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SA Healthy Towns Challenge

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The SA Healthy Towns Challenge – Partnering for Children’s Wellbeing 2021 – 2023 is a new grants program that aims to support the wellbeing of children and their families in South Australia’s regional and rural towns through the creation of healthy environments.

Launched in 2018, the SA Healthy Towns Challenge is part of the SA Government’s Healthy Communities Program. This program has supported many innovative and sustainable initiatives over the past four years (2018-2021) in regional and rural South Australia, contributing to the improvements of health and wellbeing of communities through the prevention of chronic disease.

The new SA Healthy Towns Challenge – Partnering for Children’s Wellbeing 2021-2023 is an initiative of Wellbeing SA, which supports our mission of building and maintaining partnerships to reduce the burden of preventable chronic disease and injury, and promoting health and wellbeing in South Australia. This grants program supports Wellbeing SA’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025 priority focus area on The Early Years, which aims to give all South Australian children the opportunity to have the best start in life and the best chance to thrive.

This new grant funding is part of the Government’s commitment of $750,000 over the next two years to support children’s wellbeing in South Australia’s regional and rural communities.

Grants of up to $250,000 for two years ($125,000 per year) will be awarded to a maximum of three successful town/s across the six regional SA Local Health Networks

At the end of each funding round, an SA Healthy Towns Challenge Award will be presented to the town/s that achieve the most improvement towards children’s wellbeing.

Project details

Projects must support the wellbeing of children in South Australian regional and rural communities, and in order to be eligible for grant funding must meet the following essential criteria:

  • Support infrastructure (construct and/or upgrade) for children and families in their communities
  • Support children and families in the community to feel more connected and active
  • Collaborate with community organisations with expertise in supporting health and wellbeing outcomes for children and their families
  • Support with co-investment through funding and in-kind contributions to the project
  • Implement and fund (at least 10% of the total budget) a robust evaluation plan that measures the success of the project.

Further information on the SA Healthy Towns Challenge – Partnering for Children’s Wellbeing 2021- 2023 grants including guiding principles, how to apply, who can apply and essential eligibility criteria is available for download below.

Grants Guide

The Grants Guide outlines the details of the SA Healthy Towns Challenge – Partnering for Children’s Wellbeing 2021 - 2023. Please read this guide before beginning your application.

Application Form

To apply for a grant, download the Application Form. Once completed, please forward with the required attachments to the SA Healthy Towns Challenge team on or before 12 noon, Friday, 15 October via email: WellbeingSASAHealthyTowns@sa.gov.au

If you are having problems filling in or sending this form, or would like further information, please contact us for assistance by email: WellbeingSASAHealthyTowns@sa.gov.au

Key dates

Applications to the SA Healthy Towns Challenge – Partnering for Children’s Wellbeing Grants 2021-2023 round are now open.

  • Monday 6 September 2021: Applications open
  • Friday 15 October 2021: Applications close at 12 noon
  • Mid-November 2021: Successful projects announced
  • December 2021: Successful projects commence
  • December 2023: Projects conclude
  • January 2024: Grant Acquittal Form and Reporting Form must be completed and returned to Wellbeing SA
  • February 2024: SA Healthy Towns Challenge – Partnering for Children’s Wellbeing Awards announcement.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about the requirements of applying for a grant, you can also find the answers in Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact us

If you have any questions or request for a call back, contact the SA Healthy Towns Challenge Project Officer, email WellbeingSASAHealthyTowns@sa.gov.au

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