$1.7 Million to Promote Healthy Communities in B.C.
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government has launched a new province-wide granting program to help enhance opportunities for British Columbians to get fit.
Local governments – including municipalities, regional districts and First Nations, are invited to apply for a portion of over $1.7 million in Active Community Grants to develop programs that get people moving and promote physical activity.
Each of B.C.’s health authorities will receive $353,800 to award individual community grants of up to $30,000, with the opportunity for larger combined grants for joint proposals. All projects must be completed by Oct. 31, 2018.
Victoria estimates at least 60 communities in B.C. will benefit from one of these grants. The government says eligible projects should promote physical activity in the community and build on an existing relationship between the community stakeholder and their health authority.
“Examples of projects could include a community workshop to create success and signage for local trails for all users, including those in wheelchairs, or engaging with First Nation Elders to take local youth out foraging and teach them about edible and traditional plants in the area,” says the Ministry of Health.
The Province says the grants are a result the B.C. Physical Activity Strategy and action plan that was released in November 2015.
The BC Healthy Living Alliance is overseeing a three-year action plan to guide and stimulate co-ordinated policies and help stimulate physical activity.
Northern Health will have an open call for proposals from local governments from the end of May to July 2017.
For more information contact Chelan Zirul, regional manager, Health Communities and Schools at email@example.com.