Last updated: 24 Jan, 2020

Applications close 12pm, 24 February 2020.

VicHealth Partnership Grants

This is one of the new VicHealth Partnership Grants, which present new funding opportunities for a diverse range of organisations to propel community wellbeing and health promotion initiatives into unchartered territory with a multi-million dollar funding pool.

Organisations from across sectors can explore which of the VicHealth Partnership Grants could best help deliver the maximum health and wellbeing impact, and how partnerships can drive positive health outcomes for Victorians.

We invite all kinds of organisations to consider how they might access VicHealth Partnership Grants through innovative partnerships with organisations who qualify as official funding recipients (e.g. Local Councils). By the same token we invite organisations who qualify as funding recipients to think outside the box and consider who they could partner with to deliver the best possible outcomes for Victorians.

VicHealth Partnership Grants will pool VicHealth funding opportunities into two grant rounds per year. The first round opens in November 2019 and the second round will follow in the second half of 2020, after which they’ll fall into a predictable calendar pattern that your team can plan for each year.

Explore which VicHealth Partnership Grants you could apply for here.

About this grant

This funding opportunity seeks ideas that will improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians but don’t fit within the other VicHealth Partnership Grant opportunities advertised in November 2019.

Ideas must align with the priority areas outlined in the VicHealth’s Action Agenda for Health Promotion 2019 – 23 including:


We will consider all ideas, prioritising those that:

  • impact health and wellbeing across multiple priorities (e.g. physical activity and mental wellbeing)
  • put health equity at the heart of the idea, ensuring the accessibility and inclusion of vulnerable groups; and are practical and easy to implement
  • involve partnerships with other organisations to work towards shared health and wellbeing outcomes; are impactful and offer value for money.

We encourage organisations to think laterally about forging new partnerships and collaborative ideas to improve the health and wellbeing of the Victorian community.

We are looking for ideas that we have not previously funded and have not been submitted in previous VicHealth grant rounds. Please be aware that applications for funding that have already been submitted previously, or aim to continue or replicate a project that VicHealth has already funded, are unlikely to be successful.

NOTE: Whilst research institutions are eligible to apply, we are not looking to fund research under this funding stream. Instead, we strongly recommend submitting expressions of interest for research through the Research Partnership Grant stream.

What's on offer?

There is no set upper or lower limits on the funding that is available for the Ideas Partnership Grants, however, value for money will be a key consideration when we consider ideas.

Applicants should request a funding amount appropriate to the scale of the idea and that will enable the idea to be delivered in the specified timeframe.

VicHealth will identify the most promising ideas and may work with applicants to further develop the idea which may include refining the suggested budget.

Who can apply?

Any organisation passionate about achieving better health and wellbeing outcomes in Victoria is encouraged to apply. We encourage you to think big and laterally about forging new partnerships to really hit the mark with communities and help improve health and wellbeing in Victoria.

VicHealth encourages diverse organisations to apply, including those who work with disability communities, LGBTIQ communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Organisations that can apply include but are not limited to:

  • Local councils
  • Community organisations
  • Sporting organisations
  • Health services and community health organisations
  • Tertiary education institutions
  • Organisations from the arts, creative, digital or youth sector
  • Rural and remote organisations
  • Organisations working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Organisations working with disability communities, LGBTIQ communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • NGOs, peak bodies, charities
  • Other relevant industries/sectors.

Who can’t apply?

  • Members of the general public are not eligible to apply alone and must instead apply through an organisation
  • Organisations that accept any form of sponsorship, support or research funding from sources connected to the tobacco industry
  • Organisations whose business or activities do not align with VicHealth’s values of promoting good health and wellbeing for all Victorians.

What we will fund

We will fund ideas that align with VicHealth’s priority areas and have the strongest potential to improve health and wellbeing of the Victorian community.

We will not fund:

  • applications to generate new research
  • ideas that focus on early intervention, treatment, rehabilitation or prevention of specific diseases
  • laboratory-based science or health service delivery, unless there is a strong rationale for its relevance to health promotion
  • a continuation or replication of a project we’ve already funded or we’ve received an application for previously

Key dates



Applications open

19 November 2019

Briefings via webinar

Wednesday 27 November, 12.30pm – 1.00pm 

Watch a recording the webinar here (you can also download the slide deck with transcript and questions)

Applications close

12pm, 24 February 2020

Partnership Grant recipients notified

On or before 30 April 2020

Important documents

Click here to download the VicHealth Partnership Grants Funding Guidelines

Click here to download the information fact sheet for this funding round

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If you need an interpreter, please call TIS National on 131 450 and ask them to call VicHealth on (03) 9667 1333. Our business hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).


Help for people with hearing or speech difficulties

Contact VicHealth through the National Relay Service (NRS). For more information, visit the NRS website ( to choose your preferred access point or call the NRS Helpdesk on 1800 555 660. This is a free service.




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Please submit an enquiry via this web form.

Please note: For reasons of probity and fairness, we are not able to provide advice or feedback on your specific ideas; however, we can clarify the intention of the grants and the outcomes they are trying to achieve.