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Nursing students at bench promoting connection and mental health at the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing.

Nursing students Frances Hernandez and Gillian Laninga at the new bench promoting mental health awareness, located outside the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing.

Finding new and creative ways to build community wellness

Application deadline extended to Mar. 7

Wellness and mental health grants are a great way to get us thinking about ways to improve the overall University environment — and to take the opportunity to consider our own mental health and well-being in relation to the wider community, says executive director of student support Don Stewart. The unit is one of the sponsors of the Wellness and Mental Health Grants (WMHG) program (formerly Success through Wellness Grants), along with employee wellness, human resources.

“People find new and creative ways to build community and mental wellness, which is really exciting to see!” says Stewart.

As part of UM’s commitment to promoting and supporting the mental health and well-being among our faculty, staff and students, the WMHG program offer grants of up to $1,500 are available to students, staff and faculty from all campuses.

All can apply for a grant to fund a new event, project, initiative or program that will improve the mental health and well-being of the UM community during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Application deadline extended to Mar. 7

Applicants are encouraged to come up with an idea that will engage the UM community to foster positive mental health and well-being, and create a supportive, responsive and inclusive learning and work environment.


Prioritizing our wellness, inspiring our community

“The last few years have brought an unprecedented level of change, challenge and opportunity, highlighting the need to prioritize our wellness — and we know well-being impacts employee experience and it is therefore a significant priority for the University of Manitoba,” says Carrie Homeniuk, director, HR client services.


Learn about previously funded projects at the UM Wellness and Mental Health webpage

For inspiration, check out some previously funded projects, including: the Music and Wellness speaker series; Brain Food Dinners; STEAM wellness programming in the Faculty of Science; the Desautel Faculty of Music Restorative Space; and the Encouraging Connections One Conversation at a Time project (pictured at top).

Deadline extended! To Mar. 7. Grant recipients will be announced in the spring. 


Visit the Wellness and Mental Health webpage for information on submitting your proposal and to learn more about previous wellness and mental health-related projects.  If you’re interested in sharing your feedback, or being a part of the next phase of the U of M’s mental health strategy, email

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