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 projects and innovation initiatives tailored to improve the well-being of Veterans and their families. Through grants and contributions, private, public or academic organizations are 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. When is the call for applications in 2019?

Veterans Affairs Canada is now calling for applications from February 28 – March 29, 2019.


Q4. How much money is available for the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund?

Veterans Affairs Canada will award $3 million in grants and contributions in 2019-20.


Q5. 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.


Q6. 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.


Q7. 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.


Q8. 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.


Q9. 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.


Q10. When and how will I be notified if my application was selected?

We expect to render decisions in the spring of 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by email.


Q11. 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.


Q12. 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.


Q13. 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.


Q14. 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.


Q15. 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.


Q16. 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 for 2019-20, please reapply in the next call for applications.


Q17. 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.

Application Form


Q18. How long will it take to fill out the online application form?

We expect it will take a couple of hours to complete, but it really depends on the complexity of the research, project or initiative. Organizations will have four weeks to submit their applications.

The deadline to submit an application for 2019 is March 29, 2019 at 23:59 Pacific Time.


Q19. Am I able to save my online application form as a draft and come back to it later?

Yes. You are able to save the application as you go, so you can come back to work on it and submit it when complete.


Q20. Can I retrieve my application once it has been submitted?

You are able to sign in to your account and see your submitted application. Please note that no changes will be permitted after the application is submitted.


Q21. The online application form is very long. Do I have to answer every field?

Yes. You should fill in all the spaces on the online application form.

If you have questions about your eligibility or the application process, please e-mail us at vac.veteraninnovation.acc@canada.ca.


Q22. Is there a character limit for each field?

Yes. Most of the fields have a limit of 10,000 characters unless otherwise indicated. While it is important to give thorough answers, we do encourage you to be clear and concise.


Q23. I downloaded and completed the application form. Are you able to accept applications via e-mail?

No, we only accept applications through the online application form.


Q24. I was working on the online application form and my computer crashed. Will I have to start over?

No. The application is divided into sections, therefore, once a section is complete, it is saved. You will be able to sign in to your account and continue where you left off.


Q25. Can I submit more than one application?

Yes. Each research plan, project or initiative will require a new application.


Q26. Will Veterans Affairs provide regular updates on these projects/organizations?

Final reports will be available on veterans.gc.ca

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