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Grants to Newfoundland and Labrador Nonprofits and
Community Groups to Promote Health and Wellness

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Western Regional Wellness Coalition (WRWC)

Deadline Date:

01/30/19 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Newfoundland and Labrador nonprofits and community groups for events that promote health and wellness. Events may address healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco free living, mental health and addiction, injury prevention, reproductive health, and child and youth development.

The purpose of the Community Grant Program is to support community groups and organizations in the Western Health region (Port Saunders to Port aux Basques, Burgeo, Ramea and South-West Coast, east to White Bay) in promoting wellness in their communities.

All grant proposals will need to include a health promotion activity. Projects should aim to help residents and communities increase control over and improve their own health.

Projects that engage participants, are based on ideas that have been proven to support improved health and lead to lasting changes will be given high priority for funding.

The Western Regional Wellness Coalition (WRWC) has identified eight priority areas to support wellness. All grant proposals must relate to one or more of the wellness priority areas as listed below. Examples of projects that would be considered are provided for each category:

Healthy Eating:

Healthy eating is important to the overall health of individuals, families and communities. An unhealthy diet is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer. To address healthy eating at a population level, involving community partners to build capacity around food skills, nutrition knowledge and to create supportive environments where healthy eating is the easy choice is recommended.

Project examples: Community Kitchens, Kids in Community Kitchens, Community Gardens, Colour It Up, Food Skills Workshops (such as Container Gardening, Composting, seed saving, edible wild plants, preparing local vegetables, using culinary herbs, canning/bottling, root cellars), Food and Fun Camps, breastfeeding support. Providing healthy food alone is not considered a healthy eating project. See What expenses are eligible? section for information about funding healthy food.

Physical Activity:

Physical activity or active living includes exercise as well as other activities which involve movement such as playing, working, recreational activities, gardening and using active ways to get around the community. It promotes healthy growth and development in children and youth; is an important factor for chronic disease prevention and management; is important for healthy aging; improving and maintaining quality of life and independence in older adults.

Project examples: Community walking clubs, skipping programs, Sprockids, Action! Bins, Obstacle Courses, Kids Live Well Marathon, equipment for after-school programs, rejuvenating community spaces for physical activity.

Tobacco Free Living:

Communities, organizations, and agencies play an important role in promoting tobacco free living. Working together, they can prevent youth and young adults from starting to use tobacco; support people to quit and stay smoke-free; protect others from second- hand smoke by creating smoke-free spaces and policies; and help change attitudes about tobacco.

Project examples: Promotion of smoke-free recreational or public community spaces or quit smoking programs (You can Stop by Starting With Us).

Healthy environments are about creating and maintaining environments which promote good public health. The way communities are built can influence the opportunities people have to be healthy. Parks, trails, play spaces and safe walking around towns are all parts of healthy communities.

Project examples: Neighbourhood clean-up, anti-idling (cars) campaign, pop-up libraries, renewing green spaces, signage to promote town walking or trail use or implementing a rural health kit (such as Heathy Built Environment Linkages: A Toolkit for Design, Planning and Health).

Mental Health Promotion and Addiction Prevention:

Mental Health Promotion is about promoting good mental health and well-being for all individuals and communities. Promoting positive mental health is important for helping people live happier and more productive lives. Addiction prevention aims to prevent people from starting or delaying substance use and gambling. Promoting positive mental health helps prevent the onset of mental health problems and addiction. It includes such things as creating social supports in communities, developing positive coping skills, building strong self-esteem and resilience, and being able to use the resources available to us. Appropriate and effective mental health promotion and addiction prevention strategies include the following: workshops and education sessions on topics such as stress, anxiety, suicide prevention, alcohol and drug use, gambling, and violence prevention; opportunities that support skills development in effective decision-making, assertiveness, critical thinking, conflict resolution and self-awareness; Activities designed to increase inclusion and reduce social isolation (ex: support groups, social clubs, LGBTQ events, anti-bullying or anti-stigma campaigns).

Project examples: Boys Council, Girls Circle, No Stress Fest, Families And Schools Together (FAST), Strengthening Families, Girls Night Out Suicide Prevention Program, Addiction Prevention Tools Program (APT), The Truth About Drugs, and What’s With Weed?

Injury Prevention:

Injuries that happen as a result of “accidents” can often be prevented if safety measures are considered ahead of time. Many of the injuries from car, snowmobile or ATV accidents, poisonings, falls, fires or water-related incidents can be prevented or reduced.

Project examples: Bicycle safety rodeos, water/boating safety workshop, concussion awareness, falls prevention for seniors, helmet safety, ATV/Snowmobile safety, distracted driving awareness.

Sexual and Reproductive Health:

Sexual health is an important component of overall health and wellbeing. To be sexually healthy, people need to be motivated, and have knowledge and skill to promote and protect their sexual and reproductive health. Healthy sexuality is a positive outcome that individuals, families, communities and society as a whole should strive for. At different lifecycle stages different sexual health needs can be appropriately addressed. Children - need to be given a healthy start to develop a positive self-image and self-awareness and to establish satisfying relationships; Youth and young adults - need education on sexual feelings, decision making, how to avoid unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; Midlife and Seniors - their values are developed throughout life and continue to influence their health and quality of life. This needs to be supported as their self- awareness, relationships and sexuality matures.

