Office of Preventive Health

2020 Healthy Town Challenge


2020 Application Information 


Applications are invited from rural NSW towns for the NSW Healthy Town Challenge 2020

• Applications open Friday 22 November 2019
• Applications close Monday 13 January 2020
• The Challenge will take place from 10 February to 11 September 2020

Towns that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
1. Total population between 1,000 to 15,000 people in the 2016 census
2. Located outside of the Sydney Metropolitan area, as outlined in the Regional Development Regulation 2012

Towns may submit joint applications with adjacent towns and satellite townships if they do not meet the population requirement or share local services such as health facilities. 

Through a competitive process, five towns are selected to participate in the challenge. They are offered a seed grant of $15,000 to develop and implement strategies that focus on improving the lifestyle of individuals and establishing local policies and infrastructure to support healthier behaviours within their community.

Towns have six months to bring their proposed project to life, with additional support from both NSW Office of Preventive Health and the Heart Foundation NSW. The town that wins the challenge is awarded a prize of $5,000 to continue their efforts.


2020 Healthy Town Challenge Resources



Application Form

The application form is a writable PDF that can be saved. Completed application forms will have to be submitted via email or fax by Monday 13 January 2020



The brochure provides detailed information about the challenge including the eligibility criteria, application and selection processes, grant award and the support provided by NSW Office of Preventive Health to selected towns.


Summary Fact Sheet

The summary fact sheet is a one page summary of the challenge which can be used to promote the challenge.


Creating Heart Healthy Towns

Creating Heart Healthy Town is a Heart Foundation resource that provides guidance to communities on developing and implementing local initiatives to decrease the risks of heart disease in their community members.


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