Public spaces are a big part of what makes communities safe, vibrant, and connected. They enable a feeling of belonging, places where we return to in work and play, and where we make new connections.

Comox Valley Community Foundation is participating in the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI), a new $31 million investment from the Government of Canada that will support communities as they adapt public spaces for the new realities of the pandemic.

The pandemic has altered our use of public spaces. Communities and individuals have come up with many creative solutions to allow new ways to access public spaces while working within the public health guidelines, such as social distancing and mask-wearing.

Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian Urban Institute are partnering to deliver the new Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI). This Government of Canada investment is to support communities as they adapt public spaces to respond to ongoing needs of the pandemic in the next two years.

CHCI will help communities respond to immediate needs caused by the pandemic, and help with recovery programs.

The first round of funding will support small-scale local projects to adapt public infrastructure to COVID-19. Comox Valley Community Foundation in partnership with other community foundations in the BC North, Central and Island Region will allocate $970,000 available for smaller projects ranging from $5000-$100,000. for projects that:

  • create safe and vibrant public spaces,
  • improve mobility options and/or
  • provide innovative digital solutions to connect people and improve health.

Applications are being received from February 9 to March 9, 2021.

Funding recipients will be notified by April 15, 2021 with payments issued by April 30, 2021. A second round of applications for additional funding will occur May 14 – June 25.

For more information and to apply click here