Healthy Tasmania Community Innovations Grants Guidelines

Healthy Tasmania Community Innovations Grants Guidelines

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The Tasmanian Government’s Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan is a new approach to helping Tasmanians enjoy better health and happier, longer lives.

We are investing $1 million in the Healthy Tasmania Community Innovations Grants.

Over the next three years we will provide seed-funding to support innovative, community-driven programs that improve health for Tasmanian communities.

The grants will focus on:

  • reducing smoking
  • improving healthy eating and physical activity
  • building community connections.

Community groups can apply for funding up to $25 000 for a 12 month project.

Applications open on 24 July and close on 15 September 2017.

Who is eligible?

The grants are open to all Tasmanian communities.

To be eligible for funding your organisation must:

  • be an incorporated not-for-profit legal entity, or be sponsored by an incorporated organisation or a not-for-profit legal entity. This includes local government
  • have an office or branch in Tasmania and be proposing to undertake the project in Tasmania.

For more detail refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on the website: www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/innovationgrants

What projects are eligible?

Funding is available for:

  1. Brand new, innovative ideas or established initiatives that already exist elsewhere but may be new to your community.
  2. Projects that expand community reach or new models of successful initiatives. For example, a successful student smoking cessation initiative that could be broadened to include young mothers, new migrants or isolated members of your community.

Projects can consider all ages in a community from early years, school years, young people and adolescence, working age and older age. Projects that bring different age groups together and build community connections are encouraged.

Projects must be respectful and inclusive of diverse population groups.

Activities will need to be in line with the following national guidelines:

  • Australian Dietary Guidelines and its Summary.
  • Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines.
  • Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines.

Smoking cessation resources and ideas can be found at:

  • Quit Tasmania including their Community Service Workers Toolkit.

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • promote healthy eating, physical activity, smoking cessation and/or community connections
  • will make healthier choices easier in homes, workplaces, schools and in the community
  • draw on existing community strengths, services and resources
  • demonstrate innovation and forward thinking are inclusive and involve a diverse range of community members, for example young people, Aboriginal people, migrants and refugees, older people, people with mental health issues or disabilities; and are respectful and inclusive of these groups
  • are likely to improve access to health promoting activities and services for those who are most vulnerable to poor health
  • have an integrated and collaborative approach. For example, they could include not-for-profit organisations, local government, health providers, volunteers, and local industries or businesses whose purpose, aims, values and principles are compatible with those of the Department of Health and Human Services
  • are supported by financial or in-kind contributions
  • show organisational capacity to deliver and evaluate the outcomes of the project.

What is not eligible?

Funding is not available for:

  • projects that replicate services or programs that already exist within the community
  • projects that produce a financial benefit to a specific business or person(s)
  • items or services that the applicants are already contracted to provide. Salary or consulting costs may be considered for funding if they are explicitly linked to project delivery and fund resources that are not currently engaged by the organisation
  • projects where the only outcome is a one-off event that does not provide long-term outcomes for participants and the community
  • construction or refurbishment of areas that will be leased or sub-leased to individuals or businesses for commercial gain
  • purchase of real estate or provision of scholarships insufficiently defined items, including contingency, sundry and miscellaneous items
  • loans, sponsorship, donations, fundraising
  • retrospective payments or deficit funding.

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation helps us identify what works in a community and will help us with the next round of funding.

The application form asks each applicant to outline general measures of success for the initiative.

You might be aiming for participants to have increased access to local physical activity opportunities, or an increase in daily fruit and/or vegetable consumption, reduced smoking or feedback from the community that things have improved.

Successful applicants

Successful applicants will be asked to choose and define their own measures of success, evaluate their program using basic tools that will be provided.

These will address the questions:

  • How much did we do? eg how many participants; how many sessions?
  • How well did we do it? eg how well did participants, engage in and respond to sessions?
  • Is anyone better off? eg has there been any change in behaviour, skills or knowledge? Will it be sustained?

This follows the Results Based Accountability toolkit and method. A case study will also be requested (template will be provided) along with photos in an end of project activity report.

Submitting applications

Applications close 5pm Friday 15 September 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

More information, Frequently Asked Questions and the Application Form are available online at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/innovationgrants

Email your application as an attachment to ahealthytasmania@dhhs.tas.gov.au with the subject line: Community Innovations Grants

In your covering message, please state your organisation, project name, and address. Scan and send the signed signature page and any hard-copy supporting documents.

If you need to submit a hard copy application, please post to:

2017 Healthy Tasmania Community Innovations Grants

Public Health Services

Department of Health and Human Services

GPO Box 125

Hobart TAS 7001

Keep a copy of your application for your records and ensure you have proof that the application was mailed or emailed before the closing date.