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VicHealth’s Bright Futures for Young Victorians Challenge grants will provide funding for projects which promote community and young people's (12–25 years old) resilience, social connection and mental wellbeing.

2017-10-02 09:00:00 2017-11-09 12:00:00 Australia/Melbourne VicHealth’s Bright Futures for Young Victorians Challenge Bright Futures Challenge

We are inviting councils and young people to work together to establish new partnerships improve the health and wellbeing of Victoria’s next generation. 

Core to the design of this program is an understanding that co-designing with young people will increase the likelihood of project success and that innovative solutions will accelerate the health impacts. 



Uncertainty, rapid change and unpredictable outcomes are the new normal. VicHealth’s Mental Wellbeing Strategy identifies new approaches for building resilience in young people and working in key settings to make a positive difference and create a bright future for young Victorians.

As part of this strategy, VicHealth and the CSIRO released Bright Futures: Megatrends impacting the mental wellbeing of young Victorians over the coming 20 years. This report informs and influences the issues we need to consider, and ways in which we work with young people, to better prepare them for the future.

With nearly one million young people in our State aged between 12 and 25 years, we are focused on working with partners to take advantage of new opportunities and to tackle emerging challenges.



VicHealth’s Bright Futures for Young Victorians Challenge will provide funding at two tiers: 

  • Seed grants, up to $50,000 for a period of 12 months
  • Horizon grants, focusing on the further development and implementation of projects funded in the first 2016 Bright Futures Challenge.

Those projects which demonstrate the greatest potential may be eligible for further support in the future.  

Councils can apply by completing and submitting a Bright Futures Challenge application below. You can also submit a 90-second video to strengthen your proposal.



Applications for this initiative need to be led by Victorian-based local governments who have fulfilled all requirements of previous or current VicHealth funding.


Important documents

Please familiarise yourself with the following documents before completing your submission:


The above forms should be uploaded within the online grant portal once you have initiated your application.


Important dates




Submissions open

9am, Monday 2 October 2017

Submissions close

12pm, Thursday 9 November 2017

Notificationsanticipated by

Friday 1 December 2017

Funding commences

Mid December 2017