- VicHealth can only provide funding to incorporated bodies. If you are part of an unincorporated body, you can only receive funding if your application is made under the auspices of another eligible organisation.
- VicHealth can only provide funding for programs that will be delivered in Victoria.
- VicHealth cannot fund an organisation that receives any funding, sponsorship or any other kind of endorsement from any person or organisation involved in or affiliated with the production, manufacture or marketing of tobacco, smoking or tobacco related products, or that endorses, promotes, sponsors or otherwise is affiliated with tobacco, smoking or tobacco related products.
- If your organisation has received VicHealth funding before (and the grant project is complete), VicHealth may need to see and approve records of how you spent VicHealth funding before you can apply for more funding (see Important conditions of funding below).
- Your funding application must meet the specific requirements of the funding opportunity, and must be received on time. Your application and supporting documentation must not contain incomplete or fraudulent information.
- Funding can’t be provided for activities that have already taken place.
Specific eligibility requirements
- Each program has specific eligibility requirements, so it is important that you carefully read the program information and guidelines before starting your application. You can find these eligibility requirements on each funding opportunity’s web page.
Harmful Industry Relationships
- When you submit your application you may be asked to declare Harmful Industry Relationships. The declaration form will be embedded in the relevant funding or procurement documentation forms. More details on this Policy can be found here.
Projects working with children (under 18) funded by VicHealth
Applications that include services delivered to children will require funded organisations to;
- ensure all employees and persons engaged for the project comply with Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic) and the Worker Screening Act 2020 (Vic),
- obtain copies of valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) for all employees and persons engaged for the project, that work directly with unsupervised children, and
- obtain or maintain for the duration of the project, insurance that provides indemnity for liability for Child Abuse.
- Implement or have Child Safe standards and practices for relevant staff within the organisation.
Definition of Services to Children
VicHealth’s definition for ‘Services to children’ means services provided by a non-government entity that is responsible for:
- the supervision of, or
- authority over, a child or young person under 18 years old.
- This includes the provision of care, education, services or activities for children.
This definition would include the activities of organisations facilitating regular sports training, band or theatre rehearsals, homework clubs, mentoring etc. where a parent, guardian, caregiver, or teacher is not in attendance.
It does not include one-off activities, nor incidental or ad hoc contact with children.
‘Services to children’ does not apply to funded activities where:
- Children are supervised. A parent, guardian, or caregiver (or other person with an existing duty of care to the child – eg teacher) retains direct supervision or authority over a child throughout the duration of the services.
- Ad hoc or incidental contact. Where the services may involve the possibility of ad hoc or incidental contact only (eg maintenance services for a sports or cultural facility that could be used by children).
- One-off activities provided on non-recurrent funding. Short-term event-based activities where unsupervised children may or may not be in attendance but are not under the control of the funded organisation (eg one-day come and try events, audiences at a concert).
For more information on VicHealth’s commitment to the wellbeing and safety of children and young people can be found here.