Project examples: Sexually Transmitted Infection prevention initiatives, healthy relationship promotion, safer sex campaigns, LGBTQ awareness events.

Child and Youth Development:

Infant and early childhood experiences influence health throughout life. It is important to support health and well-being from infancy through the adolescent years in areas such as healthy pregnancy and birth, parenting and family support, early childhood learning and care, and community support.

Project examples: For younger children, projects may focus on enhancing attachment with parents/caregivers such as baby-parent play groups; early literacy such as story, song or rhyme times. Projects for youth might focus on developing social or decision- making skills, leadership, or transitioning into various life stages such as middle school to high school, or to work, or college. Other project examples are the Kids Live Well Marathon, Children Aiming To Choose Health program, Kids in Community Kitchens and breastfeeding support groups.

Priority Populations:

A specific priority population must be identified – be as specific as possible. Projects that identify a priority population are more likely to receive funding. Priority populations are those groups that would benefit most from your project or initiative (i.e., who are at highest risk if your project does not occur).

-Medical factors (such as persons with disabilities, pregnant/postpartum women, people with mental illness and/or addictions, those with HIV infection).
-Behavioral factors (such as populations with high smoking rates, needle sharing, engaging unprotected sex, sedentary lifestyle or suffering the effects of stigma, etc.).
-Chronic disease (populations with chronic diseases such as cancer or stroke patients/survivors, arthritis sufferers, high risk for chronic diseases).
-Access to health and wellness opportunities (rural, lack of structured community programs and venues).

Eligible Expenses:
-Materials and supplies (paper, resources, etc.)
-Minor equipment directly related to your project.
-Small honoraria approved up to a maximum of $100; guest speaker/professional fees approved up to $300 (Payments will not be made to members of the partner organizations).
-Costs associated with booking or renting a venue.
-Food: must follow the WRWC Nutrition Guidelines: Healthy Food and Beverage Choices at Events.
-Travel expenses (please note: some exceptions may apply).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163262

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of funding that may be requested for a community event is $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding must be used within one year of receiving the grant.

Projects may start May 31 through October 1 (April 30 deadline); November 1 through February 28 (September 30 deadline); or March 1 through May 30 (January 30 deadline).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

-Community Groups and Organizations, Nonprofit Organizations.

-Previous grant recipients must have submitted their project report and receipts for any completed projects prior to submitting a new application.

-Groups may reapply for funding in the same year, even if the first project is ongoing. However, preference may be given to groups that have not already received funding in the current grant review year.

-Engaging partners may increase the success and sustainability of your project. Applicants are encouraged to partner with at least one other local group to carry out the project. Proposals with one or more partners identified receive a higher priority for funding. A partner is separate from your organization. Partners may contribute in many ways, such as: providing staff or volunteers to help plan or carry out the project; providing space, equipment or funding; and administering project funds if your group does not have a bank account

Not Eligible:
-Business and for-profit groups
-Health Authority Staff
-Research projects
-Projects/events that begin or are completed before the application review process is completed
-Repeated programs with the same participants (i.e., the same project cannot be
funded twice, when it is offered to the same participants; however, programs can be repeated with new participants or the group can apply for funding for a different project).

Ineligible Expenses:
-Contributions to fundraisers
-Registration fees for memberships, program participation, and conferences
-Core operating expenses (i.e. rent, heat, lights, office supplies, etc.)
-Capital expenditures (such as computers)
-Salaries and coordinating fees
-Prize money, contest money, scholarships, awards
-Start-up expenses for a business plan

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their local Western Health Wellness Facilitator for consultation when preparing grant applications. Wellness Facilitators are available to work with groups to strengthen grant applications by providing guidance regarding project goals and objectives, budget development, partnerships and evaluation. Wellness Facilitators can also identify developed programs that are readily available to meet community needs.

Applications are accepted three times per year and must be received by 4:30 PM on the deadline day. Applications can be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed. Projects will not be considered for funding if received after this time or if the project has started and/or finished within the four weeks required to process grant applications.

Deadline dates are April 30, September 30, and January 30.

Each applicant will be informed by letter about the status of their application within four weeks of the submission deadline.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Tanya Barnes Matthews
P: (709) 637-5000, ext. 5355
F: (709) 637-5624

To contact a Wellness Facilitator in your area:

Bonne Bay & Area, Port Saunders & Area:
(709) 458-2381, ext. 268

Bay of Islands & Area, Deer Lake, White Bay:
(709) 632-2920

Bay St. George South, Stephenville, Port aux Basques, Burgeo, Ramea & Area:
(709) 646-3728

Western Regional Wellness Coalition
C/O Tanya Barnes Matthews
P.O. Box 2005
Corner Brook, NL, A2H 6J7

Grant Coverage Areas:

Western Health region (Port Saunders to Port aux Basques, Burgeo, Ramea and South-West Coast, east to White Bay)

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador