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The Bell TPL Fund is a $1 million, multiyear initiative that provides annual grants of $5,000 to $75,000 to community mental health programs for serving military members, Veterans and their families.

A thousand Canadian military personnel are medically released each year, with 40% of them returning home with psychological injuries. Since its launch in 2013, the Bell TPL Fund has provided 61 grants to organizations across the country that work to improve access to mental health care.

In 2016, it was announced that Bell Let’s Talk and True Patriot Love’s partnership would be extended for another four years, providing an additional $1 million in support of the mental health and well-being of military families.

The application window is now closed.

Application Form





Bell True Patriot Love Fund: CLOSED

  • The 2017 Bell True Patriot Love Fund Opens: April 20, 2017
  • The 2017 Bell True Patriot Love Fund Closes: July 7, 2017

Eligibility Criteria

Stream 1 ($5,000 – $25,000)
  • Canadian registered charity
  • Mental health programming to benefit serving members, Veterans and/or their families
  • Preference will be given to community-based programs in which an established mental health organization or mental health expert is involved as a consultant or in the delivery of programming
  • Applications must be received during the application window of April 20, 2017 – July 7, 2017, at 5:00 pm PST
Stream 2 ($25,000 – $75,000)
  • Canadian registered charity
  • Mental health programming to benefit serving members, Veterans and/or their families
  • Programs must have regional scope (i.e., across more than one province) with the capacity to expand nationally
  • Preference will be given to organizations that:
    • Have a successful program with a proven track record
    • Have secured the project funding required to launch or expand the program
    • Are working with an established mental health organization or mental health expert who is involved as a consultant or in the delivery of programming
  • Applications must be received during the application window of April 20, 2017 – July 7, 2017, at 5:00 pm PST




  • Any program or service that is already offered or fully funded by the Canadian government. To find out what governmental services, programs and funding you may be eligible for, please read the relevant sections on:
  • Programs that do not directly impact Canadian serving members, Veterans and/or military families
  • Politically-affiliated programs, organizations or lobbyists
  • Religious organizations
  • Individuals or individual families
  • Multimedia and art productions including films (documentary and feature), music and plays
  • Individual researchers
  • Staff salaries

Application Guidelines

In addition to the eligibility criteria noted above, preference will be given to projects that address and provide details on the requirements below.

  • The Bell True Patriot Love Fund supports projects that improve access to mental health care and supports services for Canadian Armed Forces service members, Veterans and their families
  • Projects should leverage, expand or replicate proven programs and services already being offered by mental health agencies, MFRCs or other organizations who provide mental health care to military members, veterans, and military families
  • Only one project can be submitted per organization
  • Secured funding from other sources for the project is an asset
  • Applications should be evidence-based and must have clear objectives, a measurement plan, and specifically address project sustainability post funding
  • Specify the number or increased number of individuals helped through the project
  • Expected number of beneficiaries/participants served and supported by the project
  • Detailed budget and supporting financial documents are provided and allow for a clear financial assessment
  • Include previous funding application status and other formal funding partnerships
  • Identify the exact budget expense to be supported by the Bell TPL grant
  • Demonstrated organizational capacity to execute the project
  • Strategy for continued funding after disbursed funds have been used
Expected Outcomes
  • Ability to communicate and promote the mental health program after a grant has been disbursed
  • Measurement of success of the program including potential impact of funding

Terms of Grant

The Bell TPL Fund provides annual funding. The grant year starts on October 1 and ends September 30 of the following year.

The Bell TPL Fund may provide a grant amount for less than that requested; when this happens, the grantee must submit a revised budget within the amount approved.

An interim impact report and/or final impact report are mandatory for the Bell TPL Fund.


Visit Bell Let’s Talk, or for more information, please contact us.

