Questions and answers

Summary Questions and answers about the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund

Q1. What is the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund?

The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund supports research and innovation initiatives and projects tailored to improve the well-being of Veterans and their families. Through grants and contributions, private, public or academic organizations will be able to conduct research and implement initiatives and projects.


Q2. Who can apply for the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund?

Organizations in the public, private and academic sectors conducting work that is relevant to Veterans’ and their families’ well-being may apply for the fund.

To qualify, you must be a:

  • Non-profit organization;
  • For-profit organization (provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial, not intended to generate profit, and supports program priorities and objectives);
  • Research organizations/institute;
  • Educational institution;
  • Public health and social services institution; or
  • Indigenous organization.

Q3. How much money is available for the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund?

The Fund provides $3 million annually in grants and contributions.


Q4. How much funding can an organization apply for?

Veterans Affairs Canada may award grants up to a maximum of $250,000 per fiscal year, for a maximum of five years; and contributions up to a maximum of $1 million per fiscal year, for a maximum of five years. However, Veterans Affairs Canada encourages organizations to apply for the amount of funding that their research, project or initiative requires, and not the maximum amount available.


Q5. What kind of funding is available? What is the difference between a grant and a contribution?

Funding will be provided to organizations as either a grant or a contribution:

Grants can be awarded to organizations for research, initiatives and projects that are considered low risk and less complex. Grants are unconditional transfer payments, made as a lump sum ahead of project completion.

Contributions can be awarded to organizations for research, initiatives and projects that are considered high risk and more complex. Contributions are similar to grants, except that recipients must meet certain financial and performance conditions, such as reporting on expenditures, to receive funding and be reimbursed for specific costs. The government can also audit recipients' use of funding. Contribution payments will be made upon achievement of milestones; as reimbursement of incurred expenditures; upon completion of a project; as advance payments in exceptional cases; or periodically (monthly or quarterly). Certain payments will be linked to financial and performance reviews, as appropriate.


Q6. Can I be approved for multiple years of funding through the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund?

Yes. Multi-year funding is available up to a maximum of five years.


Q7. Can I apply for two separate initiatives in the same year and receive funding for both?

Yes. The same organization can apply for multiple initiatives separately and may be chosen to receive funding for each.


Q8. How do I know if my project or initiative is eligible to receive funding through the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund?

Please refer to the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund Guidelines, which explain the fund’s eligibility requirements.


Q9. What are the reporting requirements for organizations that receive funding?

Organizations are expected to measure the success of their project. If an organization is awarded a grant, we expect them to provide us with a report of their research, project or initiative once complete. If an organization is awarded a contribution, they will be required to provide regular progress updates, financial reports and a formal evaluation/report at completion, which will be outlined in individual contribution agreements.


Q10. Who will decide what research, projects and initiatives are funded? Will Veterans have a say in the selection process?

Applications that meet the evaluation requirements will be presented to Veterans Affairs Canada’s Internal Selection Committee, which will review the applications and make recommendations for funding. The selection committee will be made up of representatives from every area of Veterans Affairs Canada and representatives from other federal departments as required.

The areas of study or research may change over time to meet changing needs of Veterans and their families. Input from Ministerial Advisory Groups meetings, Stakeholders Summits, town halls and through social media discussions will help shape future needs.

For more information, please refer to the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund Guidelines.


Q11. I am not sure whether my research, project or initiative would support the well-being of Veterans and their families directly. Should I still apply?

Organizations that apply for funding must explain how their research, project or initiative will support the well-being of Veterans and their families. To be selected for funding, organizations must demonstrate how their research, projects or initiatives will meet the fund’s objectives and priorities.


Q12. I have a question about my application. Whom should I contact?

Contact the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund at vac.veteraninnovation.acc@canada.ca.


Q13. Am I able to receive funding if my research, project or initiative is underway already?

Yes. However, funding may only be used for future spending. It may not be used for spending made or costs incurred already.


Q14. My initiative did not receive funding. Should I reapply?

If you believe your organization has an innovative way of improving the well-being of Veterans and their families which meets the fund’s objectives and priorities, please reapply in the next call for applications.


Q15. Will the Government of Canada continue to support research, projects and initiatives that receive funding if they prove to be beneficial for the well-being of Veterans and their families beyond the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund?

The Government of Canada is looking to fund research, projects and initiatives that are sustainable and do not require further funding.

Organizations for 2019-2020


Q16. Which organizations were chosen to receive funding and what do their initiatives include?

The following organizations will receive funding through the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund: Funding Recipients - 2019


Q17. How did the committee choose which organizations received funding, and which did not? What was the criteria?

As outlined in the program guidelines all applications underwent an evaluation against the below fund criteria listed below. Part of the criteria in the selection process also required the organizations to demonstrate that projects can be self-sufficient after the funding is complete.

  1. Efficacy and safety - effectiveness in producing desired results, and unintended adverse consequences.
  2. Fit - fits the population, the problem/issue, or VAC’s business lines and priorities.
  3. Resource availability - sufficient resources for administering and delivering the program/service.
  4. Regulatory considerations - the program/service must meet regulatory standards and the organizations providing the service have sufficient expertise and are working within accepted scopes of practice.
  5. Readiness - is sufficiently developed to be delivered in the real world and can be replicated geographically.
  6. Impact - will have sufficient impact on Veterans’ and their families’ well-being, including a sustained impact after participation ends.
  7. Cost - assessment of cost and cost-effectiveness, including value for money, compared to alternatives.
  8. Need and necessity - evidence of the need for the program/service. for example: need and necessity, in-line with departmental priorities, level of positive impact on family and veteran well-being, and value for money are the main categories.

Q18. When is the next call for applications?

We encourage you to send us an email to vac.veteraninnovation.acc@canada.ca.ca to be added to our distribution list for updates and notification of the next call for applications.


Q19. How will Veterans Affairs Canada determine the success of the program?

Organizations receiving grant funding will be required to provide final reports, while organizations receiving contribution funding will be required to provide both interim and final reports as outlined in individual contribution agreements. These reports will provide information on the level of success the Fund has enabled to address the well-being of Veterans and their families.


Q20. Will Veterans Affairs continue to provide funding to these projects/organizations beyond what is committed in the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund?

Funding agreements for this call for applications range from 1 year to 5 years. No further funding has been committed at this time. Part of the criteria in the selection process required the organizations to demonstrate that projects can be self-sufficient after the funding is complete. Final reports will be available on https://www.veterans.gc.ca.


Q21. What happens after the organization’s funding from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund is finished?

Part of the criteria in the selection process required the organizations to demonstrate that projects can be self-sufficient after the funding is complete.


Q22. Will Veterans Affairs provide regular updates on these projects/organizations?

Final reports will be available on https://www.veterans.gc.ca.

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