The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has welcomed VicHealth’s announcement of $2.5 million in new funding to support local organisations to address the immediate health and wellbeing concerns of Victorians hardest hit by the impact coronavirus pandemic.
Applications for VicHealth’s Reimagining Health grants opened on 16 September, with funding amounts of $3,000, $10,000 or $50,000 available for local organisations whose ideas can support their communities to create meaningful social connections, get active and access healthy, affordable food.
Ms Lovell encouraged local organisations like sporting clubs, community gardens, arts organisations, community groups and youth services to apply for funding and help people living in Northern Victoria.
“We know there are hardworking organisations throughout the Northern Victoria region that could use this funding to make a significant impact on the health of people living in our community in the next 12 months and beyond,” Ms Lovell said.
VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said that in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, it was vital that the organisation worked quickly to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians.
“Many communities were already fighting an uphill battle before the pandemic hit and are now facing greater challenges when it comes to putting healthy food on the table, keeping active and staying connected to others in their community,” Dr Demaio said.
“We want successful organisations to get the support they need to do what they do so well – make a difference in their communities, as soon as possible. We’ve made it easier to apply, with quicker turnarounds to notification.
“Our grants will support new or existing ideas and help amplify projects already in place, in order to reach more members of the Victorian community and help them improve their health and wellbeing on our path to recovery.”
Local organisations are encouraged to apply for the grants through the VicHealth website as soon as possible for the opportunity to be funded early. For further information or to apply, visit https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/reimagining-health-grants. Applications close 11.59pm Tuesday 27 October 2020.
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