About the program
The Innovation Challenge Program will provide flexible and responsive investment in innovative projects which increase participation in physical activity. Projects will be supported based on need, project and organisational merit, innovation, sustainability of outcomes and consideration of the greatest return of investment. An innovative approach will be used allowing organisations to pitch their ideas through a face to face or video submission to a panel.
The program will be facilitated by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and Healthway but driven collaboratively with community and industry ensuring it is relevant and responsive to community needs.
As part of the program Healthway is seeking to support innovative ideas that create physical activity opportunities for inactive young people and inactive girls and women. DLGSC is seeking ideas that allow sport and recreation organisations to streamline their business and deliver their activity in an innovative/different way. Further, DLGSC is also wanting ideas on how technology can be used in the sport and recreation sector.
A funding pool of $750,000 with $500,000 attributed to Healthway and $250,000 attributed to DLGSC.
What is meant by innovation?
In this context, innovation refers to new, clever ideas or changes to previous processes, programs, products or services to adapt and respond to the community. Innovation is change that adds value.
This may include implementing new concepts, using under utilised spaces, developing new partnerships, establishing new programs outside traditional sport or recreation settings or using technology such as digital platforms and gamification to increase participation.
The program is expected to identify challenges and issues to be explored and developed, these are outlined in the primary objective and focus areas section of the document.
It is expected successful projects will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the complex nature of inactivity, barriers faced and the needs of
the target group;
- Be designed and guided by the target group, including the use of co-design;
- Develop and work in quality partnerships;
- Create environments that support the change, that may include optimising the use of local facilities and spaces;
- Measure outcomes and evaluate the success of the program; and
- Identify options on how to scale-up what works and ensure sustainability.
The funding from both Healthway and DLGSC supports not-for-profit sport and active recreation organisations, to pivot operations, collaborate, innovate, develop new ways of working, maintain viability and build resilience. Local governments, tertiary institutions and community organisation who are well placed to engage at-risk groups are also able to respond to the Healthway challenges in partnership with sport and recreation organisations.