Dead­line ap­proach­ing for East­ern Health grants

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

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.east­ern­ 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.

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