Application call for provincial wellness grants
Provincial community-based groups and non-profit organizations have been invited to apply for government funding to help their wellness programs. Some $500,000 has been made available through this year’s provincial budget.
Minister of Health and Community Services Jerome Kennedy stated: “ The Provincial Wellness Grants Program encourages communities and groups to take action for health and wellness.”
Since the program’s inception in 2005, more than 170 projects have benefited from an investment by government of almost $3.5 million, he added.
The program is intended to promote community involvement in healthy, active lifestyles.
Grants will support projects with an emphasis on one of the wellness priority areas, including healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco control, injury prevention, mental health promotion, environmental health, and child and youth development.
Grant proposals must demonstrate the following:
• the existence of strong partnerships among community organizations,
• a description of how the project will build community capacity for wellness,
• a plan for delivering their project on a province-wide basis, and
• information on how the project can be continued after the funding period has ended.
Grants awarded range between $5,000 and $50,000.
Kennedy added: “By investing in community-led initiatives, we can work together to improve the overall health and well-being of residents in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
The deadline for applications is Sept. 30, 2011.