Last updated: 17 Jan, 2017

VicHealth’s water initiative aims to get more Victorians choosing water instead of drinks with added sugar. Our key objectives are to increase supply, access and promotion of water as the drink of choice.

Access to drinking water in community sport grants

Funding for community sport clubs is now open until 28 April 2017.

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VicHealth is offering four grants available to increase the supply, access and promotion of drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). Current grant opportunities as listed below. Please select the one that applies to your organisation (local government, sporting club or state sporting association):

  1. Local government for VicHealth’s H30 Challenge local government marketing grants to increase positive attitudes and promote water as the drink of choice instead of SSBs.
  2. Local government for the Water as the drink of choice grant in Council-owned sport and recreation centres using ‘nudges’ in retail outlets to increase supply and demand for water instead of SSBs. See also VicHealth ‘nudge summaries’. 
  3. Community sporting club grants for Access to Drinking Water in Community Sport to increase the supply of free drinking water through the purchase a drinking water fountain with water bottle refill tap. See our Provision of drinking water fountains in public areas project for more information.
  4. State Sporting Associations to pilot Water as the drink of choices in State Sporting Associations to increase supply and demand using ‘nudges’ to prioritise water instead of SSBs. See also VicHealth ‘nudge summaries’. 


The grants are complementary. If you are representing an LGA you can apply for both the H30 Challenge marketing grant and the Water as the drink of choice grant in Council-owned sport and recreation centres concurrently.

Local councils with more than one eligible sport and recreation facility can apply for more than one grant up to $5,000 each. Each grant must be submitted individually and will be evaluated separately.

SSAs who identify more than one local association or club to participate in the ‘nudge’ trial can apply for more than one grant up to $5,000 each. Each grant must be submitted individually and will be evaluated separately.