Organizers announced last week applications are now being accepted for Bell True Patriot Love (TPL) Fund grants.
The dollars will be directed to programs focused on improving access to mental health care for Canadian military families.
“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to work with True Patriot Love to support our military families,” said Mary Deacon, chair, Bell Let’s Talk. “The Bell True Patriot Love Fund is making a difference in the lives of families with grants to organizations that provide access to mental health care to help military members and their families cope with the unique challenges of military life.”
The application window for the 2015 Fund opened on June 22. Applications will be accepted until August 21, 2015. The Fund, managed and administered by the True Patriot Love Foundation, will be open exclusively to programs that focus on increasing access to mental health support for soldiers, veterans, and their families.
Launched in 2013, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund is a $1-million program providing grants from $5,000 up to $25,000 to community mental health initiatives for Canadian military families, veterans and serving members.
Since its launch, the Fund has provided 32 grants to programs delivered through Military Family Resource Centres (MFRC) and other charities that work to improve access to mental health care in military communities across the country.
TPL is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and well-being, and research and innovation.
“TPL is grateful for the continued support Bell has provided in creating a long-term mechanism to support mental health care for the CAF community,” said Bronwen Evans, president, True Patriot Love. “Together, we are committed to creating a positive change and ending the stigma surrounding mental health that impacts Canadians in and out, of uniform.”
TPL is also committed to changing the conversation about Canada’s veterans, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009 TPL has raised more than $20 million to support military charities across Canada.
The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk and the annual Bell Let’s Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives.
To learn more about the Bell True Patriot Love Fund and to apply for 2015 funding, please visit their website.
To learn more about Bell Let’s Talk please visit their website.