Health and Wellness Grant for Indigenous Communities

Funding no longer available – applicants announced here

The goal of the PlanH program is to support local governments in BC to create the conditions for community health and wellness.

For 2018/19, a special focus of the PlanH Healthy Communities Fund is community health and wellness for Indigenous populations. The Health and Wellness Grant for Indigenous Communities is available to First Nations Bands, First Nations Tribal Councils, Métis Chartered Communities, and Friendship Centres. This grant is now accepting applications until November 5th, 2018

Do you have ideas to improve the health and wellness of your community?
This grant could be for you! Grant funding can be used to further initiatives that enhance or promote community health and wellness. Focus areas could include social or cultural connectedness, food security, healthy built and natural environments, healthy aging or other topics. Grants of up to $8,500 each are available for up to 10 Indigenous local governments and/or organizations to better understand local needs and to take action to improve community health and wellness in their community or region. 

Important Dates:

  • November 5th, 2018: Application deadline
  • December 14th, 2018: Notification of successful applicants
  • January 1–Dec 31st 2019 : Project takes place
  • January 31st 2020: Deadline for delivery of final project report 

Unsure about your project idea or have questions before applying?

Give us a call or send us an email—we are happy to discuss your ideas with you.

Application Infosheet

 An infosheet for the PlanH Health and Wellness Grant for Indigenous Communities
 application is available here.

If you’re ready to apply, access the online application form here, or learn more about other ways to apply below.




  • Maximum grant amount available: up to $8,500 (for up to ten Indigenous communities/organizations).
  • Access to resources and supports from BC Healthy Communities staff (see application infosheet for more details)


The following local governments and organizations in BC are eligible to apply:

  • First Nations Bands
  • First Nations Tribal Councils
  • Métis Chartered Communities
  • Friendship Centres

The following organizations are not eligible to apply:

  • Municipalities
  • Regional Districts
  • Individuals
  • For-profit groups
  • School Districts
  • Hospital Foundations
  • Community Groups
  • Non-profit organizations (with the exception of Indigenous Friendship Centres in BC)
  • Health Authorities

This opportunity could be for you if you:

  • Represent an Indigenous local government or Friendship Centre, and
  • Have community partners who share your interest in improving community health.

This funding encourages multi-sectoral partnerships. We suggest that ineligible organizations contact eligible organizations to discuss collaborating on a project.

Eligible local governments and organizations who are working in partnership with their health authority and other sectors and who are interested in applying should read the application infosheet thoroughly.


  1. LEARN: Deepen learning and understanding of the ways to improve community health and well-being;
  2. ENGAGE & COLLABORATE: Convene, engage and develop shared leadership and action between local governments, Indigenous communities, health authorities and other sectors that can influence community health and well-being; 
  3. TAKE ACTION: do a needs assessment, prepare plans or develop specific policies that improve outcomes for the community as a whole and over the long term.


The Health and Wellness Grant for Indigenous Communities supports projects that:

  • Develop partnerships and build relationships, encouraging different groups to work together and connecting people to each other, to their culture and to their community.
  • Engage community members to identify needs and build on community assets and strengths.
  • Improve outcomes for the community as a whole and over the long term.
  • Develop and strengthen skills and resources within the community.
  • Build healthy environments (cultural, social, physical, and economic) that support all community members to thrive.
  • Scale or expand programs with proven success and positive community impacts.
  • Events and activities that are part of a larger healthy community strategy.

Possible activities/projects to pursue

Here are a few examples of possible activities you could pursue as a part of this grant stream.  

  • Build healthy community environments
  • Engage and identify community strengths, assets & needs
  • Strengthen skills and build capacity
  • Advocate for improved health outcomes
  • Expand an existing program with proven impacts

Check out the grant application infosheet for a more detailed list of activities and project examples.

How to Apply

There are several ways to apply for funding. Choose the option that works best for you:

  • Online: Application available at:
  • By Email: Send us an email at to tell us about your project or request an application form
  • By Phone: Give us a call at 250-590-8432 and tell us about your project.
  • By Fax: Please call us at the number above and we can arrange to receive your fax.



Final report templates will be posted here and emailed to all successful grant recipients.


Have a question? Visit the frequently asked questions page.

Resources & Links

Examples of past projects funded by PlanH can be found here.

Communications Guidance

We ask that projects funded through the PlanH Healthy Communities Fund include written acknowledgment of funding in materials produced as a result of the PlanH Healthy Communities Fund. This includes publicity, conferences, meeting presentations, printed pieces or any other materials that are public and promotional in nature. Guidance on how to acknowledge the PlanH Healthy Communities Fund can be downloaded here. Download the PlanH logo here. Please contact us for different logo formats/sizes and further questions about acknowledgment. We’d love to hear about the progress of your project! 


If you have questions or require assistance please contact

BC Healthy Communities Society


(250) 590-7210

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