support the application. This form must be included within the GMS application. Further instructions are available in the application guide.

See Organizational Agreement Form to be completed below:
 
GANS Community Grant Organizational Agreement Form (PDF)
STEP 6:

Complete and Submit Application
Input all information into the Grants Management System (GMS).

When all sections have been completed select ‘save and submit’

Confirmation of submission will be available in the primary applicants GMS portfolio. 

Review Process

A merit review panel will review applications in accordance with RNS Merit Review Guidelines and assessment criteria established for this competition outlined below:

GANS Community Project Grant Review Scoring Rubric (PDF)

Assessment 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
    –   Develop and deliver broad-based and/or culturally sensitive community programs that address the relationship between gambling-related harms and mental health and addictions
  • 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 Allowable Expenses)
  • 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)
  • Available plan to sustain the project being funded past the one-year funding period, where applicable

Resources & Assistance

The Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia (GANS) Community Project Grant is administered by Research Nova Scotia.

All applications for this opportunity will be accepted via an online Grants Management System (GMS). A step-by-step guide outlining GMS applications steps is available below:  

GANS Community Project Grant Step-by-Step Guide for Applicants (PDF)

GMS Technical Support 
For technical support applying using the GMS please contact the helpdesk at helpdesk@researchns.ca or by calling 902.424.3054.

Require assistance?
If you require any application support or have questions about this funding opportunity please contact Leslie Power at 902.424.4193 or Leslie.Power@researchns.ca.

In 1998, Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia (GANS-formerly the Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation) was formed as a not-for-profit, arms-length government organization for the purpose of receiving and distributing funds that would support communities to reduce the harmful effects of gambling. These funds are generated from a percentage of VLT revenues, matched by the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation (NSPLCC).

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