Victoria/Chilliwack – Twenty-seven communities and organizations in British Columbia will receive approximately $1.7 million in provincial funding to support local action to save lives, address stigma and connect more people to treatment and recovery.
This funding is part of a two-stream grant process administered through the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Community Action Initiative (CAI) that aims to provide targeted resources for innovative overdose prevention measures in communities affected by the overdose crisis.
The following communities and organizations will receive approximately $1.7 million in funding from the Community Crisis Innovation Fund to support Stream 2 innovation grants. The amount of each grant will vary depending on local project requirements. The Community Crisis Innovation Fund is part of the Province’s three-year, $322-million investment from the September 2017 Budget Update to address the overdose crisis.
Community innovation grants are being distributed through the CMHA in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions via the Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC). Grants come from the Province’s Community Crisis Innovation Fund. The Ministry of Health provided $4 million in funding to the CMHA and CAI from the September 2017 Budget Update to address the overdose crisis, working in collaboration with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to create the Community Overdose Crisis Innovation Fund.
- Chilliwack: Cyrus Centre
- Comox Valley: AVI Health & Community Services Society
- Hope – District of Kent: Hope & Area Transition Society
- Lake Country: Lake Country Health Planning Society
- Mission: Mission Community Services
- Nak’azdli Whu’ten/Fort St. James: Nak’azdli Whu’ten
- Nelson: ANKORS
- Parksville: Island Crisis Care Society
- Penticton: Pathways Resource Society
- Port Hardy: Kwakiutl Band Council
- Prince George: Central Interior Native Health Society
- Prince George: New Hope Society
- Quesnel: City of Quesnel
- Smithers/Dawson Creek: Positive Living North
- Surrey: Surrey Women’s Centre
- Tri-Cities: SHARE
- Vancouver: Carnegie Community Centre
- Vancouver: Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House
- Vancouver: Megaphone
- Vancouver: Overdose Prevention Society
- Vancouver: Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing
- Vancouver Island: Intertribal Health Authority
- Xwisten: Community of Xwisten
Provincewide community groups and agencies:
- Canadian Aids Society
- Metis Nation BC
- Moms Stop the Harm
- Pain BC
Information about Community Overdose Crisis Innovation Grants is available online: https://www.communityactioninitiative.ca/grants-and-training/oerc-cai-grant/stream-2/