IMAGINE grants

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Northern Health recognizes that Northern BC communities are unique with different health and wellness priorities. IMAGINE Community Grants exist to support projects that address community-led health and wellness initiatives while improving the well-being of all Northern BC residents.

Grants are available for a maximum of $10,000.

Important dates  
Application intake February 1 - March 3, 2023
Funding released March 20-24, 2023
Project legacy summary due January 31, 2024

Applications and guide

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Who can apply?
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • First Nations Bands and health centres
  • Indigenous organizations
  • Municipalities and Regional Districts
  • Schools and PACs
  • Community organizations and service agencies
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Criteria

Projects should seek to support community-based initiatives that focus on one or more of the following health and wellness priorities:

  • Mental wellness
  • Community diversity
  • Harm reduction
  • Climate health action
  • Food security
  • Active living
  • Community safety

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Support partnerships and build relationships - will encourage different groups to work together, connecting people to each other and their community
  • Identify a community need - will address something that is missing that could benefit the community and its residents to improve health and well-being
  • Reduce health inequities - improve access to supports and resources for better health for all
  • Build capacity - will develop and strengthen skills and resources within the community
  • Last - will have a good chance of living on after the funding ends
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Funding limitations

Our grants do not fund:

  • Prize money or gift cards
  • Food for food banks, breakfast programs or large-scale catering
  • Academic research
  • Individuals or personal businesses
  • One-time events or projects that do not have a lasting impact
  • Projects outside of the Northern Health Region
  • Northern Health employees, programs or facilities cannot apply for funding but they can be listed as a support or partner in the project
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FAQs

Do I need a project partner to apply?

Projects are not required to have partners working together but preference will be given to projects that include partnerships and relationship building within community. When listing partners on the application, they must be from outside of the applying organization and each partners’ roles and responsibilities in the project should be clearly stated. It is strongly recommended that letters of support from project partners be included with the application. 

Example - if a community group is listing their local municipality as a partner on the application, it would be ideal to have a letter of support from the municipality declaring their support for the project.

Can my group apply for an IMAGINE community grant if we have previously received IMAGINE funds?

Applicants who have previously received IMAGINE funds can apply with a new project idea and if they have submitted the required evaluation form, fulfilling the agreement from the last project. We will not fund the same project more than once and will not provide funds for operational costs of an ongoing/existing project.  

How detailed should my application be?

The IMAGINE Community Grants are a very competitive process. When reviewing your application, the screening committee should be able to easily understand the goals of the project and the plans that will be put in place to achieve them. The more details included in your application, the better. Ensure that the project budget is clear and includes all costs that will be associated with the project activities.

Our project requires a lot of funding to achieve our goal. Can we apply to IMAGINE for a “donation” to our funding pot?

IMAGINE Community Grants are considered seed funding to get grassroots projects off the ground in community. IMAGINE funding is not a donation for large scale projects and cannot be used to leverage other funding in early phases of a project. We require that the total cost of the project is identified in the application and that it is clear how the IMAGINE funds (maximum $10,000) will be used to support and complete the project within our identified timelines.

Please ensure that all other sources of funding listed on your application are confirmed. We will support large scale projects that fit within our criteria, if the IMAGINE funds will complete or support a piece of the project.

Example - if a school has been fundraising for playground equipment but are $10,000 (or less) short of their final goal and installation is planned for within the IMAGINE deadlines, their application would be considered.

Can we apply for a one-day event or community celebration?

IMAGINE Community Grants fund projects that have a lasting impact in community. These funds are not for one-off events. Preference is given to projects that have a good chance of living on after the funding is spent and will support ongoing programming and activities within a community.

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