Last updated: 05 Apr, 2019

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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 travel behaviours 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 2018, 63 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 147,776 children taking part from 746 schools across Victoria. Together they walked more than 1.7 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 2019 and beyond.

Who can partner? View more

Victorian councils have an important role to play in the Walk to School program. By partnering with VicHealth for the Walk to School funding in 2019, your council can help get more Victorian children active.

All Victorian councils can partner and will be supported providing they must have satisfactorily acquitted any previous funding received from VicHealth.

What’s new this year? View more

In 2019 we’d love every council in the state to get involved, so we’ve made it even easier for you to participate and demonstrate your council’s commitment to getting more Victorian children active.

Changes from last year’s Walk to School program include:

  • No lengthy application process! To be part of Walk to School 2019, all we need is some details about your council and a completed project plan.
  • More money! We’ve increased the amount of funding we’re providing to participating councils from $10,000 in 2018 to $15,000 in 2019, to help you build on your existing support networks with schools, and help cover any additional costs you may have.
  • Walk to School information resources are easier to order.You can place orders forpromotional materials (calendars, stickers etc) directly through our mailhouse. You will need to download and print some materials yourself.

Less data collection for councils.  Councils no longer need to submit full participation data from all their local schools for VicHealth.  We’ll only ask you to record how many local schools participated in the program.  However, we still encourage you to promote the use of the classroom calendar to encourage involvement and help schools celebrate participation as it’s proven to be an effective way to encourage kids to walk, ride and scoot to school.

What is on offer? View more

The Walk to School LGA Partnership 2019 provides funding of $15,000* for you to deliver activities which meet the following requirements:

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

Requirement 2: Improve your support network with schools in your council area

Requirement 3: Deliver and support local engagement activities with participating schools throughout October


*Excluding GST.

What are we looking for? View more

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

When completing your project plans we encourage you to explain how:

  • your chosen activities are well-suited to your local context and community
  • you’ll cater for all students by ensuring activities are fair, accessible and inclusive
  • you will improve activities and increase participation, based on previous year’s 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 or prizes for competitions where relevant 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
    • Costs associated with the delivery of an education workshop or supporting schools in your council area.
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



5 April 2019

Local Government Areas submit Project Plans

May 2019

Grant payments made

July 2019 to January 2020

Project plan requirements delivered

July to August 2019

Progress check ins with VicHealth for councils (optional)

6 September 2019

Final collateral orders for delivery by end of Term 3

21 September to 6 October 2019

School holidays

7 October to 1 November

Walk to School 2019

6 December 2019

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

Term 1, 2020

Prizes sent to winning schools

Partnering View more

What do I need to read before partnering on the program?

Please ensure you’ve read and understood the following:


What do I need to do before partnering on the program?

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
  • 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.

Otherwise please contact us at [email protected].