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Health Promotion Grants

“Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behaviour towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions.” – World Health Organization

Since 1997, VCH has provided more than $4 million dollars each year in grants across the VCH Region to support community partners in their work to help empower vulnerable communities to increase control over, and improve, their own health through addressing upstream social and/or environmental barriers.

Over 90% of grant funding is currently committed to providing stable, long-term core operational funding through SMART Health Promotion Program Grants to approximately 70 registered not-for-profit partners. The remainder is provided to fund one-time program enhancements, development and innovation, organizational capacity building, partnership and collaboration, and projects responding to emergent health promotion priorities. 

In addition to developing, managing and administering these grant programs, VCH Community Investments also provides various organizational capacity building supports to funded agencies and the not-for-profit health promotion sector; engages in various fund development activities; and conducts research and evaluation to support this work. 

Ultimately, all efforts aim to support community partners in their crucial role to help empower vulnerable communities to address underlying systemic barriers and issues that lead to health inequities and marginalization.

VCH Health Promotion Programs

Please note that no new funding or general/region-wide call for applications is anticipated for Sharon Martin (SMART) Community Health Promotion Program Grants. 

VGH ACTION Mini-GRANTs for injury prevention have all been awarded for 2018. 

One-Time-Only Health Promotion Project Grants have all been awarded for 2018. 

All other VCH Health Promotion Grant programs are still in development. Please check back regularly for information about new grant opportunities as they become available.

Learn more about Health Promotion Grants

Please contact us at or (604) 714-3780 for more Information about VCH Health Promotion Grants – including:

  • If you want to apply for a grant but are not sure whether your project is eligible under the guidelines and criteria of a particular grant program.

  • If you have been awarded a VCH Health Promotion Grant and have questions or need help with reporting.

  • If you want to donate to help support community health promotion efforts.

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