The Victorian Government will continue its investment and deliver on the election commitment to provide $15.1 million towards the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, including $10 million to the Shade Grants Program over 2019 to 2023.

The Shade Grants Program (the Program) is administered by the Department of Health.

The aim of the Program is to reduce Victorians’ exposure to UV radiation by increasing shade in public places across the state and by promoting uptake of sun protective practices.

The Program is offered once a year, across two grant categories:

  • School Shade Grants Program 
  • Community Shade Grants Program.

Funding under the Program is highly competitive with one in five grant applications successfully awarded a grant in previous rounds. Based on this, it is expected that more applications will be received than can be funded.

The program commenced in 2015 and has awarded over 1,600 grants totalling over $14 million to date.


Eligible community organisations are eligible to apply for grants of up to $50,000  for shade development and can include up to $700 for sun protection items (including GST). Applicants may also request up to $700 for sun protection items only.

Funding Available

Eligible community organisations must be not-for-profit and registered as either an incorporated association, company limited by guarantee, non-trading/non-distributing co-operative, Indigenous corporation or local government entity.

To Apply

For more information, guidelines and to apply please click here.

Community Shade Grant applications close at 11:59 pm, 10 September 2021.

If you have any questions or would like assistance with your application, please contact (03) 5831 8456 or clubsupport@valleysport.net.au