NEPHU Health Promotion and Prevention Grant Recipients

As part of its inaugural Population Health Catchment Plan, the North Eastern Public Health Unit (NEPHU) committed $150,000 to fund health promotion and prevention initiatives that work towards positive outcomes in two collectively identified priority areas:

  • Increasing healthy eating
  • Improving sexual and reproductive health

We invited stakeholders across our catchment to apply for small and large grants (up to $5,000 and $15,000 respectively) that support place-based primary and secondary prevention approaches to reducing preventable chronic disease and/or impact upon associated modifiable risk factors in populations within the NEPHU catchment.

In the Increasing Healthy Eating stream, we sought applications to support health promotion and prevention initiatives that seek to increase healthy eating and strengthen food systems across the NEPHU catchment, with the following specific areas of focus:

  • Food awareness and behaviour (individual level)
  • Access (including local settings)
  • Food systems (including climate change).

In the Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health stream, we sought applications to support health promotion and prevention initiatives that enhance accessibility of sexual and reproductive health information and services, with a focus on:

  • Sexual and reproductive health awareness and behaviour (individual level)
  • Sexual and reproductive health service system and access (including testing and treatment).

In total, thirty-four applications were received from across our catchment, with sixteen organisations successful in securing funding. From Neighbourhood Houses, to community health, to local government – these recipients represent a real diversity of organisations from across the NEPHU catchment, as well as a range of exciting and innovative initiatives and approaches. We look forward to following their work over the coming months and reporting on both progress and impact.

Please see following a list of the successful grant recipients for 2022-2023.


Small grants recipients

Nillumbik Shire CouncilA community vegetable garden at the Research Maternal Child Health Centre
Living and Learning NillumbikPanton Hill Community Garden expansion

Selby Community House

Healthy Food Habits for Kids with Food Barriers
Inspiro HealthI am local
Knox City CouncilHealthy eating in extreme weather
Alamein Neighbourhood and LearningHealthy soup
Mountain District Learning CentreCommunity housing food sessions

Large grants recipients

DPVEat Well Feel Super – a healthy canteen pilot program
Your Community HealthNourishing Environments for Rehabilitation (NE4R)
Hume City CouncilWhat are HCC Local Food Sources and Systems Forum


Small grants recipients

Cohealth CollingwoodSexual and Reproductive Health Awareness and Education for communities from FGC (Female Genital Cutting)-traditionally practiced countries
Boroondara City CouncilBoroondara Menopause Series

Large grants recipients



Women's Health EastSexual and Reproductive Health Capacity Building Workshops
Women's Health in the NorthSupporting trans and gender diverse people to access safe and affirming sexual and reproductive healthcare
Cohealth FootscrayPromoting Sexual and reproductive health for women
EACH RingwoodIncrease Cervical Screening in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people