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Health Smart Grants

Our focus

Our Health Smart Grants partner with Australian and New Zealand charities that empower youth and young adults to make smarter health choices.

In New Zealand, 81% of health loss from early death, illness or disability is caused by chronic illnesses. In Australia, almost half of Aussies have at least one chronic health condition and 20% have multiple chronic health conditions that often share the same multiple risk factors, like smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise. The good news is that many of these risk factors leading to chronic ill health are modifiable.

About the grant

Our Health Smart Grants support registered charities in Australia or New Zealand that specialise in health promotion and primary prevention, and have a track record of engaging and empowering people to be health smart in their everyday lives.

We believe supporting people to make good decisions will positively impact their health and wellbeing, and reduce modifiable health risks in their lives. Therefore, successful projects will draw on a strong evidence base to build health literacy, helping people to access, understand and use health information to take action to protect their health. Preference will be given to initiatives that are inclusive and relevant for youth and young adult audiences.

In Australia, a funding pool of $320,000 will be distributed to six successful grant recipients who will each receive $40,000 in grant funding. A 'Peoples Vote' will also be held during the grant period, where two of our six grantees will receive an additional $40,000 in funding as voted by nib members and the wider public.

In New Zealand, $120,000 will be distributed to three successful applicants, each receiving a $40,000 grant.

Funding Priorities

Our Health Smart Grants fund the delivery of health promotion and primary prevention initiatives which work to improve health literacy, and help people develop the understanding and skills they need to adopt healthy behaviours.

Far too many people on both sides of the Tasman die prematurely or live for many years with suboptimal health related to prevalent chronic illnesses. These chronic diseases often share the same and multiple risk factors.

Our priority prevention areas target risk factors that are modifiable and impact broad segments of the population. Health Smart Grants will improve long term health outcomes by addressing one of more of the factors provided in the Health Smart Grant Guidelines.

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We are interested in initiatives that satisfy one or more of the following:

  • Facilitate access to quality, reliable, current and targeted health information

  • Target risk or protective factors that relate to prevalent health issues

  • Are informed by evidence to achieve health promoting behaviour change

  • Translate new evidence into practice in a way that is practical, scalable and sustainable

  • Operate within a strengths-based philosophy to empower and encourage good health

  • Improve the environment, culture, awareness or attitude surrounding a health risk

Our ideal partner

Our preferred partner will be:

  • Specialists and leaders in prevention and health promotion

  • Able to reach the target cohort, with a strong online presence

  • Actively measuring outcomes

  • Eager to partner with us and to deliver joint story telling

  • Brand aligned with a relatable, credible and positive public image

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