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IMAGINE Community Grants: Health Happens in Community!

The next cycle of IMAGINE Community Grants will be launched on September 19, 2016. Please check back on that date for more information and to access the application forms.

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Important Information

Current Grant Cycle: IMPORTANT DATES

Call for applications: September 19, 2016
Deadline for Applications: October 31, 2016
Successful Applicants Notified: Week of November 21, 2016
Funding Released: December 2016
Projects must end (funds spent) prior to: March 31, 2017

NOTE: The spring cycle for IMAGINE Grants will be released in April 2017!

Review other types of Community Grants that are available!

Applying for Funds is Easy!

The application guide contains information on who can apply, funding limitations, criteria and important dates for the IMAGINE Community Grants. The application form has been designed to help us understand your organization, your community and your project. The application will ask you to think about the following:

  • Who? Tell us about your group or organization and what brings you together. Who are your community partners in this project?
  • Where? Tell us about your community, not just where you live, but what challenges and opportunities you face in realizing your project goals. 
  • When? What are the anticipated timelines for your project, including start and end dates? 
  • What? Tell us about your great idea for health promotion, chronic disease or injury prevention project. 
  • Why? What led you and your community to determine that this project is needed to improve the overall health of your community? How will it benefit your residents? 
  • How? How do you plan to use the funds to put your ideas to action? What are the plans to continue the project after the funding ends?



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

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


Our grants do not fund:

  • Wages or salaries
  • Food for food banks
  • Prize money
  • Individuals
  • Projects that do not have a lasting impact
  • Projects outside the Northern Health region


  1. Can our organization apply for more than one grant?

    If you have a number of projects that you are seeking funding for and they fit the IMAGINE criteria, you are welcome to apply for each project. Please use a new application form for each project you are applying for. However, if you are successful, you will only be awarded funding for ONE project. For each application, choose the focus that best fits with your project and check all that apply. (Note: Projects may focus on 1 or more of our identified project focus areas for health promotion and chronic disease prevention).

  2. We have a great project idea. Can we hire someone to coordinate or implement the project?

    IMAGINE grant funds cannot be used for wages.

  3. I operate a drop-in centre and food bank. Can I apply for a grant to supply the food?

    IMAGINE grants cannot fund food for food banks.

  4. I work for Northern Health and have a great idea for the program I work with. Can I apply for an IMAGINE grant?

    If you are working in partnership with a community organization, please have that organization apply for the funding. You are encouraged to support the project within the capacity of your role.

  5. I have some questions about the IMAGINE grants. Who should I speak to?

    Please contact us at or 250-645-6407 or 1-855-645-6555 and we can provide more information.

Application Details


Need More Info?

Sharon Akerley
Regional Administrative Support to IMAGINE Grants
Ph: (250) 645-6407
Toll-free: 1-855-645-6555
Fax: (250) 612-0810

Mandy Levesque
Lead-Healthy Community Development
Integrated Community Granting
Ph: (250) 565-2131


DID YOU KNOW? IMAGINE is an acronym for:

  • Investing upstream and for the long haul
  • Multiple, strength-based strategies
  • Addressing the determinants of health
  • Grassroots engagement
  • Intersectoral collaboration
  • Nurturing healthy public policy
  • Evidence-based decision making