The Andrews Labor Government’s $10 million Community Shade Grants Program is now open for the first round of applications, to provide much needed shade in public areas such as sports clubs, parks and playgrounds.
Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
In 2014, melanoma was the fifth most common cancer in Victoria with 2,466 new cases diagnosed, and 279 deaths from the disease.
Shade as a sun protection measure alone can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent, and this is strengthened when used in combination with other sun protection strategies such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and protective clothing.
Eligible community organisations including sports clubs, local councils and community groups can apply for Community Shade Grants of up to $50,000 to construct a new shade, purchase a portable shade, plant a natural shade, repair an existing shade, or any combination of the three.
In addition, a portion of a grant may be used to purchase hats and sunscreen, to further support community groups to be sun smart.
Applications for the first round of the Community Shade Grants Program close on Sunday 13 December 2015, with grants to be awarded from later that month. Funding rounds will be conducted every year.
The Community Shade Grants Program is part of the Government’s broader investment in skin cancer prevention. In the 2015-16 State Budget, the Government also invested $5 million to support SunSmart education campaigns.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy
“Skin cancer is a major health issue for Australians, yet it’s mostly preventable. That’s why Victorians need to be sun smart.”
“With summer approaching, we’re all looking forward to spending more time outdoors, but it’s important that we take precautions to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of UV radiation, like staying in the shade.”
“These grants will provide communities with more shaded areas so families can enjoy their time outdoors while being protected from the sun.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020