Future Healthy is an investment of $45 million over 3 years, focusing on young people across Victoria aged 0-25 years. The vision of Future Healthy is of a Victoria where no young person is denied a future that is healthy. Future Heathy is inspired by, shaped by and shared by the people of Victoria – we're listening to and working with people who come up against more barriers to good health. VicHealth is committed to investing in locally led solutions right across the state, and elevating the voices of young Victorians to inspire these investments.
Launched in April 2021, The VicHealth Local Government Partnership: Young people leading healthier communities aims to build partnerships with local councils to set our kids up for their best possible future by creating communities where children and young people grow up active, socially connected and healthy.
Both programs seek to amplify the voice of children and young people and are prioritising investments that support healthy food environments, build social connection and create active neighbourhoods.
There will be a number of funding opportunities that arise from Future Healthy, including grants, that may be of interest to councils. These opportunities will help councils in the delivery of council priorities outside the VicHealth Local Government Partnership health promotion modules. To stay updated on the Future Healthy initiative, register for email updates here.
Future Healthy will also include VicHealth-led major programs of work beyond the scope of the VicHealth Local Government Partnership that will move the dial in supporting healthy food environments, building social connection and creating active neighbourhoods. These initiatives may include opportunities for councils to be involved, but delivery will sit with VicHealth and its partners.
While the VicHealth Local Government Partnership is a targeted program for local governments, the work of Future Healthy will not be restricted to local governments. Future Healthy will seek to work with community organisations, non-government organisations, the youth sector, the arts sector, the sports and active recreation sector, social enterprises and more.