Deadline approaching for Eastern Health grants
Eastern Health is encouraging non-profit and community-based groups to apply for funding under its Community Development Fund. Applications for the 2011 program are now available for groups within the Eastern Health region.
The Community Development Fund, valued at $50,000, was established in 2008 by the board of trustees of Eastern Health to support the development of healthier communities and demonstrate the organization’s commitment to working with various partners to achieve its vision ofHealthy People, Healthy Communities.
“ Working with community groups and fostering effective partnerships are integral to building and maintaining healthier and stronger communities,” said board chair Michael O’Keefe.
“ There are numerous groups in our region who are doing amazing things for the benefit of our communities. The Community Development Fund is helping such groups realize their projects, while also helping us enhance our linkages in the community.”
Under the funding initiative, upwards of $10,000 is available for non-profit community-based groups and organizations. Priority will be given to groups that contribute to a healthier community by building a sense of community; strengthening social support networks; developing community connections; and, addressing a priority need.
“ We are pleased to have supported several community groups with their projects through the Community Development Fund and we look forward to working with many more in the future,” said Fay Matthews, Eastern Health’s vice-president of regional community health services and public health.
“ We value our community partners and encourage engagement and teamwork in our efforts to improve the health and well-being of our communities and the people we serve.”
The Community Development Fund application and guidelines are available on Eastern Health’s website at www.easternhealth.ca. The deadline for applications is April 29. For more, call 709-4666302.
Eastern Health is the largest, integrated health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador employing over 13,500 employees and serving a population of more than 290,000 people.
The authority has an annual budget of over $1 billion and offers the full continuum of health and community services including public health, longterm care, community services, hospital care and unique provincial programs and services. Its geographic boundaries extend from St. John’s west to Port Blandford including all communities on the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas.