Healthy Community Grants

Healthy Community Grants

The GMHBA Healthy Community Grants Program was established in 2014 to provide funding to not for profit organisations undertaking projects to improve the health and wellbeing of our local communities. The grants allow specific health and wellness projects across the G21 region to become a reality. To date we have supported ten projects, find out more below.

Stroke Association of Victoria - Barwon Stroke Support Centre (2016)

The Centre aims to improve the health outcomes of stroke survivors by providing a range of community-based support services for survivors throughout the Barwon South West region.

Leopold Community & Learning Centre – Get Your Granny On (2016)

Get Your Granny On is a range of workshops for the Leopold community that aims to teach the skills of older generations that are at risk of being lost. Workshops include jams and preserves and cheese making.

Strive 2 Thrive (2016)

Strive 2 Thrive is a 12-week exercise program for people in the Geelong region to help them get physically active following cancer treatment.

2 & 5 Inc. – Fit Food to Go (2014)

Fit Food to Go aims to increase consumption of healthy food in the Norlane region by providing an alternative to unhealthy snacks and takeaway food for an under resourced community.

Ardoch Youth Foundation – First Aid & ‘Sing and Splash’ sessions (2015)

Ardoch provides First Aid education and swimming lessons for mothers and children (including culturally and linguistically diverse communities) with the aim of increasing health literacy and strengthening the bond between mother and child.

Barwon Child, Youth & Family – Street Surfer Bus (2014)

The Street Surfer Bus is an outreach support service for disadvantaged and disconnected young people, demonstrating problematic alcohol use. The bus travels around the region reaching out to young people through education and increased participation in community activities.

Colac Area Health – Good Bloke Program in Colac (2015)

The Good Bloke Program aims to improve social skills, mental and physical health of disengaged boys (10-15y.o) by engaging them in a weekly program that builds respect and trust through fitness and mentoring sessions.

Diversitat – Healthy & Active Community Engagement, Colac (2015)

The project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of refugee and asylum seeker communities through increased participation in physical activity.

Pathways – Mates Program (2014)

Pathways reach out to people living with severe and persistent mental health issues. The Mates Program connects participants and volunteers with the aim of increasing social connection and participation in mainstream society in order to lead to friendship and social fulfilment.

Upstart Entrepreneurial Challenge Ltd – Community Health Youth Open Innovation program (2015)

This project brings together students from across the region in a series of day-long workshops to develop an understanding of local health issues and to come up with innovative ways to address them.