VCH Health Promotion Grants

“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

Since 1997, VCH has provided more than $4 million dollars each year in grants to support community partners in their work to help empower vulnerable communities to increase control over, and improve, their health through addressing upstream social and/or environmental barriers.

VCH Health Promotion Grant Programs currently accepting applications

One-time-only (OTO) Health Promotion Project Grants

Next Application Deadline for 2018: May 15, 2018

Download Full Guidelines and Application Form (Round 1)

Non-renewable project grants for registered not-for-profit organizations to respond to emergent community and organizational health promotion needs. Projects must be one-time-only in nature and intent. They may include one-time-only program enhancements/expansions, pilot projects, small capital projects, program research/planning, and/or organizational capacity building. Total funding for this grant program is very limited, and varies from year to year. 2018 OTO Health Promotion Project Grants are anticipated to range from $100 to $10,000, with an average grant of $8,000.

Current priority funding areas

  • Enhancing social connectedness and social supports for vulnerable people.

  • Enhancing early childhood development or resiliency of at-risk children and youth.

  • Enhancing resiliency of refugees and other vulnerable newcomers.

  • Community capacity building to increase income security of vulnerable people.

  • Organizational capacity building (OCB) to strengthen organizations implementing health promotion programming.

Applications are accepted at any time, but reviewed in 2 rounds (with an application deadline of May 15th, 2018 & August 30th, 2018 respectively), or upon exception at other times due to special circumstances. Regardless of project start date, all activities must be completed and funds spent before March 31, 2019. Funded applicants must complete and submit a final evaluation report once their project has been completed. As guidelines and priority funding areas may change from round to round, please check back for the most current guidelines/application in advance of each round.

Learn more about Health Promotion Grants

Please contact us at or (604) 714-3780 for more Information about VCH Health Promotion Grants – including:

  • If you want to apply for a grant but are not sure whether your project is eligible under the guidelines and criteria of a particular grant program.

  • If you have been awarded a VCH Health Promotion Grant and have questions or need help with reporting.

  • If you want to donate to help support community health promotion efforts.

City of Vancouver community gardens Grants

In anticipation of garden season approaching, the City of                 Vancouver is offering time-limited support for community garden   improvements and infrastructure upgrades of up to $1,000.

The offer is for existing gardens on City and non-city land that         involve as many people as possible in the maintenance and growing of the garden.

Emphasis may be placed on infrastructure improvements that:

  *   Provide skill development
  *   Establish community connections and involve as many people as possible
  *   Build capacity integrated with the garden improvements
  *   Includes items from our infrastructure upgrades list

Start to think with your fellow gardeners about what infrastructure improvements might be 
needed in your garden, and complete the application by April 15, 2018.

Click here for: More information and application<>

Summer work experience green jobs initiative

In partnership with CPRA, we are very excited to announce the creation of a youth summer employment program available to our members and other sector partners.

CPRA has secured Government of Canada funding to support the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative: a two year program for youth that will provide direct financial support (via wage subsidies) to municipalities and other sector partners, allowing them to offer new summer job positions that focus on green career-related activities.

As one of the program leads for municipalities and other sector partners, CPRA will administer the provision of government wage subsidies (50%) to create 1,000 Green Jobs for youth in the summers of 2018 and 2019. Of note, in this context, the definition of a 'green' job is broad, including park horticulture and landscaping, parks operations, parks planning, parks technicians, biodiversity, outdoor play/park facilitators, parks ambassadors or interpreters. The jobs are to be 'new' but some flexibility does exist in this area.

  *  The wage subsidy will be capped at $5,712.00 for each youth/job, a contribution that will be matched by the employer.
  *   While employers are welcome to set their own wages, the contribution offered by the government (via CPRA) is capped at $ 5,712.00 per youth/job.
  *   The work terms can be 4-16 weeks long. Youth are defined as those being 15-30 years of age.

Further information, including the application form can be found here<>.

Note: The first round of applications are due Monday, February 26th, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding this initiative please contact Noelle Virtue, Green Jobs Regional Manager Western Canada at 604-629-0965 ext 228 or<>.


The Ministry of Agriculture’s Strategic Outreach Initiative (SOI) grant funds conferences, short courses, seminars, field days, and other events that “contribute to the growth and viability of the sector”. See attached one-pager for details. This funding is first come-first serve, so the best opportunity to submit applications is early April. Worth brainstorming now!

Please note that this application must be sponsored by an agrologist at the Ministry. If you have an idea for a proposal, before you put too much time into it, please email me and I will pass on your request to my contact at the Ministry. She will be happy to guide and support your application.



Scotts Canada Limited proudly announces the opening of its GRO1000 Grassroots Grants award program, for 2017. The Grassroots Grants program, now in its seventh year, provides support to not-for-profit organizations to better their neighborhoods through the development of community-based gardens and greenspaces.

