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"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 

VCH Community Investments provides funding and support to a wide range of organizations facilitating health promotion projects across the VCH region.

The majority of VCH health promotion grant funding is currently committed to providing stable, long-term core operational and/or program funding through Sharon Martin (SMART) Health Promotion Program Grants and Community Food Action Initiative (CFAI) Grants to approximately 70 registered not-for-profit partners. Given the long-term commitment of this funding, there is no general call for applications anticipated for SMART and CFAI grant programs in the foreseeable future.  

Each year, however, VCH Community Investments develops grant programs accepting applications in response to health promotion priorities, regional health needs, and emergent issues. These grant programs vary in focus, guidelines, and terms. Funding supports a variety of project types in the form of one-time-only and multi-year project grants for health promotion activities.

Types of grant programs

1. 2022/2023 OTO (One-Time-Only) Health Promotion and OTO Organizational Capacity Building (OCB) Grant call

The OTO Health Promotion Grant program provides funding opportunities for projects that are one-time-only in nature and intent, and that lead to greater equity in wellness by building on a community's social, environmental, cultural and economic foundations. They are intended to respond to time-limited (rather than an ongoing) community and/or programmatic needs.  

The OTO Organizational Capacity Building (OCB) Grant program provides funding opportunities for projects that are one-time-only in nature and intent, and that increase the capacity of a health promotion program or organization and its staff in their work. 

Funding for these grants program are very limited. Grants typically range from $100 to $15,000, with an average grant of $10,000. Approximately 10% of proposed projects typically receive funding. We invite non-profit organizations, school boards, First Nations, and local governments within the Vancouver Coastal Health Region (Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Sea-to-Sky, Central Coast, and Bella Coola Valley) to apply for this funding.

Download the OTO Health Promotion Project Grants application form to apply for the OTO Health Promotion or the OTO Organizational Capacity Building (OCB) Grant

2. 2022-2023 OTO (One-Time-Only) ACTION Mini-Grant call

Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) Trauma Services and VCH Community Investments jointly provide funding opportunities for innovative community-driven projects, partnerships and initiatives that promote the prevention of injuries in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. ACTION Mini-Grants range from $500 to $2,500 in value.    

Download the ACTION Mini-Grants application form to apply for the OTO ACTION Mini Grant
For further information, please check out the VGH Trauma Services Website

One-Time-Only Grants Information Session

In February 2020, we held several One-Time-Only grants information sessions to provide advice on how to strengthen your OTO grant applications. Download the workshop presentation.

How to apply and deadline information: 

1) OTO Health Promotion and/or OTO Organizational Capacity Building (OCB) Grant

Accepting applications: Now
Application deadline: before 5pm on October 17th, 2022 

2) OTO ACTION Mini-Grants

Accepting applications: Now
Application deadline: before 5pm on October 31st, 2022 

Please submit all applications by email to ComminvestApplications@vch.ca 

Question? - Please contact Community Investments directly at Community.Investments@vch.ca


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Criteria for each grant program will be clearly listed on its respective application form. Criteria are specific to each program and will vary depending on a number of factors. However, core criteria typically includes:

  • Projects must consist of, or support, activities that empower participants to increase control over, and improve, their health through addressing upstream social and/or environmental factors.

  • Projects must not constitute, or support, provision of direct professional or charitable supports. Some examples of direct supports include providing individuals with home supports, food services, counselling, and medical and other therapeutic care.

  • Projects must build, or support building, on the capacities of peer groups and/or communities. Projects must not focus solely, or support projects that focus solely, on building the knowledge/skills of individuals to improve their own health.

  • Projects must be based within, and primarily serve, residents of the VCH region.

  • Applicants must be a registered non-profit, school board or local government in BC with an independent, active governing body (e.g., Board of Directors, Municipal Council, etc.), and be in good fiscal, operational and administrative standing.

  • Project expenses must be reasonable in relation to proposed activities, and estimates well supported.

Projects considered for these types of grants must be one-time-only in nature and intent with the means to sustain the impacts of the project reasonably secured beyond the period of potentioal VCH funding. Proposed projects should fulfill a time-limited (rather than and ongoing) need.

Eligible one-time-only project types typically include:

  • One-time-only projects – not intended nor needed to be repeated in order to have the desired community or organizational impacts.

  • One-time-only program enhancements or expansion – a sustainable improvement to an existing health promotion program.

  • One-time-only pilot projects – the implementation of a health promotion program to test if it yields the desired results. Pilot project proposals must include clearly developed demonstration goals (i.e., definition of what needs testing and/or demonstrating), evaluation strategies, and sustainability plans (including reasonable assurance of future funding should the pilot be successful).

  • One-time-only program research/planning – to determine how to successfully implement a new health promotion program or improve an existing one.

  • One-time-only small capital project – a one-time-only purchase to acquire assets to be used to improve an existing health promotion program(s).

  • One-time-only capacity building – projects designed to lead to greater equity in wellness by strengthening the capacities of peer leaders, organizations, not-for-profit sectors or collarborations of not-for-profit organizations to engage in health promotion programming. Proposals for one-time-only capacity building projects should be submitted for consideration for  a One-Time-Only Capacity Building (CB) Grant. 

* PLEASE NOTE: In reviewing applications for one-time-only small capital projects and capacity building projects, priority is given to those that would support health promotion programs already funded by multi-year VCH Health Promotion Grants (e.g., SMART Health Promotion Program Grants, CFAI Grants, etc.). However, proposals supporting other health promotion programs and/or from other organizations will still be considered.

  • Applicants may submit applications to more than one grant program in a given year (even if they are currently holding a grant). Applicants may also submit more than one application for a One-Time-Only Health Promotion Project Grant for different one-time-only projects in the same or in different rounds of that grant program. 

  • Project expenses must be reasonable in relation to proposed activities, and estimates well supported. Funding is very limited; please only ask for what is needed.

  • Please keep submissions as concise as possible.

  • Proposals must indicate how a project will be successful and what the anticipated impacts will be. 

  • Project expenses must be reasonable in relation to proposed activities, and estimates well supported. Funding is very limited; please only ask for what is needed.

  • One-time-only projects must indicate how they will be sustained, if any activities and/or impacts are intended to continue beyond the one-time-only funding period. This means providing assurance that any financial and other resources needed for the future have been reasonably secured and/or well-planned for. 

  • Pilot projects must clearly indicate why the pilot is needed (i.e. what specifically needs to be tested through a pilot), how success will be measured, along with a strong and reasonably secured plan to implement the project should the pilot be successful. Pilot projects are not eligible for consideration without these elements. 

  • Applicants are not notified prior to the deadline if their project is not eligible. Please carefully review the guidelines for the grant you are applying for before submitting your application. 

  • Funding decisions are made by an adjudication panel. 

  • We try our best to notify applicants of decisions as soon as possible, but this can take up to 6 weeks following the application deadline. Please consider this timeframe when developing your project.

  • All funded applicants must complete and submit a final evaluation report once a project has been completed.

When applying for a grant, please submit all applications to ComminvestApplications@vch.ca

If you have read over the OTO application form and you have additional questions, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions or e-mail community.investments@vch.ca






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