The Healthy Canberra Grants (HCG) Target Grant – Reconnection within Priority Populations is now open for applications.
The HCG Target Grants offer smaller grants for community organisations to develop and deliver programs within priority population groups though utilising community knowledge, collective skills, resources, and positive partnerships to promote healthy living and wellbeing within the Canberra community. HCG Target Grants provide funding for community organisations to deliver communitybased activities that create supportive environments to improve the health and wellbeing of Canberrans.
- The funding priority for this HCG Target Grant is re-connection within priority population groups through health promotion programs and short-term interventions to help establish longer term connections within the community.
- COVID-19 has had a significant and often negative impact on the health and wellbeing. As they move forward into a world where COVID19 is part of life, they need to work harder than ever to establish and maintain strong social connection, networks, and resilience, particularly within priority populations to maintain health.
- Strong social connectedness has a powerful and protective effect on health for both individuals and communities. Applications should aim to create opportunities that bring people from priority population groups together through a common interest, providing the avenue to not only build positive relationships but also create a safe and welcoming place of learning.
- They invite applications for programs that link with priority populations to build social connection, increase social contact, and reduce isolation. Successful programs will aim to improve participants quality of life, increase individual knowledge, enable positive health and wellbeing outcomes, and promote the development of peer and community networks and leaders.
The HCG Target Grant – Reconnection within Priority Populations will provide funding of up to $40,000 per program, with a total funding pool of $400,000, for programs delivered from June 2023 through to December 2024. There is no minimum grant amount. HCG Target Grants are for a specific purpose and are time limited.
Priority Population Group
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- people with a physical or intellectual disability.
- people with a mental illness.
- people experiencing homelessness.
- people living with domestic and family violence.
- people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and/or questioning (LGBTIQ+).
- people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
- The applicant organisation must be one of the following types:
- a not-for-profit organisation incorporated in the ACT under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991
- a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Commonwealth)
- a not-for-profit organisation with other legal status
- an accredited early childhood service or out of school hours program
- an unincorporated not-for-profit organisation in an auspice arrangement
- Applicants (or auspice organisations) must have a current public liability insurance policy with cover of a minimum of $10 million per event.
- Applicants (or auspice organisations) without current insurance must provide evidence of a quotation for public liability insurance.
- Applicants (or auspice organisations) must have an ABN or provide evidence they have applied for one.
- Applicants must deliver grant funded activities in the ACT for ACT residents.
- Applicants must ensure that the declaration at the end of the application is made by the Chief Executive Officer, or equivalent, of the applicant organisation (or the auspice organisation if applicable). This person must have ultimate financial and management responsibility for the organisation.
- Applicants (and auspice organisations) must not have overdue reporting requirements including financial acquittal for any previous ACT Government grant.
- Applicants (or auspice organisations) must be a viable legal entity as defined by the Australian Tax Office. Applicants may be asked to provide copies of recent audited financial statements to help support their claim of financial viability.
- Applicants (or auspice organisations) must not be a Government Agency or Statutory Body.
- Applicants (or auspice organisations) must not be a political party.
For more information, visit https://www.health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/healthy-living/act-health-promotion-grants-program