Two New Grant Opportunities Available for Local Governments

Could your community use more resources and support to foster strong social connections, or make a measurable impact on physical activity and increase the health and well-being of your residents? Are you a local government with partnerships with your community and health authority in place? Apply for funding with additional support from one or more of the following opportunities.

1. Applications Open for Social Connectedness Grants until May 30, 2017

Apply for a Social Connectedness Grant and additional capacity building support through two streams of the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund. Read on for more application information and registration links for informational webinars.

Stream One – Cultivating Connections: Grants of up to $15,000 are available for up to six local governments working with other partners (local governments, health authorities and other community stakeholders) to better understand and take action on improving social connectedness in their community or region.

Stream Two – Resilient Streets Demonstration Communities: Grants of up to $20,000 are available for up to four local governments and their partners to adapt and implement the Resilient Streets program, an approach to building social connections between immediate neighbours on residential streets and in residential buildings. Stream two includes an additional coaching grant valued at $5000 (in-kind coaching to be provided by the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods team, please note this is not a cash grant).

An informational webinar was held on April 26th to help those interested in the grants determine which stream would be appropriate and the important next steps in the grant application process. To listen to the webinar recording, please follow the link here. ​

Included here is a PDF of the webinar presentation. 

2. Active Communities Grants for Local Governments in Island Health and Interior Health Regions Open May 10th, 2017

Active Communities grants will be available for local governments and their partners in Island Health and Interior Health regions working towards having a measurable impact on physical activity. Grants of up to $30,000 will be available to individual communities. Combined grants of up to $100,000 will be available to communities that are working together. 

The Call for Proposals and application materials to be released on May 10, 2017. Proposals will be accepted between May 10 – June 30, 2017. Sign up here to be notified.

Move it! Exploring Active Community Innovations – A Virtual Forum: May 17th, 2017Register here for a full-day online forum to assist applicants from the Island Health and Interior Health regions to better understand the issue of physical activity and to inspire ideas for innovative projects. 

More information about the Active Communities grants in the Island Health and Interior Health regions can be found here.

The PlanH Active Communities grants are for local governments within the Interior Health and Island Health regions. If you are you a local government outside of the PlanH Active Communities granting regions and want to find out about other active community grant opportunities in your area please read the Grant Application process on this news posting.

If you have questions or require assistance please contact:
BC Healthy Communities Society:, (250) 590-8432

NEWS RELEASE: Download the News Release announcing grants for improving social connectedness here.

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