Last updated: 20 Mar, 2019

VicHealth is now seeking applications from Victorian local councils to become 'Integration Hosts' in the Bright Futures Challenge.

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. VicHealth invites Victorian councils to apply to become an 'Integration Host' in this next highly innovative phase of the Challenge.

Funding is now available for Integration Hosts to:

• Plan, deliver and evaluate an existing Bright Futures project with and for young people in their local area, working alongside an Integration Mentor and within a Community of Practice

• Contribute to the development of an 'Integration Model' by working with VicHealth and other program partners.


VicHealth will provide $75,000 for each Integration Host council, or for each Bright Futures project to be delivered. Councils can apply to deliver more than one Bright Futures project, as described in the Funding Guidelines.

VicHealth funding will commence in May 2019 and conclude by June 2020.



All Victorian councils are eligible for to apply for Integration Host funding, with the exception of those that have recently been funded as Integration Mentors.

This includes Victorian councils that have previously been funded in the Bright Future Challenge during 2016-2018.

However, councils may only apply to deliver the selected Bright Futures projects that are described in the Bright Futures Integration Phase Guidelines (see back page of the Guidelines).

Funding is not available to deliver a previous Bright Futures project that is not included in this group.


Invitation to information session

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

For more information and to register, visit


Key Dates



Applications open

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Funding information session (this will be streamed for people who are unable to attend)

Wednesday 27 March 2019, 9.45am-12noon 

Register for the information session

Register for the online stream

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

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).


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