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 recognizes 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 aboriginal 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.

“Our community connections are vital – together, we truly are stronger. Island Health is very proud of our commitment to support many diverse partnerships with local non-profit organizations to improve the health of our population through our Community Wellness Granting Program. We’re excited by the innovative projects that will benefit so many people living within Island Health.”
-- Kathy MacNeil, President & CEO, Island Health

Our Community Wellness Granting Program is available to local government, aboriginal and community non-profit organizations doing work related to population health and health and wellness. 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.

“By providing these funds, Island Health is acknowledging the powerful role of the social determinants of health. These grants have served, and will continue to serve, promoting and fostering ideas to advance health at the grassroots level. The Community Wellness Granting Program helps cement the critical relationship between Island Health and our communities in the pursuit of better and more fulfilling lives for all our citizens.”
-- 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 2020/21 grants may change. This is reviewed annually and will be updated when the next timeline and funding are confirmed.


For the 2019/20 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:

Island Health Regions
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.


Please Note: The deadline for applications has now closed.

Deadline to apply:    4:30 pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Applicants Notified:    Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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

News & Articles

Check out this article about Community Wellness Grants in the summer 2017 issue of Island Health Magazine.

Island Health Magazine - Summer 2017

Grant Updates - Videos

Grant Updates - Photos

Island Health Community Wellness Grant Recipients

Check back for updates on how these grants are making a difference in your community.

Grant Recipients 2018

Geo 1 – Total Awards $154,135

Individual Program Grants

Cheslakees Elementary School (Port McNeill)
Growing Food and Families Together

Lake Trail Community Education Society (Courtenay)
Back to School for Seniors Drop-In

Village of Cumberland
Creating Community Connections

Hornby Island Farmland Trust Society
Farris Community Farm Expansion Project

Town of Comox Recreation
Drop-in Sports Program

Village of Gold River
Seniors Cardio Plus

Cortes Community Health Association with the Cortes Community Radio Society
Youth Voices! Empowerment Radio Camp

Homalco First Nation

LUSH Valley Food Action Society (Courtenay)
Share the Harvest - Vegetable Gleaning, Recovery and Redistribution Project

River City Cycle Club (Campbell River)
Vancouver Island Fall Bike to Work & School Weeks

Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre (Port Hardy)
Dladlapola (Standing Together)

Komoks First Nation
Elder and Community Connectivity Through Cultural Practices

School District 72
Building Community Capacity

Geo 2 – Total Awards $144,437

Individual Program Grants

Spirit of the Canoe Society (Tofino)
Moving Forward

Forward House Community Society (Parksville)
Looking Forward to Giving Back

Canadian Mental Health Association, Port Alberni Branch
Mental Health First Aid

Vancouver Island Mental Health Society
Community Mental Health First Aid

City of Port Alberni, Parks, Recreation & Heritage
Youth Healthy Foods Program

Alberni Valley Transition Town Society, Cycle Alberni
Vancouver Island Fall Bike to Work & School Weeks

Vancouver Island University Foundation
The Centre for Community Outreach and Care Family Nights

City of Nanaimo
Vancouver Island Fall Bike to Work & School Weeks

Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition, Oceanside Chapter
Vancouver Island Fall Bike to Work & School Weeks

Mind Matters Nanaimo
Dementia Inclusive Communities – Capacity Building

Vancouver Island University
Recreation Prescription Project

Geo 3 – Total Awards $154,003

Individual Program Grants

Transition Salt Spring
Healthy School Gardens for the Gulf Islands

Beacon Community Services
Saanich Peninsula Rural Neighbourhood Chats Project

Pender Islands Health Care Society
Pender Island Community Kitchen Program

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre
Project Reclaim

Tsawout First Nation
ÃLISDÃL?EW (Good Medicine) Garden

Ladysmith Family and Friends Society
LaFFing and Learning Together

Cycle Cowichan
Vancouver Island Fall Bike to Work & School Weeks

Hiiye’yu Lelum Society
Four Pillars Aboriginal Youth Wellness Program

PLAY Cowichan
Multi Sport Initiative

Cowichan Tribes
Cowichan Tribes Young Women’s and Young Men’s Groups

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley
Go Girls! Group Mentoring

Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation
Pop Up Seniors Wellness Days & Guide

Nourish Cowichan Society
Early Years Food Security

Geo 4 – Total Awards $246,479

Individual Program Grants

Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society
Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society

Saanich Volunteer Services Society
Food and Friends: Staying Healthy Program

Highlands Parks and Recreations Association Sponsoring the
Highlands Community Garden Committee
Highlands Community Garden Accessibility Project

Saanich Neighbourhood Place
Growing Together: Community Early Screening Project

Peers Victoria Resources Society
Trauma-Informed Peer Counselling Training for Sex Workers in Victoria

The Power of Hope Society
Across the Lines Weekend Camp

LifeCycles Project Society
Street Feast

GoByBikeBC Society (aka Bike to Work BC Society)
Vancouver Island Fall Bike to Work & School Weeks

Westshore Youth Pride Sponsored by Westshore Parks & Recreation
Vancouver Island Youth Resource

Sooke School District
Fostering Resiliency of Elementary School Aged Children in Sooke School District

Saanich Parks and Recreation in Partnerships with Panorama Recreation Centre
Panorama Recreation Centre Physical Literacy Indoor and/or outdoor Markings

Saanich Parks and Recreation
Neighborhoods Engaging in Activities Together (NEAT)

Saanich Parks and Recreation in Partnerships with City of Victoria Recreation Services
Youth Nature and Wellness Program