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The ACT Health Promotion Grants Program 2015/16 – 2017/18 Healthy Canberra Grants and Health Promotion Innovation Fund Information session 10 February.

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1 The ACT Health Promotion Grants Program 2015/16 – 2017/18 Healthy Canberra Grants and Health Promotion Innovation Fund Information session 10 February 2015

2 Today’s session covers Setting the scene in the ACT Introduction to funding opportunities - Healthy Canberra Grants - Health Promotion Innovation Fund Eligibility and administrative requirements SmartyGrants online grants management Important dates and key points to remember

3 Population Health Division Organisational Chart

4 Health promotion in the ACT

5 ACT Government Healthy Weight Initiative ACT Government - target of zero growth for obesity in the ACT. The Towards Zero Growth Healthy Weight Action Plan will guide action towards this goal. The proportion of children in the ACT who are overweight or obese is 25%. For adults it has risen to 63.6%, from just 22.9% in 1995. As a result, a growing number of people are at risk of premature cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and a host of other conditions which can cost years of healthy life.

6 Healthy Weight Initiative (cont.) The Action Plan focuses on strategies that will make active and healthy lifestyle choices easier. The actions in the plan were developed through an extensive process carried out by a whole-of- government taskforce. The Action Plan is available here: http://www.health.act.gov.au/c/health?a=dlpubpoldoc&document=2856The Action Plan is available here: http://www.health.act.gov.au/c/health?a=dlpubpoldoc&document=2856 The ACT Health Promotion Grants Program supports this initiative.

7 Key lifestyle risk factors in the ACT – 2014 Chief Health Officer’s Report Are we an active population? Yes and no. More than half of the ACT’s adults were sufficiently physically active, but only one fifth of children aged 5-17 years met physical activity recommendations. That means about 80% of children were not getting enough exercise every day.

8 Do we eat enough fruit and veg? It seems to depend on our age. Just 11% of adults reported eating enough vegetables every day, and less than half reported eating enough fruit. Meanwhile, almost 40% of children were eating enough vegetables and just over 70% were eating enough fruit. Did you know? Data shows that the older we get the less fruit and vegetables we eat!

9 Do we have a weight problem? Yes. Obesity is a worldwide issue and we are no exception. In 2011–12, 63% of adults and around one quarter of children (aged 5-17) were reported as being overweight or obese in the ACT and these rates are increasing.

10 Are we still smoking? Yes, but in much lower numbers. The good news is smoking rates are continuing to decrease, not only in the ACT, but across Australia as well. In the ACT alone, smoking rates among adults fell almost 4% since the last health survey in 2007-08. Our secondary students are also smoking less with fewer than 6% reported as current smokers in 2011. 15% – the number of adults who reported being smokers in the ACT in 2011–12 compared with 18.6% in 2007–08.

11 How much alcohol do we drink? Data shows 21% of adults in the ACT were drinking alcohol at risky levels compared with 19.5% nationally. The better news is that our secondary students reported a downward trend in alcohol consumption between 2008 and 2011.

12 Is our population ageing? Yes. In fact, our ageing population is expected to increase the number of people who have age-related chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This trend is likely to increase the demand for health services in the ACT.

13 The ACT Health Promotion Grants Program The ACT Health Promotion Grants Program (ACTHPGP) contributes to improving health outcomes and minimising the risk of developing chronic disease in the ACT population. It does this by providing grants to community-based organisations through Healthy Canberra Grants (HCG) and the Health Promotion Innovation Fund (HPIF).

14 HCG and the HPIF Overall level of funding unchanged from last year HCG: Nearly $2million - encourages larger, longer term grants HPIF: approx $210k, always open for applications, three cut off dates each year Funding Opportunities

15 Competition! 2 nd round Healthy Canberra Grants (2014-15 to 2016-17): approx $12 million in applications, $2.1 million available. 43 applications - 8 applications recommended for funding. 4 rounds of the Health Promotion Innovation Fund so far: $1,334,896 in applications, approx $280,000 available. 92 applications – 33 applications recommended for funding.

16 Funding opportunities: key dates Healthy Canberra Grants – EOI closes 23 February 2015 Health Promotion Innovation Fund – next cut off 16 February 2015

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18 Main Funding Priorities Improve population level outcomes around overweight and obesity Improve children's health and wellbeing, in relation to overweight and obesity Includes improving eating habits and increasing physical activity

19 Health Improvement Branch Programs ACT Health priorities: Healthy Children’s Initiative programs support Good Habits for Life and aim to embed a culture of healthy lifestyles in relevant settings. These programs include: Further information will be provided in the second hour of this session.

