Last updated: 29 Apr, 2019

VicHealth is currently establishing the Integration phase of the Bright Futures Challenge.

In this phase we will work with local councils to replicate and embed the most promising Bright Futures projects in more regions of Victoria, reaching more young people and transferring knowledge across councils. 

Further information about this phase will be available in mid 2019.

VicHealth’s Bright Futures report (2015) identified rapidly emerging trends in society and their resulting influences on young people’s mental wellbeing.

Resilience, social connection and cohesion are important assets required for all young people and communities to be successful and thriving into the future. The big question was: how do we build these assets in our local communities?

The VicHealth Bright Futures Challenge kicked off in 2016 and has brought Victorian local councils together with young people and other partners to develop solutions that can promote community and young people's resilience, social connection and mental wellbeing.

The Bright Futures Challenge is now entering its third phase with a focus on Councils integrating the learnings and achievements of the earlier phases.


Watch the information session online

VicHealth held an information session about this funding on Wednesday 27 March.

The session was recorded and is now available online here


Key Dates



Applications open

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Applications close

12 noon, Thursday 18 April 2019

Funding commences

May 2019

Funding concludes

June 2020


Important Documents


What does it cover?

Bright Futures Integration Hosts Funding Guidelines

Applicants MUST read the Guidelines before submitting an application to ensure that their project proposal is relevant to the Bright Futures Integration Phase. These Guidelines detail important information, and outline the requirements and selection criteria specific to this funding round.

Frequently Asked Questions - Part 1

Frequently Asked Questions - Part 2 

An overview of frequently asked questions relating to this grant round.

Standard Funding Agreement Terms and Conditions

Successful applicants are required to enter into VicHealth’s Standard Funding Agreement, and comply with these terms and conditions.

 Budget template To be submitted with application.

Funding Information for all applicants

Applicants applying for funding from VicHealth are recommended to read the general terms and conditions. All VicHealth funded projects are expected to meet these general terms and conditions.

VicHealth website terms of use

These Terms of Use apply to the website (Website), which is operated by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, a statutory authority established under the Tobacco Act 1987 (Vic) (VicHealth).


For questions regarding the program, these guidelines or the Terms and Conditions please email