Grants for Building Social Connectedness in Communities

Please note this granting stream is no longer accepting applications. The deadline for submission was May 30, 2017.

The Healthy Communities Capacity Building fund (HCCBF) supports partnership development and innovative collaborative action between local governments, health authorities, and other community partners.

For 2017/18, the HCCBF has a special focus on social connectedness. Socially connected communities support strong citizen engagement and increase the health and well-being of residents. Local governments can play a role in improving social connectedness and helping communities thrive by creating strong social environments and resilient neighbourhoods.

Important Dates

  • An informational webinar was held on April 26th to help those interested in the grants determine which stream would be appropriate and the important next steps in the grant application process. To listen to the webinar recording, please follow the link here. ​Download a PDF of the webinar presentation here. 

  • Online applications are no longer being accepted. Two streams of funding are available to local governments who are working in partnership with other sectors to improve social connectedness in communities or regions; Stream One: Cultivating Connections and Stream Two: Resilient Streets Demonstration Communities. In both streams, partnership development and collaboration between local governments, health authorities, and other community stakeholders is a priority. Review the comparison chart on page 4 of the full application guide to understand the difference between the streams.

    Local governments may submit separate applications for both Stream One and Stream Two, provided they are for different activities, however a community will not be awarded more than one social connectedness grant. Read the sections below for more information. 

Application Guide

A step-by-step guide for completing the grant application for the HCCBF Social Connectedness grant application is available here. Please note: we are no longer accepting applications.

Download the application guide.

Stream One

Cultivating Connections

Grants of up to $15,000 are available for up to six local governments working with other partners to understand and take action to improve social connectedness in their community or region.

Opportunity

  • Maximum grant amount available: up to $15,000 (for up to six communities).
  • Provincial online learning network, which includes up to three virtual learning and network sessions on social connectedness

Eligibility

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Regional Districts
  • Municipalities
  • First Nations Bands
  • First Nations Tribal Councils
  • Métis Chartered Communities

The following organizations are not eligible to apply:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit groups
  • School Districts
  • Hospital Foundations
  • Community Groups
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Health Authorities

This opportunity could be for you if you:

  • Represent a local government;
  • Have community partners who share your interest in strengthening social connectedness, including your regional health authority; and
  • Are interested in sharing your findings and learning more about what works to build social connectedness and why, through participation in a provincial learning network.

Eligible local governments who are working in partnership with their health authority and other sectors and who are interested in applying, should read the application guidelines thoroughly.

Objectives

  • LEARN: Deepen learning & understanding of social connectedness in neighbourhoods and communities
  • ENGAGE & COLLABORATE: Convene, engage and develop shared leadership and action between local governments, health authorities and other sectors/partners who can influence social connectedness
  • TAKE ACTION & EXPERIMENT: Conduct and evaluate innovative approaches to addressing social connectedness. Share these experiments (and the lessons learned) with other communities around BC.

Criteria

  • Primary applicant is local government
  • Multi-sectoral partnerships in place
  • Capacity to contribute to provincial evaluation

Timelines

  • An informational webinar was held on April 26th to help those interested in the grants determine which stream would be appropriate and the important next steps in the grant application process. To listen to the webinar recording, please follow the link here. Download a pdf of the presentation here.

  • May 30, 2017: Application deadline (now closed)

  • Between July 2017 and September 2018: Projects for Stream One Cultivating Connections are expected to take place.

  • No later than October 31, 2018: final report is required within 30 days of completing activities.

Links and Partnerships in Place

Identification of key partners and stakeholders is required and collaborative relationships must be in place with multiple organizations. Additional partners and collaborations may be further developed as part of the project.

Application
(no longer being acceped)

 

Stream Two

Resilient Streets Demonstration Communities

Grants of up to $20,000 are available for up to four local governments and their partners to adapt and implement the Resilient Streets program, an approach to building social connections between immediate neighbours on residential streets and in residential buildings. 

