Funding available for community wellness projects

Communities and organizations can now apply for provincial government funding for wellness initiatives.

The annual Wellness Grant program provides up to $5,000 to support community-led wellness initiatives that address pillars of government’s Wellness Strategy, such as:

  • living tobacco free;
  • being physically active and reducing sedentary time;
  • healthy eating;
  • consuming alcohol responsibly; and
  • mental health promotion.

 To apply (by July 6 at 4 p.m.) and for more information, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/what-wellness-grant-program.

 “This program is a chance for us to collaborate with community partners to positively influence individual and community well-being,” Health and Wellness Minister Robert Mitchell said. “We are the Mighty Island because our smallness connects us, allowing us to help each other by building on local partnerships and engaging Islanders.

“Ultimately the projects that are chosen for a Wellness Grant will support community-based efforts that enhance community resources, systems, and networks that can positively influence health outcomes and make healthy choices easier for all Islanders,” the minister said.

The Wellness Grant program has funded 44 projects over the program’s three years.

“The health of Islanders is being shaped not only by our health care system, but to a great extent by the conditions in which people live, learn, work and play,” said Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Public Health Officer. “These wellness grants are designed to support collaborative approaches, across partners, sectors, and settings that promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease or injury before it occurs.”

The Chief Public Health Office is offering workshops to help organizations develop their ideas and complete their grant application. For more information or to register, contact (902) 620-3899 .

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