05 Apr, 2022 Last updated: 16 May, 2022

Applications are now closed.

We’re on a mission - to create healthier communities, right across Victoria. 

And one of the ways we’re doing this is by investing in communities, so that they can enjoy locally produced, healthy foods, together. 

Say hello to our latest Future Healthy initiative, helping you deliver affordable, nutritious food with the local flavours of your neighbourhood.  

Our research shows that during the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 4 people were turning to unhealthy food in order to save money. And continued shocks to our food supply chain have made accessing and enjoying fresh food more difficult for families across Victoria. We’ve seen demand for food relief increase significantly, estimated to now affect 1.2 million children and their households across Australia.  

It’s time to think local, for local. We’re harnessing the collective strength of community food suppliers and organisations to deliver healthy food, at affordable prices. Because everyone deserves access to nutritious, delicious food.  

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What’s on offer? 

We’re offering up to $4 million in funding for up to 10 Victorian food hubs, to help give organisations the boost they need to revolutionise the way we grow, buy and share food!  

We know the last 2 years have upended our access to farm-to-fork fresh food and impacted our eating habits. Families are finding it harder than ever, to access fresh food at an affordable price. 

The challenge we face is huge, but we’re ready to tackle it. And we know you are too. 

Designed by young people, these food hubs will bring together and educate a new generation on healthy and sustainable food sourcing and practices. 

We’re here to make long-term impact, and as part of this initiative, we’re funding paid traineeships for young people in every hub to educate and mobilise their communities, and transform our local food systems. 

We’ll work with successful funding applicants to co-design spaces alongside their community. By connecting our young people with industry leaders, we’re working to build financially sustainable operations that put nutritious, delicious food on plates around Victoria.  

What is the goal of this funding?  

We want to create vibrant and lively spaces to celebrate and share our identity through food!  
The numbers say it all! These hubs will: 

  • Connect up to 50,000 shoppers to locally grown food per space- that’s over 400,000 people per year!  
  • Provide meaningful employment for 125 people across Victoria  
  • Support 150 local growers & producers  
  • Deliver 20 unique paid traineeship opportunities for young people over 2 years  

Key dates




Applications open:

Wednesday 6th April 2022

Online briefing

1:00pm – 2:00pm Wednesday 13th April 2022 - Click here to watch the recording

Applications close:


2:00pm Monday 16th May 2022

Application outcomes:

Applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application by Mid-Late July 2022.



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Frequently asked questions


What is Future Healthy?

We have a vision of a Victoria where no young person is denied a future that is healthy. Regardless of their postcode, bank balance or background. 

We see a future with vibrant communities, where young people are connected, active, enjoy wholesome food and feel great. A future inspired by, shaped by and shared by the people of Victoria.

Future Healthy includes multiple streams of investments – major investments for new programs and a grants program supporting locally-led and state-wide organisations. There is also marketing and communications activity, including advertising.

Future Healthy is an investment of $45 million over 3 years. VicHealth is committed to investing in locally led solutions right across the state, and we’ll elevate the voices and experiences of Victoria’s young people to inspire these investments.
Future Healthy will:
Create neighbourhoods and spaces where people feel safe, welcome and confident to be active
Improve access to healthy, sustainable, affordable and culturally appropriate food
Build meaningful social connections and inclusive environments
Most importantly, Future Healthy will engage with young people and their parents and carers every step of the way, so they can share their lived experiences, and help to inform and shape solutions.

If you want to learn more and stay up to date with Future Healthy updates, register to be part of our mailing list here.

Eligibility View more

Is my organisation eligible?

We know there are many organisations out there, eager for a chance to create or expand their food hubs.

Funding in this grant round is open to incorporated entities including:

  1. Companies (incorporated with ASIC under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth))- including companies limited by guarantee and companies limited by shares*
  2. Incorporated Associations (incorporated under Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria)
  3. Indigenous Corporations (incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth) and registered with ORIC)
  4. Non-Distributing Co-Operatives (as registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria in accordance with Co-operatives National Law Application Act 2013)*

*If you are an organisation that meets this entity type of companies limited by shares, or non-distributing co-operatives, we ask that you select ANY of the entity type options listed in the online application form AND send us an email. If you are a company limited by shares, please indicate this in your email, along with your Australian Company Number. If you are a non-distributing co-operative, please include your organisation’s registered name as it appears on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website. You can send this to [email protected]

All entity types, funding must be used to deliver on VicHealth's grant objectives.

