Ap­pli­ca­tion call for provin­cial well­ness grants

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

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.

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