Early years projects get SA Healthy Towns Challenge funding
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Early years projects will flourish under SA Healthy Towns Challenge funding

by Freya Lucas

December 23, 2021

Children and young people in regional South Australia will benefit from funding granted as part of the latest rounds of the SA Healthy Towns Challenge. 


“The four successful organisations in the inaugural round of the SA Healthy Towns Challenge – Partnering for Children’s Wellbeing 2021-23 will each receive up to $250,000 in grant funding through Wellbeing SA,” said Deputy Premier Dan van Holst Pellekaan said.


Projects include building bike and walking trails, nature play areas, sports and recreational facilities, and the renovation of a mother and child health service building to support positive parenting skills, early childhood nutrition and healthy developmental play.


SA’s Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade congratulated the four successful applicants and the children and families who will benefit from the community led projects, which all displayed a shared interest in creating healthy environments for children and young people to have the best start in life.


Wellbeing SA Chief Executive Lyn Dean said 30 organisations applied for this inaugural round of the Healthy Town’s Challenge.


“Wellbeing SA has a focus on supporting the healthy development of South Australian children, and by partnering with communities through the SA Healthy Towns Challenge, we can contribute to building supportive environments where children can grow healthy, be physically active, and stay strong and connected to their communities, families and culture,” she added.


“Our panel had a very difficult job narrowing down the successful recipients who best demonstrated a focus on children’s wellbeing and we are looking forward to seeing what they achieve in the years to come.”


The projects will start in December 2021 and be completed by December 2023.


More information on the SA Healthy Town’s Challenge and the latest grant recipients can be found here

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