As we continue to respond to the challenges of bushfires, coronavirus, and a rapidly changing world, collective health and wellbeing has never been more important. And young people have been hardest hit.

As we create our new normal, we see a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build back better and fairer.

We have a vision of a Victoria where no young person is denied a future that is healthy. Regardless of their postcode, bank balance or background. 

We see a future with vibrant communities, where young people are connected, active, enjoy wholesome food and feel great. A future inspired by, shaped by and shared by the people of Victoria.

Future Healthy includes 3 streams of investments – major investments for new programs and a grants program supporting locally-led and state-wide organisations. There is also marketing and communications activity, including advertising.

Future Healthy, launching in September 2021, is an investment of $45 million over 3 years. VicHealth is committed to investing in locally led solutions right across the state, and we’ll elevate the voices and experiences of young Victorians to inspire these investments.

Future Healthy will: 

  • Create neighbourhoods and spaces where people feel safe, welcome and confident to be active
  • Improve access to healthy, sustainable, affordable and culturally appropriate food
  • Build meaningful social connections and inclusive environments

Most importantly, Future Healthy will engage with young people and their parents and carers every step of the way, so they can share their lived experiences, and help to inform and shape solutions.

This vision is only possible with collaboration and contribution from organisations like yours and from communities across Victoria. Together we have a chance to make a big difference. So let’s take it.

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New report: Young Victorians tell us what they really think 

Let’s face it - between bushfires, COVID-19, and global uncertainty, it’s been a tough few years. And all too often, those who are the most affected get left out of the conversation.  

So, we set out to change that. 

Together with Health Issues Centre, VicHealth ran a series of community listening sessions. ‘Why’, you ask? To hear directly from young people, parents, carers and those who rarely get a say. We set out to understand what’s important to them when it comes to their health and wellbeing.  

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Keen to know more?   

Click here to get the full report

Funding opportunities

There will be a range of funding opportunities for eligible organisations as part of Future Healthy over the next 3 years. VicHealth’s Reimagining Health Grants will be replaced by new Future Healthy grants, which will be focused on improving the health and wellbeing of 0-25-year-olds:

New Move the Dial investment - Applications now closed

Say hello to our latest Future Healthy initiative, helping you deliver affordable, nutritious food with the local flavours of your neighbourhood.  

We’re offering up to $4 million dollars in funding to give your org the boost it needs to revolutionise the way we grow, buy and share food! 

Visit the VicHealth website for details. 


Big Difference Grants

A major funding stream under the Future Healthy initiative, Big Difference grants are for organisations that are positioned to make a big difference to a community – whether that be in a geographic area, or for a population group. 

These grants will be a great opportunity for a range of organisations working to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the areas of physical activity and sport, healthy eating and social connection. 

More details will be available closer to the open dates for each of these grant rounds. 


JumpStart! - applications now closed

That’s a wrap folks. JumpStart! round one is now closed.  

Missed out on applying? Not to worry. We’re opening our second round in early 2023 to create even more community-led initiatives for Victoria’s children and young people.  

Make sure you sign up to our mailing list so you can be the first to know (we’ll only send you the good stuff, promise). 

About JumpStart! 

JumpStart! is all about building vibrant communities through food, art and play. And what do you get? A whole heap of support, because we’re in this together.  

We’ll back your ideas through building your skills. We’ll connect you with like-minded leaders, share insights across communities and be sure you have the resources to make your project the best it can possibly be. 

Jump to the VicHealth website to learn more. 


The Big Connect - new funded programs announced

Our first major investment opportunity - The Big Connect - is an integrated health promotion initiative focused on boosting meaningful social connections for Victoria’s young people.  

We’re investing $5 million in 27 programs that will create 100,000+ new social connection opportunities for Victoria’s young people. These place-based and youth-led programs are being delivered with a range of organisations including Victoria’s sports, active recreation, arts, cultural, youth, health promotion and the community food sectors.  

Click here to view the full list of funded programs 


Move the Dial Investments

Move the Dial Investments will deliver major programs of work that aim to ‘move the dial on health challenges faced by young people’.

Move the Dial Investments are a unique opportunity for stakeholders working to improve physical activity and sport, healthy eating and social connection, to support new and innovative ways to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. 

These investments will be targeted, and we’ll be seeking organisations who can partner with us to create the biggest impact. 

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Use our social media and email kit, to start collecting stories and perspectives today.

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