Sharon Martin Community Health Fund - SMART Fund

Sharon Martin
Community Health Fund

The SMART Fund

About - Who We Are

Promoting Healthy Communities

The Sharon Martin Community Health Fund Fund (SMART Fund) supports 72 programs in nonprofit agencies throughout the Vancouver Coastal Health region that have developed projects geared towards helping people stay healthy in their communities. Established in 1997, the SMART Fund currently provides $3.7 million in annual funding to programs that support members of society who face multiple barriers in accessing health services.

With an aim to promoting health and wellness, and encouraging marginalized and vulnerable members of the community to play an active role in their own health, the SMART Fund has six primary goals:

What Type Of Projects Does SMART Support?

Each agency that receives a SMART Fund grant is building community capacity and improving health determinants in a unique way. A variety of programs are in place to help individuals and communities to better identify and manage their own health needs. Click here for a description of our currently funded projects.  All funded projects must be located in the VCH region.

These include:

Helping People Help Themselves

Health and wellness is such a vital component of a good life. This is why the SMART Fund exists. By supporting marginalized groups in accessing health services and creating health promotion strategies, the Fund enhances the greater health of the entire community.

We prioritize groups that have traditionally experienced barriers to accessing good health and health services. These include seniors, mental health consumers, children and youth, low-income families, lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgendered people, Aboriginal communities, and people with disabilities.

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