Evidence of incorporation/registration must be provided with your application.  If your entity is in some other way incorporated or registered, please contact VicHealth to discuss your eligibility for funding.

Local Government entities are INELIGIBLE. Councils are encouraged to take a look at opportunities available through VicHealth’s Local Government Partnership

Commercial Organisations/For-Profit Organisations, Individual/Sole Trader, Statutory Authority, Trusts, Victorian Government Entity (e.g., Health Services, Schools) and Victorian Local Government Entities are INELIGIBLE.

See the Grant Guidelines for more information.

Do I need an ABN (Australian Business Number) to apply?

Yes, all organisations must have an ABN to apply.

Social enterprises are mentioned as being eligible to apply in the guidelines, however there is no option for social enterprise in the application form under registration types. Does this mean social enterprises can apply?

Social enterprises are an example of an eligible organisation.  A social enterprise must also meet one of our listed entity types:

1. Companies (incorporated with ASIC under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth))
2. Incorporated Associations (incorporated under Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria)
3. Indigenous Corporations (incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth) and registered with ORIC)
4. Non-Distributing Co-Operatives (as registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria in accordance with Co-operatives National Law Application Act 2013)

If your social enterprise does not meet any of the above four entity types, you would have to apply through an auspice arrangement. 
Further information on applying through an auspice arrangement can be found in section 2.1.3 in the Grant Guidelines.

If you are a social enterprise, please select ANY option under the listed organisation types in the online form and email us to notify us that your organisation is a social enterprise. You can send this to [email protected]

My organisation is ineligible, what can I do?

If your organisation is ineligible for funding, look to partner up with another organisation through an Auspice arrangement. If you’re an organisation based in metropolitan Melbourne, there may be other funding opportunities available through through Future Healthy further down the track, so make sure to sign up to our Future Healthy mailing list and our VicHealth newsletter here to keep up to date.

Can an Auspice organisation support multiple applications?

The short answer is yes. If there are multiple applications from the same Auspice organisation, they will be looked at and assessed separately.

For more information on Auspice applications, please see section 2.1.3 of the Grant Guidelines.

My organisation has recently received VicHealth funding. Does that affect my eligibility to apply?

Existing and previous VicHealth funding recipients that comply with eligibility requirements ARE eligible for this grant.

However, funding through this opportunity is NOT available for the purpose of expanding or extending a successful Big Connect grant awarded in March 2022.

Will there be opportunities for those in the food systems sector to support the food hubs? 

From our stakeholder consultations, we determined that potential hub providers would benefit from youth engagement and business management training. To ensure that any additional capacity building meets the needs of the hubs and will support them meaningfully, we won't be identifying other areas of training until after the hub providers are chosen and a needs assessment is conducted with them. We will communicate any further opportunities to support the hubs in the next phase of this investment.

What period of time do we need to cover in our implementation plan?

Applicants should provide a high-level overview of the major components of their project over the full funding period (July 2022- June 2025).

How do I apply? View more

How much and how long will I be funded for?

Each organisation will be given between $150,000 and $750,000 to deliver their food hub project.

Funding will be  for two financial years (1st financial year: July 2022 – June 2023, 2nd financial year: July 2023 – June 2024.)


When can I carry out the project?

Funded activities must be carried out between July 2022 – June 2025.


Where can I deliver the Food Hub?

We will be funding hubs in to be delivered in regional Victoria and the growth areas of Melbourne (as defined in Victorian Planning Authority). If you are not intending to use this funding to deliver a food hub in a regional location, or one of the growth areas listed below, then a Food Hub cannot be delivered in your area.

Growth areas include:

  • Wyndham
  • Melton
  • Hume
  • Whittlesea
  • Cardinia shire
  • Casey
  • Mitchell

Check out our list of regional areas in Victoria here.

Please note, provided you have a base for your food hub, it’s ok to also include a component of outreach to the places where young people are. You would need to ensure that your application demonstrates how this approach would meet the objectives and principles of delivery outlined in the Grant Guidelines.  


Can I apply as a consortium to deliver multiple food hubs?

We are looking for one physical space per application. If you were to apply as a consortium who would come together to deliver one hub in one location you can apply together as a consortium. If you would be applying as a consortium to deliver multiple hubs across multiple locations, you will need to submit one application for each physical location.  

If applying as a consortium, we would expect the primary applicant to be involved in the delivery of the hub to some extent. However, partners in the consortium could take on different roles (e.g., delivering programs).


