Active Australia Innovation Challenge

What is the Active Australia Innovation Challenge?

The Active Australia Innovation Challenge is intended to support people who do not meet Australia’s Physical Activity Guidelines, are at risk of chronic disease and live in communities with high levels of physical inactivity, including rural and remote regions.



The Active Australia Innovation Challenge is part of the Healthy Heart Initiative funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and delivered by the Heart Foundation. It aims to encourage community groups, councils, schools (primary and secondary), tertiary institutions (universities, TAFEs, colleges), and other organisations to raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity and develop and implement innovative project ideas to encourage physical activity in a chosen group or community.

There’s a number of things to consider and prepare before you start the application form, including:

  • Your target audience
  • Why your project idea is innovative
  • What you hope to achieve with this project
  • What outcomes will you measure and how do you plan on measuring these
  • An Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Estimated project plan and timeline Budget breakdown and future goals.



The Heart Foundation has up to ten $10,000 grants for new, innovative programs that get more people moving in schools, universities or local community groups.


Eligible Projects

This grant is intended to provide funding to kick-start a project or to provide seed funding in support of a larger project. Should the project idea be for the latter, supporting documentation will need to be provided to confirm funding has already been sought to fulfil the project implementation.

The Heart Foundation strongly encourages innovative projects that specifically support people not meeting Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, people at risk of chronic disease, and people living in communities with high levels of physical inactivity, including rural and remote regions. This includes people identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


Eligible Applicants

Eligible Applicants include:

  • Community groups e.g. residents’ groups, parents’ groups, environmental groups, sporting organisations, Scouts and Girl Guides, community centres, councils, schools (primary and secondary), tertiary institutions (universities, TAFEs and colleges), and other organisations;
  • Community members/individuals;
  • Previous winners of the Active Australia Innovation Challenge will need to demonstrate an enhancement or expansion of the previously awarded project, or a new project idea, to be eligible to enter in 2020; and
  • Projects that were previously submitted and were not awarded a grant, but the project must have been changed from the original idea.



Applications close 12 October 2020.


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