The VicHealth Innovation Challenge: Physical Activity (The Challenge) Grant will open on 26 March 2019 and close on 18 April 2019. Grants of up to $150,000 each are available to Victorian councils and sporting bodies to test and refine innovative ideas over an 18-month project period.
Victorian councils and sporting bodies can apply for a share of $500,000 to increase levels of physical activity in their community. In 2019-20, The Challenge projects will need to address either of the following areas:
More sport for everyone
We are looking for physical activity and sport opportunities that are socially and culturally accessible to people who are likely to experience disadvantages, which means it’s harder for them to be able to get active. Organisations could create new programs which engage this audience, optimise the use of local facilities, improve equipment access or develop culturally appropriate marketing.
Examples of potentially disadvantaged groups:
- People with a low socio-economic status
- People living in remote, rural and regional areas
- Culturally and linguistically diverse groups
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- People with disability
- LGBTI+ community.
- Barriers include lack of access to facilitates, financial constraints, social or cultural norms and discrimination.
More women and girls physically active
We are putting the call out to Victorian local councils to inspire women and girls to be more active, through creating new participation opportunities or making changes to the environment at sport and recreation facilitates and other physical activity environments to ensure they are welcoming, comfortable and not intimidating for women and girls. Consulting with women in your local area to refine the ideas implemented will be an important part of the process.
What do we mean by innovation?
Innovation does not mean you have to invent something completely new; instead we are looking for clever ideas that show how you can change previous processes, products or services to adapt and respond to your community. The different ways you could be innovative include:
- implementing new ideas
- developing unique partnerships
- identifying a new audience/target market in the community to work with
- improving your existing services
We encourage creative partnerships with organisations to bring your ideas to life. For example, a social entrepreneur, community health organisations, arts and creative industries, non-for-profits, a private provider, a digital expert or organisations that work with specific demographic groups.
Criteria for focus area 1 only: more sport for everyone
- Victorian Disability State Sporting Bodies, recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria
- Victorian Regional Sporting Assemblies
- Local sporting clubs/associations affiliated to their SSA (as defined in point 1)
- Elite sporting teams
- Victorian local councils
Organisations must have at least 40 per cent female representation on their sporting organisation’s Board (does not apply to local sporting clubs/associations or local councils).
Criteria for focus area 2 only: more women and girls active
- Victorian local councils only
Provide your initial idea via a 90-second video pitch
Tuesday 26 March 2019
Thursday 18 April 2019, 12 noon
If you have any questions, contact the team at: firstname.lastname@example.org