Last updated: 21 Mar, 2019

Funding recipients announced

Growing Participation in Sport

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VicHealth’s Growing Participation in Sport program will deliver proven participation opportunities to engage less active young people (12-17 years) to become more active through sport.

We know that over nine out of ten young people (12-17 years) are not meeting the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes of physical activity every day. We also know that physical activity levels and sport participation rates significantly decrease during adolescence, as young people transition from primary school to secondary school and from childhood to adulthood.

VicHealth wants to support young people to create good physical activity habits early in life. To do this we will invest up to $6 million over the next three years (2018 to 2021) and partner with a number of state or national sporting organisations who can help us make the greatest impact on increasing the participation levels of less active young people.

This program will have a significant focus on engaging those young people who face health inequities, those who don’t engage in regular physical activity and those that aren’t interested in participating in existing traditional sport offerings. 


 Sports funded as part of Growing Participation in Sport (2018 to 2021) include:

AFL Victoria

AFL Unity Cup is a structured non-contact football program that brings people together from all cultures and religious faiths.

Australian Sailing

Get In2 Sailing and windsurfing program aims to increase physical activity levels of less active teens through the exciting, alternative sports of sailing and windsurfing.

Blind Sports Victoria

Social blind tennis and soccer programs for teens. The program will be available to sighted participants (bring-a-friend) who will wear blindfolds to level the playing field.

Bowls Victoria

Roll Up is a 6 week introductory bowls competition aimed at secondary school students.

Cycling Victoria

Let’s Ride: Community is a 10 week club based program that provides professional cycling education for teens with a focus on teaching cycling skills, knowledge of road rules, as well as general road and traffic awareness.

Football Federation Victoria (FFV)

Football for Fun is a social, modified version of traditional football (soccer), with participants attending a local venue with friends and playing a friendly game of football.

Golf Victoria

Delivered in local parks, ovals or leisure facilities, Freestyle Golf is a modified introductory Golf program.

Gymnastics Victoria

Gym4Me is an all abilities program that uses gymnastics equipment, to get teens fit and having fun in new and creative ways

Hockey Victoria

J-Ball is a non-competitive, safe and fun game-based format of hockey that uses music and social media to keep teens interested. It can be played by anyone regardless of their skills or fitness levels.

Lacrosse Victoria

Social Stix is a modified non-competitive lacrosse program incorporating fun activities, in a safe and friendly environment.

Life Saving Victoria

The Key to Aquatics Project for culturally communities is a community swimming and water safety education program.

Netball Victoria

Rock Up Netball Youth is a non-traditional format of netball which is fun, flexible, social, non-competitive and run outside of school hours.

Touch Football Australia

In Touch with Youth is a localised seven-week youth festival offering music, entertainment, food trucks, and modified/non-competitive touch football games.

Skate Victoria

She Rolls is a skate based holistic fitness program that brings teenage girls together to exercise their bodies, hearts and minds. The program provides some opportunities for participants to learn about skating as well as nutrition and mental health.


Skateboarding Victoria

All Aboard Skateboarding Sessions is a gender inclusive skateboarding workshop for new skateboarders. The program is fun, safe and social.

Surfing Victoria

Coasting - Stand Up Paddleboarding is a modified girls only program that introduces Stand Up Paddleboarding to teen girls in a fun and social environment

Squash Victoria

Double Dot offers fun, sociable and quick squash and racquetball activities. With programs held on squash courts, participants will have fun and improve their skills in a relaxed environment, without the pressure to perform.

Tennis Victoria

Tennis 4 Teens has been designed with teens for teens. It focuses on fun, fitness and skill development all in a stress-free and non-competitive environment.

Triathlon Victoria

TRI2gether is an introduction to triathlons focussing on finish lines, not finish times. The program supports young people, of all backgrounds and abilities, to look at their performance with an achievement mindset, not through the lens of competition.

What's on offer? View more

State Sporting Associations (SSA) and National Sporting Organisations (NSO) and/or Victorian Disability State Sporting Bodies (DSSB) will share in up to $6 million in funding available over the period 2018-2021 to deliver proven participation opportunities to engage less active young people (12-17 years) to become more active through sport.

Your participation opportunity will need to have a particular focus on engaging young people who face health inequities, those who don’t engage in regular physical activity and those that aren’t interested in participating in existing traditional sport offerings. 

Who can apply? View more

VicHealth is seeking applications from SSAs, NSOs and DSSBs to deliver proven participation opportunities enabling those who are less active to become more active through sport, with a focus on engaging young people aged 12-17 years. The following sporting organisations can apply:

  • Sporting organisations recognised as an SSA under the classification provided by Sport and Recreation Victoria or NSO recognised by the Australian Sports Commission (Sport Australia) 
  • Victorian DSSBs recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria
  • Organisations meeting the above requirement who have fully acquitted  all requirements of any previous grants awarded under VicHealth funding (to the satisfaction of VicHealth)
  • Organisations committed to achieving and/or maintaining a minimum of 40 per cent female representation on their sporting organisation’s Board by July 2019  
What type of participation opportunities does VicHealth want to invest in? View more

VicHealth is looking to invest in one participation program/product for each funded sport that is:

  • An established junior or adult product that can be modified or re-purposed for 12-17 year olds (or a subset of that group). For example, an existing social sport program that has had success engaging inactive adults (for example 25+) that could be tweaked to target 12-17 years. Programs in this category may have been delivered through other VicHealth funded sport programs.
  • An established product for 12-17 year olds introduced to Victoria for the first time. For example, a successful National, interstate or international youth program that has been developed, trialled and/or delivered elsewhere.
  • An established product for 12-17 year olds, delivered in Victoria that will be scaled to extend the reach to less active youth. For example you may be able to deliver significantly greater geographic reach, diversity of audience and/or number of deliverers.

VicHealth cares about ensuring that everyone has a chance to get active, so think about how your opportunity will be inclusive and accessible, particularly for those young people who experience disadvantage.

Workshops View more

VicHealth hosted a workshop to help interested organisations with their grant applications. You can view a video of the workshop here.

Key dates View more



Funding opens

Monday 12 February 2018

Information session (optional but highly recommended)

2.5 hour duration

Monday 19 February 2018

Session 1: 9.30 AM – 12 PM


Session 2: 1.30 PM – 4 PM

Applications close

Thursday 8 March 2018 12 PM

Applications assessed and shortlisted

Week commencing 13 March 2018

VicHealth assessment panel

27 March 2018

Final VicHealth approval

May 2018

Organisations notified of outcome of application

Late May 2018 (anticipated)

Contracting of successful organisations

June 2018

Program commences

1 July 2018 

Frequently asked questions View more

FAQs for technical system related questions questions in relation to the VicHealth Online Grant Management System, click here.

For FAQs about the Growing Participation in Sport initiative for eligible SSA’s and NSO’s, click here.