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 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.

“Island Health is very proud of our commitment to partner with local non-profit organizations to improve the health of our population through our community wellness granting program. As we near the end of the first year of the program there are many wonderful examples of how these grants have helped improve the health and quality of life of many people, particularly seniors, children and those dealing with mental health and addiction issues. Benjamin Franklin said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and this remains true today. We believe that investing in keeping people healthy is money well spent.”

-- Kathy MacNeil, President & CEO, 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 2019/20 grants may change. This will be updated when the timeline and funding are confirmed.


For the 2018/19 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 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.



News & Articles

Check out this article about Community Wellness Grants in the Spring 2018 issue of Island Health Magazine.

Island Health Magazine - Spring 2018

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 $113,978
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

Geo 4 – Total Awards $137,279
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