A grants program for organisations, providing investment for innovative projects that increase physical activity participation in the community.
The Innovation Challenge Program, administered by the department in partnership with Healthway, is a grants program for organisations, providing investment for innovative projects that increase physical activity participation in the community.
The program is designed to encourage business innovation and the use of technology to drive and grow sport and recreation. Projects will be supported based on community need, innovation, sustainability of outcomes and consideration of return on investment.
Refer to the guidelines for more information before applying.
During the application process, organisations will have the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel face to face or by video submission.
Funding for the program is being administered in two streams. The Healthway stream will support innovative ideas that create physical activity opportunities for disengaged young people and inactive girls and women.
The department stream is encourages ideas that allow sport and recreation organisations to streamline their business and deliver their activity in an innovative way. The department will also consider ideas that make use of tech in the sport and recreation
Levels of funding are from up to $50,000 for the development of a new concept or business plan, or up to $150,000 for the development, delivery and evaluation of a project in the community. This may require third party funding support.
Organisations wishing to apply should first read the program guidelines to ensure that they are eligible, and decide which stream they wish to apply through.
They should then complete an ideas template and register for an innovation workshop. Dates are provided below.
Formal applications will take place after the workshops, and shortlisted organisations will have the chance to present for 15 minutes on their program to an assessment panel.
The Innovation Challenge Program opens on Friday 29 January 2021. If you have a question email the department.
Department focus areas: ‘Business Innovation’ or ‘Using technology to drive and grow sport and recreation’.
All sessions are online using Zoom technology.
9.30am to 12pm, Tuesday 16 February 2021
1pm to 3.30pm, Tuesday 16 February 2021
5pm to 7.30pm, Wednesday 17 February 2021
Register for workshop one
Healthway focus areas: ‘Physical activity opportunities for inactive young people (12 to 17 years)’ or ‘Physical activity opportunities to engage inactive women/girls’.
9.30am to 12pm, Tuesday 23 February 2021
1pm to 3.30pm, Tuesday 23 February 2021
5pm to 7.30pm, Wednesday 24 February 2021
Register for workshop two
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