Up to $150,000 for Victorian communities from VicHealth

By Our Reporter
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VicHealth’s Growing Healthy Communities grants are now open, offering up to $150,000 for organisations in Victoria dedicated to overcoming structural barriers to good health. A total funding pool of $4 million is available for innovative initiatives aimed at fostering healthier, fairer outcomes for young people and their families across the state.

The grants support a range of programs, including community gardens, creative spaces, and other forward-thinking projects that enhance local environments. These initiatives seek to increase access to healthy, local food, create opportunities for active play, recreation, sport, and art, and make places more culturally safe.

VicHealth Executive Manager Kris Cooney emphasised the significance of community-led organisations in driving positive health outcomes and creating a healthier, fairer Victoria.

“Many young Victorians and their families face significant structural barriers to good health, particularly those from disadvantaged communities. Community organisations are crucial in overcoming these barriers, and we are excited to partner with more incredible groups throughout Victoria,” Ms. Cooney said.

“Growing Healthy Communities grants will empower Victorians by fostering safe, inclusive spaces, enhancing access to healthy food, and nurturing meaningful social connections for a vibrant and sustainable future.”

The grants are open to programs that benefit individuals from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds, those with disabilities, people experiencing mental health challenges or psychological distress, residents outside metropolitan areas, members of the LGBTIQA+ community, First Nations people, and those from culturally and racially diverse communities.

Eligible applicants include sporting, community, cultural, recreational, and creative organisations, as well as some local councils and other not-for-profit groups.

In addition to financial support, grant recipients will receive facilitated capability building, including connections with like-minded leaders, valuable tips, and the necessary tools, training, and support.

Funding guidelines are available at vichealth.vic.gov.au. Applications open today and close on 31 July. Successful recipients will be notified in December 2024.

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