Last updated: 24 Jun, 2021

Congratulations to our newest funding recipients

Congratulations to the successful grant recipients from the latest round of Reimagining Health: A VicHealth Partnership Grant.

In March 2021, VicHealth invited organisations including arts or cultural organisations, sports and recreation clubs, and community groups to apply. Funding projects support children and young people (aged 0-25 years) and Victorians hardest hit by the impacts of coronavirus and the Victorian bushfires. Including those already facing greater barriers to reaching their full health potential because of circumstances such as their income, cultural background, gender, age or where they live.

Over the two Reimagining Health: A VicHealth Partnership Grant rounds, over 700 local and grassroots community organisations to create and deliver locally-led solutions.


For a full list of our latest grant recipients click here.

 
FAQ  
 When can you expect to hear back?  All applicants will be notified of application outcome by 30 June 2021. 
How will you hear about the outcome of your application?  VicHealth will notify you of the outcome of your application by email. You can expect to hear back from VicHealth by 30 June 2021. Successful applicants may also receive a phone call notifying them of their outcome. 

Make sure you add [email protected] to your address book to ensure you receive your notification email.  

 
Will you receive feedback on an application if unsuccessful?  VicHealth Reimagining Health Grants are extremely competitive, and we expect to receive far more eligible applications than can be funded. Due to such high volumes, many applicants will be unsuccessful. Generalised feedback will be provided on notification to unsuccessful applicants; however, we are unable to provide individualised feedback. 
 
When is VicHealth holding the next grant round? 
 
VicHealth is still planning its next grant round – so we don’t have details to share just yet.  

You can register for our e-bulletin to hear about VicHealth grant rounds as soon as they are announced. Please go to ‘Stay Updated’ to register for our e-bulletin (top right hand section of this page). 

 
I did not receive a notification email from VicHealth, can I follow up? 
 
VicHealth will notify you of the outcome of your application by email. You can expect to hear back from VicHealth by 30 June 2021. If you do not receive an email, make sure you check your junk/spam folder. You can contact us to follow up after July: [email protected] 
 
Can I speak to someone at VicHealth about my application?  We are not in a position to provide individualised feedback on applications. If you have feedback or questions for VicHealth - other than feedback on an application - we encourage you to send this to us in writing to [email protected]

 
When will payments be made to successful applicants?  Timing of payments to successful grant applicants will be advised in the notification email. For smaller grants (up to $3k), VicHealth will not be in a position to tailor payment dates for individual applications.  

 
 
I have a question that relates to the Stakeholder Portal/something else? 
 

See our dedicated grants support website, which outlines technical advice for our portal, and answers more grant related questions.  
 
Key definitions to help you understand our Reimagining Health grants View more

Victorian population groups facing the greatest barriers to reaching their full health potential because of socially determined circumstances such as income, cultural background, gender, disability or where they live:

Some people face greater barriers than others to enjoying a healthy life. That’s why VicHealth has a focus on health equity throughout our work. The events of the past year have, in many cases, widened the health and wellbeing gap between people who were already facing an uphill battle and the rest of the population.

We’d like your grant application to support Victorian population groups facing an uphill battle; those experiencing disadvantage or barriers to enjoying a healthy life, due to factors including income, cultural background, gender, ability or location.

 

This includes (but not limited to):

  • people on a low income

  • single parents

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people

  • people living in a 2019/2020 bushfire affected area

  • people speaking a language other than English at home

  • people living with a disability

  • people who are unemployed

  • women and girls

  • People living in rural or remote locations

In assessing applications, priority will be given to ideas and solutions that are co-designed with the group you propose to work with.

 

Victorian children and young people (aged 0-25), including families:

We recognise the need to support children and young people, from the early years through to the transition from study to work, to give them the best chance for a healthier start to life.

 

We’d like applicants to propose ideas and solutions that support the health and wellbeing of children, young Victorians and their families. We are interested in applications focusing on one or more of the following groups:

  • early years (0–5 years)
  • primary school age
  • secondary school age
  • early adulthood (up to the age of 25 years)

 

Important Tip 
In assessing applications, priority will be given to ideas and solutions that are co-designed with children and young people and/or their carers/families.  

 

 

 

 

Further information: 

See our VicHealth Coronavirus Victorian Wellbeing Impact Study: Follow-up survey report for more information about the impact coronavirus has had across different age groups.  

See our webpage on How to co-design with young Victorians if you want to get a better sense of the why, when, what and how of co-design with young people  

Reimagining Health Grant themes Healthy and affordable food View more

All Victorians should have physical and economic access to adequate amounts of nutritious, safe and culturally appropriate foods, at all times and in a dignified manner – yet many in our community do not.

Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the ability for some in our community to access healthy and affordable food.

We are looking for local solutions that address gaps in the food system exposed by coronavirus, to build a sustainable food system that ensures all Victorians have access to healthy and affordable food.

 

Important Tip 
 

In assessing applications, priority will be given to ideas that address one or more of the dot points below:

  • demonstrate ways to improve sustained and dignified access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food.
  • work towards a healthier and more sustainable food system
  • build on (or connect to) existing community food enterprises/models

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further information: 

See our VicHealth Coronavirus Victorian Wellbeing Impact Study: Follow-up survey report for more information about the impact of coronavirus on our ability to access healthy and affordable food.  

Reimagining Health Grant themes - Meaningful social connection  View more

Loneliness and lack of positive social connections can have a profound impact on mental and physical wellbeing. Coronavirus has had a significant impact on our sense of connection.

We are looking for applications which propose local solutions that will create ongoing and meaningful social connection opportunities.

See our VicHealth Coronavirus Victorian Wellbeing Impact Study: Follow-up survey report for more information about the impact of coronavirus on social connection.

