Cameco Fund for Mental Health tops $1.2 million in grants

Thanks to your support of Step Up for Mental Health, the Cameco Fund for Mental Health has now awarded more than $1.2 million to make a difference in Saskatchewan.

This year’s grants, worth more than $439,000, will support 22 projects directly benefitting 17 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 in January.

“The challenges raised by the pandemic over the last two years have further complicated the mental health crisis in our communities,” said Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel. “Yet, we are inspired by the organizations working hard to provide new and creative solutions.

“We are also grateful to the Step Up participants – 10,000-plus since 2019 – who have raised not only funds, but also their voices to help end the stigma surrounding mental health.”

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. Due to COVID-19, the event pivoted to a virtual run/walk for 2020 and 2021 with participants registering their results online. 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. Of the 22 successful applicants, 18 represent registered charities and four are non-profit organizations.

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 $1.2 million to support mental health in Saskatchewan.