14 Jan, 2010 Last updated: 16 Dec, 2014

A new funding scheme has opened aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people in local communities, through technology and the arts.

A new funding scheme has opened aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people in local communities, through technology and the arts.

The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) grants will fund a broad range of initiatives to increase arts participation, as well as individual and community connections.

“The new Technology, Arts and Social Connection (TASC) Scheme intends to support arts and community organisations to work with people of all ages as well as from culturally diverse backgrounds,” said VicHealth Chief Executive Officer, Todd Harper.

“A focus of the scheme emphasises active community participation in planning and decision making processes.

“Involvement is the key. There is evidence that when we are involved in the arts it is good for our wellbeing.”

“Technology offers us new opportunities to create connections between individuals and communities.

“We also encourage organisations to think about ways of addressing barriers to social participation,” Mr Harper said.

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support initiatives by arts and community groups, organisations and partnerships to undertake activities that build social connection through innovative engagement with the digital environment.

Applications close on 15 February 2010.

Arts organisations (including arts peak/advocacy bodies working in partnership with member organisations) and community organisations are invited to apply.

More information can be found on the Technology Arts and Social Connection Program webpage.