The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA), in conjunction with various partner organizations, is pleased to share the following opportunities for scholarships, bursaries and other financial assistance to the brain injury community. Please check out the following links for further information:
OBIA/PIA Hospital Clinician Educational Bursary
Ontario Brain Injury Association is pleased to announce the annual Hospital Clinician Education Bursary sponsored by PIA Law.
NEW for 2021
In recognition of the Virtual Provincial ABI Conference hosted by OBIA, a two-day event that brings together survivors and healthcare professional, PIA Law is proud to fund a one-time bursary that will provide twenty successful applicants with free registration for the event.
The member firms of PIA Law: McLeish Orlando, Oatley Vigmond, and Thomson Rogers, have always recognized that providing educational opportunities to those treating the seriously injured is a key part of the recovery process. This event is an incredible opportunity for healthcare professionals working within the brain injury community to gain access to valued education from the comfort of their own home.
The event takes place October 28th and 29th. Applications will be accepted until August 30th at noon.
Winners will be notified the week of September 7th.
Starting again in 2022
The purpose of this bursary is to support and encourage hospital clinicians working within the brain injury field to continue to pursue professional development in the areas of brain injury rehabilitation. Providing educational opportunities is a key part of the OBIA mission which is “to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of ABI through education, awareness and support”.
OBIA is proud to offer four annual bursaries awarded to hospital clinicians working within the brain injury field to a maximum of $2,500 per bursary.
OBIA gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the sponsorship of PIA Law for making this bursary possible. PIA Law will be sponsoring this bursary up to a maximum of $10,000.00 annually.
The OBIA Hospital Clinician Education Bursary will be awarded twice a year. Application forms must be received by May 31st or November 30th of the current calendar year.
Please note: The conference/training program must take place after the funding application deadline. No retroactive funding will be awarded.
OBIA/Elements Support Services e-Learning Scholarship Fund
The OBIA Brain Basics e-Learning course is designed to provide frontline Health Care Workers, Caregivers and others with an opportunity to learn an understandable introduction to the world of Brain Injury.
The Elements Support Services Scholarship Fund provides 20 scholarships (10 every six months) to family members or survivors each year, allowing them to take the OBIA Brain Basics e-Learning program at no cost!
Compassionate Justice Fund
The Compassionate Justice Fund was developed to bridge a critical gap in funding and available rehabilitation services for people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury through means of violence, abuse, intimate partner violence, and those who have experienced unstable housing or homelessness.
Headway Homes Fund
The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA), in partnership with the Headway Homes Fund at the Niagara Community Foundation, distributes $5,000.00 annually from a fund created by Headway Homes (Niagara) Inc. to enhance the lives of people in a slow-to-recover state following a brain injury.
The conditions of the fund are as follows: The person is an individual medically diagnosed as slow-to-recover (STR) following brain injury and either the individual and/or their family caregiver require specific financial assistance. STR refers to those individuals who do not show an extended period of fast-paced natural recovery soon after injury. Changes in their physical and/or cognitive recovery develop slowly and with minimal changes from day-to-day and month-to-month. It includes two functional patterns: inconsistently responsive and hard-to-place multi-need.
The first priority will be to assist individuals from Niagara, then the rest of Ontario. Applications begin each year on April 1 and are reviewed on a first come-first served basis.