20 Supporting smoking prevention, reduction and cessation Supporting activities which reduce the harmful and hazardous consumption of alcohol Supporting healthy active ageing through appropriate physical activity opportunities Other Funding possibilities

21 Healthy Canberra Grants Focus is on the listed funding priorities 90% of the available ACTHPGP budget (approximately $2m) Larger scale, multi-year programs are encouraged Programs can be up to three years duration, implementation from July 2015

22 Two-stage process 1. Expression of Interest (EOI), closing 23 February 2015. 2. Short listed proposals will be invited to submit a more detailed application. EOI process may identify opportunities for collaboration and partnerships. Applying for Healthy Canberra Grants

23 Assessment criteria: Healthy Canberra Grants Potential for improvement in health and wellbeing Need in the community Value for money Partnerships Population health approach

24 Funding provided Once Deed of Grant is executed and Program Plan approve d Decision advised By July 2015 (subject to Ministerial approval) Assessment panel meets week of 8 June 2015 Second stage closes 18 May 2015 Invitation to second stage Week commencing 20 April 2015 Expression of interest stage closes 23 February 2015 Expression of Interest stage opens 29 January 2015 Healthy Canberra Grants key dates

25 Will focus on the same priorities as Healthy Canberra Grants Aims to encourage innovative approaches $210k per annum available in three separate opportunities Health Promotion Innovation Fund

26 Smaller value grants up to $15,000 Single year projects Applications can be submitted at any time Applications will be assessed, and funding released, three times per year

27 Assessment criteria: Health Promotion Innovation Fund Improvement in health and wellbeing Need in the community Value for money Partnerships Population health approach Health promotion principles and practices Planning and evaluation

28 Funding provided once Project Plan is approve d and Deed of Grant executed Decision advised By 60 days after each opportunity closes Funding opportunity three cut off Monday 19 October 2015 Following funding opportunity cut off Monday 15 June 2015 Next funding opportunity cut off Monday 16 February 2015 Health Promotion Innovation Fund key dates

29 Eligibility requirements Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements (see funding guidelines) Organisation type specified in guidelines Current public liability insurance (or quote) Deliver funded activities in the ACT No overdue reporting requirements Must be a viable legal entity/have an ABN Must not be a political party May need to provide copies of recent AFS Application declaration must be made by CEO

30 Funding exclusions-we cannot fund Applications for equipment only Applications for capital works/capital infrastructure Overseas/interstate travel and accommodation and attendance at conferences and trade exhibitions The purchase of food not associated with a nutrition education program Others - see funding guidelines

31 Online applications Applications are submitted online through SmartyGrants at: http://acthealth.smartygrants.com.au/ You can also access the link via the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program website at: www.health.act.gov.au/hpgrantswww.health.act.gov.au/hpgrants

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34 Administrative requirements: successful applicants Submit a program and evaluation plan (requirements will be scaled according to value of the grant) Enter into a Deed of Grant (MoU - ACT Govt) Reporting and acquittal within specified timeframes Acknowledge the ACT Government for the assistance provided for the program

35 Key points Read the Funding Guidelines before you start Read them again Always refer back to the assessment criteria The process is highly competitive Assume the assessment panel has no prior knowledge of your project Remember it is an advantage where possible to strategically align with HIB Programs

36 Key points Ensure you explain your program or project activities specifically, not just the general concepts about why the idea is a good one. Aim for answers that are comprehensive but concise. Word limits apply in application forms. Check word counts! (SmartyGrants will only tell you if you are over word count at submission stage).

37 Important Dates: Healthy Canberra Grants EOI closes 23 February 2015 Second stage closes 18 May 2015 Decision advised July 2015 Funding provided After program plan approved and Deed of Grant is signed

38 Important dates: the Health Promotion Innovation Fund Next funding opportunity closes Monday 16 February 2015 Following funding opportunity closes Monday 15 June 2015 Funding opportunity three closes Monday 19 October 2015 Decision advised By 60 days after each opportunity closes Funding provided After project plan approved and Deed of Grant is signed

39 Improve your application? ACTHPGP staff are very happy to answer your questions about the Grant application process, or how best to strategically align with Health Improvement Branch programs. Contact Deb Reynolds 6205 1325, hpgrants@act.gov.au hpgrants@act.gov.au The Healthy Children’s Team and Social Marketing Team staff within Health Improvement Branch can also discuss strategic alignment with their programs.

40 Contact details A/g Senior Manager: Ros Garrity – 6205 6926 ros.garrity@act.gov.au Senior Officers: Rosemary Urquhart – 6205 5241 rosemary.urquhart@act.gov.au Emma Spicer – 6205 1213 emma.spicer@act.gov.au Website: www.health.act.gov.au/hpgrantswww.health.act.gov.au/hpgrants Email: hpgrants@act.gov.auhpgrants@act.gov.au

41 Questions?


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