Applications now open for funding through Healthy Communities Initiative

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Author: Sustain Ontario

Posted: February 10, 2021

Categories: GoodFoodBites / Opportunities

The Government of Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Urban Institute have announced the launch of the first application intake for projects under the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, a $31 million investment to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19.

The Government of Canada will fund eligible projects that fall under three main themes:

  • Creating safe and vibrant public spaces
    – projects that create or adapt existing public places such as parks, main streets, and indoor spaces that encourage safe cultural or physical activities, and local commerce.
  • Improving mobility options
    – projects that permit physical distancing through permanent or temporary changes that make it easier for people to get around in their communities, whether walking, biking, accessing public and private transit, or other modes of transportation.
  • Digital solutions
    – innovative digital projects that address changing community needs through the use of data and connected technologies.

Examples of eligible projects in the announcement include expanding community gardens and farmers’ markets to increase access to healthy and affordable food.

The goal is to fund projects that can quickly help communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 as they continue to navigate the pandemic. Applicants can apply for funding ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 for eligible projects.

Organizations can apply to the Healthy Communities Initiative starting February 9, 2021, through March 9, 2021, at 8 p.m. EST.

Learn more here.