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UBC Wellbeing Strategic Initiatives Funds


Strategic Initiatives Funds will begin accepting applications starting on October 1, 2021. Thank you for supporting UBC's vision to become a health and wellbeing promoting institution. 

UBC Wellbeing Strategic Initiative Funds are granted to departments and units at UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses to support our commitment to the Okanagan Charter to become a health and wellbeing-promoting institution, as outlined in UBC's Wellbeing Strategic Framework. This year, $100,000 in funding will be divided among each of the six strategic priority areas: Food & Nutrition, Physical Activity, Social Connection, Built & Natural Environments, Mental Health & Resilience, and Collaborative Leadership. 

This funding supports strategic initiatives led by Priority Area Committees and key partners to advance progress toward the 2025 targets outlined in UBC's Wellbeing Strategic Framework.

Submissions for proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis, with funding decisions announced throughout the year until the funds are completed. Up to $5,000 per request is available. 

Ready to get started? Starting October 1, 2021, apply through the link below.

Apply here 


  • Must be a current UBC faculty or staff to apply 
  • Initiatives must have a clear linkage to UBC's Wellbeing Strategic Framework targets
  • Funding may not be used retroactively, or exclusively for the purchase of equipment
  • Recipient must agree to report back on project outcomes and how the funds were used
  • Up to $5,000 per request is available. Projects must take place and funds be used by March 31, 2022


Preference will be given to proposals that:


  • Committees for each Wellbeing priority area will determine how to allocate up to $15k in funds towards strategic initiatives in support of advancing Wellbeing Strategic Framework targets. These committees are comprised of students, faculty, and representatives from key health and wellbeing promotion units from across UBC campuses
  • An oversight group made up of representatives from Wellbeing Office; VPHR Health Wellbeing & Benefits; VPS Health Promotion & Education; and UBCO Student Wellness will review and approve committee recommendations to ensure eligibility criteria are met and consider alignment across areas
  • Decisions will be made on an ongoing basis until funds are completed


After your project is finished, please complete the report template shared by email within 30 days of your project completion.


If you are a department or unit with an idea that you feel is well suited to this fund, we are happy to chat with you about it and put you in touch with the appropriate committee chair / lead unit for that area.

UBC Wellbeing Strategic Initiatives Fund Projects  

Here are just a few UBC Wellbeing Strategic Initiatives-funded projects that have taken place over the years, supporting UBC's commitment to becoming a health and wellbeing promoting university. We look forward to seeing even more great projects this year!

Embracing Motherhood 

Project Lead: Acadia Park 

Hosted in Acadia Park, a student family residence at UBC’s Vancouver campus, Embracing Motherhood provides new and expectant mothers with the opportunity to connect with one another, and to share their experiences of motherhood in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Embracing Motherhood addresses a range of topics relevant to motherhood, including postpartum mental health, emotions, and creativity, and provided childminding support and snacks. 

Mysterious Barricades 

Project Lead: UBC School of Music 

Mysterious Barricades is an annual live-streamed concert that brings together hundreds of Canadian musicians from across the country to offer support and hope to those in crisis, highlighting the power of music to connect people to one another and to break down barriers—even when it comes to talking about difficult subjects, such as mental illness. At UBC, Mysterious Barricades is collaboratively supported by the UBC School of Music, University Neighbourhood Association, and a number of community mental health partners. 

UBC Wellbeing Challenge 

Project Lead: UBC Recreation 

The UBC Wellbeing Challenge is a fun, self-paced scavenger hunt that invites the UBC community to explore ways to move more and eat well on campus. In alignment with Move UBC (February) and Nutrition Month (March), the Wellbeing Challenge invites you to explore opportunities to nourish your body and be more active. Be sure to check out the latest UBC Wellbeing Challenge, which runs until April 29, 2020. 

Musqueum Multisport and Physical Literacy Program 

Project Lead: UBC Active Kids - Kinesiology 

This program creates important opportunities for increased activity levels, socialization,  and physical literacy for children and families who are Musqueum Band members. A collaboration between the Musqueum Band and the UBC School of Kinesiology Active Kids, the program also allows UBC Kinesiology students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a real-life setting, and to improve cultural awareness. 

Funding supported the integration of more cultural elements, recommended by Musqueum elders, as well as provided opportunities to connect over shared healthy food. 

Graduate Student Wellbeing Ambassador Training 

Project Lead: Health Promotion and Education 

On UBC's Vancouver campus, many graduate students volunteer to support their peers in informal "wellbeing" roles. These students do not always have the benefit of formal training or a network to address the complex issues that many graduate students may face. The creation of a Graduate Student Wellbeing Ambassador program helped fill a need amongst this community, in supporting their overall health and wellbeing. Funding was allocated to support a formalized training program to help Wellbeing Ambassadors gain the confidence and skills to support their fellow graduate students who are experiencing wellbeing challenges. 


We all have a hand in shaping campus environments that support health, wellbeing, and sustainability. By championing wellbeing, we can build stronger and more inclusive communities at UBC and beyond.