Last updated: 21 Jun, 2017

VicHealth is providing more than $250,000 in grants to increase social cohesion and physical activity through active arts.

Three new projects connecting councils and the community to build physical activity, resilience and social connection through participatory arts practices will receive funding through VicHealth’s Local Government Active Arts Grants 2017.


These grants will span a 12 month period from May 2017, and provide support to pilot and test the effectiveness of initial ideas, or further strengthen and extend existing initiatives. The program will be accompanied by a rigorous independent evaluation.


Successful recipients of VicHealth’s Local Government Active Arts Grants 2017 are listed below.


Latrobe City Council – Deadly Arts Latrobe

Through consultation with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Council will work with a broad range of partners to deliver a targeted active arts program that addresses current barriers to participation within region.


Melton City Council – Everyone Belongs: Active through the Arts

This project will provide a range of participatory arts activities for young Sudanese people, Indian women and people with a disability. These programs will focus on building capacity of participants to become community leaders, which will provide opportunities for continued engagement.


Greater Shepparton City Council – Greater Shepparton Active Arts Program

Together with arts and education partners’ Council work with young people, including Indigenous, CALD, LGBTIQ and people with a disability to develop a range of higher profile and locally delivered activities across various streams including music, creative and performance arts.