Wellness grant proposals are now being accepted for community health and wellness projects.
This year, there are two funding streams – the Community Catalyst Grant and the Health Promotion Impact Grant – for communities and organizations to access. The provincial government grants are for initiatives to promote healthy living.
The Health Promotion Impact Grant provides up to $7,000 in funding to support larger, targeted initiatives that address modifiable risk factors for chronic disease. The deadline to apply is July 19. Details are available at www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/what-wellness-grant-program
The Community Catalyst Grant provides up to $1,000 for community projects to support Island communities in mobilizing and building local capacity for wellness. Grant proposals are being accepted until December 2019. To apply for a Community Catalyst Grant, contact the Department of Health and Wellness’s Health Promotion Unit to discuss your plan. For more information visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/what-wellness-grant-program
All projects must address at least one of the pillars of the province’s Wellness Strategy, such as living tobacco free, being physically active and reducing sedentary time, healthy eating, consuming alcohol responsibly and mental health promotion.
“We recognize the importance of reducing future reliance on the health system and encouraging healthy lifestyles,” said Dr. David Sabapathy, deputy chief public health officer. “By focusing on health promotion and prevention, we can shift the focus beyond individual behaviour towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions. The wellness grants allow us to support community initiatives that advance healthy living while building community capacity and supporting community action.”
“We want to mobilize communities by giving them the guidance and financial support they need to work together to improve the health and well-being of Islanders,” said James Aylward, health and wellness minister. “Our intent with this program is to strengthen Island communities and help create environments where making the healthy choice is the easier choice for all Islanders.”