Sharon Martin Community Health Fund - SMART Fund

Sharon Martin
Community Health Fund

The SMART Fund

Funding Guidelines Overview

Please note at this time, for the upcoming fiscal year 2015-16, no new SMART funding is available. All requests for funding are put on hold.

Purpose of Grants
SMART Fund grants are for health promotion programs that build the capacity of vulnerable population groups in the VCH health region to increase control over and to manage their own health needs and to improve their health status by taking action on the determinants of health outlined in SMART Fund’s priority areas.

Priority Areas
SMART Fund grants support capacity building health promotion programs that target at least one of the following determinants of health for at least one vulnerable population group: Access to health care services – by this we mean information and referral activities, not the direct provision of health care services; Access to low threshold employment; Community food security; Early childhood development; Support for people experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness; Management of chronic conditions; Social connectedness

What SMART Fund Grants Cover
SMART Fund grants can be used for labour and non-labour expenses related to the delivery of the health promotion program, as well as 10% of the grant for administration. Grants do not cover research, capital expenditures, ongoing operational expenses, direct welfare supports, direct health services, and services that clearly fall under the mandate of other government bodies.

Mandatory Organizational Criteria
All organizations that receive SMART Fund grants must: Be a registered non-profit society in BC, fiscally sound, maintaining financial audits in good standing, and have an independent, active governing body (Board of Directors)

Conditions of SMART Fund Grants
SMART-funded health promotion programs must meet all of the following conditions and expectations:

Accountability
SMART-funded organizations must complete a progress report and a financial report every year and submit these reports by the date(s) specified in their grant contract. These reports must be completed using the templates and forms provided by SMART Fund.

Granting Period and Renewal Process
SMART Fund grants are for a 1 to 3 year period with the possibility of renewal. A SMART Fund grant may be renewed based on the health promotion program’s performance and on the continued alignment and compliance of the program and of the funded organization with SMART Fund’s funding guidelines.

*Please read the complete SMART Fund - Funding Guidelines prior to grant submissions.

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