Opportunity 

  • Up to $20,000 (for up to four communities to demonstrate the Resilient Streets program)
  • Three training webinars on the Resilient Streets model
  • Resilient Streets training materials
  • An additional coaching grant valued at $5000 (in-kind, customized coaching support provided by the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods team)
  • Participation in a provincial community of practice (required)

Eligibility

The Resilient Streets model can be adapted to a range of community and cultural contexts. We encourage a diversity of communities (rural, urban, First Nations, etc) to apply.

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Regional Districts
  • Municipalities
  • First Nations Bands
  • First Nations Tribal Councils
  • Métis Chartered Communities

The following organizations are not eligible to apply:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit groups
  • School Districts
  • Hospital Foundations
  • Community Groups
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Health Authorities

This opportunity could be for you if you:

  • Represent a local government;
  • Have community partners who share your interest in strengthening social connectedness, including your regional health authority; and
  • Are interested in sharing your findings and learning more about what works to build social connectedness and why, through participation in a provincial learning network.

Eligible local governments who are working in partnership with other sectors and who are interested in applying, should read the application guidelines thoroughly.

Objectives

  • LEARN: Through demonstrating the Resilient Streets program, deepen learning & understanding of social connectedness amongst immediate neighbours

  • ENGAGE & COLLABORATE: Convene, engage and develop shared leadership and action between local governments, health authorities and other sectors/partners who can influence social connectedness through a multi-sector Resilient Streets collaborative table

  • TAKE ACTION & EXPERIMENT: Adapt, implement and evaluate the best approaches of the Resilient Streets program in a variety of community contexts as a mechanism to measurably increase social connectedness. Share these learnings and promising practices with other communities around BC.

Criteria

  • Primary applicant is local government
  • Multi-sectoral partnerships in place
  • Capacity to contribute to provincial evaluation
  • Capacity to participate in all activities including training, online community of practice and coaching

Timelines

  • An informational webinar was held on April 26th to help those interested in the grants determine which stream would be appropriate and the important next steps in the grant application process. To listen to the webinar recording, please follow the link here. ​

    Included here is a PDF of the webinar presentation. 

    Looking for information about Active Communities grants or past HCCBF grant rounds? Click here.

  • April 26, 2017: Informational webinar takes place. 

    An informational webinar was held on April 26th to help those interested in the grants determine which stream would be appropriate and the important next steps in the grant application process. To listen to the webinar recording, please follow the link here. ​

    Included here is a PDF of the webinar presentation. 

    Looking for information about Active Communities grants or past HCCBF grant rounds? Click here.

  • May 30, 2017: Application deadline (now past)

  • Between September 2017 and November 2018: Stream Two Resilient Streets Demonstration Communities activities are expected to take place.

  • No later than December 20, 2018: A final report is required within 30 days of completing activities.

Links and Partnerships in Place

Identification of key partners and stakeholders is required and collaborative relationships must be in place with multiple organizations. Additional partners and collaborations may be further developed as part of the project.

Application

(no longer accepting applications)

Webinar 

An informational webinar was held on April 26th to help those interested in the grants determine which stream would be appropriate and the important next steps in the grant application process. To listen to the webinar recording, please follow the link here. Download a pdf of the presentation here.

Reporting

Final report templates will be posted here and emailed to all successful grant recipients.

FAQs

Have a question? Visit the frequently asked questions page.

Resources & Links

Communications Guidance

We ask that projects funded through the HCCBF include written acknowledgment of funding in materials produced as a result of the HCCBF. This includes publicity, conferences, meeting presentations, printed pieces or any other materials that are public and promotional in nature. Guidance on how to acknowledge HCCBF funding can be downloaded here. Please note, source logo files are not included in the guide. Please contact us for logo files and further questions about acknowledgement. We'd love to hear about the progress of your project! 

Contact

If you have questions or require assistance please contact

BC Healthy Communities Society
grants[at]planh.ca
(250) 590-8432

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