Healthy Communities Grant Program

Health & Wellness Companion

As an Alberta-based and community-minded organization, Alberta Blue Cross is passionate about making a genuine difference in communities across the province. A key focus of our community involvement is promoting health and wellness in the communities across Alberta.

In the interest of promoting wellness and active living, Alberta Blue Cross has launched the Healthy Communities Grant Program. Through this program, Alberta Blue Cross is investing $1 million, over a five-year period, to support and promote active living in communities across Alberta.

Funding for this program comes from the ABC Benefits Corporation Foundation, which was established by Alberta Blue Cross in 1998 in conjunction with its 50th anniversary.

Four $50,000 grants are being awarded each year to support community amenities and facilities that promote active living.

Project examples that support active living could include

  • construction or replacement of children’s playgrounds,
  • outdoor adult gyms,
  • cycling paths, and
  • recreational facility improvements.

Who can apply?

  • Community leagues, school councils, municipalities or other non-profit community groups or organizations with new projects in need of funding.
  • Organizations must provide services without regard to race, religion, creed, gender or sexual orientation.
  • Priority will be given to projects that reflect our Healthy Communities mandate of promoting active living and wellness at a grassroots community level, with a particular emphasis on children.
  • Programs must be publicly accessible and free of membership charge.

The following types of organizations are not eligible for funding:

  • Religious or sectarian organizations
  • Political organizations
  • Competitive sports teams or private clubs
  • Contract fundraisers or lobbyists

2016 recipients

The following projects were selected to receive grants in 2016:

  • Edmonton: L.Y. Cairns junior and senior high school—outdoor gardening area and fitness circuit;
  • Calgary: Auburn Bay elementary school—new playground;
  • Secondary cities: Fort Saskatchewan Win Ferguson elementary and middle school—replacement of two playground structures; and
  • Rural communities: St. Paul—new community skateboard and BMX park.

We will be accepting applications for the 2017 Healthy Communities Grant Program on June 1, 2017. Depending on the timeframe for completion of projects that were previously submitted, we welcome you to consider re-applying for this program in 2017 according to the program parameters.

Click here to see previous grant recipients


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