Local people with good ideas are being asked to come forward and seek funding assistance through a new grants program launched this month (January 2018) by the Latrobe Health Assembly.
The Health Innovation Grants Program will support better health and wellbeing for Latrobe Valley residents by encouraging local people to think and act differently about local solutions to health issues.
The program is being run by the Latrobe Health Assembly and is offering support of up to $10,000 per project. The Assembly has allocated a total of $200,000 for the program. Information sessions for the grants programs will be held on 11 January at Lifeline Gippsland and on 18 January at Century Inn, adjacent to Latrobe Regional Hospital.
Latrobe Health Assembly Chair, Professor John Catford, said the aim of the grants program was to encourage innovation in the local community to promote health and wellbeing.
“It is likely there are many really good ideas that people are quietly developing or have thought about,” Professor Catford said. “Through this program we want to support those ideas and help implement them for the benefit of the Latrobe Valley community. It is about promoting health through local solutions for local issues – the people who know best what will work here are the people who live here.”
The grants program is open to anyone, including Latrobe City individuals, community groups, sporting clubs, not-for- profit organisations and businesses.
Applications must reflect one of the four priorities that the LHA has identified so far.
- Pride of Place (building confidence, esteem and celebration in the community);
- Make the Move (encouraging physical activity and healthy eating for high risk groups);
- Children, Family & Young People (getting the best start in life possible);
- Chronic Illness & Wellness (helping those in most need to live life to the full).
Those interested can register their attendance via Latrobe Health Assembly on Facebook, where people can tick ‘Going’ or ‘Interested’ in the attending field.
Information is also available by contacting the Latrobe Health Assembly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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