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$800K in Wellness Grants up for grabs from Island Health

To help improve the health and well-being of residents within its jurisdiction, Island Health is giving away up to $800,000 as part of its grants program.

Their Community Wellness Grants are designed to provide opportunities for not-for-profit organizations, local government organizations, and Indigenous Nations, organizations, and communities to develop new wellness initiatives and programs by applying for the one-time funding boost.

Kathy MacNeil, Island Health’s President, and CEO says that a majority of someone’s health come from factors outside the healthcare system.

“It is estimated that only 25% of a person’s health is a result of the delivery of health care. The remaining 75% are factors external to the health care system – the social determinants of health,” says MacNeil. “These grants will help organizations support various regional wellness initiatives and bolster people’s health and wellbeing in their communities.”

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Island Health says their focus through this year’s funding cycle is community resilience, with $600,000 available for individual grant funding, while the remaining $200,000 will be allocated to collaborative projects that involve a minimum of three partner organizations.

For more information on where you can apply for funding, you can visit Island Health’s website.

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