Key message

  • The Community Shade Grants Program increases the availability of shade in public places where Victorians spend time outdoors. 

Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.

It's estimated that 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Victoria every year. In 2015, 421 Victorians died from skin cancer -- more than 1.5 times the Victorian road toll that year.

Skin cancer is a largely preventable disease, and the provision of well planned, quality shade is an important strategy in reducing ultraviolet (UV) over-exposure.

The Community Shade Grants Program increases the availability of shade in public places where Victorians spend time outdoors, benefiting community spaces such as parks, playgrounds, sport facilities and other community settings.

The grants are open to a range of community based organisations including sports clubs, local councils, not for profit organisations and other community groups to apply, and will fund new built shade, purchase of portable shade, planting of natural shade and repair of existing shade. Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to $50,000 (excluding GST).

Grant applications

Round 3 of the Community Shade Grants Program

Expressions of interest for the third round of the Community Shade Grants Program open Wednesday 8 November 2017 and close at 5:00pm on Thursday 30 November 2017.

There are three grant bands available:

  • Grant Band 1: up to $5,000
  • Grant Band 2: $5,001-$20,000
  • Grant Band 3: $20,001-$50,000

Application process (Expression of Interest stage)

Eligible organisations are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for a shade grant. To do this:

  1. Read the Community Shade Grants Program application guidelines which outlines eligibility, application and assessment criteria. Take careful note of the requirements of the Expression of Interest stage, and the shortlisting process.
  2. Submit an Expression of Interest online via SmartyGrants. Organisations who applied in previous rounds must use their existing log in details.

Assessment and shortlisting

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the Department of Health and Human Services from January 2018 and invited to submit a full application. Further details of the requirements for this stage will be provided to shortlisted organisations following the Expression of Interest stage.

Supporting Resources

The following resources may be of assistance to applicants:

The following resources are provided for informational purposes only and may be useful when developing an application for a shade grant:

More information

For more information about the Community Shade Grants Program, contact the Department of Health & Human Services Shade Grant Program on 1300 547 596 or email

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