Phase three of the Australian Federal Government's Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) opened for grant applications on 6 July 2011. The program supports local governments across Australia to increase the number of adults, predominantly not in the paid workforce, engaged in physical activity and healthy eating programs and activities. Applications close 19 August 2011.
The HCI aims to help reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity in participating communities with a particular focus on socio-economically disadvantaged areas and adults predominantly not in the paid workforce. The Initiative is comprised of four components: Local Government Area (LGA) Grants, National Program Grants, a Quality Framework and registration system linked to a web-based Information Portal, and an evaluation.
Grants to LGAs account for $61.5 million under the HCI and the program is being progressively implemented over three phases with up to 92 potential recipients. Funds can be used to deliver or purchase programs and activities; provide or subsidise training and education; and promote the healthy lifestyle agenda trough community marketing, and policy and infrastructure development.
Forty-five LGAs across Australia are currently funded under the HCI. The third funding round is open from 6 July to 19 August 2011 and provides an opportunity for up to 47 additional LGAs to join the Initiative.