- Funding available to schools across State to increase health and wellbeing of students
- Healthway's Healthy Schools Program is offering individual grants of up to $5,000
- The funding will support schools to develop projects that increase healthy eating and address e-cigarette use (vaping)
The McGowan Government today has announced a funding pool of up to $300,000 is available to schools to help implement projects that will increase the health and wellbeing of their students and the school community.
All schools across the State, or their Parents and Citizens Associations, can apply for up to $5,000 in funding through Healthway's Healthy Schools Program, and this year Healthway will prioritise applications that increase healthy eating and address vaping.
Applications are strongly encouraged from schools in rural and remote areas, those with students representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and/or those experiencing disadvantage.
For more information and to apply visit https://www.healthway.wa.gov.au/our-funding/healthy-communities-program/
Applications will close at 5:00pm on Friday 24 March 2023.
Last year, Healthway's Healthy Schools Program awarded more than $300,000 in funding to 78 schools across Western Australia.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:
"The State Government is committed to working with schools and a range of partners to find new and innovative ways to achieve better health for Western Australians that need it the most.
"This funding round is in response to growing concerns about the rising trends in use and harmful effects of vaping as well as the continued importance of promoting healthy eating to children and young people.
"Schools play an invaluable role in encouraging healthy lifestyles from an early age which leads to positive health and education outcomes for students."
Comments attributed to Education Minister Tony Buti:
"Health plays a critical role in a child's development throughout their schooling years from kindergarten through to Year 12 and is a catalyst for their ability to learn and thrive.
"This funding will assist school communities in providing targeted support for students and their families in ensuring they adopt a wholistic healthy outlook that can boost their educational long-term outcomes."
Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
Education Minister's office - 6552 6400