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IMAGINE Community Grants: Health Happens in Community!

IMAGINE Community Grants are now available!

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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!

Applying for Funds is Easy!

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The application guide (PDF) contains information on who can apply, funding limitations, criteria and important dates for the IMAGINE Community Grants.

The application form (Fillable PDF) or alternatively the MS Word Version has been designed to help us understand your organization, your community and your project goals.

We need your project evaluations!

Evaluating your project is not only necessary for our records, but will assist us in learning more about your community, your project and how to improve on the overall granting process. Evaluation Form (Fillable PDF) or alternate MS Word Version

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

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 250-565-2131 and we can provide more information.

Grant Resources

Northern Health Grants

Aboriginal Health Improvement Program

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

Partnering for Healthier Communities (P4HC) Grants

  • Aims to support established P4HC Committees and enable the emergence of new P4HC Committees and partnerships across the north.

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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.

Kitimat Community Foundation

  • Provides funds to local registered charities for a specific project or program, equipment and/or resources that are shown to benefit the communities of Kitimat and/or Kitamaat Village. Funding provided in the areas of: Health; Education; Arts and Culture; Sports and Recreation; Local Environment; and Social Services.

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

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council

  • Offers First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Aboriginal 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.

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 Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

  • Provides funds for cultural, educational and economic development for Aboriginal 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.

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.

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.

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.

Charity Village

  • Provides links to online databases and directories of funding agencies and foundations of interest to Canadian individuals and organizations.

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.

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.

Whole Kids Foundation- Canadian Extended Learning Gardens

  • Provides grants to a non-profit or charity children’s programming organization, working with primary or secondary-aged children, to support an edible education garden.

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!

  • Aboriginal Health
  • Cardiac Care & Regional Chronic Diseases
  • Population Health 
  • Primary & Community Care

Need More Info?

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

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


Learn More About Previous IMAGINE Projects


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