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Rural Healthy Eating Active Living (RHEAL) – Leaders Program

Grants to Yukon Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and Individuals
to Promote Healthy and Active Lifestyles in Rural Communities

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Funding Source:

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Recreation and Parks Association of the Yukon (RPAY)

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Grants of up to $3,000 per program to Yukon nonprofits, municipalities, community associations, schools, First Nations, and individuals to promote active lifestyles and opportunities for physical activity in rural communities. Priority is given to proposals for programs in rural Yukon or for a marginalized population in Whitehorse.

A RHEAL Leader Program: 

  • Expands rural community recreation with new or different opportunities
  • Is welcoming, accessible, and inclusive
  • Includes opportunities to be physically active and encourages an active lifestyle
  • Does not restrict participation because of cost, equipment needs, or transportation.

A RHEAL Leader: 

  • Has expertise and/or current certification to lead the program
  • Uses accepted risk management practices
  • In certain cases, has a current Standard First Aid/CPR C certificate and/or a Criminal Record Check on file with RPAY
  • Collects participant registrations that include (for adults) a photo release
  • Tracks the number of sessions and participants
  • Follows Canada’s Food Guides when providing healthy snacks.

Types of RHEAL Leaders

Community RHEAL Leaders offer programs to the community and may target groups such as pre-schoolers or older adults. Programs are offered at various times and locations between September and April.

Winter Active for Life (WAFL) RHEAL Leaders deliver programs designed to increase participation in outdoor winter activities such as snowshoeing and cross country skiing for residents of rural Yukon and First Nation communities.

After School (ASTP) RHEAL Leaders provide opportunities for children and youth to be physically active during the after school hours of 3:00 to 6:00 PM. Programs may be hosted by recreation departments, a nonprofit group, a First Nation, or an individual.

Funding can be requested for:

  • Preparation, delivery and administrative time with justification and based on qualifications
  • Materials, healthy snacks, supplies, facility, etc. with an explanation of need
  • Additional programming cost required to meet current COVID-19 safety steps.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167586

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000 per program

Term of Contract:

RHEAL Leader programs run between September and April and are offered at least once every week over a minimum of two months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals or organizations may apply. An organization may be a nonprofit organization, a municipality, a community association, a First Nation, or a school.

Funding is not intended:
- For staffing costs related to ongoing roles or responsibilities
- To replace responsibilities of Yukon Sport Governing Bodies
- To enhance PE classes in schools.

Pre-Application Information:

1. Fall: either September 15 (early-bird) or October 31
2. Winter/Spring: January 15

Programs will be reviewed within two weeks of the deadline and may be funded within one month.

Information about Canada's Food Guide:

Contact Information:

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

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For more information, contact:
Penny Sheardown, Active Living Coordinator
Phone: 867-668-3010

Contact page:

Recreation & Parks Association of the Yukon
170 Titanium Way
Suite 201-C
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1G0

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Yukon;

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