Community Wellness & Harm Reduction Grants

Municipalities may apply for funding to develop collaborative wellness and harm reduction projects or programs in their communities.

Community wellness and harm reduction grants are intended to support development and implementation of local projects or programs that address the overdose crisis.

Amount of Grant

A grant of $15,000 to $50,000 per community is available through the Community Action Initiative (CAI) in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.

Projects and programs must be one-time-only in nature and intent, and must be completed—with all funds spent—by December 31, 2020

Deadline to Apply

November 18, 2019 by 5 pm (PST)


  • The lead applicant must be a local government (municipality or regional district)
  • Lead applicants must partner with a regional health authority
  • Collaboration with local First Nations communities and community-based organizations, including Indigenous service providers, is strongly encouraged

Preference will be given to communities without existing community action teams established through the B.C. government’s overdose emergency response centre.

For-profit businesses, business associations, public safety, research institutions and primary care providers are not eligible to apply for this grant but may be included in the applicant’s proposed project team.

How to apply

Use the Community Wellness & Harm Reduction Guidelines and Application (PDF) to prepare your application. Apply through the Community Action Initiative Online Grant System. Register a new account or login to start your application.

Examples of Eligible Projects

  • Stigma reduction education campaigns
  • Community dialogue sessions
  • The creation of opportunities that build capacity and strengthen local systems, for example, peer employment opportunities and peer-to-peer support programs facilitated and attended by people with lived experience of substance use
  • Expansion of effective programs or interventions, for example., needle distribution and recovery programs, or projects that help connect people to health care services
  • Strengths-and culturally-based harm reduction healing options for Indigenous peoples, for example connection to Elders, cultural workers and knowledge keepers