What is the Wellness Grant Program?

The Department of Health and Wellness recognizes the importance of health promotion to reduce our reliance on the health system and positively influence healthier lifestyles and community well-being. The program has been designed to support community-based health promotion efforts that enhance community resources, systems, and networks that can positively influence health outcomes and make healthy choices easier for all Islanders.

The program provides opportunities for active engagement and local partnerships that will support and sustain projects that improve the health of Islanders. The aims are to support collaborative approaches, involving many stakeholders and community partners, to address the social determinants of health and prevent chronic diseases.

Since 2015, the Wellness Grant Program has funded over 60 projects.

The Wellness Grant Program provides funding to support initiatives and projects guided by health promotion principles in the following priority areas of the PEI Wellness Strategy (997Kb)

  • Physical Activity
  • Tobacco Reduction
  • Healthy Eating
  • Responsible Alcohol Use
  • Mental Wellness

This year, the Wellness Grant Program will be offering two different streams: a Community Catalyst Grant designed to support Island communities in mobilizing and building local capacity; and a Health Promotion Impact Grant designed to support larger, targeted initiatives that address modifiable risk factors for chronic disease and Wellness Strategy pillars.

Community Catalyst Grant

The Community Catalyst Grantstream has been designed to offer opportunities for PEI communities to take initiative and lead health and wellness efforts. The idea is for these grants to act as catalysts for communities and organizations to build local capacity and mobilization while positively influencing community well-being. This grant is one small step toward empowering Islanders to identify existing needs and assets in their communities and take action to improve their health and well-being.-family.

Who can apply?

Organizations within PEI, municipalities, schools, small businesses, Mi’kmaq First Nations, and other Indigenous organizations, are eligible for funding.

Proposed projects must align with the Wellness Grant Program funding priorities and meet eligibility requirements outlined in the Community Catalyst Grant description.

What does the application process look like?

  1. Interested applicants must first contact your regional Health Promoter (see contacts at bottom of page) to further discuss this funding opportunity.
  2. Applicants and Health Promoters discuss the proposed plan.
  3. If the proposed plan is suitable for consideration through this funding stream, applicants will be provided with the grant application forms and a deadline for submission.
  4. The Health Promotion Unit will review the submitted application and make a final determination on funding.
  5. Successful applicants will be assigned a Health Promotion Team Lead for the project.

What type of funding is available?

Grant proposals will be considered for funding up to $1, 000.

When is the deadline for submission?

Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis until December 2019, dependent on funding availability.

How do I submit my application?

Applications are only available through a Health Promoter. Interested applicants must contact the Health Promoter in their region to discuss their project and this funding opportunity.Conversations with Health Promoters about proposed project plans must take place prior to receiving and submitting an application for funding. These conversations can be scheduled following June 12, 2019.

Health Promotion Impact Grant 

The purpose of the Health Promotion Impact Grant is to fund targeted initiatives and interventions that address modifiable risk factors for chronic disease in PEI. These grants can be used to scale or adapt existing best practices to a new community or population, deliver evidence-based programming, or develop healthy public policy that can make a measurable impact on identified population health inequities in PEI. 

Who can apply?

The Health Promotion Impact Grant Program is available to organizations with established partnerships and sufficient human resources, capacity and expertise required to conduct evidence-based program/policy development, delivery, and evaluation.

Organizations with a registered charity number, business number, and/or incorporated number, Mi’kmaq First Nations, and other Indigenous organizations, in PEI, are eligible for funding. 
Proposed projects must align with Wellness Grant Program funding priorities and meet eligibility requirements outlined in the Health Impact Grant description.

Through their proposal, applicants must clearly demonstrate they have the human resources, partnerships, and infrastructure capacity sufficient for carrying out a project of this size and scope.
To be considered for funding, project proposals must have:

  • clearly defined and realistic goals, methodology, and measurable outcomes
  • the potential to achieve a population-level impact
  • the demonstrated ability to facilitate or make progress toward cultural, behavioural, environmental, and/or structural change at the community level

What does the application process look like?

  1. The application form is available in pdf or word format. Completed applications will be accepted until Friday, September 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm. 
  2. All eligible applications will be reviewed by an adjudication committee. 
  3. Successful applicants will be assigned a Health Promoter Team Lead for the project. 

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Health Promoter in their region to further discuss this funding opportunity.

What type of funding is available?

One grant will be awarded under each Wellness Strategy pillar, for approximately $7,000 each. 

What is the deadline for submission?

The application deadline is Friday, September 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Please note that the application process for the Health Promotion Impact Grant has re-opened since the original July 19, 2019 deadline (as reflected in original documents).  

How do I submit my application?

All applications must be submitted via email to the Health Promoter in the applicant’s region in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Health Promoter Contacts

Erin Cusack
Western Region
(902) 620-3899
eecusack@gov.pe.ca

Meghan Adams
Central Region
(902) 368-4955
meadams@gov.pe.ca 

Melissa Munro-Bernard
Eastern Region
(902) 368-6523
mmmunrobernard@gov.pe.ca

 

Published date: 
June 7, 2019
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca