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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 to support community partners in their work to help empower vulnerable communities to increase control over, and improve, their health through addressing upstream social and/or environmental barriers.

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Youth-Run/Youth-Focussed Tobacco Reduction Initiative Funding

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Download the Youth Tobacco Reduction Initiative full guidelines and application form.

Funding opportunity for new or existing youth-run and/or youth-focused tobacco reduction initiatives that take place in the 2017/2018 school year (September 2017 to June 2018). Funding will range between $500 and $700 per initiative. Successful applicants will work closely with their local Tobacco Reduction Coordinator (TRC) from Vancouver Coastal Health, who will be able to answer questions, bring ideas, and help projects meet goals and targets.

A tobacco reduction initiative is any sort of project, event or activity that increases youth leadership and engagement in preventing youth from starting to smoke, helping youth to quit smoking, and/or protecting youth from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

To apply, you must be either:

  • A school or a community-based registered non-profit organization working within the Vancouver Coastal Health Region (within City of Vancouver, Richmond, the North Shore, Bella Coola, Bella Bella, Powell River, the Sunshine Coast, and Sea-to-Sky communities). 
  • A group of youth sponsored by and part of a school or a community-based organization. If this is the case, please speak to and provide your adult sponsor contact info in the space indicated in the application form. Your adult sponsor should be willing to assist you with your project as needed. If selected, your school or your organization will receive the funding first and then make it available to your group to do your project.

All proposed activities must be completed, and all funding spent, before June 30, 2018. Funded applicants must complete and submit a final evaluation report once their initiative has been completed.

Other VCH Health Promotion Grant Programs

Competition for all other VCH Health Promotion Grant programs (ACTION Mini-GRANTS for trauma prevention, Active Communities Grants, One-time-Only (OTO) Health Promotion Project Grants, and Overdose Prevention Grants (only in 2017)) are now closed for 2017 and we are no longer accepting applications. No new funding/general call for applications is anticipated for the Sharon Martin Community Health Promotion Program Grants (SMART) Program.

Please check back next year for 2018 grant program application deadlines and new grant opportunities.

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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