The grants are part of B.C.’s Healthy Families initiative, intended to reduce chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Two of the seven types of grants are new this year: True North Strong & Tobacco Free is offering up to a thousand dollar grants to fund tobacco reduction initiatives. HIV Prevention is also providing up to $5,000 grants towards projects to help communities develop HIV prevention plans.

The other grants available include up to $2,000 for initiatives to prevent injuries to seniors and children as well as off-road injuries, up to $2,000 for groups encouraging healthy eating and active living, and up to $2,000 supporting communities working to provide education about preventing heart disease.

Grants up to $5,000 are also available for road safety prevention projects.

The deadline for applications is October 17, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information on the Northern Health grants or to apply, visit their website.