Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants

General Grant Information

Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants are meant to support school districts and groups of First Nations and/or independent schools, in identifying, addressing and assessing priorities in the area of mental well-being through strengthening partnerships within the health and education sectors, and with community partners.

Based on a shared vision from DASH, Healthy Schools BC, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, the grants support education and health-sector professionals to collaborate and build relationships, create a plan for identifying and addressing priorities and taking collaborative action regarding mental well-being to create healthy schools.


The Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants focus on four themes:

  • clarifying and understanding the contributions all adults in a school environment can make to support the mental well-being of all students;
  • supporting the mental well-being of teachers, administrators and school staff – so that they can in turn support the mental well-being of all students;
  • providing professional learning to education and health sector professionals on what they can do to support and enhance the mental well-being of all students; and
  • supporting the integration of mental well-being as part of the new curriculum.

Learn more about the themes here.

Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants aim to build regional capacity amongst health, education and community partners to collaboratively work through new approaches and designs for learning (such as the Healthy Schools BC Learning Framework, Spiral of Inquiry and innovative prototyping) for district/group-level initiatives that are directly related to mental well-being.

While the actions of each Regional Grant recipient will vary according to local priorities and context, there is great value in linking collective efforts within and across regions. These linkages can facilitate improved sharing of best practices and problem-solving strategies, as well as mutual support as we work towards our common vision of creating healthier school communities and overall mental well-being. Each grantee will be encouraged to consider how their planning and actions connect to the broader efforts of creating healthier school communities.

Healthy Schools BC is currently exploring the addition of a coaching element to these grants for 2017-2018. This would involve connecting grantees with one or more experts that would act as a thought partner for the grantee, providing advice as needed in developing strategies, and supporting the grantee in achieving their vision.


Application Details

Grant amount: $5,000

This section includes important information about:

  • who can apply
  • application deadline
  • expectations upon receiving grant funding
  • appropriate use of funding
  • grant timelines
  • how to apply and submit your application online
  • previewing the grant application

Who can apply for a grant?

  • Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants are available to regional groups of:
    • Public schools belonging to a single school district and/or
    • Independent schools and/or
    • First Nations schools in partnership with their respective regional health authority.
  • Applications are welcomed that address new initiatives or build on existing priorities. School districts that have previously received a School District Readiness Grant may apply.
  • The grant application will be submitted by “Grant Co-leads”, which includes a representative from the education sector and a representative from the health sector. Grant Co-leads are to collaboratively complete the application and will be the contact persons for the grant (and therefore are responsible for completing all grant requirements).

When is the application deadline?

  • Extended until Friday, May 19, 2017

What are the expectations tied to receiving funding?

  • Grant Co-leads must complete necessary reports (e.g. financial reports, year-end summaries).
  • Grant Co-leads must be available for communication with DASH staff throughout the granting cycle (e.g. phone or email updates).
  • Grant Co-leads must adhere to appropriate use of funds.

Appropriate use of funds:

Grant funds are intended to support planning and implementation activities (i.e. planning meetings, relationship/partnership development, TTOC, materials, resources and equipment).

Grant timeline:

  • Application submission deadline Friday, May 19, 2017
  • Communicate grant award decisions to applicants by June 8, 2017
  • Grants are provided by June 2017.
  • Learning Session for Grant Leads in late September/early October 2017
  • Planning and implementing occurs between September 2017 – June 2018.
  • Final reports to be submitted June 30, 2018.

How do I submit my application?

How can I preview the grant application questions?

  • Preview the grant application questions here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have many of your questions answered by reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about the Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants or would like any support, contact us at or 604-681-0600.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.