Local schools, community groups and sporting clubs across the East Gippsland electorate are encouraged to apply for funding from the 2019 Shade Grants Program that is now open.
Gippsland East Nationals MP Tim Bull said establishing shaded areas within schools and communities is an effective way to counter the negative impacts of UV radiation.
The program, which is offered annually, is split across two grant categories:
• School Shade Grants Program
• Community Shade Grants Program
Grants are available of up to $25,000 for shade development in schools and $50,000 for community groups and can include up to $700 for sun protection items such as hats and sunscreen.
Mr Bull said that approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
“We know that prolonged exposure at even low levels to ultra violet radiation from the sun is very dangerous to our health.
“Shade is a simple and effective way to protect from harmful UV radiation, and well-planned and designed shade can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent.
“I am positive that all eligible schools, community organisations and sporting clubs across East Gippsland could put additional shade structures and equipment to very good use, not just in the heat of our summers, but all year round.
“Several schools and community groups within my electorate have been successful recipients of this initiative in previous years. I encourage all eligible organisations to apply.”
The School Shade Grants Program is will close on 18 September 2019 and the Community Shade Grant Program will close on 2 October 2019.
For further information and to apply, visit: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/preventive-health/skin-cancer-prevention.