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Applications are now being accepted for active communities grants. 

These grants are for local governments in Island Health and Interior Health Regions and their partners working towards having a measurable impact on physical activity.

Grants of up to $30,000 are available to individual communities. Combined grants of up to $100,000 are available to communities that are working together for greater impact in their region.

Examples of initiatives the grants will support are:

This is the first part of a three-part commentary addressing the three challenges of equity, sustainability and governance - also were the main elements of the Kuching statement on Healthy Cities, which focused on People, Planet and Participation.

The new CRD Community Map is designed to support health and wellbeing in the capital region by allowing users to visualize where diverse populations are living and what their proximity is to community resources and affordable transportation options. Give it a try, then provide feedback with this short
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Applications are now being accepted under the summer intake of the 2017/18 Regional Community to Community Forum program. The goal of a Regional C2C Forum is increased understanding and improved overall relations between First Nations and local governments. For more information, visit the C2C program page. 

The BC Food Systems Network is partnering with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the healthy authorities to build the capacity of community food security groups and food policy councils to engage effectively with their local governments. 

A new round of the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund (HCCBF) recipients is now open. 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 in British Columbia are invited to apply for a share of more than $1.7 million to develop programs that get people moving and promote physical activity in their communities.

“Increasing physical activity in communities will help improve the health and well-being of British Columbians,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “A lack of physical activity has contributed to an increase in chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, and these grants will support more opportunities for people to become more active.”

Could your community use more resources and support to foster strong social connections, or make a measurable impact on physical activity and increase the health and well-being of your residents? Are you a local government with partnerships with your community and health authority in place? Apply for funding with additional support from one or more of the following opportunities.

The Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change is an international, multidisciplinary research collaboration between academic institutions and practitioners across the world. It follows on from the work of the 2015 Lancet Commission, which concluded that the response to climate change could be “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”. 

A new fact sheet has been released offering evidence-informed principles to support health equity through interventions in the built environment. This supplement to the Healthy Built Environment Toolkit is based on a scoping review titled Working with local governments to support health equity through the built environment. Download it here.

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