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Do you have ideas to improve the health and wellness of your community? If you represent a First Nations Band, First Nations Tribal Council, Métis Chartered Community, or Friendship Centre, this grant could be for you.

Healthy communities support all stages of life. In partnership with the Union of BC Municipalities, the Province has announced $500,000 in funding to support local governments in age-friendly planning. 

Local governments: Are you looking for a way to demonstrate your community's commitment to children and youth? Applications to host the next Cities Fit for Children Summit are now open.

Did you know that 7 out of the 10 Canadian municipalities with the largest portion of seniors are located in B.C.? As a result, more communities are exploring what it means to become age-friendly, supporting all stages, from childhood through to later years.

Could your community use more resources and support to foster better health and well-being? Are you a local government looking to collaborate with health authorities and other partners to create the conditions that enable healthy people and healthy places? Apply for funding through the PlanH Healthy Communities Fund and receive support from our new Community Wellness Strategy and Creating Healthy Places grants.

Think about how likely you would be to ride your bike to the park instead of driving, choose healthier foods, or stop to chat with neighbours if you didn’t feel safe or if the services you need are not accessible or affordable. Community design has significant influence on behaviour, and partnering with local governments in our public health efforts is a powerful strategy to encourage healthy living and prevent chronic disease.

Inspired to build social connectedness in you own community, but not sure where to start? Communities across the globe have come up with a variety of innovative approaches to fostering connection. Here’s a glimpse at the wide variety of unique initiatives out there:

Last Spring, PlanH launched a new funding stream aimed at helping communities thrive by creating strong social environments and communities in which all people feel welcome and included. Social connectedness — both the sum of individual relationships and a sense of belonging — is crucial to overall health and wellbeing. When people feel more connected to their community, they’re more likely to engage and participate as members of that community.