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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits for Programs in
the Areas of Mental Health or Chronic Disease Prevention

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pacific Blue Cross - Health Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/06/18 - For Kick-start Projects Fund only.


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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit organizations for programs that improve the health and well-being of families, children, youth, and individuals. Funds may be used for programs, projects, and equipment that improve mental health or that address the prevention or management of chronic disease. Occasionally, capital campaigns will be funded as well.

The programs should fit within one of the following categories:

Kick-start Projects Fund
This fund is intended for one-time projects, start-up programs, equipment or materials directly related to improving mental health and wellbeing, or preventing or managing chronic disease. Grants can be up to $10,000.

Partnership Programs
The Foundation chooses up to 4 new partnerships annually. Funding is up to $45,000 and spread over 3 years. A “partnership” is a project or program that can actively include Pacific Blue Cross (it is not simply multi-year funding).

Major Investment Projects
Occasionally, the Board considers larger multi-year initiatives, most often including capital campaigns. Funding is up to $100,000 and includes a multi-year agreement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174905

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Kick-start Projects Fund: Up to $10,000
-Partnership Programs: Up to $45,000
-Major Investment Projects: Up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

Partnership Programs: Funding is spread over 3 years.
Major Investment Projects: Funding is up to $100,000 and includes a multi-year agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Registered nonprofit organizations that benefit the residents of British Columbia are eligible to apply.

Funding criteria:

-Priority is given to programs working in the areas of chronic illness or mental health
-Priority is given to programs that are solution-oriented and can show measurable results
-You must be a registered not-for-profit organization
-Funds must be used in BC
-Your services must not discriminate by race, religion, creed, gender or sexual orientation
-Preference will be given to applicants that can provide audited financials

While preference is given to organizations in the areas of mental health and chronic disease, all applications are reviewed and considered.

The following types of organizations are not eligible for funding:

-Religious or sectarian organizations
-Political organizations
-Competitive sports teams
-Contract fundraisers or lobbyists

Pre-Application Information:

Kick-start Projects Fund: January 29
Partnership Program: August 31
Major Investment Projects: No deadline

Kick-start Projects Fund:
Keep in mind that the board meets only 4 times each year. If your project has a planned start date, make sure that you submit your proposal early.

Submission Deadlines:
-January 29, 2018
-April 3, 2018
-June 4, 2018
-November 6, 2018

You will be notified of the decision within a few weeks after the application deadline.

Partnership Program:
If you are applying to the Partnership Program, submit your 2-page proposal no later than August 31. Successful applicants will be notified by September 30. You are encouraged to contact PBC to discuss your proposal before submitting the final proposal.

Major Investment Projects:
If you are applying in the Major Investment Projects category, please inquire directly to the Foundation by email.

Note: To ensure the limited funding available is distributed to various sources, the Foundation may not provide funding to an organization to which it provided funding the previous year.

Contact Information:

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

Email Your Application, Proposal, or Inquiry to:

Mail your Application or Proposal:
Attn: Allison Joe
c/o Pacific Blue Cross
Health Foundation
PO Box 7000, Vancouver, BC V6B 4E1

Fax It:
604 419-2020

Drop It Off:
4250 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 4W6

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia