Overview

Applications for 2022/2023 funding are now closed. Thank you for your interest!

Island Health's community wellness granting program provides the opportunity for not-for-profit organizations, local government organizations and Indigenous Nations, organizations and communities to apply for one-time funding for the development of new initiatives and programs. We know that the experts on what is needed to promote wellness in communities are the communities themselves. The community wellness grants program is designed to support collaborative community-led wellness interventions. The focus of this program is upstream wellness interventions that reduce barriers and increase supports, enabling all members of the community to enjoy 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.

Criteria

In the face of two provincial health emergencies, the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing drug poisoning crisis, the focus of the 2022/2023 funding cycle is community resilience, including connected, diverse, safe, active, and nourished communities. Projects must address one or more of the following community resilience criteria:

  • Diverse Communities
    • Promoting dignity and human rights
    • Addressing discrimination, racism and stigma
    • Decolonizing and Indigenizing community wellness
  • Connected Communities
    • Social connectedness
    • Building intergenerational connections
    • Supportive and welcoming communities
  • Safe Communities
    • Injury prevention
    • Violence and domestic abuse prevention
    • Active transportation
  • Nourished Communities
    • Community gardens
    • Food security
    • Nutrition
  • Active Communities
    • Physical activity for all, including people with different abilities
    • Mindful movement
    • Connection and access to nature

Funding

A total of up to $800,000 is available for individual/small grant funding. Individual grants will be awarded up to $12,000 each.

To encourage partnerships and collaboration, the remaining $200,000 is allocated for projects that are multi-jurisdictional/multi-agency and involve a minimum of three partner organizations.

Partnership grant applications will be awarded up to $50,000 each.

How to Apply

Applications for 2022/2023 funding are now closed. Should you have any questions about the program, please contact communitygrants@islandhealth.ca.

News & Articles

Read Island Health's article from May 26, 2022: Community Wellness Grant Program Call for Applications.

Read Island Health's news release from November 25, 2019: Community Wellness Granting Program call for applications.

Read Island Health's news release from March 26, 2019: Island Health announces Community Wellness Grant Recipients.

Read Island Health's news release from April 30, 2018: Island Health announces Community Wellness Grant Recipients.

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 2020

Geo 1 – Total Awards $130,589

Individual Program Grants

Hornby Island Farmland Trust Society
Share the Harvest

Town of Comox Recreation
Kindergym

Ka;’yu;’k’t’h’/Che’k’tles7eth’ First Nations
Kyuquot Youth Soccer

Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society
Hardy Bay Senior’s Garden Project

Denman Island Community Education Society
Denman School Food Program

Quatsino First Nation
New Land-Based Traditions/Language Revitalization Program

Strathcona Regional District
Partners in Care

Partnership Grants

Comox Valley Regional District
Regional Airshed Protection Project

Wachiay Friendship Centre
Qummunity Connections


Geo 2 – Total Awards $126,501

Individual Program Grants

Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society
Cooking Out of the Box in Schools

Maaqtusiis Elementary School
Maaqtusiis Elementary School Garden

Forward House Community Society
Moving Forward in Nanoose

Port Alberni Shelter Society
Shelter Farm – Incubator Program

Nanaimo School District #68
DancePl3y Program

Farm to School BC
School to Farm Impacting Community

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre
NAC Early Years Mental Wellness

Tofino Community Food Initiative
From Seed-to-Table: Connecting our School Garden to the Community

Partnership Grants

Nanoose First Nation
Connection Medicine: Strengthening Ties to Land, Family and Community


Geo 3 – Total Awards $119,086

Individual Program Grants

Warmland Women’s Support Services Society
Transformation Through Movement

Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation
Vancouver Island Take a Hike - Cowichan

Cowichan Green Community Foundation
Inclusive Farming

Human-Nature Counselling Society
Waves of Change

Capital Region Female Minor Hockey Association
Female Hockey Development and Referee Training

Stz’uminus First Nation
Family Connectedness for Wellbeing

Gulf Islands School District #64
Pilot Garden School at Salt Spring Elementary

Beacon Community Services
Mental Health Wellness Support Groups

Cowichan Valley Starfish Backpack Program
School is Out and the Food Ran Out

Partnership Grants

Salt Spring Health Advancement Network
Salt Spring Community Mental Wellness Initiative


Geo 4 – Total Awards $193,377

Individual Program Grants

Recovery Victoria
Growing Together

North Park Neighbourhood Association
North Park Needs Assessment

Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence
Embedded Professional Learning to Create Resilient Children Through Physical Literacy

Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria
Parenting Program Expansion to Sooke

Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria
Westshore Initiative for Food Security

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society
Stride: Active Living for Senior Women

Junior Forest Wardens
Outdoor Safety for Families

The Hustlers’ Art Collective Society
Community Art and Yoga Night

Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable
Food Security Connections

Home is Where We Live – Life Cycles Project Society
Seed the City

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
A New Path: Forging Ahead for LGBTQ2+ Refugees

Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society
SPAKEN House Indigenous Plants and Medicine Garden

Fernwood Neighborhood Resources Group
Fresh Food for Life

Tsartlip Nation
Since Time Immemorial

Bike Victoria Society
All Aboard Family Cycling Program

Partnership Grants

Crisis Intervention and Public Information Society of Greater Victoria (dba NEED2 Suicide Prevention, Education and Support)
Text-based Follow-up

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