Last updated: 17 Jul, 2020

VicHealth Partnership Grants provide support for new projects that promote health and wellbeing across our state.

Partnership Grants Round 1 (2019-20)

VicHealth’s first Partnership Grant round closed in February 2020. Grants ranging from $15,000 to $150,000 were awarded to 22 organisations who shared in approximately $2 million of funding.

An additional $469,924 was awarded to 153 sporting clubs through the Active Club Grant stream. Find out more.

Ideas Partnership Grants

This grant stream encouraged applicants to think laterally about who they could work with to deliver practical, easy-to-implement ideas to benefit the Victorian community.

Eight projects were selected for funding and will be delivered over 12 months. 


Growing for Good – The Community Grocer

This project will support the expansion of The Community Grocer (TCG). As a result of COVID-19, TCG will initially focus on continuing to support communities to access affordable fresh fruit and vegetables through existing markets. They will then expand operations by increasing the capacity of existing markets, establishing a centralised distribution centre and investigating a new market or delivery box scheme to provide more people with greater access to fresh produce.

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Maribyrnong Mentoring & Koori Youth Group – Strong Brother Strong Sister

Assisting Aboriginal young people to achieve their dreams and aspirations is the focus of Strong Brother Strong Sister’s work. This Aboriginal-owned enterprise is bringing their approach based on creating opportunities for positive educational experiences, attainable role modelling, and tailored 1:1 mentoring to a new metro-based cohort.

During the coronavirus crisis SBSS have adapted to online delivery models that can help combat loneliness and isolation while promoting healthy lifestyles as young people navigate these difficult times.


Social Connection with Purpose – Youth Affairs Council Victoria

The YACVic Social Connection with Purpose project will strengthen young people’s voices and their leadership in local community issues. In partnership with Reach Foundation and local councils, YACVic will support young people from five Victorian regions to grow their social connections, confidence and skills to advocate for a better future.  YACVic will also continue to help VicHealth bring young people’s voices into health promotion programs and policy. 


Healthy Canteens – South Metro Junior Football League

SMJFL will improve the availability of healthy food and drinks in all 25 club canteens. A dedicated public health dietitian will provide support for clubs to create healthier food and drink menus through the delivery of workshops, food procurement and the development of resources and promotional material.


Pop-Up Sports Street Games Program – Reclink Australia

Reclink will deliver a variety of participation opportunities, utilising targeted pop-up sports and socially inclusive recreation programs to disadvantaged groups in the Cardinia catchment, with a focus on increased participation and emphasis on activating unused sport and recreation spaces.


Bicycle Recycling and Engagement for Active Kids at Schools – Dr Cranky’s

The BREAKS project will get more kids and families riding by recycling bicycles and distributing to those who need them. Dr Cranky’s will engage with school communities in metro and regional areas to establish and support a network of volunteer-run “bicycle hospitals” which will offer training, free repairs, parts, recycled bikes, helmets and locks to those that need them.


Hallmark events – Pride Cup Australia

Pride Cup Australia will partner with state sporting organisations, Hockey Victoria and AFL Victoria, to deliver Pride Cup Hallmark events around Victoria, with a focus on delivering in areas affected by the recent bush fires.

These events will be a celebration of diversity, showcasing how Pride Cup uses sport as a powerful platform to increase LGBTI+ inclusion into regional communities, assisting to breakdown the unique barriers that LGBTI+ people face when it comes to participation in local sporting environments.


Point + Be Proud – St Kilda Football Club

In a single moment during an April 1993 football game Nicky Winmar changed the sporting landscape of Australia. His assertion of Aboriginal pride is one of the iconic images in the history of the AFL. A new documentary by Dickson Films will explore the impact and legacy of Winmar’s stand against racism, and how discrimination affects the mental health of those who experience it.

The film will be distributed to schools to teach students about the importance of rejecting racism and bullying.


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Art of Good Health Partnership Grants


Councils are being supported to work with partners and their communities to co-design creative solutions to local health and wellbeing challenges and enhance health promotion strategies.

Five projects were selected for funding, representing a diverse but balanced mix of community needs, geographic spread, population group focus and types of interventions. Each will be invited to submit second stage applications for the fuller delivery of their projects across two years, commencing late 2020.


Funded councils

Funded projects

Greater Shepparton City Council w/ Multicultural Arts Victoria

Shepparton Culture Kitchen

Macedon Ranges Shire Council w/ The Dax Centre

Queer My Head

Mount Alexander Shire Council

Cultural Pharmacy Testing Project

Darebin City Council

Koori VCAL-Westside Circus Creative Partnership for Health Program

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

Art and Sole

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Everyday Creativity Partnership Grants


These council-led partnership projects will develop new approaches to ensuring more arts and cultural experiences are available to more people more often, thereby ensuring the health and wellbeing benefits are more equitably distributed.

Seven projects were selected for funding and will be delivered between 2020-2022.


Funded councils

Funded projects

Corangamite Shire Council w/ Regional Arts Victoria

Creative Leaders

Melbourne City Council

Victorian Regional Development – YIRRAMBOI Festival 2020

Yarra City Council w/ Collingwood Arts Precinct

Collingwood Connect

Baw Baw Shire Council

Live – Well, Come – Share (Stories)

Brimbank City Council


Greater Dandenong City Council

Dandenong Creek Arts Trail

Port Phillip City Council w/ Cinespace

Smartphone Stories

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Healthier Masculinities Partnership Grants


These partnership projects will help to build the evidence base about what types of programs can help engage men and boys in gender equality.

Two projects were selected for funding and will be delivered between 2020-2022.  


Funded councils

Funded projects

Mornington Peninsula Shire

Morn Pen Men and Boys Making it Happen

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Macedon Ranges Men Matter

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 Alcohol Culture Change Partnership Grants

The Alcohol Culture Change funding stream was withdrawn from this grant round due to coronavirus and the impact physical distancing restrictions have had on drinking alcohol products in social settings, which was the intended focus.