Community Grants + Bursaries

For more information on any of our funding opportunities, contact Andrea McCorkell at 604.535.4520 or PAH local 757871

Healthy Community Grants (formerly Because People Matter Grants)

Open to programs in Peace Arch Hospital and in the community

As part of its mission, PAHF operates a Healthy Community Grants (“HCG”) program that offers financial support for viable projects, programs and initiatives that enhance the health and wellness for those who live in the White Rock and South Surrey areas whether through direct medical services, public health education or medical research (collectively, the “Programs”). To be eligible for HCG funding, programs must support and promote community health and wellness. Funding is normally available for initiatives between $1,000 and $100,000 per application, however projects over $100,000 may be considered.

Important information about the grant program include:

Apply for Healthy Community Grants

For more information, contact Andrea McCorkell at 604.535.4520 or PAH local 757871.

Download the applicant status report for grant funding awarded


Open to Peace Arch Hospital Only

Special Project Funding Application FormSpecial Project Funding Application Form (128 KB)


Staff Education Funding Application FormStaff Education Funding Application Form (107 KB)


The Frank & Yvonne McCracken Foundation Endowment Fund Grant

Open to Peace Arch Hospital Only

This fund supports the continuing education of medical and clinical staff and/or the development or improvement of innovative programs for the elderly. This application has closed and applications are in review.  Find out more about the application guidelines and how to apply or sign in to retrieve a partially completed application. If you are have questions, please contact Andrea at the  Foundation office at local 757871, or 604-535-4520.

Apply for McCracken Foundation Grant

Dr. Al Hogg Family Practice Legacy Fund

The Dr. Al Hogg Family Practice Legacy Fund provides an annual bursary to a second-year Family Practice resident attending a Canadian medical school. This bursary support introduction of new physicians to our community. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the calendar year, for this bursary.  Find out more about the application guidelines and how to apply or sign in to retrieve a partially completed application.

Apply for Hogg Family Practice Fund Grant

History of Healthy Community Grants

More than $2 million has been invested in more than 100 projects since the inception of the Because People Matter Grants program (now called the Healthy Community Grants) in 1999.

Some examples of projects we've funded:


Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society
The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society was formed by dedicated and caring volunteers who enjoyed providing transportation through the Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer Drivers Program, which was discontinued in October 2015. The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society provides free transportation for cancer patients to hospitals and other treatment facilities such as cancer clinics throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.



Options Community Services
Whale House: Programs to increase daily life skills, enabling members to lead more enjoyable and productive lives with self-esteem and confidence. All members live on limited incomes and are often excluded from mainstream events and activities; this funding provides access and more opportunities.



Seniors Come Share Society
In the Peers Reaching Out program, trained volunteers will support isolated seniors and  provide encouragement through their care programs. 



Alexandra Neighbourhood House
Support has been provided to the Youth Space, part of the Integrated Youth Services Initiative.


 Community  Alexandra Neighbourhood House
Support has been provided to continue operation of the Vine Youth Clinic, part of the Integrated Youth Services Initiative.


On the Palliative Care unit at Peace Arch Hospital, a Creative Arts Legacy Cart will provide patients with the tools to create an artistic 'legacy' to gift to a loved one. The creation process will act as a reminiscing and healing tool, guided by trained and caring staff and volunteers. 



 Semiahmoo Family Place

"Active Saturdays". Semiahmoo Family Place will promote physical literacy within our community by making its resources more accessible and opening the location every Saturday morning and making the adjacent gymnasium available.
During gym time on Active Saturdays, 45 minutes of free play and 45 minutes of physical activity led by an expert in their field (e.g. yoga, dance, sport skills) will be offered. By offering free play as well as introducing families to a range of structured activities, an affordable, accessible opportunity to be active together is offered. Being open on Saturdays also give working parents more opportunities to access the resources at Semiahmoo Family Place; this is especially important given that there are no other local Early Years drop-in programs open outside of traditional working hours.



Sources Community Resource Centres - Food Action Coalition
The Food Action Coalition has worked towards a collective impact approach called Seeds of Change. The initiative intends to increase food security across Surrey and White Rock by 50% by 2020. Action is taking place in four pillars that include: 1. Increase access to healthy food 2. Increase food literacy 3. Increase food distribution 4. Increase income of those most impacted by food insecurity.  Target populations: families with young children; families led by a single, female parent; seniors; Aboriginal people; and immigrants or newcomers to Canada. The project will incubate a food recovery and processing project called Luv the Grub in South Surrey and will help to continue development of community gardens in South Surrey and White Rock.



Being Me Program. This program helps young girls (grade 7) develop the awareness and skills they need to positively deal with stress, reduce anxiety and develop healthy habits for optimal physical and mental health – now and into the future. While girls have always needed support as they manage the challenging transition to adolescence, the pressures today’s young people face are unprecedented; increased technology use, less physical activity and harmful stereotypes in pop culture and the media all present new and complex challenges for girls. 


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