More than $950,000 in funding for community projects aimed at supporting children and families was announced today as part of the 2022 round of the ACT Government’s Healthy Canberra Grants.
This year’s funding was targeted towards seven projects that will support and optimise the health of Canberra’s families and children, particularly during the first 1,000 days of life.
The successful grant projects support the goal of Healthy Canberra: ACT Preventative Health Plan 2020-2025, which seeks to improve the health of Canberrans through every stage of life.
The following organisations will share in the Healthy Canberra Grants funding:
- ACT Playgroups will receive $126,996 for its Reconnect Playgroups program, which aims to provide supported playgroups for children born during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Barnardos Australia will receive $208,164 for its Nourishing & Flourishing program, which aims support children aged 0-2 with developmental delays and/or neurodivergence.
- Capital Region Community Services will receive $50,328 for its Healthy Habits program, which aims to deliver interactive group sessions related to healthy childhood development during the first 1,000 days of life.
- Nutrition Australia ACT will receive $148,775 for its Feeding Healthy Futures program, which aims to provide food and nutrition education across three crucial stages in a child’s life – in utero, infancy, and toddlerhood.
- UnitingCare Kippax will receive $15,142 for its Road to Health program, which aims to facilitate workshops to improve health literacy in expectant and new parents.
- University of Canberra will receive $149,418 for its Active Beginnings program, which aims to improve awareness within culturally and linguistically diverse communities of the benefits of physical activity during pregnancy and childbearing years.
- University of Newcastle will receive $264,160 for its Asthma in Pregnancy: Breathe Life for You and Your Baby program, which aims to decrease rates of uncontrolled asthma in pregnant women.
More information on the Healthy Canberra Grants and its recipients can be found here.