Northern Health opens applications for Imagine Community Grants

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health has announced that it is now taking applications for their Imagine Community Grants.

The grants of up to $5,000 are available for eligible schools, community groups, and others that have an idea for a project that promotes healthy living. This is the second time that Northern Health is accepting applications this year. The first round back in April saw over $340,000 in funding given to 91 projects in 46 communities across northern B.C.

Imagine Community Grants provide funding to community organizations, service agencies, First Nations organizations, schools, municipalities, regional districts, and other partners with projects that make northern communities healthier.

“Many local governments, community groups, schools, First Nations organizations, and other community stakeholders are leaders and promoters of healthy living,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “These groups play a pivotal role in developing communities that promote health, prevent injury, and prevent chronic disease, and they’re a unique way to work towards our shared priorities of healthy eating, tobacco cessation, mental wellness, and active living.”

Aligning with the Healthy Families BC Policy Framework, Imagine Grants fund projects with a focus on areas such as:

  • Healthy eating and food security
  • Physical activity and active living
  • Injury prevention
  • Tobacco-free communities
  • Positive mental health
  • Prevention of substance harms
  • Healthy early childhood development
  • Healthy aging

One example of a program that was started with the help of an Imagine grant in Fort St. john is NEAT’s Food Secure Kids community garden program at Duncan Cran, Robert Ogilvie, and Central Elementary Schools.

Applicants can apply for funding of up to $5,000 for each project. Preference will be given to projects that encourage different community groups to work together, address something that is missing in the community, help those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable, develop skills and resources in the community, and feature a plan to live on in the community after the funding ends.

Grant information and application forms are available on Northern Health’s Imagine Grants website. Information can also be obtained via e-mail at imagine.grants@northernhealth.ca or by phone at 250-565-2131.

The deadline for application submissions is October 31st.