Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. However, 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 including parks, playgrounds, sport facilities and other community settings.
Two Community Shade Grants Program application rounds have been held. The second application round closed on 6 October 2016. Eligible applicants included community organisations, sports clubs and local councils. Applicants could apply for up to $50,000 (excluding GST) for new built shade (such as shade sails), repair of existing shade, or planting of natural shade (trees). Further grant application rounds will be held. To be notified of application round announcements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.