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Call for Statements of Interest for the Healthy Communities Fund--Program Stream

Deadline May 29, 2015

I would like to announce a call for Statements of Interest for project funding under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) Program Stream. The HCF Program Stream supports health promotion projects that improve the health and wellness of Ontarians through healthy eating, physical activity, mental health promotion, injury prevention, and alcohol/substance misuse prevention. 

The HCF Program Stream funds organizations that are non-profit, non-governmental, community based service provider organizations that are incorporated and have operated for at least 1 year. First Nations Provincial Territorial Organizations (PTOs) are also eligible for HCF funding. Public Health Units, hospitals, universities/colleges, schools or school boards, municipalities or other government agencies, boards or commissions can act as a project partner, but are not eligible to directly receive HCF funding. Even if your organization is not eligible for direct funding, we request that you distribute this information widely amongst your networks and to your colleagues in eligible organizations. 

The Ministry will assess all Statements of Interest and will invite selected organizations to submit a more detailed project proposal. Funding is available for up to 19 months (2015/16 and 2016/17) from September 2015 – March 31, 2017. Approval for funding will be determined based on a competitive review process that considers the criteria and objectives of the HCF Fund, the capacity of organizations to deliver, the evidence base for proposed activities, and the overall demand for program funding.  The government is committed to the priorities outlined in ‘Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care’ the next phase of Ontario's plan for changing and improving the health system.  The HCF Program Stream aligns with and supports the Action Plan by funding projects intended to improve access to health promotion services, connect people to coordinated services in their own communities, inform and support people so they can make healthy decisions and behaviour changes, and protect the public health care system by providing value for money and helping to improve the health and wellbeing of Ontarians. 

For the detailed Program Guidelines please contact

The deadline for submission of completed Statements of Interest is Friday, May 29, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.