Funding program ActiveKIT: getting more Queenslanders moving

Health and Wellbeing Queensland is collaborating with Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport to launch an exciting new funding program to get more Queenslanders moving.

ActiveKIT is for those organisations and individuals who have products, services or programs that are ready to go, ready to be trialed and implemented—to get more Queenslanders engaged in physical activity.

The program will invest up to $4.3 million for new and innovative solutions targeting two key challenges:

  • Challenge 1: Increase physical activity participation of Queenslanders who are insufficiently active.
  • Challenge 2: Strengthen the capability of organisations within the Active Industry including financial health and workforce capability.

These solutions might include a physical activity program targeting specific groups, a smartphone product or service tailoring physical activity based on recent movement, an app delivering real-time access to local eco-tourism or infrastructure such as low maintenance lawn grass.

Other ideas could involve innovative events for target groups that drive economic benefits for the active industry, or inventions to help clubs share resources.

Health and Wellbeing Queensland Chief Executive Dr Robyn Littlewood said being part of the ActiveKIT program was an important way to create new ways of encouraging and enabling Queenslanders to improve their overall health.

“We know over 420,000 Queenslanders are not getting enough physical activity each week, and more than 48,000 Queensland children and getting less than one hour of physical activity each day,” said Dr Littlewood.

“Low physical activity has a direct impact on our overall health and wellbeing, including increasing our risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.”

“Increasing our physical activity helps prevent hypertension, overweight and obesity, and can improve mental health, quality of life and wellbeing.”

“ActiveKIT is an impressive first for government agencies to partner and co-design community solutions of this nature and we’re really excited about how bolstering the investment into this program will get more Queenslanders moving.”

This program has come out of the Activate! Queensland 2019 – 2029 Strategy.

Applicants are invited to present their innovative solutions to the challenges via an online written application. Applications close on Monday 19 April 2021.

Learn more about ActiveKIT.