New VicHealth Funding to support Ripon in local health recovery

Local community groups in Ripon can now apply for funding to assist in their local health recovery from the
COVID-19 pandemic, says Member for Ripon Louise Staley.

VicHealth has announced $2.5 million in new funding to support local organisations to address the
immediate health and wellbeing concerns of Victorians hardest hit by the impact coronavirus pandemic.

Applications for VicHealth’s Reimagining Health grants open today, with funding amounts of $3K, $10K or
$50K available for local organisations whose ideas can support their communities to create meaningful
social connections, get active and access healthy, affordable food.

Ms Staley said “the call is going out to a diverse range of organisations, such as sporting clubs and leagues,
community gardens, arts organisations, local groups, and youth services, to act fast and apply for
$2.5million in grants.

“We know there are hardworking organisations in Ripon that could use this funding to make a significant
impact on the health of people living in our community in the next 12 months and beyond”, Ms Staley said.

“I encourage local organisations in Ripon, such as sporting clubs, community gardens, arts organisations,
community groups, and youth services to apply for funding so our communities can recover.”

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, it’s vital that we
work quickly to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians.

“Victorians spoke, and we listened. Many communities were already fighting an uphill battle before the
pandemic hit and are now facing greater challenges when it comes to putting healthy food on the table,
keeping active and staying connected to others in their community,” Dr Demaio said.

“We want successful organisations to get the support they need to do what they do so well – make a
difference in their communities, as soon as possible. We’ve made it easier to apply, with quicker
turnarounds to a notification.

“Our grants will support new or existing ideas and help amplify projects already in place, to reach more
members of the Victorian community and help them improve their health and wellbeing on our path to
recovery.”