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Community Health Grants

It takes a community to achieve a future without breast cancer. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - BC/Yukon Region provides seed money for a variety of community health projects and initiatives that respond to local and provincial breast cancer needs.

Community health grants support projects that fulfill the Foundation’s mission and objectives in the areas of health promotion, education and awareness.

People taking action to address breast health issues in their communities can apply for funding through one of our community health programs:

  • Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Grants

  • Community Grant Program

  • Small Initiative Fund.

Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Grants 

Did you know that an international movement of breast cancer survivor Dragon Boat teams evolved from an initial research project in Vancouver?

The Dragon Boat movement for breast cancer survivors began in 1996 as the result of a groundbreaking study led by Dr. Don McKenzie, professor of sports medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. McKenzie set out to investigate the link between upper body exercise and the development of lymphedema in women with breast cancer.

At the conclusion of the study, Dr. McKenzie found that despite rigorous repetitive upper-body exercise, which dragon boating required, no new cases of lymphedema occurred and none of the existing cases progressed. In addition, the women who participated showed a marked improvement in both physical and mental health.

Every year The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region awards grants to over 20 breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams across the province.  

Learn more about this year’s awarded Dragon Boat teams​

Community Grant Program

  • Supports projects that contribute to sustainable and accountable community initiatives in the areas of prevention, early detection, treatment, research and emerging issues in the health care workforce

  • Encourages local and regional education campaigns on breast cancer issues which are relevant to the community in which they are based

  • Supports initiatives that encourage local decision-making and problem-solving 

  • Invests in community-based health research and action research

Small Initiative Fund 
  • Provides funding for small scale community initiatives in breast cancer and breast health education and awareness

  • Requests for up to $5,000 are accepted on an on-going basis

  • Applications for this program are accepted throughout the year


To Apply:

To submit an application for any of these Community Health Grants visit WebGrants, the Foundation’s online grant management site.


More Information:

For more information on our grant programs, email bcgrants@cbcf.org or call BC toll-free 1.800.561.6111 or 604.683.2873.​