$1.6 million grants to boost Queensland kids’ health and wellbeing

Published Thursday, 23 February, 2023 at 03:00 PM

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

  • 1.6 million Health and Wellbeing Queensland Grants program now open  
  • The grants will generate impactful, innovative and science backed ideas to help Queenslanders get healthy

Applications are now open for grants through Health and Wellbeing Queensland for community-based projects and research focused on nutrition, physical activity, sleep, health equity and wellbeing.

Queenslanders with exciting ideas to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people can apply for a share of funding to bring their projects to life.

Two-thirds of adults and one in four children are living with overweight or obesity in our state, which impacts on individuals and families and costs the Queensland health system an estimated $756 million per year.

Applications for GenQ Health and Wellbeing Queensland Community Grants and GenQ Health and Wellbeing Queensland Impact Grants are open now and will close on 22 March 2023. Further funding rounds under the Health and Wellbeing Grants Program will open later in the year.

For more information about the grants and how to apply, visit www.hw.qld.gov.au/grants

Quotes attributable to Minister D’Ath:

“These grants call for innovative ideas that will drive generational change and empower young Queenslanders to live healthier and more active lives.

“These funding opportunities reinforce the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of Queensland families.

“We know that making early steps to encourage healthy eating and an active lifestyle to young people ensures that they are well set up for the future.

“By ensuring kids are supported to make healthy choices at an early age, it means that they can avoid health challenges related to obesity later in life.

“This keeps them out of our health system if we can reduce the chance of them and keep them out of our health system by reducing the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancers.”

Quotes attributable to the Chief Executive, Health and Wellbeing Queensland Dr Robyn Littlewood:

“Getting in early and supporting children and their families to get healthy in their communities is critical.

“We need bold new ideas to protect the health of Queensland’s next generation.

“These grants will help make healthy happen faster for our state by driving innovation across key areas that have a huge impact on our health and wellbeing and most importantly by supporting communities bring the ideas to life that will be most beneficial – because they know their own communities better than anyone.”

Grants Program outline

  • GenQ Health and Wellbeing Queensland Community Grants (up to $20,000 per project) to help community organisations, councils and non-government sector deliver programs within the community that support children’s health and wellbeing.
  • GenQ Health and Wellbeing Queensland Impact Grants (up to $200,000 per project) to leverage existing knowledge that has high potential to promote better health and wellbeing across the Queensland population.
  • PhD Industry Top-up Scholarships to support a PhD candidate enrolled in a Queensland university in the field of improving youth health and wellbeing in Queensland communities.
  • Translation Grant which aims to use existing research knowledge and innovative approaches that can be scaled up to improve health and wellbeing of young Queenslanders at the population level.


Media contact – Minister D’Ath: 07 3035 6100

Health and Wellbeing Queensland – Clare Murray, Communications and Engagement Manager 0439 480 610