Healthy Community Grants

Increasing social connection across generations and supporting people to be active in their recovery from serious illness or injury is the focus for the 2016 Healthy Community Grants recipients.

Leopold Community & Learning Centre, Strive 2 Thrive and the Stroke Association of Victoria have been selected as the successful recipients of the 2016 program.

The Leopold Community & Learning Centre will use their grant to help people “get their granny on” by connecting generations through teaching skills such as jam making and preserving fruit. They also intend to build a register of fruit trees in the local area which can be used for the classes.

Strive 2 Thrive is a completely volunteer-run exercise program to help people get back into life following a cancer diagnosis and treatment. The funding will be used to evaluate the program and extend it to other regions across Victoria.

The Stroke Association of Victoria will use their grant to promote the innovative Geelong Stroke Support Hub, the first of its kind in Australia. The hub will run health and wellness programs for stroke survivors and carers.

GMHBA is looking forward to supporting and working with these organisations in 2017.

Congratulations 2016 Healthy Community Grant Recipients!

As a not for profit health fund, we believe it’s our responsibility to support the communities in which we serve. The GMHBA Healthy Community Grants Program is one way for us to do this.

Our grants program aims to seek out innovative projects in the wider Geelong region that help promote positive community health and wellness outcomes. This will be achieved through addressing the following health topics:

  • Supporting healthy eating
  • Tackling health inequalities
  • Preventing skin cancer
  • Reducing harm from alcohol
  • Increasing participation in physical activity
  • Increasing social connection
  • Reducing tobacco use

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 seven projects, find out more below.

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.


How much can I apply for?

Eligible organisations can apply for up to $10,000. To find out what funding can be spent on view the Eligibility & Assessment criteria.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants will be eligible for funding if they are:
  • Not for profit
  • Community organisations
  • Schools
  • Incorporated groups/associations
  • Co-operatives
  • Health promotion charities
  • Welfare support agencies
  • Sporting clubs
  • Environment groups
  • Other like organisations
  • Located within the following municipalities - Colac Otway, Golden Plains, Greater Geelong, Queenscliffe and Surf Coast
  • Provide services within municipalities listed above
Applicants will not be eligible for funding if they are:
  • Individuals, including students
  • Collecting funds for subsequent redistribution to other charities or individuals
  • Political organisations
  • Requesting funding of general operations or running costs
  • Seeking capital, infrastructure or recurrent funding
  • Those seeking travel expenses

For more information about eligibility refer to the Eligibility & Assessment criteria.

How are the applications assessed?

All applications received are assessed and shortlisted by GMHBA. Shortlisted applications are provided to the Grant Assessment Committee for assessment and final decision using the grant assessment matrix. The matrix can be found in the Eligibility & Assessment criteria.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process six weeks after the closing date.

How long do I have to spend the grant?

Organisations that receive funding will have 12 months to undertake their project.

The grants are available to cover activities that operate for up to one year but focus on a sustainable approach that will see projects and outcomes continue well into the future.

Map of eligibility

View the map below to make sure that your project is located within the eligible geographic area:

Map Of Eligibility

Further information

If you have any questions regarding the GMHBA Healthy Community Grants program, please email We will respond to your query as soon as possible. Please note, in order to be fair to all applicants, we do not offer individual guidance on applications or discuss applications over the phone.