The wellness fund process is currently being updated for 2018. Criteria and applications will be posted to this site soon. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2018.
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Wellness Funds are for non-profit groups working to improve health in their communities and must address the health priorities identified by the Community Health Boards (CHBs) in their current community health plan. Over the past decade, the delivery of health services in this province has been shifting from a primarily hospital-based model of care to a health promotion, or population health based approach. This model of care seeks to maintain and improve the health of people and the communities in which they live through partnerships, and by addressing those aspects of a person’s life that determine their health.
To see the most recent CHB Community Health Plans, click here.
Wellness Funds are intended to support the implementation of the CHB community health plan recommendations by funding local community projects that use a population health approach, addressing the Social Determinants of Health, such as income, education, social supports, early childhood development, etc.
In early Fall, wellness fund grants are advertised. Applications must be hand delivered, faxed, emailed or mailed to the CHB in which the group or organization is applying. For more information on the CHB in your area, click here. Applications are due by October 15th at midnight. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications are assessed and reviewed by the CHB. Successful applicants are notified in January.
It is important to note that, applicants will be expected to sign funding contracts before funding is disbursed and a final report with receipts will be due upon project completion.
Should a project not be able to spend their funds as intended, they may request in writing, using the Change of Grant Request form, for a change in their project. CHBs will decide on a case-by-case basis if the change is granted. CHBs who do not grant the request shall ask for the return of the grant funds.
Previously Funded Projects:
Washer Toss in Londonderry
What project can multiple generations build and then have fun using all year round?
This was a challenge accepted and completed by the Londonderry Community Council last year. The community group wanted a fun physical activity that that folks of all ages and abilities could play. They decided upon washer toss (a popular game in the Maritimes) and began to make it a reality. The group applied to the Along the Shore Community Health Board for a Wellness Fund Grant. The community health board saw how an activity like this could improve health and support an active lifestyle. It could provide the place and time for this fun and social activity, so they provided the funds requested for the project.
The day of the “build” brought a variety of residents of all ages and of all skills together!
The planning team also ensured that this activity could happen indoors in the winter by purchasing protective surfaces for the walls and floor of the community centre. Now the community has a fun and rewarding activity that is offered in their own community. Washer toss anyone?
Whether you are 3 or 93, finding a place to play is important! Play is important to both these ages for similar reasons of development…besides being fun! According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (2007), play “allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.” But just because you are an adult, doesn’t mean you should stop developing these traits! One definition of play is to “truly engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” Hopefully, we can embrace play as a lifelong activity and find enjoyment in multiple, varied activities.
Residents of the Along the Shore area are fortunate to have many opportunities to play. The local Along the Shore Community Health Board (CHB) has helped to create the Londonderry Playforest.