The Healthy Communities Initiative is an investment from the Government of Canada to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19.
Communities have been extraordinarily resourceful and resilient in improvising temporary and longer-lasting solutions to the challenges of COVID-19.
Many are undertaking work for immediate needs but also thinking about how to build pandemic-resilient spaces for the future.
We are seeing new digital solutions, that allow people and communities to feel connected, safe and healthy all while respecting public health measures and norms such as physical distancing and mask-wearing.
The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative partners are experts in building vibrant, equitable and livable public spaces and include: the Canadian Urban Institute, 880 Cities, Park People, Vivre en Ville, MaRS, Canadian CED Network, ICLEI, Network for the Advancement of Black Communities, the National Association of Friendship Centres and Jay Pitter Placemaking.
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The Healthy Communities Initiative will provide funding to a broad range of organizations, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and nonprofits, for projects, programming and services that help communities.
The Healthy Communities Initiative encourages community-level innovation and improvements in the quality of life for residents. As local communities continue to adapt to COVID-19, local governments and community partners across the country in urban, rural and remote communities are discovering new ways to keep residents safe and healthy, support economic recovery and rebuild communities to be pandemic-resilient.
The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on certain communities, including historically marginalized communities who were already
experiencing vulnerability and marginalization. Public spaces are invaluable to communities
who do not have access to green space, space for physical activity and play, art and other activities within their own homes and private spaces. COVID-19 health measures have limited the use of public spaces and are impacting those who use public spaces most.
The minimum funding amount for projects is $5,000 and the maximum funding amount is $250,000 for each project.
All budget items must be project-related and must be incurred during the funding period (April 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022).
Funding recipients cannot spend Healthy Communities Initiative funding past the June 30, 2022 deadline.
Do note that the Healthy Communities Initiative is a highly competitive program.
Applications must be submitted by June 25, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST.
All applicants will receive results by September 16th, 2021, at the latest.
For more information, visit https://communityfoundations.ca/initiatives/chci/