IMAGINE grants

IMAGINE community grants: Health happens in community!

The word IMAGINE is etched into a smooth round stone

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response and restrictions, we have redirected the IMAGINE funding to support communities through our new grant program Northern Resilient Communities Grants. Our current priority is supporting community partners and organizations to respond to, adapt, withstand, and recover from the challenges faced due to COVID-19.

This grant has already funded over $100,000 in communities throughout the region since it’s inception in August 2020.

Your patience is appreciated as we continue to accommodate our northern communities in the ways that are most helpful.

Learn more about community granting in action and grant writing tips to support your application in the 2016 winter edition of Healthier You magazine.

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IMAGINE grants


Projects must support community-based initiatives that focus on one or more of the following chronic disease prevention or health promotion priorities:

  • Healthy Eating and Food Security
  • Physical Activity/ Active Living
  • Injury Prevention
  • Tobacco-Free Communities
  • Positive Mental Health
  • Prevention of Substance Harms
  • Healthy Early Childhood Development
  • Healthy Aging
  • Healthy School Action

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
  • Promote healthy outcomes - will include activities that reduce the risks and impacts of chronic disease and injury through education, awareness and collective action
  • Reduce health inequities - will help those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable to improve their access to supports and resources for better health
  • 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

Funding limitations

Our grants do not fund:

  • Wages, salaries or contract-for-fee services
  • 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


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 $5,000) 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 $5,000 (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.


Grant resources

Northern Health grants

Aboriginal Health Improvement Committees

  • Supports First Nations communities and Indigenous organizations in improving the health of Indigenous People. 

Collaboration for Health Research in Northern BC Seed Grant Program

  • Enables researchers and knowledge users at PHSA, NH and UNBC to work in partnership and initiate new research projects that focus on improving the quality of health services and improving population health in northern BC.


  • Assists communities who are committed to staying healthy, preventing injury and improving the well-being of residents in the Northern Health region.

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Regional grants

Bulkley Valley Community Foundation

  • Strives to improve quality of life in communities by awarding local organizations grants generated through responsibly managed donations and legacies.

Burns Lake and District Area Community Foundation

  • Offers funds to support local recreation, arts and leisure in the Burns Lake and District area.

Fort St. James Community Foundation

  • Supports initiatives that strengthen the local economy, society, culture and ecology.

Gwaii Trust Society

  • Supports initiatives and projects that enhance all aspects of Island life: youth, education, economic development, the arts, community innovation, events and more.

McBride Community Foundation

  • Works with donors and the community to support projects and activities that are important to local residents.

Northeast Regional Community Foundation

  • Offers grants to charitable organizations interested in making their community a more vital place to live, work and play. Eligible communities include; Dawson Creek, Fort St John, Taylor and Hudson’s Hope.

Northern Development Initiative Trust

  • Offers a range of funding programs suited to a diverse set of economic development priorities in central and northern BC.

Prince George Community Foundation

  • Supports a broad range of projects that encompass one or more of the following themes: Health; Education; Arts and Culture; Sports and Recreation; Local Environment; and Social Services.

Prince Rupert Regional Community Foundation

  • Provides funds to a broad range of eligible organizations and activities within the communities of Prince Rupert and those located within the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District.

Quesnel Community Foundation

  • Offers support to projects or initiatives in the areas of arts, education, environment, recreation and social programs. Initiatives benefit local area residents, provide a service to the community or take a new or innovative approach to needs and concerns within the North Cariboo region.

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako

  • Provides assistance to non-profit groups in the region. Links provide information about grant writing services, forming a non-profit society and grant opportunities.

Regional District of Fraser-Fort George

  • Offers Community Grants in Aid, Recreation Grants and Regional Grants in Aid to eligible communities located in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.

Terrace Community Foundation

  • Offers funding to cover projects, or the repair and purchase of tangible assets that are carried out over a specific timeframe. Projects will include one or more of the following themes: Health; Education; Arts and Culture; Sports and Recreation; Local Environment; and Social Services.

Village of Valemount

  • Provides funds for activities to address locally identified needs, through the Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs.

BC grants

ArtStarts- Arts in Education Council of BC Fund

  • Offers grants to support teachers' professional development in the arts.

ArtStarts- Artists in the Classroom

  • Supports projects in schools across BC that demonstrate artistic excellence, strong connections, high levels of student engagement and an active partnership between an educator and a professional artist.

BC Dairy Association

  • Provides grants to enhance teaching and inspire healthy eating in schools.

BC Healthy Communities- Municipal Alcohol Policy Grant

  • Assists local governments to develop a Municipal Alcohol Policy.

