Cameco Fund for Mental Health grants $500,000 to benefit 37 communities in Saskatchewan

December 15, 2023

Thanks to your support of Step Up for Mental Health, the Cameco Fund for Mental Health has now awarded more than $1.7 million to make a difference in Saskatchewan.

This year’s grants, worth $500,000, will support 25 projects directly benefitting 37 Saskatchewan communities as well as organizations that provide province-wide services. The projects range in scope from education and training programs to direct support for people struggling with mental health and addictions.

For a list of project summaries, please visit Cameco Fund for Mental Health. Grants for the Ontario portion of the fund will be announced separately.

“We all have reasons to step up,” said Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel. “It starts with the thousands of people who participate in the run/walk and now we pass the torch to the incredible organizations working hard to support those who are suffering.

“No one should suffer in silence,” added Gitzel. “Raising funds is important but so is speaking up to end the stigma. We sincerely hope that Step Up for Mental Health encourages that discussion.”

The Cameco Fund for Mental Health, administered by Saskatoon Community Foundation, was established in 2019 with proceeds from the inaugural Step Up for Mental Health run/walk. Following two virtual events amidst COVID-19, the event returned in 2022 with 4,500 people from 289 communities participating in-person or virtually. This year’s fundraising total includes 100 per cent of Step Up registration fees, a matching amount from Cameco and individual donations.

Following a call for funding applications in October, submissions were adjudicated by representatives from Cameco, Saskatchewan Health Authority and Saskatoon Community Foundation.

For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Huntington
Vice-president, sustainability and stakeholder relations
Cameco Corporation

Step Up for Mental Health is powered by Cameco in partnership with Brainsport and the Saskatoon Community Foundation. Since its inception in 2019, the event has raised more than $1.7 million to support mental health in Saskatchewan.