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Island Health Community Wellness Grant - Open now through February 26, 2020. Great Opportunity!

December 1, 2019

This article was retrieved from Island Health:

The Island Health Community Wellness Granting Program provides opportunities to create local partnerships to address the health and wellness of the population. As the value of health promotion and education for illness/injury prevention is becoming more widely recognized, we want to continue to work with our community partners to positively influence people and community well-being, and promote health together.


Island Health strives to be a system leader in partnership working to lift up the health and wellness of populations and communities. We recognize the importance of reducing future reliance on the health system and promoting healthy lifestyles. We want to partner with local government, non-profit community organizations and Indigenous Nations, organizations and communities to improve the social determinants of health across Island Health. We want to enhance existing community resources, systems and networks that can positively influence health outcomes and make healthy choices easier for all people living in Island Health.


“Island Health is very proud to support community based non-profit organizations through the Community Wellness Granting Program. Together, we are making lasting changes to improve the health and wellness of the people, families and communities we proudly serve.”
-- Kathy MacNeil, President & CEO, Island Health


Our Community Wellness Granting Program is available to local government, community non-profit organizations and Indigenous Nations, organizations and communities doing work related to health and wellness and population health. This funding is not intended for initiatives/ projects directly related to primary or acute patient care, chronic disease management, access to care, or coordination of services for those requiring care.

“These community grants have served, and will continue to serve, promoting and fostering ideas to advance health and wellness at the grassroots level. By providing these funds, Island Health recognizes the importance of the role that the community plays in highlighting and at times contributing to improving the social determinants of health.”
-- Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief Medical Health Officer, Island Health




Applications for Community Wellness Grants should be based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Healthy Aging

  • Positive Mental Health

  • Social Connectedness/Family Connectedness (healthy early childhood development)

  • Healthy Eating

  • Physical Activity

Please note that the criteria for the 2021/22 grants may change. This is reviewed annually and will be updated when the next timeline and funding are confirmed.


For the 2020/21 fiscal year Island Health has up to $800,000 in funding available. Funding is intended for the development and establishment of new programs/initiatives. It is not intended for long-term, on-going funding and it may not be used to purchase capital equipment.


Regional Representation

A maximum of $150,000 will be awarded to individual/small grant projects in each of the four geographic areas within Island Health's organizational structure:

Geography 1

Campbell River



Mt. Waddington


Geography 2

Port Alberni

West Coast



Geography 3

Cowichan Valley


Gulf Islands

Geography 4



West Shore


Individual Program Grants

Individual/small grant funding is a maximum of $12,000.


Partnership Grants

In an effort to encourage partnerships and collaboration, up to $200,000 has been allocated for projects that are multi-jurisdictional/multi-agency. (Minimum of three organizations) These organizations/communities should have a population health plan and identified population priorities and demonstrate a willingness to collaborate on initiatives with a bigger population impact. Partnership grant applications can be a maximum of $50,000.

How to Apply

To apply for funding please complete and submit an application form by 4:00pm on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 *

You will receive an email confirming the successful submission of your application.

Click here to start application process

*Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.


Deadline to apply:    4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Applicants Notified:    Wednesday, April 15, 2020


Please note: Successful applicants will be required to sign a Service Grant Agreement and return it to Island Health before funds can be disbursed.

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