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SA Healthy Towns Challenge


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 and immediate benefits (i.e. 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) within the Country Health SA Local Health Network region each year for four years (until 2021).

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.

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.

31 October 2018: Announcement of successful grant recipients for Round 1

January – February 2019: Round 2 of applications open

November 2018 – November 2019: Projects for Round 1 in progress

January-February 2020: SA Healthy Towns Challenge Award Round 1: 2018-19 winner announced

Dates for Rounds 2, 3 and 4 (2019-2022) will be advertised on the SA Health website in January 2019.

Please note that the current application form and guidelines are being updated and will be uploaded on the SA Health website in January 2019.

Forty-two applications were received in Round 1 of the SA Healthy Towns Challenge. Congratulations to the six successful recipients and a big thank you to all  the 42 applicants. Round 2 will be announced in early 2019, giving towns  another opportunity to apply for a grant.


Round 1 grant winners and an overview of their projects:

  • The Barossa Community Co-operative Store (The Co-Op): Rural Environments and Cardiovascular Health (REACH)
     A project targeting rural adults identified as having a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease through increasing the community’s motivation and capacity to be active and eat healthily within a supportive community context.
  • Dunjiba Community Council: Oodnadatta Community Bike Program
    A project addressing health through the gifting of bikes to build a community owned fleet, an upgraded bike track riding facility and introduction of a cycling club and regular riding events in this remote community.
  • Fregon Anangu School, APY Lands: Bikes Palya Healthy Lifestyle Program
    The project centres on special visits by youth program, Bikes Palya, to address critical health and wellbeing issues contributing to obesity and diabetes across APY communities.
  • Uniting Country SA, Port Pirie: FoodHub Health and Wellbeing Project
    Activities at the Port Pirie FoodHub will focus on healthy eating, disease prevention and minimising lead absorption.
  • Wakefield Regional Council:  Lettuce Grow - Balaklava Community Garden Project
    Production of a community garden with complementary programs including weekly Green Gym and nutrition and dietetics workshops, as well as a propagation shade house.
  • Wudinna District Council: Shared Pathways to Better Health
    The development and enhancement of shared walking paths in the Wudinna district to promote regular exercise, special events and social interaction opportunities.

The Grant Guidelines (PDF 348KB) outline the details of the SA Healthy Towns Challenge.

If you have questions about the Challenge or the application process, you can find the answers in the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 313KB)

If you are a successful applicant, there are additional templates you will need to supply to the Project Officer. These are:

- Grant Acquittal template (DOC 294KB)

- Contract template (PDF 104KB)

- Reporting template (DOC 295KB)

If you have any questions, contact the Project Officer in Prevention and Population Health:

Phone: 8226 6187

Email: SAHealthyTowns@sa.gov.au

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