Funding for State Sport Associations & National Sport Organisations. Last updated: 10 Mar, 2017

Applications are now closed.

VicHealth’s focus on advancing gender equality in sport

Gender equality is a critical determinant of health and wellbeing. Females remain under-represented in sport – both on and off the field – in participation, media coverage and leadership positions. These inequalities send a damaging message, not just to our female athletes but to all women and to our society as a whole.

Sport provides a valuable setting to change social norms, attitudes and culture to advance gender equality. VicHealth has been proudly championing the important role women all over Victoria and Australia play in society, and in today’s context, in sports participation, leadership, management, media and as professional athletes.

VicHealth’s focus on women in sport forms part of our overarching commitment to achieving gender equality across the community and building a culture of respect and non-violence.

What is VicHealth’s Advancing Gender Equality in Sport for Women and Girls: Female Participation in Sport Program?

VicHealth’s Advancing gender equality in sport for women and girls: female participation in sport initiative is a significant investment aimed at getting less active females (noted above) to become more active through participation in sport. To achieve this VicHealth will partner with a small number of SSAs/NSOs over a three-year period (2017 to mid-2020) to create new opportunities for female participation in sport.

We want to work with sport organisations who can get thousands more females active through creating new participation opportunities that are specifically tailored to engage one of the four female segments VicHealth has identified VicHealth’s specific focus is on engaging women and girls within these life stages who are either inactive or somewhat active rather than those females who are already regularly active.

Who can apply? View more

VicHealth is seeking applications from State Sporting Associations (SSA’s) and/or National Sporting Organisations (NSO’s) to create new opportunities for women’s participation in sport, to engage those less active women and girls to become more active. The following sporting organisations can apply:

  • Sporting organisations recognised as an SSA under the classification provided by Sport and Recreation Victoria and NSO recognised by the Australian Sports Commission.
  • All organisations must conduct the funded activities in Victoria.
  • Organisations meeting the above requirements who have acquitted previous grants awarded to it by VicHealth (to the satisfaction of VicHealth).
What's on offer? View more

Your SSA/NSO could share in up to $3.6 million in funding available over 2017 to 2020 to deliver new participation opportunities to engage less active women and girls.

The allocation of the total $3.6 million funding pool will be considered in respect to the best applications from SSAs/NSOs who propose a new opportunity and applications from any of the six CTG sports to extend the reach of existing CTG programs/products (eligible to only the six existing CTG SSAs/NSO).

If your application is successful your sport will initially commit to a minimum 18-month funding agreement with the option to extend to a further 18 months depending on the performance and potential demonstrated in the first 18 months, i.e. potential of three years total funding.

What type of new participation opportunities does VicHealth want to invest in? View more

Your sport will need to consider where you are best placed to offer a great new participation opportunity which may include social or competitive offerings that can be tailored for less active women within one of the four female segments VicHealth has identified. We want your opportunities to be the catalyst that helps move females from contemplating being more active to taking action and getting more active.

Your participation opportunity will effectively engage females who haven't been involved in your sport before, or reengage past participants who are no longer involved in your sport. Again, the focus must be on one of the four female segments and the creation of a new tailored participation offering to meet their needs. The opportunity could be:

  • A brand new product, program or competition developed specifically for the audience, e.g. new social competition or a new league for novices.
  • An existing NSO or international program that could be trialled and rolled out in Victoria for the first time.
  • Repurposing or modifying an existing program, product or competition for one of the four female life stages. It might be a program designed for males that could be tweaked or a program that has been targeted to a different age group previously, e.g. adapting your cardio blitz program to become a lower intensity, social program for mothers.
  • Building on one of your sports existing competition or program opportunities to accommodate the chosen female group, e.g. adding a social D grade competition level to your existing pathway.

The opportunity can be competitive or social but needs to demonstrate they are customised to the female group you wish to engage. 

Which four female life stages does VicHealth want to get more active? View more

As part of VicHealth’s commitment to increasing physical activity among less active Victorians we commissioned a study to help us understand the characteristics of different female life stages or segments. We wanted to know what impacts upon their lives and influences them in their decisions around physical activity. We also wanted to know the best ways to inspire and engage them to increase their participation in sport and physical activity.

As a result of this study, VicHealth has identified four age segments of women and girls that are the most suitable for sports to engage because they include:

  • large numbers of females who are currently the less active
  • are ready and motivated to consider getting involved in more physical activity
  • are open to participating in sport.

The four female life stages which are a key focus for this program are less active:

Read more about each of the life stages snapshots here.

Key dates View more

Date

Activity

31 January 2017

Launch of VicHealth’s Advancing gender equality in sport for women and girls: female participation in sport program

3 February 2017

Funding opens

13 February 2017

Program workshop 1: hosted by VicHealth

Registration via Eventbrite

https://changing-our-game-participation-workshop-1.eventbrite.com.au

14 February 2017

Program Workshop 2: hosted by VicHealth

Registration via Eventbrite https://changing-our-game-participation-workshop-2.eventbrite.com.au

10 March 2017

Applications close 2:00 pm

Week commencing
13 March 2017

Applications assessed and shortlisted

21 March 2017

Shortlisted organisations notified of interview time

23 March 2017

Shortlisted organisations interviewed by VicHealth (as required)

11 April 2017

VicHealth assessment panel

May 2017

Final VicHealth approval

Late May 2017
(anticipated)

Organisations notified of outcome of application

June 2017

Contracting of successful organisations

July 2017

Program commences from 1 July 2017


Changing the Game extension View more

VicHealth is also offering the six State Sporting Associations (SSAs) / National Sporting Organisation (NSO) currently funded through the existing VicHealth Changing the Game (CTG) program the opportunity to apply for funding to extend the reach and scale of their existing CTG programs and products for women and girls. These are:

  • AFL Victoria – AFL Active
  • Tennis Australia in partnership with Tennis Victoria – Get Into Cardio Tennis
  • Netball Victoria – Rock Up Netball
  • Cycling Victoria – Social Spin
  • Gymnastics Victoria – Move My Way
  • Surfing Victoria – Coasting

CTG sports can apply to extend existing CTG programs and products OR to create a new opportunity. CTG sports cannot apply for both streams of funding.

The period of additional funding for extending CTG programs and products is 12–18 months (as determined by the VicHealth assessment panel)

Existing CTG programs/products will need to be tailored to engage one of the four female segments VicHealth has identified above

The allocation of the total $3.6 million funding pool will be considered in respect to the best applications from SSAs/NSOs who propose a new opportunity and applications from any of the six CTG sports to extend the reach of existing CTG programs/products (eligible to only the six existing CTG SSAs/NSO).

For information about the Changing the Game (CTG) extension please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions View more

FAQs for technical system related questions are for eligible SSA’s and NSO’s who are using the VicHealth Online Grant Management System to apply, click here.

For FAQs about The Changing Our Game Participation Initiative related questions for eligible SSA’s and NSO’s, click here.

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Applications are now closed.