Injury prevention grants available to local organizations

Northern Health is calling for project proposals to reduce preventable injuries in Northern British Columbia.

Several grants of $500 to $1000 each will be available through NH?s annual Injury Prevention Program.

?Not all injuries are accidents, some are preventable and predictable,? said Health Minister George Abbott. ?By funding injury prevention programs developed by the community, we can help manage the risk to individuals, communities and society.

The grants totaling just over $9,000 are available to local community organizations. Proposed injury prevention projects should be based on community-identified needs.

?Preventable injuries are a leading cause of death and hospitalization, especially among children,? said Lynette Hewitt, Northern Health Injury Prevention Coordinator. ?Up to 90 per cent of injuries are preventable. By working together with our local communities, we hope to establish initiatives that will decrease the injury rates in our region.?

Funding criteria for the grants include:

?Demonstrated benefits to the larger community ? Project sustainability ? Budget plan ? Project evaluation outline

Grant application deadline is November 3, 2006. Northern Health will notify successful applicants by December 1, 2006. For more information and/or to receive a grant package, please contact your Regional Injury Prevention Coordinator:

· Lynette Hewitt, Northeast, 250-263-6013 · Ester Brisch, Northwest, 250-638-2241 · Denise Foucher, Northern Interior, 250-565-7394