Changes to 2020 Grant Streams in response to COVID-19

BC Healthy Communities recognizes that local governments are focusing their attention on delivering basic services in response to COVID-19. Our team is committed to supporting you in these uncertain times by making adjustments to the 2020 PlanH Healthy Communities Grant program, which is currently accepting applications.

If you are planning to apply for a PlanH grant, here’s what you need to know:

  • Application due dates are extended until July 15 for both streams.

  • In response to the ongoing situation, the existing Social Connectedness stream has been retitled the Community Connectedness stream. The objective of this stream remains to enhance a sense of belonging within local communities. BC Healthy Communities now welcomes project proposals which support people to be connected even if they are physically distanced, and project proposals in which local governments start developing strategies and plans to address the mental health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that projects do not have to address COVID-19, but is our hope that the Community Connectedness stream presents an opportunity for local governments to better address the social and emotional dimensions of community resilience in the wake of this public health emergency.

  • If you have already submitted an application to the Social Connectedness stream, it will be considered as part of the Community Connectedness stream and will be subject to the original criteria. If you have any questions, or want to discuss changes to your application, please email or visit our updated FAQ’s page

  • The Healthy Community Engagement stream remains the same.

The BC Healthy Communities team will be monitoring the evolving situation in the coming weeks. If there are more changes to the grant program, we will provide information here on the PlanH website, as well as on BC Healthy Communities’ Facebook and Twitter feeds.