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Healthy Eating and Active Living grants

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About our Healthy Eating & Active Living grants

‘Healthy Eating and Active Living’ grants were launched in 2018, and are available for community groups to apply for all year round.

Applicants should be an incorporated bodies or have an auspice community group who can manage the funds on behalf of the applicant. Applicants should also be able to show that they can match funding on a one-to-one basis, which can be matched through in-kind contributions by volunteer or by financial contributions.

The aim of HEAL grants

These grants have replaced our existing ‘Gem of an Idea’ grants, to align more closely with the Central Highlands and G21 Regional priority and Golden Plains Shire Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 priority area of ‘Healthy Eating and Active Living’. Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, this direction will support opportunities to increase physical activity and healthy eating opportunities for residents across the Shire.

‘Eat well!’ and ‘Be active!’

There are two different funding categories which groups can apply for, ‘Eat well! and ‘Be active!’.

The  ‘Eat well’ category includes a wide range of initiatives which contribute to promoting healthy eating and drinks, such as increasing intake of fruits, vegetables and water. 

‘Be active’ activities encourage community members to be active and get moving, such as initiatives focusing on moving more and being physical activity. Program may focus on regular physical activity (walking or exercise programs), as well as sporting programs, gardening groups, and outdoor activities.

See the Grant Guidelines

Download an application form

Apply now

Case Studies

Examples of some of our recently funded community initiatives include:


The submission process

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We encourage all applicants to contact a member of the Health and Wellbeing Team on 5220 7111 to discuss your application prior to submitting their application.

Submission of a completed Application forms can occur through the online application form, or by returning to:

Health and Wellbeing Team
Golden Plains Shire Council
PO Box 111
Bannockburn 3331

  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email confirming their application has been received. 
  • Applications will be assessed, reviewed and applicants notified of outcome, or contacted for further information, within two weeks of submission.
  • If you and your community group have a great idea to help your community eat well and be active, apply today!

For more information

For more information, or to check if you meet the eligibility requirements please read the grant guidelines. Applications can be submitted online by clicking the ‘apply now’ button above.

For assistance, contact a Council staff member from our Health and Wellbeing Team on 5220 7111.

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Page Last Updated:

Thursday, 11 April 2019 - 10:05am


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.