Up to $25,000 is available for shade development to protect students from harmful UV radiation or skin cancer.

School Shade Grants


The School Shade Grants Program is a Victorian Government initiative that provides grants for shade development in Victorian government schools.

The program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in consultation with the Department of Education and Training (DET).



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.

It is especially important to protect our skin during childhood and adolescence, as damage accumulated in this time increases the likelihood of developing skin cancer later in life.



Schools may apply for one grant of up to $25,000 (excluding GST). This may be applied over one or multiple campuses; however the total grant must not exceed $25,000 per school.


Eligible Projects

Funding is provided to build new shade, repair existing shade structures or create natural shade by planting trees. Schools may apply for a combination of built and natural shade.

New Built Shade

The program will fund permanent and adjustable/retractable systems including shade sails, solid shelters and awnings.

Repair or Replacement of existing built shade

The program will fund repair or replacement of damaged built shade facilities listed above. The repair or replacement must be substantial and significantly impact the current functioning of the shade structure.

Natural Shade

The program will fund purchase and planting of trees with the purpose of providing 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

All Victorian Government schools are eligible to apply. This includes:

  • Government primary, secondary, and P-12 schools
  • Government special schools
  • Government language schools.

Schools will be required to provide their Victorian DET school number and campus number/s at the time of application to verify eligibility to apply for the grant.

The proposed shade development must be located at a school campus within Victoria.



Applications close  29 July 2016.


More Information


Media Release

Students in Creswick North are set to receive some much needed protection from harmful UV radiation with the installation of shade around their schools.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and SunSmart Ambassador Catherine Andrews today visited Creswick North Primary School to announce new shading for the school as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.4 million School Shade Grant Program.

The program provides grants for shade development, including building new shade, repairing existing shade or creating natural shade by planting trees.

At Creswick North Primary School, $25,000 will go towards building a new permanent shade structure over a playground for their students.

The Labor Government has provided $15 million for skin cancer prevention initiatives – a key election promise – including $5 million for SunSmart campaigns and $10 million in grants for shade in public places and schools.

Childhood and adolescence are critical periods during which exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer later in life.

Schools are an important setting to encourage and instil good sun smart behaviours from an early age. Schools who are awarded a grant will be required to review and update their sun protection policies to demonstrate their commitment to being sun smart.

Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and in 2014 melanoma was the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Victoria.

The Schools Shade Grant Program is complemented by the Community Shade Grant Program, which provides grants for shade in community settings such as parks, sports clubs and playgrounds.

So far, the Schools and Community programs have awarded over $5 million in shade grants across three rounds with further rounds still to come.