The grants are part of the larger GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program, which is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to create over 1,000 community-based gardens and green spaces in Canada, the U.S., and Europe by 2018, the company’s 150th anniversary. To date, more than 830 community projects have received GRO1000 funding, including 54 community-based gardens in Canada.

Along with its partners Communities in Bloom, Plant a Row · Grow a Row and Nutrients for Life, Scotts Canada is pleased to be offering this exciting opportunity to Canadian communities. Grassroots Grants, which range from $500 to $1,500, will be awarded to selected projects across Canada. From edible gardens to pollinator habitats, urban farms to sensory gardens, GRO1000 supports all types of community-driven greenspace projects and places priority on programs that heavily involve youth. The benefits that gardens provide to a community and its residents are significant, and even more so for children. Research shows that spending time in a garden helps improve a child’s cognitive ability, develops healthy nutrition habits, and increases positive self-understanding, responsibility and maturity.

If you are or know of a recognized charitable organization or non-profit group committed to establishing or expanding a community-based garden, green space or pollinator habitat in Canada, applications for the 2017 GRO1000 Grassroots Grants are now being accepted online.


The funding is part of the BC Ministry of Social Development – Employment and Labor Market Division which is similar to income assistance and is part of the Employment program.
The funding moved from the Federal level to the Provincial level.
The funds are specific for Work Experiences.
There is a new stream for ‘Social Innovation’.

Depending on the projects, they have funded anywhere from $200,000 – $500,000. The total amount of funding has increased since 2015 from $8 – 16 million dollars.
No deadline or cap.

There are 5 Funding Streams (see scanned document for a fuller explanation)

1. Job Creation Partnerships – provides funding to organizations to assist with local projects that provide useful work experience and skill enhancement opportunities to eligible job seekers to help them obtain sustainable employment. Projects should benefit the job seeker, community and local economy, however the primary focus must be on helping the participant. There is a ‘contribution agreement’ – in kind where staff could donate time, space or an office, etc… for the project.
Example: Powell River City Council wanted someone to work on a diversity, social inclusion plan. They brought in 3 people that included Conference and Researching planning and they showed what they could do and what the City could do. Process was pretty flexible.

1. Labor Market Partnerships – funds projects that encourage and support employers, employee and/or employer associations and communities in developing and implementing strategies for dealing with labor force adjustments and meeting HR requirements. Projects may include researching labor market/human resource adjustment issues and developing and implementing labor market adjustment activities. These are project based and are distinct from the ongoing operations of the applicant.
Basically you are looking at a gap between Labor Market shortage.
*Example: Whistler Hotel had a gap in supply and demand so they funded their research.

2. Project Based Labor Market Training – provides funding to organizations to assist with local projects that provide a combination of on and/or off the job employment training to eligible participants to help them obtain sustainable employment.
This is a combination of training and work experience.
Example: There was a shortage of people in a particular market so the applicants were trained in an educational institution and fast tracked into some housekeeping positions (There was training provided and 60% was work experience.

3. Research & Innovation – provides funding for eligible projects to explore and/or find untried and untested methods of delivering programming to help individuals find or return to work as quickly as possible.
*Example: funded MOSAIC on a project where they brought in research subjects together to test a new business design model for new immigrants. Another one was for the Fraser Health Authority in finding cognitive remediation on employment planning to work with barriers such as mental health issues.

4. Social Innovation – expands the scope of the Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) program to support innovative projects that address social challenges beyond unemployment. It focuses attention on new ideas and approaches to address complex and ongoing social problems. The CEP funding streams support socially innovative projects with a focus on community needs and support improved employment related outcomes for unemployed project participants.
*Example: funded an 8-week Training session for the Stolo nation where artists involved in the projects received a royalty for each piece they created – helping them set up a model.

* More information on online applications and on each of the 5 Funding Streams at:


Do you have an idea that will enable seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others, and help communities increase their capacity to address senior and local issues? The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) helps to ensure seniors will benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities.

In anticipation of the next NHSP Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada will provide information to help you with the preparation of your application.

Through NHSP your organization may be eligible to receive a grant up to $25,000 per year. Based on the most recent Call for Proposals, projects must be led or inspired by seniors and address one or more of the following five program objectives:

•promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
•engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
•expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
•supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
•providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.

Check our website regularly for more information.

NOTE: To be prepared for the next Call for Proposal, it is strongly recommended to attend one of the upcoming NHSP information sessions. Times and locations will be forwarded to you in the near future.

If you would like to attend and or possibly host a session, please contact 604-658-8451 or e-mail at your earliest convenience so that we can make arrangements.

Thank you for your interest in the program and please feel free to pass this on to other senior led organizations or groups that you think may be interested.

Best regards,
New Horizons for Seniors Program, Service Canada
Tel: 604-658-8451