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The Department of Health is once again offering non-profit
organizations the chance to receive up to $5,000 to help support
local health promotion projects as part of its Community Health
Promotion Fund (CHPF) grant program.

"The Community Health Promotion Fund has supported more than 654
community projects across Nova Scotia since its inception in
1990," said Health Minister Bernie Boudreau. "Our continuing
commitment to providing the grant program demonstrates our
endeavour to encourage new and innovative community projects to
promote good health."

The projects sponsored by the CHPF address a variety of key
health issues such as tobacco reduction, nutrition, active living
and mental health. Previous projects from across the province
include The Pictou County Survivor's Speaking Out: Educating the
Community about Sexual Violence project; Building Stronger
Families in the Musquodoboit Valley; Annapolis County Community
Kitchens and the Suicide Prevention Education Program -Yellow
Ribbon Project - in Cape Breton.

The CHFP is funded by the Department of Health and administered
through the regional Public Health Services Division.

In 1996-97, the CHPF supported 94 projects with funding of
approximately $326,647.50

- In the central region $93,261 was spent to support 19

- In the eastern region $53,736 was spent to support 18

- In the northern region $94,700 was spent to support 27

- In the western region $84,949 was spent to support 30

"The grant gave our community health council funds to carry out a
health needs assessment for the area" says Helen Jenson, a member
of the Musquodoboit Community Health Council. "The information
gained will provide a basis for the ongoing planning and health
promotion throughout the Musquodoboit Valley."

Funded projects are selected by regional review committees. These
volunteer committees receive all the applications for their area
and are responsible for the selection of funded projects.

The deadline for application submissions for the Community Health
Promotion Fund is May 30, 1997.

Contact your local public health services health educator for
more information.


Contact: Sue McKeage  902-424-3581

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