Bell TPL Fund Grant Recipients

  • Equi-Sens: Based in Terrebonne, Québec, Equi-sens offers equine therapy for military personnel and Veterans living with PTSD and their families.
  • Guitars for Vets: Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this program offers peer support through guitar lessons and music therapy for Veterans with PTSD across Canada.
  • Legacy Place Society: Legacy Place Houses offer short term, confidential housing for military personnel receiving mental health assistance and support during crisis situations. Houses are located in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.
  • Mood Disorders Society of Canada: Women’s trauma support program in Perth, Ontario, for military personnel living with PTSD.
  • Murphy’s Legacy Society: Bilingual group support therapy delivered through the COPE Program – “Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday.”
  • National Service Dogs: Certified Service Dogs for military personnel and Veterans living with PTSD based in Cambridge, Ontario.
  • PEI MFRC: A web-based peer support program for caregivers in military families across the province.
  • Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur: Entrepreneurial education, tools and resources for transitioning Veterans across the country who are interested in starting their own businesses. Funding will assist the 74% of boot camp participants who are released due to medical conditions, such as PTSD, to find a new civilian mission and their own success.
  • St. John’s MFRC, Newfoundland: A pilot equine treatment program to improve mental health resilience and enhance coping and communication skills for military families.
  • Strongest Families Institute: Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this program provides evidence-based distance coaching to military families with children living with anxiety and behavioural concerns. This funding will support Canadian Rangers families in Northern Ontario, the majority of whom are Indigenous.
  • Trenton MFRC, Ontario: In partnership with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Trenton MFRC will deliver workshops focused on developing resiliency within military families.
  • University of Manitoba: Classroom delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Mindfulness course in mental resilience, will provide training for mental health professionals and peer support staff to improve services for the military community in Manitoba.
  • Veterans Transition Network: Clinically driven, peer support program to assist Veterans living with mental illness. This grant will allow VTN to expand the program in Québec and Manitoba.

* All funding is directed toward Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families.

* Bell TPL Fund 2016 decisions were approved by the True Patriot Love Board of Directors at a meeting held on September 27, 2016, in Toronto, Canada.

  • PEI MFRC – OPERATION: Building Bridges
  • Greenwood MFRC: Fun Friends, Friends for Life, Friends Youth, Kids have Stress Too
  • Strongest Families Institute: Evidence-based Distance Coaching for Mental Health in Children
  • Anne’s Hospital Foundation: Introduction to yoga and mindfulness techniques for Veterans, military personnel and their families
  • Equi-Sens: Equine therapy for PTSD with use of EAGALA model
  • Borden MFRC: “From Darkness to Light” – Youth Mental Health Summit
  • London MFRC: Supporting Adult Children with Operational Stress Injury
  • Toronto MFRC: Strengthening the Pillars of Military Families’ Mental Health
  • The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation: Perley Rideau Recreation and Creative Arts Program
  • Calgary MFRC: Moving Forward Retreat
  • Winnipeg MFRC: Friends for Life, Fun Friends – Evidence-based programs to provide children and families tools to deal with stress, anxiety and change
  • Mainland BC MFRC: Empowering Resiliency Retreat
  • Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur: National program for ill and injured transitioning CAF members interested in starting their own business
  • Veterans Transition Network: Expansion of clinically guided Veteran transition program to Québec and Ontario
  • Legacy Place Society: Legacy Place Houses for crisis situations
  • Halifax & Region MFRC: Resiliency Training for the unique military lifestyle
  • Greenwood MFRC: 2015 Family-focused mental health wellness programming
  • Valcartier MFRC: Mental Health Therapeutic Support Groups
  • Hope Reins: War Horse Project – Equine Therapy for PTSD
  • Phoenix Centre: Petawawa Mental Health Walk-In Clinic
  • Toronto MFRC: Training for Couples Therapy
  • North Bay MFRC: OSSIS Family-focused wellness therapy
  • London MFRC: Relationship Tools for Military Couples
  • Winnipeg MFRC: Women’s Conference Promoting Mental Health And Resiliency
  • Shilo MFRC: OSISS Family Retreat
  • Central Saskatchewan MFRC: Mental Health First Aid Certificate for Veterans
  • Esquimalt MFRC: Smooth Transition to Civilian Life
  • Mainland BC MFRC: Family Communication Course
  • Veterans Transition Network: Expansion of VTN program to Québec
  • Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur: National expansion of entrepreneurship workshops for veteran
  • Paws Fur Thought: Service Dogs for Veterans
  • Greenwood MFRC: School Liaison Coordinating access to mental health supports
  • Halifax MFRC: Focus on Women’s Wellness: Mind Body Spirit
  • Valcartier MFRC: Youth Mental Health Prevention
    NCR MFRC: Strengthening Our Families
  • Toronto MFRC: Dynamic Military Family Workshop Series
  • London MFRC: Monthly OSISS meetings
  • Petawawa MFRC: Youth of Parents who have experienced trauma
  • Winnipeg MFRC: Family Support Tools and Tips, Children’s Book: When a Parent is Ill or Injured
  • Central Saskatchewan MFRC: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Moose Jaw MFRC: Resiliency Training for Families Affected by OSI
  • Mainland BC: Surviving Sorry II: Self-Care for Silver Cross Mothers and Fathers
  • Comox MFRC: Clinical Training: Couple’s Counselling, Family Violence Prevention
  • Outward Bound Canada: Adventure-based resiliency training for veterans
  • Veterans Transition Network: Peer-to-Peer workshops for Veterans living with PTSD
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