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 November 1st at midnight. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications are assessed and reviewed by the CHB. Successful applicants are notified in December/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.
For more information on the wellness fund application and criteria, please see the Wellness Fund Application Package below.
Applications can be submitted by email or mail. Click here for more information.
Previously Funded Projects:
The Antigonish Town and County CHB provided a Wellness Grant to the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library to develop “play packs” for kids.
The packs are made up of books and play equipment available to borrow with your library card.
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The Strait Richmond CHB provided a grant to the Stella Maris Food Bank to support a collaborative project with Schools Plus to provide two four-week workshops engaging families in meal planning and food preparation.
Emphasis was placed on the social aspect of the project, which brought people together to allow for interaction, story sharing and recipe sharing for those who may be living in isolated arrangements.