Participating in the arts has multiple benefits for health and wellbeing – reducing social isolation, building self-esteem and strengthening community connection. The more regularly people engage in the arts the better their health outcomes, with some research identifying an optimum of 100+ hours per year.
VicHealth is committed to health equity, that is, enabling all Victorians to have the means to a good and healthy life, regardless of cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, disability, income, educational attainment, occupation or location.
The arts can be an important vehicle for facilitating cooperation and a cohesive society. Creating an equitable sector where more people can experience more art more often is an essential part of this.
Unfortunately, opportunities to participate in the arts are not evenly distributed with many people facing significant and complex barriers. These challenges are often cultural, physical, systematic, or a combination of these, and more. Solutions to help increase participation in arts are most likely to be found by speaking with those who are not currently engaging.
VicHealth’s Everyday Creativity Partnership Grant aims to increase access for everyone to creativity through the arts and its health benefits. To achieve these outcomes they want to work with local councils to promote sustained and varied arts and cultural opportunities.
What’s on offer?
VicHealth will provide up to $150,000 across two (2) years for each project.
We may fund up to seven (7) projects. If successful, funding will commence in June 2020.