Programs: Communities Choosewell



ChooseWell Healthy Community Grant Applications are Open

Applications for the 2019 Healthy Community Grants will be open September 4 – October 31 2018. Applicants must be registered for Communities ChooseWell in 2018 to be eligible to receive a grant. Register here!

The goal of the Healthy Community Grant is to enable communities to take action to improve healthy eating and active living in their communities. It is also an opportunity for communities to address social wellbeing while promoting healthy behaviours. The overall intention is to support communities in developing an environment where healthy choices are easier, accessible to everyone, and sustainable.

Grants of $2000.00 are available to a maximum of one grant per community. The grants are intended to support collaborative local action to create communities that foster wellness. We value and promote the development of partnerships between different sectors, such as recreation, health, local governments, education, and not-for-profit.

Our grant process has changed! Communities ChooseWell recognizes community members have a range of abilities and we want to make sure your strengths are highlighted through the grant application process. Therefore this year we are offering three ways to complete your Healthy Community Grant application; through a written, oral, or interview application process.

The Communities ChooseWell Healthy Community Grants are administered by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association. Communities ChooseWell is funded by Alberta Health.

2017 Funded Projects

Acadia Valley Recreation Club - Acadia Valley Community Garden Project

Construction of a community garden in the community with goals around sustainable food production and community beautification.

Town of Banff - Try Aquatic Fitness at Sally Borden Pool

Free aquatic fitness programs with the hopes of developing interest in the program and potentially future funding from the Town of Banff.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary Indigenous Initiatives - BGCC - Lessons with Elders on traditional and healthy food for Urban Indigenous Youth

Teaching and learning how to grow traditional foods as well as ceremonial teachings that accompany this, while also alleviating food insecurity.

Chateh, Dene Tha' First Nation Recreation and Cultural Society - Dene Teens Healthy and Active

A program geared towards Indigneous children and youth to stay active and eat healthy

Chief Napeweaw Comprehensive School - CNCS's Healthy School Garden

Growing fresh produce to reduce food insecurity and teach sustainable food skills to children.

Village of Delburne - Delburne Community Kitchen - Cooking with Seniors (55+)

A community kitchen with a focus on education about nutrition while aging.

Multicultural Family Resource Society - Edmonton Syrian Newcomers - Community Cooking for Wellness

Community Kitchen for Syrian women to help educate them on how to use local produce in traditional foods.

Jasper Place Wellness Centre, Food4Good - Traveling Food Hub

A traveling food education program to increase community access and knowledge around healthy, affordable foods.

Village of Foremost, Forty Mile Regional FCSS - Foremost Community Garden/Outdoor Classroom

Creating a garden and outdoor learning area in an underused area of the school grounds. 

Fort McKay Wellness Center (Fort McKay Women's Association) - Winter Snowshoe Program

Purchasing snowshoes to reduce financial barriers to participating in the snowshoeing program.

Grande Prairie Get Active Network - Physical Literacy Training for Childcare Staff at a Domestic Violence Shelter in Grande Prairie

Sessions provided by the Be Fit For Life Centre providing education on physical literacy.

Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge - Foodfit Childcare Initiative

Children will participate in activities that encompass healthy eating and physical activity, and adults are able to participate in a cooking workshop where they are able to take meals home.

Lethbridge, BikeBridge Cycling Association - Lethbridge Bike Week

A week of activities focused on encouraging beginner or casual cyclists to feel more welcome within the cycling community, including a bike fixing workshop and family biking events.

North Peace Youth Support Association - Fairview Community Garden

Raised garden and seating area accessible to youths, seniors, and families.

O'Chiese Health Services - O'Chiese Orchard

Increasing the knowledge and access to traditional, healthy foods including berries and fruits.

Siksika Nation - Siksika N7

Empowering and motivating youth through inclusive programming and services, including an after-school traditional cooking program.

Town of Vermilion - Vermilion Active Living Project

Showcasing opportunities available to people living in and around Vermilion to engage in walking and physical activity, including a WalkABLE workshop.

Viking Community Wellness Society - Viking Walking Trail Project

Marketing materials and public forums to gauge community interest and needs with the Viking Walking Trail Project.

2016 Funded Projects

Alexander First Nation - 'Mamaknowaakiy (Mother Earth)'

Promoting culturally sensitive healthy eating practices, increasing food security, and promoting physical activity in order to reduce prevalance of disease.

Boyle McCauley Street Community Services - 'Women's Wellness'

Making physical activity, recreation, and artistic expression more accessible for young women that live in the Edmonton inner city.

Edmonton Multicultural Coalition - 'Building Community Foundations'

Increasing the number of community members using the community gardens by building raised beds and improved community signage.

