Victorian Government's School Shade Grants Program

Last Modified: Wed Jul 27 2016 03:23:09 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2 in 3
    Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, making it the country that has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Skin cancer is a preventable disease, and the provision of well planned, quality shade is an important strategy in reducing ultraviolet (UV) over-exposure.
  • 40,000
    estimated number of new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Victoria every year. In 2014 melanoma was the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Victoria.
  • $15 million
    provided by the Victorian Government for skin cancer prevention initiatives, including $5 million for SunSmart campaigns and $10 million in grants for shade in public places and government schools.
  • $25,000
    grant available under the School Shade Grants Program for shade development. Childhood and adolescence are critical periods during which exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer later in life.
  • $1.4 million
    of funding made available through the first round of the Victorian Government's School Shade Grants Program.
  • 68 schools
    in Bendigo will benefit from this program - this was announced on 15 Jul 2016 by Jill Hennessy, Minister for Health, along with Jacinta Allan, Member for Bendigo East.
  • 15 Jul 2016
    Expressions of interest for the second round of the Schools Shade Grants Program open.
  • 29 Jul 2016
    Round 2 closes.