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Grants to get Gippslanders going again

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging local grassroot organisations to apply for a share of $3 million in funding to support local projects aiming to support young people and those hardest hit by coronavirus and the 2020 bushfires. 

Mr O’Brien said VicHealth’s Reimagining Health grants are now open with funding of $3K, $10K or $50K available for local organisations with ideas for supporting their community to access healthy affordable food, be more active and build meaningful social connections.

“There is a large scope for the eligibility for these grants and I am encouraging any local organisations with great ideas to submit an application for this funding.”

To be eligible the projects must cover at least one of the three following priority areas as follows:

  • addressing gaps in the food system exposed by coronavirus, to build a sustainable food system that ensures all Victorians have access to healthy and affordable fresh food;
  • ongoing and meaningful social connection opportunities allowing Victorians to strengthen relationships with their peers and communities, using the arts, cultural activities, and other virtual or in person gatherings; and
  • opportunities to move and be physically active whether it be through structured activities and events (teams and competitions) or supporting unstructured activities (social sport and encouraging people to walk, run, ride and skate). 

“These past few years have been devastating for so many in our community with droughts, bushfires and the coronavirus pandemic crippling local economy which has an obvious flow on effect to a person’s overall sense of well-being,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We are a resilient bunch here in Gippsland South, but it’s going to take innovative ideas to raise spirits back-up and ideas like that need funding.”

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said communities all over Victoria are still grappling with the consequences of the Victorian bushfires and the global coronavirus pandemic.

“Although some aspects of our lives are back to normal, there are still many

Victorians struggling to put fresh food on the table, to keep physically active and to reconnect to their community,” Dr Demaio said.

“Due to circumstances such as income, cultural background, gender, age or where they live, many people were already facing an uphill battle to achieving good health when the bushfires occurred and the pandemic began.

“Fortunately, there’s a diverse range of incredible local organisations who want to do more to support people in their community to reach their full health potential and we want to partner with them to bring their ideas to life. Together we can continue making a difference to the health and wellbeing of Victorian communities, now and into the future.”

Local organisations are encouraged to apply for the grants through the VicHealth website. For further information or to apply, visit

Applications close 11.59pm Tuesday 23 March 2021.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging local grassroot organisations to apply for funding.

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