Northern Health


News Release

IMAGINE Community Grants available to community groups, schools, and other partners

March 09, 2018

Northern Health is looking for community partners with ideas for projects that will improve the health of those living, working, learning and playing in northern BC. The next opportunity to apply for IMAGINE Community Grants began March 1, 2018.

IMAGINE grants provide funding to community organizations, service agencies, Indigenous organizations, schools, municipalities, regional districts, and other partners with projects that support northerners in their efforts to stay healthy.

Applications are being accepted until March 31st. Projects should aim to prevent chronic disease and injury or promote health in one or more of the following areas:

  • Healthy eating and food security
  • Physical activity and active living
  • Injury prevention
  • Tobacco-free communities
  • Positive mental health
  • Prevention of substance harms
  • Healthy early childhood development
  • Healthy aging

Applicants can apply for funding of up to $5,000 for their project. Preference will be given to projects that encourage different community groups to work together, address a gap in services or programs available, help those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable, and/or develop skills and resources.

Since 2009, the IMAGINE Community Grants have provided funding to 822 projects across northern BC. Past projects have included; community gardens and supporting food gathering and traditional methods of food harvesting and preservation, walking trail enhancements for accessibility, sporting equipment, lending libraries, education sessions and workshops to support skill development in the community. More details on past grantees are available at

The most recent cycle for IMAGINE Community Grants funding was released in the fall, 2017. From that funding cycle, 45 projects in 28 communities across northern BC were awarded IMAGINE Community Grants.

A number of schools, organizations, First Nations, municipalities and community groups have been awarded seed funding and will be initiating grassroots projects to improve the health of those living, working, learning and playing in our region.

For more information and to access the application guide and form, please visit or call 250-565-2131.

Fall 2017 IMAGINE Community Grants - Successful Recipients

Northeast HSDA $45,839.00 total funding

Charlie Lake

  • Charlie Lake Elementary PAC- Snowmuch Fun with Snowshoes $3,340.00


  • Don Titus Elementary PAC- Don Titus Playground Project $5,000.00
  • Little Prairie Elementary PAC- Soccer Nets $2,888.00

Fort Nelson

  • Fort Nelson Hospice Society- Palliative Volunteer Support & Training Program $900.00
  • Northern Rockies Justice Society- Community Restorative Justice Program $5,000.00

Fort St John

  • Aboriginal Education Centre SD 60- Traditional Teachings $5,000.00
  • North Peace Secondary School- The Pantry $3,000.00
  • Robert Ogilvie Elementary- Our Royal Movement $5,000.00

Rose Prairie

  • Upper Pine Elementary PAC- Outdoor Skating Facility Upgrades $4,399.00
  • Saulteau First Nation
  • Saulteau First Nation- Strengthening Our Children through Sports & Physical Activity $5,000.00


  • Taylor Elementary School- School Tower Garden $1,294.00

Tumbler Ridge

  • Tumbler Ridge Elementary School- Tasty Towers $4,018.00

Upper Halfway

  • Upper Halfway School- Inclusive Sports $1,000.00

Northern Interior HSDA $72,353.00 total funding

Fraser Lake

  • Village of Fraser Lake- FLESS Breakfast Club $3,644.00


  • 787 Banshee Royal Canadian Air Cadets- Mackenzie Cadets Youth Biathlon $5,000.00


  • Robson Valley Support Society- A Series of Fortunate Events $2,800.00
  • Valley Museum & Archives Society- Bike Racks & Hitching Posts in McBride $1,510.00

Prince George

  • Autism Society of BC- Supporting Children of Siblings with Autism $3,400.00
  • Schizophrenia Society PG Branch- Reducing for Health $5,000.00
  • Canadian Red Cross- HELP North: Walkers & Wheelchairs for Seniors $5,000.00
  • Carney Hill Neighbourhood Centre Society- Wellbriety Support Project $5,000.00
  • CFUR Radio Society- Get Up Stand Up: Don't Give Up Your Health $1,500.00
  • Hart Highlands Winter Club- Learn to Ski Safely $5,000.00
  • PG Air Improvement Roundtable- Wood Stove and Wood Smoke Education Portal Workshop for Coordinators $1,845.00
  • Polaris Montessori Elementary School & PAC- Polaris Natural Playscape and Community Gardens $5,000.00
  • YMCA of Northern BC- PG Youth Action Team- Sharing Stories and Stomping Stigma $5,000.00


  • Barlow Creek Elementary PAC- Barlow Creek Community Garden $2,220.00
  • Carson Elementary School- Carson's Natural Playground & Outdoor Classroom $4,889.00
  • Kids Kare Center- Active Play All Year Round $2,645.00


  • Canoe Valley Community Association- Active Living Kids Young Cooks Program $4,000.00


  • Carrier Sekani Family Services- Vanderhoof Youth Centre $5,000.00


  • District of Wells- Intergenerational Gym Nights $3,900.00

Northwest HSDA- $54,808.00 total funding

Dease Lake

  • Dease Lake Recreation Centre Society- Public Skate $3,000.00
  • Tahltan Band Council- Dease Lake Community Garden Upgrades $5,000.00

Haida Gwaii

  • Gidgaland Kuuyas Naay Secondary School PAC- ODD SQUAD Presentations $5,000.00
  • Old Massett Village Council Haida Health- Health for Every-Body $4,150.00
  • Masset in Motion- Local Food to Plate III $3,300.00
  • Southern Haida Gwaii Healthy Communities Team- Local Food to Plate 3.0 $4,000.00


  • Houston Link to Learning- Houston Community Garden Outdoor Kitchen $5,000.00
  • Houston Secondary School- Healthy Living Garden Towers $2,510.00


  • Delta King Place Housing Society- Kitimat Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) $5,000.00

Prince Rupert

  • Change Makers' Education Society- Juggle Club $5,000.00


  • District of Stewart- Stewart Portable Miniature Golf Course $5,000.00


  • Telkwa Christian Reformed Church- Quilters from the Heart $4,678.00


  • Ksan House Society- Community Fitness & Yoga Classes $3,170.00