Community Shade Grants

Up to $50,000 is available to support organisations with shade development in community spaces for the prevention of skin cancer.

community shade grants



The Community Shade Grants Program increases the availability of shade in public places where Victorians spend time outdoors, benefiting community spaces such as parks, playgrounds, sport facilities and other community settings.



Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. However, skin cancer is a largely preventable disease, and the provision of well planned, quality shade is an important strategy in reducing ultraviolet (UV) over-exposure.

The Community Shade Grants Program is a competitive grants program that provides grants to community organisations for shade development in public spaces. The Program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.



The Community Shade Grants program aims to  reduce Victorians’ over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation through increasing shade provision in public places across the state and influencing increased uptake in other sun protection practices.



The Community Shade Grants has 3 funding bands available:

  • Band 1:  Up to $5,000
  • Band 2:  $5,000 – $20,000
  • Band 3:  $20,000 – $50,000

Applicants may only apply for one grant, however this may be applied across several sites. For example, a local council may apply for one grant of $50,000 which includes shade at several sites within their municipality.


Eligible Projects

The Community Shade Grants will fund the following:

New built shade

The Community Shade Grants Program will fund permanent and adjustable/retractable systems including shade sails, solid shelters and awnings. Built shade structures must be installed or constructed by a registered Victorian Building Authority (VBA) builder.

Only applicants applying for a band 2 or 3 grant (over $5000) may apply for new built shade.

Repair or replacement of existing built shade

The Community Shade Grants Program will fund repair or replacement of damaged built shade structures mentioned above. The repair or replacement must be substantial and significantly impact the current functioning of the shade structure.

Portable shade

The Community Shade Grants Program will fund the purchase of portable shade structures such as marquees. Portable shade enables a quick, seasonal solution for shade provision in sporting and recreation clubs, community and other groups using public outdoor venues. Branding and logos will not be funded by the Program.

Natural shade

The Community Shade Grants Program will fund purchase and planting of trees with the purpose of providing long term shade.

Other funded items

Other funded items include:

  • reasonable site preparation costs
  • costs associated with gaining relevant permits and approvals
  • consultation fees including architects and arborists
  • shade assessments
  • design and engineering fees


Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants must:

  • be not-for-profit
  • provide services to the community
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) that preferably links to the organisation’s name and/or trading or business name.

Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:

  • sports clubs
  • churches
  • scouts and guide groups
  • local councils
  • kindergartens and
  • early childhood centres.

Many sports clubs and other community organisations operate on shared facilities or grounds. Applicants must have the support of other organisations using the same facility.



Applications close 6 October 2016.


More Information

  • Source
  • Community Shade Grants Round 2 Guidelines

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