Grants available to promote health and well-being in CVRD

You could earn up to $2,000 if you have a good idea that improves the health and well-being of residents in the Cowichan Valley.

The non-profit, Our Cowichan Communities Health Network (OCCHN) has grants of up to $2,000 available to fund projects that will make a positive impact to the future of regional communities. And they're open to all kinds of good ideas.

"We look to the community to lead," said network regional facilitator Cindy Lise. "We want them to show us what they can do to fill the gaps they see in programs and services."

Having said that, projects must address any of the 12 key determinants  of health as set out by the World Health Organization.

"This isn't just based on medical services," Lise explained. "It's all those pieces together that makes us well."

Those pieces include income and social status, support networks, education and literacy, employment and working conditions, well-being and social environments, physical environments, personal health practices and coping skills, health child development, biology and genetic endowment, health services, gender and culture.

In 2013, the network funded 13 projects, covering everything from a free drop-in play centre for small children to a brain fitness program for seniors to a community barbecue.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 1. Funding will be awarded by mid-October and projects must be launched within a year.

Proposals are limited to a single typed page. More information and the proposal template can be found at or by contacting Cindy Lise at 250 748-5866 or


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