Last updated: 18 Mar, 2022

Applications are now closed

JumpStart! – the second major investment in VicHealth’s Future Healthy initiative - is all about building vibrant communities through food, art and play. 

Together, JumpStart! will create hundreds of community-led initiatives for Victoria’s children and young people (aged 0-25, including families). 

But what does this look like? We asked how your organisation can support young people to: 

  • learn about their own food culture and identity and share this with others
  • get physically active in welcoming and inclusive places 
  • connect through arts, cultural and play-based activities.

And what do you get? A whole heap of support, because we’re in this together. We’ll back your ideas through building your skills. We’ll connect you with like-minded leaders, share insights across communities and be sure you have the resources to make your project the best it can possibly be. 

Organisations like yours can make it happen. Funding from $3,000 to $50,000 is available from a share of $5 million.  

Successful applicants will be notified in June 2022. Missed out on round one? Well, we’ve got great news, there will be a second round of JumpStart! opening in early 2023. Sign up to our mailing list so you don’t miss out! 




What you'll find on this page


Key dates

Applications open

9am, Tuesday 15 February 2022

Applications close

11.59pm, Thursday 17 March 2022

Round 2 Applications open   Early 2023
What is Future Healthy?

We have a vision of a Victoria where no young person is denied a future that is healthy. Regardless of their postcode, bank balance or background. 

We see a future with vibrant communities, where young people are connected, active, enjoy wholesome food and feel great. A future inspired by, shaped by and shared by the people of Victoria.

Future Healthy includes multiple streams of investments – major investments for new programs and a grants program supporting locally-led and state-wide organisations. There is also marketing and communications activity, including advertising.

Future Healthy is an investment of $45 million over 3 years. VicHealth is committed to investing in locally led solutions right across the state, and we’ll elevate the voices and experiences of Victoria’s young people to inspire these investments.


Future Healthy will:

  • Create neighbourhoods and spaces where people feel safe, welcome and confident to be active
  • Improve access to healthy, sustainable, affordable and culturally appropriate food
  • Build meaningful social connections and inclusive environments
  • Most importantly, Future Healthy will engage with young people and their parents and carers every step of the way, so they can share their lived experiences, and help to inform and shape solutions.

If you want to learn more and stay up to date with Future Healthy updates, register to be part of our mailing list here.


Frequently Asked Questions

When can I expect to hear back about my application?

We'll be in touch with all round one JumpStart! applicants by the end of June 2022. Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox!

How will I hear about the outcome of my application?

If your application is successful, we will send you all the key information on how to accept your offer. We might also give you a call to confirm the exciting news.


If you aren’t successful, you will still hear from us via email with some useful resources and updates for what is coming up next.


We don’t want our email to end up in that pesky spam folder, so an easy way to avoid this is by adding [email protected] email to your contact list. Done!


Will I get feedback on my application?

We realise the huge amount of work that goes into a funding application. And we really appreciate your time and effort.


JumpStart! funding is in high-demand so if you request feedback on your application, we might not be able to respond immediately, but we will get back to you!


When is the next funding round?


Just around the corner! Our next JumpStart! funding opportunity is set to open in early 2023.

If you're worried you won’t remember after the holidays, sign up to our Future Healthy mailing list. You’ll be the first to know in the new year.

Or sign up to our VicHealth newsletter, where we share lots of great content and opportunities. You can sign up here.

I didn't get an email about my application?

We're currently reviewing all the fantastic applications, but it can take a bit of time.

It’s always best to first check your junk mail, and if you still haven’t heard from us by the end of June 2022, please email the team at [email protected]

Can I talk to someone at VicHealth about my application?


We love hearing from applicants who are just as passionate about the health and wellbeing of Victorians as us.


We're always open to your ideas, so if you have feedback on this funding round, we’d love to hear it.


Please email us at [email protected] and our team will get back to you.

I have a question about the Stakeholder Portal/something else.

We’ve got a range of helpful tips that you can use through our VicHealth Stakeholder portal.

If you have any other questions about VicHealth or Future Healthy, email [email protected] and our team will be in touch.