How could caregivers in your community benefit from more support? What is your vision for caring for caregivers? We want to help you bring your program to life by supporting you to submit a grant proposal for funding from BC’s Ministry of Health.
In partnership with the United Way of the Lower Mainland and the CBSS Leadership Council, Family Caregivers of BC is launching a new initiative to help bring more local support to family and friend caregivers in approximately 20 British Columbia communities.
Following local, regional and provincial consultations, an emergent theme was the growing number of older adults who want to continue to live in their own homes but are challenged with limited access to community-based support programs that are integrated with primary health care services. Our goal is to address this gap by helping those leading impactful initiatives and encouraging new partnerships that lead to more integrated, family-centred health and social services across the province gain access to potential funding opportunities.
The BC Ministry of Health has provided funding to support the delivery of these demonstration projects over a 2.5 year period, from January 2020 to June 2022. Within this funding is The Family & Friend Caregiver Support Program stream, which will fund demonstration projects that focus on supporting family and friends who provide unpaid care for someone living in the community with higher needs – chronic disease, frailty or life-limiting conditions. Broadly, projects aim to enhance caregiver wellbeing by increasing skills, knowledge, confidence, and inclusion as partners in care. Projects will support caregivers to build strong networks and effective connections with their health care teams to anticipate and respond to changes in health status over time – theirs and/or the person they are caring for. Services under these projects can include individualized one-to-one emotional support, peer support, information and referral to community services, navigation assistance, and access to education and coaching.
Family Caregivers of BC (FCBC) will support projects via information, consultation, training, evaluation, and ongoing collaboration. We will help grantees design and implement processes and activities that fit each community.
Interested? Here’s how it works
Grant applications are open now! Submit yours by July 31, 2019 through the United Way’s Health Aging CORE website.
- You will need to sign up as a CORE member (it may take a few days to receive your confirmation).
- Review information about the program. Access the information needed and application via the “Funding Information” tab. Look for “Integrated Community-Based Programs for Older Adults with Higher Needs Grants Streams – Grant Call”. You will also find: the grant information session webinar recording, the webinar PowerPoint slides, the grant call document, application template, FAQs, eAccess sign-up form and other supporting resources. Please review all the documents!
- Ask questions in the CORE “Discussion Group,” an open discussion forum. Join each group to access the related grant discussion. Please allow up to seven days for a response.
If you wish to speak directly about the Family & Friend Caregiver Support Programs, please contact:
Whitney McMillan, Provincial Projects Lead, Family Caregivers of BC, 604-880-0351 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: all questions will be posted to the grant ‘Discussion Group’ on the CORE website.
Other funding streams available
There are two other funding streams available under this program:
Social Prescribing for Older Adults at Risk of Frailty
This funding stream supports primary care physicians and other health practitioners to identify seniors at risk of frailty, support them to develop a wellness plan, and link them with community-based seniors’ support services. Demonstration projects funded through this call for proposals are encouraged to build on the Community Actions and Resources Empowering Seniors (CARES) project currently being piloted in Fraser Health and other best practice approaches for social prescribing. The CARES approach partners pre-frail older adults with primary care providers and community-trained lay wellness coaches. Note that this grant stream is not open to communities within the Fraser Health region (since this is the site of the current pilot project).
Structured Programs for Higher Needs and Home Bound Older Adults
This funding stream is a multi-faceted prevention-oriented program designed to support seniors who are homebound, to delay their use of health services (e.g. adult day care, assisted living and complex care), and to instead be supported in community for as long as possible. Demonstration projects will build on the Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors (TAPS), a wellness program located in Creston, BC that supports isolated seniors who are experiencing barriers in accessing community resources. Programs will include proactive outreach through daily/weekly telephone calls to participants, transportation to and from the program, a nutritious meal, and exercise/education/ recreational activities tailored to the needs of different individuals within the program (e.g. activities appropriate to male participants, people from different cultural communities, people living with dementia, people with mobility impairments).
Find out more at the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Healthy Aging CORE website.