Northern Health looking to partner with groups to improve northerners’ health

The deadline to apply for IMAGINE Community Grants is March 31

Does your group or organization have an idea for a project that will improve the health of those living, working, learning and playing in northern B.C.?

If so, Northern Health wants to hear from you by the end of this month.

Northern Health (NH) is looking for community partners who want to make it easier for people in northern B.C. to live healthy lives and is calling for applications for the latest round of IMAGINE Community Grants.

IMAGINE grants provide funding to community organizations, service agencies, Indigenous organizations, schools, municipalities, regional districts and other partners with projects that support northerners in their efforts to stay healthy, according to a press release from NH.

Over the past decade, IMAGINE Community Grants have provided funding to 860 projects across northern B.C.

The most recent cycle of IMAGINE Community Grants awarded more than $128,500 in funding to 31 projects across the region, including two projects in Quesnel.

Reformation House received funding for a Youth Lounge, which opened at the end of February. The Youth Centre at 213 St. Laurent Ave. aims to provide a space for youth to have access to a safe environment to play games, study or just hang out with friends by offering a drop-in centre with a pool table, foosball, darts and more.

The fall grant cycle also provided funding to the North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society for Snowprints Made by Kids and Mentors, a project aiming to get children and adults active in the winter on snowshoes and provide education about healthy eating and avoiding substance harms.

Other past funded projects have included community gardens and projects that support food gathering and traditional methods of food harvesting and preservation, community walking trail enhancements, sporting equipment libraries for community lending, education sessions and workshops to support skills development.

The application deadline for this IMAGINE Community Grants cycle is March 31. For more information and to access the application guide and form, visit northernhealth.ca/services/healthy-living-in-communities/imagine-grants.



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