Thrive Workplace Initiative Fund

Thrive is a time where we come together as a UBC community to learn about, talk about, and explore ways to support our mental health.  Promoting mental health literacy, reducing stigma, reflecting on diverse perspectives and experiences, creating a supportive campus culture, and ensuring that faculty, staff and students have the resources to help them understand mental health issues, and improve coping skills, are key to building mental health and to living, learning, and working well—this is what Thrive is all about!

This year, Workplace Health and Wellbeing is inviting UBCO departments and units to apply for Thrive Workplace Initiative Funds to support up to $500 to be applied towards activities that promote health, wellbeing and build resilience in the workplace.

Here’s how it works:

A department or unit may submit one application for funding for activities that support the workplace to Thrive. The application process is open from October 12 – 30 2020. Please apply here. Successful applications will meet funding criteria and be selected using a lottery system and will be notified by November 6th. Activities must be completed by December 30 2020.

Funding criteria:

  1. Activities must connect to any of the Thrive 5 and be workplace focused. Research consistently points to five ways that can help promote and support a healthy mind.

We call these the Thrive 5:

        • Moving regularly
        • Sleeping soundly
        • Eating to feel nourished
        • Helping others
        • Connecting socially

There are many different and relevant ways to foster and maintain good mental health. Being in nature, cultural and spiritual practices, book clubs, creative expression, mental health education and training are just a few examples. As we navigate the challenges of the pandemic and physical distancing, creative approaches that connect to the Thrive 5 are encouraged.

Not sure if your activity meets the Thrive 5 criteria? Contact:

  1. Activities must be completed by December 30 2020
  2. Funds must be spent and receipts provided by December 30 2020
  3. Participants will complete the Thrive evaluation survey by December 30 2020
  4. A brief summary of any activities, including quotes or pictures is encouraged, submitted by December 30 2020
  5. Manager/Head is aware and in support of initiative

How funds may be used:

    • prizes, trophies or incentivizing activities (consider the use of sustainable materials, and supporting local and BIPOC-owned businesses)
    • books, note books, art supplies, etc.
    • food, catering or online cooking classes
    • purchase of materials or supplies
    • instructor or facilitator fees/workshop costs
    • room rental fees
    • honorariums as per UBC guidelines
    • pedometers

Funds cannot be used for:

    • equipment (i.e., monitoring equipment such as Fitbit, purchasing of stereo or electronic equipment etc.)
    • operational expenses (hiring of UBC faculty/staff to instruct)
    • charitable donations
    • individual reimbursement of gym memberships/ fitness classes/ entry fees
    • the purchase of alcohol
    • the purchase of gift cards

Support for your Thrive initiative

Supplemental activities:

30- Day Mindfulness Challenge  (no cost to UBC faculty and staff)

Not Myself Today Initiative (no cost to digital tool kits, some optional costs associated with materials)


Thrive communications tool kit

Want to host a Thrive event? Check out our Thrive partner guide

Educational resources (Canvas courses)

You may want to engage with and plan activities around these resources:

Self-Care 101 (Self-Guided)

Wellbeing in the Workplace (Self-Guided)

Additional resources:

Workplace Health Challenges: How To

Healthy Activity Ideas