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, 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 such as parks, playgrounds, sport facilities and other community settings. There are three grant bands available:

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

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.

How to apply

The application process is competitive and involves two stages:

  1. Expression of Interest
  2. Stage 2 application (shortlisted applicants only)

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

  1. Read the Community Shade Grants Program round 2 application guidelines which outline 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 form available at SmartyGrants.

Expressions of Interest for the second round of the Community Shade Grants Program close at 5pm on Thursday 6 October 2016.

Supporting Resources

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

Further information

For further information about the Community Shade Grants Program, contact the Department of Health & Human Services Shade Grant Program on 1300 547 596 or email shade.grants@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Community Shade Grants Program