Last updated: 20 Sep, 2022

New VicHealth funding for councils to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harm.

Say hello to our latest funding opportunity, helping councils prevent alcohol-related harm in their community.

We want every community across Victoria to be safe and healthy places to live, work and raise children. However, alcoholic products fuel poor health and disease, violence and accidents across the state. 

So we're offering Victorian councils up to $40,000 to take action on alcohol harm prevention. Because we all want safer, healthier and more inclusive community environments.

You might also be interested in our VicHealth Local Government Partnership opening Monday 10 October.

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What’s on offer?

We’re offering up to $40,000 over 2 years for Victorian councils to identify and implement alcohol harm prevention actions, in line with the VicHealth and Alcohol and Drug Foundation guide, The Art of Community Alcohol Management: What local government can do to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harm.  

We've got 2 tiers of funding available:

  • Tier 1: $10,000 - For councils who are ready to kick start work on alcohol harm prevention but aren’t quite sure where to start.
  • Tier 2: up to $40,000 - For councils who are ready to implement alcohol harm prevention action/s.

Read our funding guidelines where we’ve broken down the 2 tiers in more detail for you.

Alongside the funding, you’ll also get:

  • access to a Community of Practice to share ideas and learnings with other councils
  • additional support from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

Benefits for councils?

The VicHealth Alcohol Harm Prevention Grants are supporting Victorian councils to implement their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans, focussing on alcohol harm prevention.  

Alcohol products impact such a wide variety of factors in our lives that every dollar invested in effective prevention initiatives returns up to $14 of long-term savings.  

Councils that increase alcohol harm prevention in their communities can expect to see: 

  • fewer alcohol-related risks and liabilities, less waste collection and cleaning, fewer complaints (e.g. noise, antisocial behaviour) and less alcohol-related crime (e.g. physical and sexual assault, property damage) 
  • changing social and cultural norms to promote activities that do not feature alcohol consumption as a central component, resulting in safer, healthier, more enjoyable, and more inclusive community events 
  • cost savings (e.g. property damage, insurance costs and legal costs associated with alcohol-related injuries) and sharing resources and improved revenue for council (e.g. through application process, festival sponsorship)  
  • legislative compliance. 

Key dates

 Funding opens:  12 noon Monday, 10 October 2022
Community of Practice: 10:30am – 3:30pm - 11 October 2022
 Funding closes:  12 noon Monday, 14 November 2022
 Delivery of projects:  February 2023 – February 2025

Local Government Partnership Community of Practice

Join our upcoming VicHealth Local Government Partnership Community of Practice to learn more about what’s on offer:

Tuesday 11 October 2022
10:30am – 3:30pm AEST

Register here

In partnership with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), this October VLGP  Forum is an online event featuring expert partner presentations and information relevant for Victorian councils:

Who should attend?

Victorian councils interested in applying for a VicHealth Alcohol Prevention Grant. Also Victorian councils wanting to learn more about the VicHealth Local Government Partnership and get a feel for how the VLGP Community of Practice works.

Frequently asked questions

I am a fast-track (partner) council of the VicHealth Local Government Partnership (VLGP), can I still apply?

Yes, the grants are a new component within the VicHealth Local Government Partnership and are open to all councils under the VLGP. All Victorian councils are eligible to apply for this grant round.

What is a fast-track council?

Councils can join the VLGP as a fast-track council by forming a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with VicHealth to deliver one or more core or stretch local government health promotion modules. Under the MOU, fast-track councils will gain access to the implementation support package which includes: 

  •  Implementation funding opportunities
  • Community of Practice
  • Capability and capacity building training

What is the difference between the Alcohol Harm Prevention Grants and the VLGP intake?

The VLGP focuses on children and young people across a wide variety of health issues. Whereas, the Alcohol Prevention Grants are specifically focused on alcohol harm prevention and minimisation. 

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