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 benefits (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 six country SA Local Health Network regions 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.
July 2019 – June 2020: Projects for Round 2 in progress
Early 2020: Round 3 applications open
Thursday 9 April: Round 3 applications close at 5pm
June 2019 – Announcement of successful grant recipients for Round 3
July 2020 – June 2021 – Round 3 projects in progress
January - February 2020: SA Healthy Towns Challenge Award Round 1: 2018-19 winner announced
Twenty-seven applications were received in Round 2 of the SA Healthy Towns Challenge. Congratulations to the six successful recipients and a big thank you to all the 27 applicants.
The Round 2 grant winners:
- The Copley & District Progress Association’s Copley Outdoor Gym
A project to encourage physical activity and reduce isolation.
- Coorong District Council’s Coonalpyn Fresh Food Project
A weekly delivery of fresh fruit, vegetables and meat through partnerships with local suppliers to Coonalpyn, which no longer has a supermarket in the town.
- Conservation Volunteers Australia’s Green Gyms in Yankalilla and Two Wells
These projects work on local environmental projects to improve physical and mental wellbeing in people aged over 40 years.
- Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation and Ceduna Youth Hub Bikes Palya Holiday Program
This project supports a bike riding programs for young people to keep them active, and train people to maintain the bikes.
- Leigh Creek Community Progress Association’s Akurra Trail
A project supporting the development of a multi-use trail linking the town to nearby Aroona Dam to promote activity and health outcomes for youth and community members.
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.
The Round 1 grant winners:
- 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 to support improved heart health.
- Dunjiba Community Council: Oodnadatta Community Bike Program
This project is centred on establishing a holiday program engaging children and young people in cycling and nutrition-related activities in the isolated town of Oodnadatta.
- Fregon Anangu School, APY Lands: Bikes Palya Healthy Lifestyle Program
The project involves special visits by youth program, Bikes Palya, to promote physical activity across eight APY Lands community schools, as part of addressing long-term obesity and diabetes.
- 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, including the training of FoodHub volunteers in food hygiene, cooking and relevant points of referral.
- Wakefield Regional Council: Lettuce Grow - Balaklava Community Garden Project
This project involves the 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 and cycle paths in the Wudinna district will support regular walking programs, new physical activity events and increased social interaction.
The Grants Guide (PDF 1.2MB) outlines the details of the SA Healthy Towns Challenge. Please read this guide before beginning your application.
If you have questions about the requirements of an External Partner or becoming an External Partner, you can find the answers in Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 313KB). Please read this FAQ document if you have been approached to be an External Partner for the SA Healthy Towns Challenge.
To apply for the Challenge, download the application form (DOCX 1MB). Once complete, forward with the required attachments to the SA Healthy Towns Challenge team at email: SAHealthyTowns@sa.gov.au. If you are having problems filling in or sending this form, or would like further information, please contact us for assistance on (08) 8226 6187.
If you have any questions, contact the Project Officer in Prevention and Population Health:
Phone: (08) 8226 6187