Event Funding Program


The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) is committed to working together with brain health-related organizations in order to increase the capacity of their work in Ontario. OBI’s Event Funding Program provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 for events that are aligned with our goal of improving brain health and wellness for Ontarians. The program especially looks to support events that embody OBI’s principles of integration and collaboration.

OBI will be modifying this year's review periods to accommodate a new round schedule beginning April 1, 2021. Please note the following changes to this year's application deadlines:

  • May round: *Currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic*
  • October round (formerly September round): for events scheduled between November 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021
  • There will be no January round. Events taking place February 1- March 31 can apply in the October round listed above; events taking place in April 1 - May 31 can apply in the new March round (for events taking place April 1 - July 31, 2021).

Applicant Eligibility

We welcome applications from registered not-for-profit organizations:

  • University or College
  • Research Institute
  • Hospital
  • Foundation
  • Patient advocacy group
  • Charity

Individuals, independent programs, and university departments must apply through one of the eligible organizations listed above.


Successful applicants will be notified of the awarded amount and funding restrictions through a signed Letter of Award. Funding for successful applicants will be provided after the event follow-up report is signed and submitted to OBI.

NOTE: OBI is willing to consider providing advances for successful applicant organizations under exceptional circumstances, at OBI’s discretion.

Application and Deadline

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the May round of Event Funding will be put on hold until further notice. We will follow the guidance of provincial public health experts to inform the reopening of applications once it is safe to hold public events. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Future deadlines for Event Funding rounds will remain, subject to change in response to extended physical distancing requirements issued from public health officials.

Future Deadlines: September 16, 2020 (for events scheduled November 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021)

Follow-Up Report

Payments for approved events will be made in a single tranche once the Follow-Up Report is submitted. Please submit this form no later than 30 days after the completion of the event.


For questions or more information, please email events@braininstitute.ca