Rural and regional communities across the state are being encouraged to apply for their share of the $1 million to improve health and wellbeing of people living in regional areas.
Launching the SA Healthy Towns Challenge today, Premier Steven Marshall said grants of up to $50,000 each would be up for grabs for five country towns to implement preventative health projects.
“Local communities play an important role in helping residents to live well by being active, getting outside and eating well,” said Premier Steven Marshall.
“Through the SA Healthy Towns Challenge, we want to see rural and regional communities come up with creative and innovative ways to help improve the health of people in their area.
“Many risk factors for chronic disease are preventable, and by achieving things like increased levels of physical activity, decreased rates of smoking and alcohol consumption, South Australians can enjoy improved overall health and avoid preventable hospital admissions.
“We want to see applications for projects that focus on improving health and wellbeing for those living in the town by helping to prevent illness and injury.
“The focus of the grants will be on initiatives that have measurable results and will provide immediate benefits to the community.”
The Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade, said the grants are an opportunity for regional and remote communities to work together to improve overall health outcomes.
“Maintaining good health and wellbeing is a shared responsibility between individuals, government and communities more broadly, and investing in prevention avoids future costs for individuals and government,” said Minister Wade.
Over the next four years, five towns each year will gain funding, totalling a $1 million commitment.
Applications are now open and will close on 10 September, with the successful recipients awarded in October.
Projects must be in partnership with a non-government organisation or university.
For more information visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/SAHealthyTowns.