BC Teachers' Federation

  • Provides seed money for activities or projects that will bring about systemic change for social justice in schools, districts and/or communities in BC through local social justice grants. Promotes socially responsible teaching in inclusive, safe, and healthy schools by providing money to assist teachers in developing and implementing violence-prevention, antiracist, multicultural, gender-equity, global, environmental, or peace resources, through the Ed May Social Responsibility Fund.

BC Rehab Foundation

  • Supports projects and initiatives designed to benefit people with disabilities.

Civic Info BC

  • British Columbia’s local government information hub. Provides a variety of tools, information and resources for those who work, or have an interest in the province’s local government sector.

Community Action Initiative

  • Supports community-based organizations to improve mental health and address substance use for British Columbians.

Community Gaming Grants- Government of BC

  • Supports a broad range of programs and services to eligible organizations. Gaming grants are designed to fit the needs of a wide-variety of non-profit organizations throughout BC.

Farm to School BC

  • Supports initiatives involving youth in agriculture, including the development of leadership in agriculture, strengthening of our communities and agriculture education.

Government of BC- Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

  • Provides funds for cultural, educational and economic development for Indigenous People in BC.

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

  • Provides field trip grants for K-12 classes and schools in BC toward transportation, project materials and program fees that support outdoor, hands-on learning in and about nature.

Healthy Schools BC

  • Provides opportunities for healthy living grants to support school communities in BC.

Indigenous Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council

  • Offers First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Indigenous Friendships Centres across BC the opportunity to apply for funds to purchase sport, recreation and/or physical activity equipment. Also provides opportunity to host sport camps in regional communities.

Integris Credit Union

  • Provides different funding options to support local community organizations/and or projects.

Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC

  • Offers a variety of programs and funds to assist in the agriculture and food processing industries in BC.

KidSport BC

  • Provides grants to address the challenges faced by many families when registering their children in an organized sport.

Men's Health Initiative

  • Men's Health Initiative and grant details - up to $7500!

Province of BC Grant Tool

  • Offers a search tool to connect with a wide range of funding opportunities.

The Write to Read Project

  • Assists with efforts to improve literacy in aboriginal communities in British Columbia.

Tire Stewardship BC

  • Provides financial support to communities who have decided to use and benefit from a wide range of recycled tire products in their projects.

Union of BC Municipalities

  • Provides support for programs and services for local governments in BC.

Vancouver Foundation

  • Supports organizations with innovative projects in four fields of interest: Arts and Culture; Education and Training; Environment and Animal Welfare; and Health and Social Development.

ViaSport BC

  • Administers sport-related grant programs funded by the government of BC that encourage sport participation and healthy living, develop high-performance athletes, and improve sport and recreation programs.

Victoria Foundation


Canada wide grants

Breakfast Club of Canada

  • Provides grants to support school breakfast programs.

Canadian Women's Foundation

  • Provides grants to initiatives dedicated to giving women and girls a chance for a better life.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

  • Offers funding to remove barriers and support individual children to be able to participate in organized sport and recreation.

Connect to Innovate

  • The federal government's Connect to Innovate program will invest up to $500 million by 2021 to bring high-speed Internet to rural and remote communities in Canada. Access to health care is a determinant of health, and Internet technology can help.

Farm Credit Canada

  • Supports organizations in communities with a population less than 150,000 people, that are raising funds for capital projects.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

  • Supports municipal environment initiatives with grants to develop plans, conduct feasibility studies or implement capital projects.

Government of Canada- Canadian Heritage

  • Provides a list of funding opportunities through the Canadian Heritage portfolio.

Government of Canada- Canadian Institutes of Health Research

  • Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. Collaborates with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve and strengthen our health care system.

Inspirit Foundation

  • Creates opportunities for young people to initiate projects that build inclusive communities and address issues of discrimination, prejudice and marginalization in their local communities.

Nike N7 Fund

  • Supports Native American and Aboriginal youth and communities to participate in sport, activity and play.

Rick Hansen Foundation

  • Offers Access4All Barrier Buster Grants and Quality of Life Grants to schools, municipalities or community groups who are wanting to create a more accessible and inclusive Canada.

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

  • Offers funding to support green spaces across Canada. Examples include: outdoor classrooms, community gardens, trail building and natural playgrounds.

Whole Kids Foundation- Canadian School Gardens

  • Provides grants to support edible educational gardens on the grounds of a primary or secondary school.

Did you know?

IMAGINE grants are made available through funding support from various partners within Northern Health. Many thanks to these programs for their continued investment and commitment to this important work for our region!

  • Indigenous Health
  • Population Health 
  • Primary & Community Care