Growing Expertise in Evaluation and Knowledge Translation (GEEK)

Supporting care in the community

The GEEK (Growing Expertise in Evaluation and Knowledge Translation) program provides funding, evaluation expertise, and support to community-led programs and services for people living with brain disorders. GEEK supports the sustainability, scale and/or spread of these programs, to improve the quality and quantity of evidence-based care in the community.

The GEEK program will allocate up to $1 million in funding over the next five years.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant is a community-led organization.
  • The program or service is brain health related (includes mental health).
  • Funding supports activities taking place in Ontario.
  • The program or service is currently or has previously been offered.
  • The program is community-led and takes place outside of a hospital or primary care setting.
  • The applicant is an incorporated organization with prior or existing funding.

Preference will be given to programs or services that:

  • Address a unique and/or unmet need of the community, and
  • Are implementing their evidence-informed program/service in a new context or setting, or
  • Are growing their capacity to deliver their program/service.

Over the course of the GEEK program, we are seeking to fund a cohort of programs that represent a range of brain disorders and challenges, and represent diverse regions and groups in Ontario

Meet the 2021 GEEKs

  • Family Navigation Project

    (Greater Toronto Area)
    The Family Navigation Project provides free-of-charge support to youth ages 13-26 with mental health and addictions concerns and their families. Through the program experts help youth navigate and access the most appropriate services and resources.
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  • Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Transition Program

    Vista Centre Brain Injury Services (Ottawa)
    The Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Transition Program supports the safe transition of ABI clients back to the community through a counseling partnership with The Robin Easey Centre of The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre.
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  • Epilepsy-Specific Mental Health Program

    Epilepsy Ontario (across Ontario)
    The Epilepsy-Specific Mental Health Program in Ontario delivers remote-based mental health services to people living with epilepsy in areas where there is no local mental health programming or Community Epilepsy Agency.
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2020 GEEKs

  • Peer-Administered CBT-Informed Support for Postpartum Depression

    Kids Can Fly (Brantford)
    Kids Can Fly’s ‘Peer-Administered CBT-Informed Support for Postpartum Depression’ program train women who have recovered from postpartum depression to deliver a 9-week group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-informed support program to women currently struggling with postpartum depression.
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  • U-First! for Care Partners

    Alzheimer Society of Ontario (across Ontario)
    Alzheimer Society of Ontario’s ‘U-First! for Care Partners’ program provides informal care partners (family members and friends) across Ontario with consistent hands-on training, essential skills, and best practices in the care of persons with changes in behaviour due to dementia and other cognitive impairment.
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  • Mashkikiiwininiwag Mazinaatesijigan Wichiiwewin (MMW) Video Conferencing Program

    Surrey Place (Northwest Ontario)
    Surrey Place's MMW Program provides specialized clinical services and resources from urban Toronto to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) living in rural communities in Northwestern Ontario, via videoconferencing technology.
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Our call for letters of intent (LOIs) for our 2021 round of funding is now closed. Please email if you would like to be notified when the next round of funding opens.

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