What will be funded?

Funding is available to support a range of essential goods and services which can be found in our Guidelines (section 4)

Although we are prioritising our funding for three areas associated with the implementation and maintenance of a Food Hub. This includes (in no particular order):

  • Community Programming
  • Wages, being the salaries of Trainees and Food Hub Coordinators
  • Partnerships and Capacity Building

Please note we have set limits on the amount of VicHealth funding that can be used for some categories (see page 8-10 of the Grant Guidelines). There is no flexibility in the limits that we have placed. If you have access to additional sources of funding this can also be used.


When will I receive the funding?

Timing of payments to successful grant applicants will be advised in the notification email. An estimation of when payments will be released is below and can also be found in the Grant Guidelines.

Funding amount

(% of total funding requested)



July-August 2022


April-May 2023


July-Aug 2023


May-June 2024

How can I find more information about funding eligibility?

I’m glad you asked! We hosted an online Q&A session on Wednesday 13th April 1pm-2pm, to explain the funding opportunity in more detail and answer any questions you might have!

Don’t worry if you missed out, click here to watch the recording.

Notification of funding outcomes View more

When and how can I expect to hear back from you?

All applicants will be notified of their application outcome by Mid-Late July 2022.

If your application is successful, we’ll send you an email with all the key information on how to accept your offer!

If you aren’t successful, we’ll still be in touch  via email with some useful resources and updates for what’s coming up next.

To make sure our email doesn’t end up in your spam folder, add the healthyfoodsystems@vichealth.vic.gov.au email to your contact list.


Will I receive feedback on an application if unsuccessful?

Generalised feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants; however, we are unable to provide individual feedback.


When is the next funding round?

Make sure to keep up to date with all our future funding opportunity, by signing up to our Future Healthy mailing list. You can also keep up with our activities by following the Future Healthy IG page.

Plus, our VicHealth newsletter delivers news and opportunities right across the organisation. Sign up here so you don’t miss out!


Can I speak to someone at VicHealth about my application?

We are not in a position to provide individual advice or feedback on applications. If your organisation is eligible to apply, and you think your idea meets the intention of this funding – please submit! You do need to ensure that your application demonstrates how your approach would meet the objectives and principles of delivery outlined in the funding guidelines. If you do have questions,  drop us an email at [email protected]

Please note our business hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Other questions View more

For any other questions about this investment, email  [email protected] and someone from our team will be in touch. 


What do you mean by Food Hubs (new/existing)? 

Food hubs are community-led spaces in a local area where food is sold to the community. These sites can be permanent or ‘pop-up.’ Food Hubs can vary in how they look depending on their community’s needs. Food hubs could exist in fresh food markets, community gardens, shop fronts, community kitchens, parks, outdoor public spaces, single or multi-use buildings.   


Can you provide us with more information on who will be delivering the Traineeship and what this will cover?

The Traineeship will support young people employed by the Food Hubs. We are still in the process of identifying who will deliver this formal training, and what the program will look like. 

Is VicHealth funding available across the full 3 years (2022-2025)? 

VicHealth funding is only available as income across year 1 (2022-2023 FY) and year 2 (2023-2024 FY). However, you can continue to expend VicHealth funds across year 3 (2024- 2025 FY). Therefore, if you will require VicHealth funds to continue delivering your Food Hub into 2024-2025 FY you should consider this in your funding requested for year 1 and year 2. 

For example, the VicHealth funding available for the Food Hub coordinator (up to $68,000 per year) is for the full funding term. Given VicHealth funding is not available as income for the 2024-2025 financial year (see budget template), if you will continue to use VicHealth funding to cover the wage of your Food Hub coordinator after July 2024 you would have to consider this in the funding you request in year 2 (2023-2024 financial year). The requested funding you don’t expend in year 2 for the coordinator wage would then be listed as expenditure for year 3 (2024-25 FY).  


I forgot my Stakeholder portal login details and can’t reset the password. What do I do?

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! If you have forgotten your Stakeholder portal login details, please first try selecting the ‘forgot your password’ button and follow the prompts.

If this doesn’t work or you continue having issues, please email us at [email protected]


I need translation for these documents 

If you require translation in other languages, you can let us know by: 

  • Calling TIS National on 131 450 and asking them to call VicHealth on (03) 9667 1333  

  • Calling us using your preferred interpreter on (03) 9667 1333  

  • Emailing us at [email protected]


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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