Last updated: 13 Dec, 2019

Applications close 12pm, 24 February 2020

VicHealth Partnership Grants

This is one of the new VicHealth Partnership Grants, which present new funding opportunities for a diverse range of organisations to propel community wellbeing and health promotion initiatives into unchartered territory with a multi-million dollar funding pool.

Organisations from across sectors can explore which of the VicHealth Partnership Grants could best help deliver the maximum health and wellbeing impact, and how partnerships can drive positive health outcomes for Victorians.

We invite all kinds of organisations to consider how they might access VicHealth Partnership Grants through innovative partnerships with organisations who qualify as official funding recipients (e.g. Local Councils). By the same token we invite organisations who qualify as funding recipients to think outside the box and consider who they could partner with to deliver the best possible outcomes for Victorians.

VicHealth Partnership Grants will pool VicHealth funding opportunities into two grant rounds per year. The first round opens in November 2019 and the second round will follow in the second half of 2020, after which they’ll fall into a predictable calendar pattern that your team can plan for each year.

Explore which VicHealth Partnership Grants you could apply for here.

About this grant

The Healthier Masculinities Partnership Grant will support local government in partnership with relevant organisations to develop, trial and evaluate initiatives that seek to propel health and wellbeing outcomes in Victoria.


Projects funded through the Healthier Masculinities Partnership Grant will help VicHealth build the evidence base about what types of programs can help engage men and boys in gender equality, particularly efforts to transform harmful gender stereotypes, masculinities and negative social norms, attitudes and behaviours.


Why focus on healthier masculinities?

The benefits of helping men break free from limiting gender stereotypes flow to everyone. All health and wellbeing initiatives can be strengthened by considering the influence of masculinities, from mental wellbeing or healthy eating initiatives, through to preventing violence against women or preventing harm from alcohol.


What do you mean by healthier masculinities?

Masculinity is an evolving social construct that people use to describe a set of practices, attitudes and behaviours that instruct what men and boys should be and how they should act. It also includes social norms, the unwritten rules about how to behave in society. While not all men conform to these expectations, most feel the pressure to do so. We see healthier masculinities and harmful masculinities expressed through our attitudes, behaviours and practices, our relations with others, and through social norms and structures. Healthier masculinities are characterised by equality and respect, non-violence, reflection and self-awareness, emotional expression and vulnerability, and accountability.


Where do I start?

Visit our Healthier Masculinities Framework to find out more.

What's on offer?

Up to $140,000 over a two-year period to deliver an initiative designed to promote healthier masculinities for young men and boys in Victoria.

We may fund up to four projects, with funding commencing in June 2020.  

Who can apply?

This funding opportunity is open to Victorian local councils.

We encourage local councils to think big and laterally about forging new partnerships to really hit the mark with men and boys to promote healthier masculinities.

Potential partners may include workplaces, educational institutions or organisations from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, community, commercial, education, non-government or sport and recreation sectors.

Ineligible partners

  • Organisations that accept any form of sponsorship, support or research funding from sources connected to the tobacco industry
  • Organisations whose business or activities do not align with VicHealth’s values of promoting good health and wellbeing for all Victorians.

What we will fund

VicHealth will fund projects that best align with the Healthier Masculinities Framework. Guided by this framework, local councils are encouraged to form partnerships to develop and test an initiative to promote healthier masculinities for young men and boys.

VicHealth is passionate about health equity, that is, enabling all Victorians to have the means to a good and healthy life, regardless of cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, disability, income, educational attainment, occupation or location. Grant applications that apply a health equity lens will be considered favourably.

Key dates



Applications open

19 November 2019

Briefings via webinar

Wednesday 27 November, 11.00am – 11.30am 

Watch a recording the webinar here (you can also download the slide deck with transcript and questions)

Applications close

12pm, 24 February 2020

Partnership Grant recipients notified

On or before 30 April 2020

Important documents

Click here to download the VicHealth Partnership Grants Funding Guidelines

Click here to download the information fact sheet for this funding round


Click the button below to be taken to our grant application portal and apply.


Please submit an enquiry via this web form.

Please note: For reasons of probity and fairness, we are not able to provide advice or feedback on your specific ideas; however, we can clarify the intention of the grants and the outcomes they are trying to achieve.