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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Community Wellness and Harm Reduction Grants

Community Action Initiative
Municipalities are encouraged to apply for funding for local initiatives that can help save lives and improve community wellness. This funding is intended to support development and implementation of local projects or initiatives that address the overdose crisis.

Amount of Grant
$15,000 to $50,000 is available through the Community Action Initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.

Deadline to Apply
November 18, 2019 by 5 pm (PST)

Eligibility Requirements
  • The lead applicant must be a local government (municipality or regional district).
  • Lead applicants must partner with a regional health authority.
  • Collaboration with local First Nations communities and community-based organizations, including Indigenous service providers, is strongly encouraged.
  • For-profit businesses, business associations, public safety, research institutions and primary care providers are not eligible to apply for this grant but may be included in the applicant’s proposed Project Team.
  • Preference will be given to communities without existing Community Action Teams established through the province’s Overdose Emergency Response Centre.
  • Projects/initiatives must be one-time-only in nature and intent, and must be completed—with all funds spent—by December 31, 2020

How to apply
Use the Guidelines and Application form to prepare your application. Apply through the Community Action Initiative Online Grant System. Register a new account or login to start your application.

Examples of Eligible Projects
  • Stigma reduction or ‘myth-busting’ education campaigns
  • Dialogue sessions for community leaders or community members
  • The creation of opportunities that build capacity and strengthen local systems (e.g., peer employment opportunities and peer-to-peer support programs facilitated and attended by people with lived experience of substance use)
  • Expansion of effective programs or interventions (e.g., needle recovery and distribution programs or projects that connect people to healthc are services)
  • Strengths-based and culturally-based harm reduction healing options for Indigenous peoples (e.g., connection to Elders, cultural workers and knowledge keepers)

Contact Name: Melinda Markey
Contact Phone: 604-637-8294
Subject Area(s): Health
Last Reviewed: November 1, 2019, 12:20 pm
Deadline: Monday, November 18, 2019
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