Fishing Lake Métis Settlement - 'Community Kitchen'

Addressing the lack of resources and knowledge of healthy cooking practices for local families.

Fort McKay - 'Indoor Community Gardens'

Providing healthy food choices for those unable to travel to Fort McMurray for fresh produce.

Grande Cache - 'Parenting in Motion'

Increasing healthy mother-daughter relationships through meaningful land-based interactions, communications activities, storytelling, and outroor activities.

Morley - 'Stoney Nakoda Community's Active Partners'

Addressing the lack of recreation opportunities available to you due to the restricted hours of the Youth Centre.

Neutral Hills Community Adult Learning Society - 'Community ChooseWell Kitchen'

Educating community members on how to prepare healthy meals on a budget.

O'Chiese First Nation - 'Gardens Re-Shaping O'Chiese (GRO)'

Increasing knowledge of gardening and traditional food, while increasing community access to fresh produce.

Renfrew - 'Renfrew Community Garden'

Encouraging residents to engage in healthy living practices by creating a more sustainable food source.

Springbrook - 'Springbrook Community Gardens - Raised Garden Beds'

Adding 32 raised garden beds to the already established community harden to improve access to those with limited mobility, allow for a transfer of knowledge and skills within th ecommunity, and foster community connections.

Sunchild First Nation - 'Community Garden'

Provide community members with opportunities to grow, maintain, and harvest frest vegetables to nourish their families.

The Steadward Centre - 'Inclusive Fitness Provider Workshop Series'

Provide education to community fitness professionals regarding inclusive fitness provision and accessibility.

Coaldale - 'Coaldale Active and Safe Routes to School program and action plan'

Supporting active transportation as a habitual choice for school children by conducting a behavioural and physical investigationof the primary routes children take to and from school.

Fox Creek - '55+ Swim & Fitness'

Improving the health of local seniors by offering them an opportinity to participate in weekly aquasize and workout classes, free of charge.

2015 Funded Projects

Athabasca Native Friendship Centre - 'Athabasca Community Collective Kitchen'

Received a grant to purchase start-up supplies for a community kitchen to bring the community together and reduce food insecurity, especially during the winter months.

Boyle Street - 'UpSHIFT!'

Received a grant to purchase start-up supplies for a bike program, where high-risk populations can learn to build, repair and maintain bicycles in a 12-week program, ending with a fully functional bike that they will own.

Cold Lake - 'Garden Gnomes'

Received a grant to purchase start up supplies for a summer youth gardening program, which taught children ages 6-17 how to plant, nurture, and harvest produce, ending with a 'Harvest Dinner' in the fall.

Coronation - 'Outdoor & Active'

Received a grant to provide education opportunites for community members to learn how to properly use the newly-installed outdoor fitness equipment and walking path.

Crossfield - 'Roots'

Received funding to support a monthly program bringing women in the community together and provide an opportunity for personal time away from the home and an opportunity to learn new skills in a supportive environment.

East Prairie Métis Settlement - 'Healthy Start'

Received funding to purchase star-up supplies for a fitness facility to provide community members a safe, indoor space to exercise.

Edmonton Native Healing Centre - 'Kamamak Community Health Ambassadors'

Received funding to support a physical activity focus duing their weekly Kamamak program, which engages femaie Inidgenous youth, aged 13-18, and promotes cultural teaching, health & wellness, lifeskills, and leadership development.

Kainai - 'Developing Active First Nations School Environments'

Received funding to create a more interactive school environment that promoted unplanned, unorganized physical activity in students.

Lacombe - 'Bike Share Program'

Received funding to purchase start-up supplies for a bike-share program in the community, giving community members free access to active transportation.

Langdon - 'Balanced Fitness for Seniors'

Received a grant to purchase low-impact exercise equipment more suitable for seniors and others with a higher injury risk to allow them to exercise without as much injury concern. 

Lougheed - 'The Lougheed Low German mennonite Health and Nutrition Education Project'

Received funding for start-up costs for an educational healthy cooking program for a population with a lack of foundational knowledge on nutrition.

Manning - `Gardening with Kids 4 Kids`

Received a grant for start-up materials to build raised planter beds for an out-of-school care program for children aged 4-12.

Mirror - `Sharing and Giving Gardens`

Received funding for starting up a community garden open to the whole community, including raised beds.

Paul First Nation - `Agricultural Academy`

Received a grant to build a chicken coop and community garden with fencing to protect them from wild dogs and horses.

Red Deer - `Physical Literacy Back Packs`

Received funding to build back packs that could be rented from their toy lending library that included resources to teach parents and children about physical literacy.

External Grant Opportunities