We anticipate that a wide range of organisations are in a position to develop and deliver local solutions that will create ongoing and meaningful social connection including (but not limited to) art and cultural organisations, community sporting clubs, sport leagues/associations, peak sporting bodies, other recreation  and creative organisations.

 

Important Tip 
 

In assessing applications, priority will be given to ideas that address one or more of the dot points below:

  • clearly demonstrate that the idea promotes inclusion and addresses barriers to participation for children and young people
  • build connections between people, with their communities and strengthen a sense of belonging to a group or network
  • build peer, classmate and school/teacher/family connections and support
  • build group-based interventions that incorporate social skills training
  • destigmatise loneliness, social isolation and mental health issues.  
 

 

Reimagining Health Grant themes - Physical activity View more

Given many typical avenues for physical activity have been disrupted by the impacts from coronavirus, we want organisations, including (but not limited to) community sporting clubs, sport leagues/associations, peak sporting bodies, other recreation organisations, or creative organisations to propose ideas and solutions that find ways to get people more physically active.

The VicHealth Reimagining Health Grants replace previous grant rounds including Active Club Grants. We strongly encourage clubs and associations who were familiar with Active Club Grants to apply for these new grants and help more people in your community get active.

We are looking for ideas that will increase the opportunities for physical activity, whether it be through structured activities (teams, groups and competitions) or supporting unstructured activities (social sport, active recreation and encouraging people to walk, run, ride and skate).

 

Important Tip 

In assessing applications, priority will be given to ideas that address one or more of the dot points below:

  • create opportunities and address barriers to participation, for people that are traditionally less active/inactive (e.g. women and girls, young people)
  • create opportunities and address barriers to participation, particularly for people who face the greatest barriers to participation including fancial barriers, cultural barriers, gender barrers (e.g. supporting the introduction of girls teams/compeititions).
  • incorporate existing successful approaches that are being adapted to new areas or groups (e.g. unstructured activities, social sport).
 

 

Further information: 

See our VicHealth Coronavirus Victorian Wellbeing Impact Study: Follow-up survey report for more information about the impact of coronavirus on physical activity.  If you are new to the concept of co-design for physical activity and sport, we suggest referring to the resources available at www.doingsportdifferently.com.au for more information.  

Learn more View more
   
How much funding can you get?   

 The total funding pool is up to $3 million. Each applicant can apply for one of three funding options: 

  • Up to $3,000 
  • Up to $10,000 
  • Up to $50,000 
Who can apply? 

Any organisation that is an incorporated body, a company limited by guarantee, or Victorian Local Government Entity with an ABN with a project idea that meets the grant guidelines. 

These grants merge previous funding rounds into one, replacing regular VicHealth funding opportunities such as Active Club Grants and Partnership grants so that all local organisations who can create meaningful social connection, opportunities for physical activity and address food security can apply.   

 

Who can't apply?  Ineligible organisations include: 
  • Individual, Sole Traders 
  • For-Profit Organisations, Commercial Organisations 
  • Social Enterprises, Not for Profits – where they are not registered as Incorporated or as a Company limited by guarantee 
  • Charitable Trusts 
  • Victorian State Government Entities (e.g. Health Services, Statutory Authorities) 

VicHealth can accept applications from eligible auspice organisations. Please see the funding guidelines for more information on how to apply under an auspice arrangement. 

Can previous applicants/ funding recipients apply? 

Yes. Previous applicants and funding recipients can apply if they have: 

  • a new idea 
  • an existing idea that was submitted in a previous grant round but was not successful (we recommend you look at the ‘Six helpful tips for grant applicants’ prior to submitting again – see below)  
  • an existing project that is already in place to help amplify the outcomes of the project*.

*Note: Funding through this grant round is NOT available for the purpose of expanding or extending a successful Reimagining Health grant awarded in December 2020. 

Are any attachments required? 

 Yes: 

A completed Budget must be uploaded with all applications 

A completed Work Plan must be uploaded with applications over $10,000 

When do applications open/close?  Open: Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 9.00am via our new VicHealth Stakeholder Portal.

Close:  Tuesday 23 March 2021, however we recommend you submit your application during business hours so our team can support you
How do you apply?  Register via our new VicHealth Stakeholder Portal, then fill in our application form. To preview the application questions, and draft your responses, download the Application Drafting Tool.
What did you fund last Reimagining Health Grant round?  You can read through the list of grants that were funded in the last Reimagining Health grant round here.  
When can you expect to hear back/ get funding?  You will receive an automatic response once your application is submitted. We are hoping to notify applicants on the outcome of their applications by the end of June 2021.  

 
Six helpful tips for applicants:  

Tip 1: Read through our funding requirements and suggested key documents. These will be published on the VicHealth website prior to applications opening, giving you a clear idea of what we are looking for and the types of activity and items that are eligible for funding. By following this information, you will ensure your application meets the scope of the grant.  

Tip 2: Align your application with our funding areas. Funding documents will detail the specifics, but our grants will always aim to achieve 1 or more specific health promotion outcome that we care about; it’s important you show us how you would use your grant to achieve outcomes and measure your impact.  

Tip 3: Have a look at grants that were funded in the last Reimagining Health grant round. Looking at the grants awarded previously might help you create an idea or refine an existing idea. 

Tip 4: Keep thinking about partnerships. We encourage you to think outside the box and consider who you can collaborate with on a project to deliver the best possible outcomes for Victorians.  

Tip 5: Consider the long-term impact of your project. We want to support ideas that have potential to continue to provide a positive community impact beyond the funding period.  

Tip 6: Involve your community. We’re interested in ideas that are community-led and co-designed with the people you intend to work with.  

For more help and support with our Reimagining Health Grants or our Stakeholder Portal, please visit https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/how-to-apply-for-a-grant