Making a difference in Ontario

The Ontario Mental Health Foundation is the preeminent source of support for mental health research in Ontario. For over forty years the Foundation has provided support to Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s efforts to provide high quality and effective services for Ontarians with mild to complex mental illness by providing support to Ontario-based researchers in their efforts to understand the causes of mental illness and develop evidence-based interventions for maintaining mental health.

Click here for brief descriptions of the projects funded by the Foundation.


Mission and Objectives of the Foundation

The Foundation aims to promote the mental health of people living in Ontario. We have been funding innovative mental health research since 1967.

Learn about our principal mandates


Donate to OMHF and help make a difference in mental health research

Your donation will help fund excellent mental health research in Ontario on important topics such as factors causing disorders or promoting mental health, during any period of the life-span.

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Am I eligible?

Review the application guidelines

All applications are reviewed for scientific merit and relevance to the objectives of the Foundation


Application Guidelines

 The OMHF is currently in discussions with key stakeholders to establish research priorities for this year. It is likely there will not be one single call for proposals, rather there will be several calls. The call for proposal(s) should be in place by September. Information will appear on this website as it becomes available.  



The Markham Amazing Race to benefit the Ontario Mental Health Foundation was held on Saturday, April 9th. It was organized by the Markham Mayor’s Youth Council. Thanks to the organizers and participants for their $2,100 donation to support lifesaving mental health research.  

 If you want to organize an event to benefit the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, please contact Andrea Swinton, Executive Director


The Year 2015 Competitions are now closed.

Application forms and guidelines for all of the Foundation's competitions are available online and can be downloaded for you to complete.

Si vous préférez présenter votre demande en français, la fondation est heureuse de vous aviser que vous pouvez obtenir les versions françaises des subventions pour les projets de recherche ainsi que des bourses de recherche et des bourses d'études. Veuillez adresser toutes demandes à la fondation.