Injury Matters delivers two campaigns per year. For each campaign, a total of $15,000 and up to $5,000 per grant (plus GST), is awarded to successful applicants in Western Australia. The grants focus on modifiable risk factors for falling under the Move Your Body, Improve Your Health and Remove Hazards messages.
Move Your Body grants have now been awarded. Expressions of Interest for the next grant round, Improve Your Health, will open in April 2021.
Congratulations to the following applicants who were successful in receiving a Move Your Body grant:
• City of Armadale
• City of Mandurah
• Shire of Chittering
• Shire of Mundaring
• West Arthur Community Resource Centre
These organisations will deliver falls prevention activities within their local communities from March to May 2021. The Move Your Body key campaign messages and calls to action focus on the importance of moving your body to improve balance and posture, strengthen muscles and bones and improve overall fitness and general wellbeing.
- Improving your strength and balance are some of the best ways to reduce your risk of having a fall.
- Good balance and strength are important for healthy ageing.
- Strong legs and good balance are needed to do your everyday activities.
- Falls are preventable.
Calls to Action:
- Do strength and balance exercises for 30 minutes on most days to reduce your risk of having a fall.
- Challenge your balance daily.
- Do strength exercises you can adapt to make harder as you get stronger.
- Choose activities you enjoy to build your balance and strengthen your legs.
- Speak to a health or fitness professional about strength and balance exercises that are right for you.
Why do Injury Matters deliver a grants program?
Injury Matters, with funding from the Western Australian Department of Health, delivers the Move Improve Remove grants program to help build the capacity of health professionals and community organisations to deliver evidence-based falls prevention projects.
The capacity building nature of the project allows Injury Matters to support groups and foster skills among applicants via coaching. This coaching process includes support regarding the identification of need, development of a project, implementation strategies and evaluation. The grants program also contributes to increasing awareness among community members of falls prevention strategies.
Injury Matters will award up to $5,000 (plus GST) per grant, for eligible organisations and community groups to deliver falls prevention projects within their community. Applicants do not need to apply for the full amount and are encouraged to seek in-kind support where possible to allow opportunities for additional projects to be funded.
Why apply for a grant?
The Move Improve Remove grants program provides groups and organisations with the opportunity to deliver falls prevention programs within their community, which directly support older adults. Grant-funded programs may be appropriate for filling a gap in services, increasing access to services, or improving falls prevention systems. Using grant funding to pilot a new program allows applicants to demonstrate the viability and effectiveness of a program, which can assist with obtaining ongoing funding for the activity.
Applicants are invited to complete an expression of interest four months prior to the program delivery period. This allows sufficient time to apply, receive coaching, for assessment of applications against selection criteria and to receive grant funds in time to deliver the project.
What we are looking for in applications
- Proven strategies for reducing falls in older adults.
- Grants which focus on the Stay On Your Feet®campaigns key messages and calls to action.
- Collaboration among organisations and community groups.
- Sustainability – programs that could be extended past the grant-funding period without additional Stay On Your Feet®
- Programs focused on diverse populations including people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, or socially isolated groups.
- Applications that fill a gap within your community.
How Injury Matters can help
Applicants are encouraged to contact Injury Matters during the EOI stage to discuss grant ideas and receive guidance on how to optimise their application. Injury Matters provide coaching and support for all shortlisted applicants for areas including program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Injury Matters wants to promote the great activities being delivered around WA and will work with grant winners on media releases, articles and promotional opportunities as appropriate.
The next grants round will occur from March to May 2021 and will have a Move Your Body theme. The Move Your Body key campaign messages and calls to action focus on the importance of building your balance and strengthening your legs to prevent falls and promote healthy ageing.
Future grant opportunities
|Improve Your Health||September – November 2021||Open April 2021|
|Remove Hazards||March – May 2022||Open October 2021|
|Move Your Body||September – November 2022||Open April 2022|