Grants & Programs

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island invests in programs that support children and youth with disabilities and health challenges across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Community Grants

The Foundation supports a variety of community-based programs that focus on removing barriers and creating opportunities for children and youth with disabilities or health challenges. Grants are awarded to programs across Vancouver Island.

Below is a list of our grant recipients for 2015/2016

Bear Essentials

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island supports families who have expenses related to their children’s health need or disability. The Bear Essentials program will cover travel expenses, medical equipment or other specialized supports for a child with special needs. If a family has an urgent need and cannot access support elsewhere, they may be eligible for a grant to cover expenses up to $1,000.

Referrals to the program are accepted from health professionals working with Island Health or one of the Foundation’s qualified community partners. For more information on how to apply please contact:

Heather Smith 250-519-6992 Bear Essentials inquiries through Island Health
Anita Brassard 250-702-6131 Bear Essentials inquiries through our Central and North Island community partners

Grant Disbursements 2015/2016
HerWay Home — Island Health Greater Victoria
Mental Health Services & Early Intervention Program – Island Health, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health Greater Victoria
School Aged Program – Island Health, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health Greater Victoria
Summer Camp — Island Health, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health Greater Victoria
I Can Bike — Island Health, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health Greater Victoria
Early Intervention/Therapeutic Riding — Island Health, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health Greater Victoria
Early Intervention Program: Social Work Service Delivery — Island Health, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health Greater Victoria
Pediatric Orthotics, Prosthetics & Seating — Island Health, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health Greater Victoria
Mental Health Services – Island Health, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health Greater Victoria
BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Greater Victoria
Bipolar Disorder Society of BC Greater Victoria
Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria Greater Victoria
CanAssist at University of Victoria Greater Victoria
Crisis Intervention and Public Information Society of Greater Victoria Greater Victoria
Learning Disabilities Association of BC Southern Vancouver Island Greater Victoria
Saanich Neighbourhood Place Greater Victoria
Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health Greater Victoria
Victoria Youth Clinic Greater Victoria
Victoria Conservatory of Music Greater Victoria
Clements Centre Society Cowichan Valley
Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association Cowichan Valley
Ladysmith Family and Friends Society Cowichan Valley
Salt Spring & Southern Gulf Islands Community Service Society Southern Gulf Islands
Nanaimo Child Development Centre Society Nanaimo
Cortes Community Health Association Cortes Island
Comox Valley Child Development Association Comox Valley
Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society Comox Valley
L'Arche Comox Valley Comox Valley
Comox Valley Speech and Language Clinic – Island Health Comox Valley
John Howard Society of North Island Campbell River
Dogwood Place Campbell River

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