Member for Morwell Russell Northe is encouraging local sporting clubs and community groups to apply for funding available through a Community Shade Grant Program which is now open.
“The program provides grants of up to $50,000 to construct a new shade, purchase a portable shade, plant a natural shade or repair an existing shade,” Mr Northe said.
A portion of the grant may also be used to purchase hats and sunscreen.
“Applicants can include, but are not limited to sporting clubs, churches, scouts and guides groups, local councils, kindergartens and early childhood centres,” Mr Northe said.
“This program will help prevent skin cancer, which is one of the most common cancers in Victoria.
“Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. However, skin cancer is a largely preventable disease, and the provision of well planned, quality shade is an important strategy in reducing ultraviolet over-exposure,” he said.
For further information and to submit an expression of interest for the second round of the Community Shade Grants Program visit www.health.vic.gov.au/community-shade-grants/
Expressions of interest must be submitted by 5pm on 6 October 2016.
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