The Community Wellness and Harm Reduction Grant was launched to support community partnerships on focused, action-oriented harm reduction projects or initiatives, tailored to meet local needs. Grant funding was available to B.C. municipalities or regional districts that partnered with their regional Health Authority to develop collaborative harm reduction projects to enhance the knowledge, skills and resources for individuals, families and communities to be safer, healthier and more inclusive.
The evidence shows that harm reduction promotes health, improves social outcomes, and has other benefits for people with lived and living experience, their families and our broader communities. Municipalities are uniquely placed to listen and learn from people in their community and find bold and innovative ways to address challenges.
These one-time grants are supported by the Community Crisis Innovation Fund through the Ministry of Health and administered by the Community Action Initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions’ Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC). Funded projects must align with the OERC’s Comprehensive Package of Interventions (see OERC Terms of Reference), and must include a Regional Health Authority partner. Collaboration with local community-based organizations and local First Nations communities and Indigenous service providers throughout the project lifespan is encouraged.
Through an investment of $934,000, twenty-four municipalities from across B.C. were awarded Community Wellness and Harm Reduction Grants. Grant awards ranged from $7,000 to $50,000. Funded projects will be active from March 2020 to February 2021.
- City of Abbotsford
- City of Campbell River
- City of Chilliwack
- City of Kamloops
- City of Langford
- City of Langley and Township of Langley
- City of Merritt
- City of Penticton
- City of Port Alberni
- City of Powell River
- City of Prince George
- City of Revelstoke
- City of Richmond
- City of Trail
- City of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
- City of Vernon
- City of Victoria
- City of West Kelowna
- Corporation of the City of Cranbrook
- Corporation of the Village of Alert Bay
- District of Hope
- District of Houston
- District of Kitimat
- District of Lake Country
Emily Wagner, Community Grants Manager
Tel: 604-638-1172 ext.119 | Toll-free: 1-800-456-9085