ACT Health Promotion Grants Program

The ACT Health Promotion Grants Program (ACTHPGP) contributes to improving health outcomes and minimising the risk of developing chronic disease in the ACT population.
We provide grants through Healthy Canberra Grants and the Health Promotion Innovation Fund to community-based organisations. This enables these organisations to provide programs and projects which improve population health outcomes in our primary focus areas.

Our focus

The ACT Health Promotion Grants Program has a population health focus. The main priority is prevention of overweight and obesity by:

  • Supporting improved healthy food and drink choices for the ACT population and improved eating habits. These include programs that support positive changes in the food environment, including encouraging people to choose tap water as the drink of choice.
  • Helping to improve physical activity outcomes at a population level.

Other priority areas include:

  • Smoking prevention, cessation or reduction
  • Supporting activities which reduce the harmful and hazardous consumption of alcohol
  • Supporting healthy active ageing through appropriate physical activity opportunities

Certificate III in Population Health

Scholarship Assistance for Community Sector Workers

As part of ACT Health's commitment to increasing health promotion capacity in the ACT community, the Health Improvement Branch is offering scholarship assistance for community sector workers to complete a Certificate III in Population Health, at the Canberra Institute of Technology from May 2015. Details of the course can be found on the CIT website  If you are seeking scholarship assistance, please do not enrol in the course until your application has been approved. 

The Certificate III in Population Health provides an ideal introduction to health promotion and population health concepts and will offer a recognised qualification for workers in the sector. There is also the opportunity, through further coursework, to progress to a Certificate IV in Population Health.

The course is delivered online, but opportunities will be provided for participants to meet face to face if desired. Scholarship applicants will be eligible for reimbursement of course fees upon successful completion of the Certificate III qualification. Scholarship applicants will be required to enrol in the course by 8 May 2015 and complete the Certificate III by
25 September 2015.

Scholarship assistance places are limited. To apply for scholarship assistance please email for an application form. The form will need to be completed and returned to Rosemary Urquhart, Health Improvement Branch by COB Monday 4 May 2015.

To find out more details about this exciting course please contact Sara Dukic, Course Coordinator at

The Health Promotion Innovation Fund is now open for applications

Supporting innovative activities that enable ACT residents to live a healthy, active life

The Health Promotion Innovation Fund invites applications for grants of up to $15,000 for innovative health promotion projects to support the ACT Government’s goal of achieving a healthier weight profile in the ACT population. It has a particular focus on achieving this outcome in children. This includes improving eating habits and increasing physical activity.

In addition, projects which support smoking prevention, reduction in hazardous alcohol consumption and healthy active ageing will be considered.

The Health Promotion Innovation Fund provides three funding opportunities per year. The next cut-off date for applications is Monday 15 June 2015. Community-based groups, school communities, not-for-profit organisations and ACT Government agencies are welcome to apply.

To access the Funding Guidelines and the Application Form for the Health Promotion Innovation Fund click here.

For more information call us on 6205 1325 or email

Statement of Strategic Intent

Our Statement of Strategic Intent outlines the targets and expected outcomes of the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program. The statement also describes how we will align with ACT Health policies and objectives and provides important guidance for potential applicants. You can download the Statement of Strategic Intent below.

Statement of Strategic Intent

SmartyGrants - Online Grant Management System

The ACT Health Promotion Grants Program uses the SmartyGrants online grant management system to manage the grant process. Applications and associated reporting forms are available through the following link:

The SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants will guide you through the application process. Click here to access it.