"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.
Applications with detailed criteria will be posted when grant programs are accepting applications.
Please note that no new funding is anticipated at this time for SMART Community Health Promotion Program Grants or for CFAI Grants.
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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 VCH funding.
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 organizational capacity building – designed to strengthen internal organizational structures, systems and processes, management, leadership, governance and overall staff capacity to enhance organizational and team performance.
* PLEASE NOTE: In reviewing applications for one-time-only small capital projects and organizational 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.
It is recommended that proposals include details necessary to understand the project while ensuring that the submission is as concise as possible.
Proposals must indicate how a project will be successful and what the anticipated impact is.
To demonstrate that a project and project activities have been well thought out and that appropriate steps have been taken to ensure a project is sustainable, we suggest including information about partnerships established in support of a proposed project and contributing funders.
One-time-only projects must indicate how they will be sustainable if intended to continue beyond one-time-only funding. Reasonable assurance that a project will be successful beyond one-time-only funding is required for VCH to invest in a proposed initiative. This means clearly demonstrating how an organization plans to financially support any ongoing activities associated with a project.
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 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.