28 Feb, 2018 Last updated: 09 Jul, 2018

Applications are now closed.

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 2017, 61 local councils received a VicHealth Walk to School grant to deliver local activities and initiatives. This saw another successful year of results with 140,303 primary school kids taking part from 759 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 2018 and 2019.

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 funding in 2018 and 2019, 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’s new this year? View more

In addition to applying for your 2018 Walk to School funding, this year you also have the option to register for 2019 Walk to School funding.  All we need from you next year (2019) is a new Project plan detailing how you will implement the required activities and you will receive up to $10,000 of funding in early 2019. 

We are making it easier for your council to show its commitment to getting more Victorian children active.

What is on offer? View more

The Walk to School LGA Partnership 2018 and 2019 provides funding of up to $10,000* per year 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 funding, 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



10am, 1 March 2018

LGA Partnership Applications open

3pm, 12 April 2018

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

April/May 2018

VicHealth approves Project Plan

May 2018

Grant payments made

July 2018 to January 2019

Project plan requirements delivered

15 August 2018

Progress Report due

7 September 2018

Final collateral orders for delivery by end of Term 3

22 September to 7 October

School holidays

8 October to 2 November

Walk to School 2018

16 November 2018

Participation data due

3 December 2018

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

What if I still have questions? View more

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

Otherwise please contact us at walktoschool@vichealth.vic.gov.au.