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 work together with our community partners to positively influence individual 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, community organizations and Aboriginal communities to improve the social determinants of health across the Island Health region. We want to enhance existing community resources, systems and networks that can positively influence health outcomes and make healthy choices easier for people living in our care region.

Our Community Wellness Granting Program is available to local governments, 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, access to care, or coordination of services for those requiring care.

“Island Health has made a commitment through our new community wellness granting program to partner with communities to improve the health of our population. We can no longer just focus on treating people when they are ill. Together with our partners we want to improve the health conditions and the quality of life of the population, especially the lives of children, seniors and those people suffering with mental health and addiction issues. We believe dollars invested in keeping people healthy before they end up in the hospital or in a doctor’s office, are dollars well spent.”

-- Kathy MacNeil, Interim President & Chief Executive Officer | Executive Vice-President, Quality, Safety & Experience


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

  • Frail Seniors (Activities to promote healthy aging)
  • Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Healthy Early Childhood Development
  • The Five Modifiable Risk Factors
    • unhealthy weight – overweight/obesity
    • physical inactivity
    • unhealthy eating
    • tobacco use
    • harmful alcohol use

Please note that the criteria for the 2018/19 grants may change. This will be updated when the timeline and funding are confirmed.


Check back in the fall for updates on funding for the 2018/19 program.


Check back in the fall for information on the application timeline for our 2018/19 grants.

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Grant Recipients 2017

Island Health has awarded 50 Community Wellness Grants to the following organizations across Vancouver Island. See the news release for more details.

GEO 1 - Total Awards $185,838
Individual Program Grants

Senior Citizens' Society (Port Hardy)
North Island Nino'gaad Health Conference

Hornby & Denman Community Health Care Society
Whole Foods for Whole Islands

Kwakiutl District Council Health (Campbell River)
Gathering Traditions

Mid Island Farmers Institute (Courtenay)
Vanier Community Garden Build

Port McNeill Kids in Motion
Port McNeill Kids in Motion Day Camp

Quadra Circle Community Connections Society
Mental Health First Aid on Quadra

SeaView E J S School (Port Alice)
Healthy Hungry Kids Programs

Woss Lake Recreation Commission
Woss Seniors Activity and Hot Lunch Program

Partnership Program Grants

School District 84 (Gold River, Tahsis, Zeballos and Kyuquot)
Building Early Years Resilience

The John Howard Society of North Island (Campbell River)
Supporting Youth Transitions

GEO 2 - Total Awards $195,077
Individual Program Grants

Bread of Life Centre (Port Alberni)
Weekend Wellness Project

City of Port Alberni Parks & Recreation
Indoor Recreation Opportunities for Active Agers

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (Tofino)
West Coast Food Skills and Culture

Central VI Job Opportunities Building Society (Parksville)
Self-care for Job Seekers

District of Tofino
Tofino Walk for Life

Literacy Alberni
Nutrition and Literacy Program

Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute
Snaw-Naw-As Garden of Spiritual Healing

Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society
Healthy Eating and Lifestyles for Newcomers to Canada

Port Alberni Minor Basketball Association (Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino & Ahousaht)
Basketball without Barriers

Vancouver Island Regional Library (Nanaimo)
Celebrating Girls, Celebrating Community: Supporting Self-Expression and Storytelling Through the Creative Arts

Wickaninnish Community School Society (Tofino)
Intergenerational Skills Development: A Youth and Seniors Partnership

Partnership Program Grants

Nanaimo Food Share
Seniors Wellness - Eat, Laugh, Love (SWELL)

Regional District of Nanaimo in Partnership with Oceanside Health and Wellness Network
Promoting Health in Oceanside

GEO 3 - Total Awards $188,715
Individual Program Grants

Capital Regional District Panorama Recreation (North Saanich)
Physical Literacy Opportunities for Youth

Chemainus Community Schools Association
Food for Fun

Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society Duncan
Circles of Support Project

Cowichan Green Community (Downtown Duncan)
Youth Outreach Garden Team

Cowichan Tribes (Duncan)
Kwam'Kwum'thun Shqwaluwun Children's Program

Cowichan Valley Intercultural and Immigrant Aid Society
Counselling Support for Refugees in the Cowichan Valley

Greenwoods Eldercare Society (Salt Spring Island)
Community Seniors Balance and Falls Prevention

Huli'tun Health Society (Chemainus)
Journey to Holistic Wellness

Pauquachin First Nation (North Saanich)
Pulling Together

Pender Islands Health Care Society
Pender Islands Wellness Program

Saturna Community Club
Active Living on Saturna Island

Tsartlip First Nation (Brentwood Bay)
Inspiring our Saanich Families to Grow Healthier

Partnership Program Grants

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria (Geos 3 and 4)
Monitoring the Determinants of Health and Wellness in the Capital Region

GEO 4 - Total Awards $176,573
Individual Program Grants

Belmont Secondary School
Mindwell Mindfulness Program

Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable
Food is Medicine Community Wellness Project

Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable
Youth Food Action Community Wellness Initiative

Capital Regional District
Walk and Wheel to School Week

City of Victoria
Get Moving Victoria

Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society
Urban Biking Skills Program for Older Adults and Songhees Nation

Home is Where We Live - LifeCycles Project Society
Cultivating Community Health: Food Literacy Programming for Low-Income Community Members

Saanich Commonwealth Place
Caregiver Support/Recreation Program

Silver Threads Service
Finding the "Hidden Hungry" in Gordon Head

Songhees Garden and Growth Project
Songhees Garden and Growth Project

The Mustard Seed Street Church
Fresh and Unhampered: Rescuing Regional Food Insecurity

Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society
Health, wellness & food security program for newcomer women

Victoria Wheelchair Sports Club
Victoria Sledge Hockey Program

Partnership Program Grants

Burnside Gorge Community Association (Geos 3 and 4)
Building & Measuring Positive Connections for Children & Youth, An Index of Connectedness Project