Open Last updated: 21 Mar, 2017

Submit your Walk to School application by 1pm, 1 May 2017.

Every October, Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school students to walk, ride or scoot to and from school.

The Walk to School program promotes regular physical activity in Victorian primary school students. It helps kids and their families establish active routines for life. It also supports primary schools, local councils and communities to make active travel easy, safe and accessible.

Walk to School creates positive health outcomes. It’s based on extensive research and evidence indicating that increased physical activity in Victorian children can provide real health benefits.

In 2016, 62 local councils received a VicHealth Walk to School grant to deliver local activities and initiatives. This saw a record number of students and schools participate with 144,928 children taking part from 758 schools across Victoria. Together they walked more than 1.6 million kilometres during October, the equivalent of walking 2 return trips to the moon.

In partnership with local councils, VicHealth aims to build upon these strong foundations to deliver an even more successful Walk to School in 2017.

Who can apply? View more

Victorian councils have an important role to play in the Walk to School program. By applying for the Walk to School grant in 2017, your council can help get more Victorian children active.

All Victorian councils are eligible. To apply, you must have satisfactorily acquitted any previous funding received from VicHealth.

What is on offer? View more

The Walk to School grant provides funding of up to $10,000* for you to deliver activities which meet the following requirements:

Requirement 1: Promote Walk to School by encouraging primary schools to register and participate.

Requirement 2: Deliver local engagement activities with participating schools throughout October.

Requirement 3: Support primary school students’ ongoing active travel by delivering local initiatives.


*Excluding GST. VicHealth has the right to upscale any Walk to School grant funding and any decision to do so is at the sole discretion of VicHealth.

What are we looking for? View more

We’re looking for enthusiastic councils who are ready to get their local community active.

To receive the grant, you’ll need to:

  • provide a project plan outlining how your activities meet our three requirements
  • demonstrate that your chosen activities are well-suited to your local context and community
  • explain how you’ll cater for all students by ensuring activities are fair, accessible and inclusive
  • outline clear plans to improve activities and increase participation, based on previous years’ learnings (returning councils only).
What we will fund View more
  • Reasonable costs to reimburse staff or engage contractors delivering agreed activities
  • New initiatives in line with our funding requirements or initiatives with clearly identified outcomes that build on and add value to existing council work
  • Incentives and prizes for competitions where relevance to local context, value for money and equitable approach are demonstrated
  • Design publication or production costs for local Walk to School materials and collateral where clear VicHealth and Walk to School branding are included
  • Advertising or media costs for Walk to School promotions
  • Infrastructure improvements that clearly support active travel by primary school children
  • Resources or tools that can be owned/managed by council and shared among local schools to support ongoing active travel
  • Reasonable and necessary costs to facilitate approved events, such as healthy catering, facility hire and administrative costs.
What we won't fund View more
  • Existing council plans or work that will go ahead regardless of Walk to School grant
  • Excessively expensive prizes, prizes where no justification or rationale is provided, and cash prizes
  • Design, publication or production costs for items without clear VicHealth and Walk to School branding and relevance, or where materials duplicate those provided by VicHealth
  • Advertising or media costs for other related council activities
  • Infrastructure improvements without a clear link to active travel by primary school children
  • Excessive event costs or unhealthy catering options.
Key dates View more



Tuesday 21 March 2017

Application opens

Monday 3 April 2017 – 10am

Information session

Monday 1 May 2017 – 1pm

Applications close. Planned strategies and Project Plan submitted to VicHealth.

Monday 15 May 2017

Grant recipients notified

July 2017 to January 2018

Project plan requirements delivered

14 August 2017

Progress Report due

8 September 2017

Final collateral orders for delivery by end of Term 3

25 September to 6 October

School holidays

9–31 October 2017         

Walk to School 2017

15 November 2017

Participation data due

4 December 2017

Final report, project plan, supporting documentation and evaluation survey due

Important documents View more

What do I need to read before applying?

Please ensure you’ve read and understood the following:


What do I need to do before applying?

Councils will need to follow this application checklist:

  • Read the guidelines carefully and thoroughly
  • Check all key dates, processes and requirements
  • Have your council’s ABN and bank account details on hand
  • Register your details on the Funding Application System
  • Complete the online Eligibility and Compliance check
  • Download and complete your Walk to School Project Plan
  • Complete and submit your online application.
What if I still have questions? View more

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

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