SA Healthy Towns Challenge

Category: Health and wellbeing.
Program Status: Round 4 is now open, with applications closing 5pm on 26 March 2021.
Government: State Government.
Agency: Wellbeing SA.
More information: view website.

Project Eligibility

All towns across the six regional SA Local Health Networks are eligible.

Applications may be for one eligible town or for a group of eligible towns within a local area that choose to submit a joint application.

Organisations must have an active presence within the eligible town to apply. If the application covers a group of eligible towns within a local area, the organisation must have an active presence within at least one of these towns.

A group of community organisations from eligible town(s) may make a joint application to help broaden the project reach. However, one lead organisation – the ‘applying organisation’ - will need to be identified as the proposed grant recipient in the application. Applications must be submitted by an authorised officer of the applying organisation.

School communities and their organisations are eligible to apply.

South Australian or Australian Government agencies and for-profit businesses are not eligible as the applying organisation, but are able to be local partners in an application.

Individuals are not eligible to apply.


Project Details

The SA Healthy Towns Challenge is a grants program for regional and rural towns to develop preventive health programs within their community, which will have measurable benefits (over 12 months) to the community’s health and wellbeing. Successful projects aim to increase access or opportunity for the community to make healthier choices or participate in activities with a prevention focus.

Grants of up to $50,000 each will be provided to a minimum of five towns (or groups of towns) each year for four years (until 2021), across the six regional SA Local Health Networks:

The SA Healthy Towns Challenge is part of the SA government’s Healthy Communities Program, which supports community-wide health and prevention action to help reduce preventable disease and injury and improve health and wellbeing.

Funds must be used within 12 months of the grant contract start date.

Organisations should not have an expectation of ongoing funding from Wellbeing SA.

At the end of each funding round the SA Healthy Towns Challenge Award will be presented to the town that achieves the most improvements towards healthier living.