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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. 

Grant Programs

2021-2022 VCH ACTION Mini-Grant Call

Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) Trauma Services and VCH Community Investments are excited to announce the 2021-2022 ACTION Mini-Grants – a funding opportunity 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.

ACTION Mini-Grants are available to non-for-profit organizations, local governments and First Nations for projects, partnerships and initiatives that serve residents in all or parts of the Vancouver Coastal Health region (Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Sea-to-Sky, Bella Coola Valley and/or Central Coast). Priority is given to initiatives that address at least one of the following BC Injury Prevention Committee priority areas:

  • Seniors Falls 

  • Youth Suicide and Self Harm 

  • Transportation-related Injuries (young drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, motor vehicle occupants)

For more information regarding these priority areas and to learn about previous ACTION Mini-GRANT funded projects, we encourage you view our first Action Mini-GRANT symposium presentation and to read the corresponding ACTION Mini-GRANT Issue Briefings.

The application deadline is October 31, 2021, at 5:00 PM. Please submit all applications by e-mail to CommInvestApplications@vch.ca.

Download the application to learn more about the 2021-2022 ACTION Mini-Grants to apply. Please contact Community Investments if you experience any difficulties with this application. 

2021/2022 One-Time-Only Health Promotion Grant Call – Round 2

VCH Community Investments is now accepting applications for the second round of VCH’s One-Time-Only Health Promotion Project Grants (OTOs). This funding opportunity is for the 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; in particular, we are inviting one-time-only project applications that respond to the consequences of COVID-19 and associated public health measures, and builds program, organizational and community resiliencies.

Funding for this grant program is very limited. 2021 grants are expected to range from $100 to $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.

Application Deadline – November 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Please submit all applications by e-mail to CommInvestApplications@vch.ca.

Please note: If you would like additional support with applying or wish to explore alternate methods of submitting the application, please feel free to email us at community.investments@vch.ca or call us at 604-714-3780 before the deadline.

Download the application to learn more about the 2021/2022 One-Time-Only Health Promotion Grant Call to apply. 

Please contact Community Investments team if you experience any difficulties with this application. 

2021/2022 One-Time-Only Capacity Building (CB) Grant Call

Due to the current circumstances and rapidly evolving situation of COVID-19, VCH Community Investments team has decided to suspend the 2021/2022 One-Time-Only Capacity Building (CB) Grant Call. However, all the applications that were received so far will be reviewed by our adjudication panel.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have any further questions, please email us at community.investments@vch.ca.

2020/21 One-Time-Only Grants Information Session

Thank you so much for attending our first One-Time-Only grants information session, we hope that it was helpful. Click to download the workshop presentation. We hope this helps! If you have any questions or need further assistance. Send us an e-mail 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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