Helping Our Schools and Community Groups Be Safe in the Sun

Local schools and community groups can now apply for sun shade grants thanks to the Victorian Government’s continued initiative to reduce exposure to UV radiation.

Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas MP is pleased to announce that the Shade Grants Program Round 5 is now open.

The best protection from harmful UV radiation exposure when spending time outdoors includes well-planned and designed shade, protective clothing, broad brimmed hats, sunglasses and SPF 30+ or higher.

Under the Shade Grants Program government schools can apply for up to $25,000 for shade development while eligible community groups can apply for grants of up to $50,000, both of which can include up to $700 for sun protection items.

Applicants may also request up to $700 for sun protection items only.

The schools application stream closes on 28 August 2020 and the community group stream closes on 11 September 2020.

The Andrews Government is helping to reduce Victorians’ exposure to harmful UV radiation and encouraging safe sun practices. There have been 1,325 shade grants awarded totalling over $12 million since 2015.

The State Government is continuing to invest in prevention and early detection of skin cancer with a $15.1 million commitment, including $10 million to the future of the Shade Grants Program over 2019 to 2023.

Schools and community groups are encouraged to find out more about eligibility and how to apply at