Wellbeing Grants

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The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences is committed to the health and wellbeing of our students. We aim to enhance students’ experiences through the provision of a range of activities and initiatives. This includes programs to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining physical and psychological health and wellbeing. The wellbeing grants are funded jointly by the Faculty and an additional generous donation of $4,000 towards Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student projects. We are seeking applications to fund proactive, student-led projects aimed at improving the wellbeing of FVAS students

Objectives

The Student Wellbeing Grants objectives include:

  • Raising awareness of the importance of maintaining physical and mental health
  • Fostering student engagement in activities that promote their physical and mental health
  • Providing opportunities for students to bond with one another through shared activities
  • Enhancing the cohort experience amongst School of Agriculture and Food (SAF) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students.

Priority will be given to:

  • Temporary student groups formed with the specific intention of delivering an initiative
  • Projects that encourage inclusion and celebrate diversity
  • Ideas that involve participation in community and charitable activities.

Projects will be awarded in two categories:

  • Online/remote activities – that can be undertaken under stay-at-home directions as advised by the Victorian government
  • In person activities – that accommodate groups of 10 or less students for a single event. These events can be run multiple times to increase participation.

Funding can be used for, but is not limited to:

  • Prizes for contests
  • Materials for art/craft/building activities
  • Payment to a professional instructor to lead an activity

Examples of activities:

  • Online photography or short film festival – it may be possible hold an exhibition/festival on campus once stay-at-home restrictions are lifted
  • Online cooking or craft activities
  • Fitness challenges

Selection Guidelines

Grants will be shortlisted by each respective Student Wellbeing Grants Selection Committee.

The Selection Committees will comprise:

Melbourne Veterinary School (MVS)

  • Associate Professor Leonie Richards
  • Dr Laura Dooley
  • Student Wellbeing Grants Donor
  • Alana Marriner
  • Sarah Jacob

School of Agriculture and Food (SAF)

  • Dr Sarah Frankland
  • Karen Edwards
  • Alana Marriner
  • Sarah Jacob

Additional Committee members may be seconded as needed.

Once the Committee agrees on a shortlist, the Committee will survey students in SAF and the DVM respectively with their preferences for the initiatives to be funded.

While the Committee will take into account the preferences of students, the Committee reserves the right to fund specific projects.

The Committee’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Funding will be distributed as soon as practicable according to University payment cycles.

In shortlisting, the Committee will consider how the intended projects:

  • Provide meaningful collaboration opportunities for the maximum number of students
  • Seek to improve mental health awareness
  • Promote physical and mental wellbeing
  • Encourage diversity and social inclusion activities
  • Complement the curriculum of respective courses

The Committee will be responsible for the administration of applications and funding for these projects.

These guidelines are provided to ensure that the process for applying for these Grants is clear and transparent.

Information regarding successful Grant recipients will be conveyed to students via email and social media.

How to apply

Applications are to be submitted by 11.59pm 19 July, 2020 and incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

For queries and application assistance, please contact FVAS Enrichment:

fvas-enrichment@unimelb.edu.au

Applications will be acknowledged via email immediately. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 30 minutes of submission, please contact us to confirm that your application has been received.

Successful applicants will be contacted via email.

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School of Agriculture and Food

In 2020, eleven project grants will be offered for funding in the following categories:

  • 3 x $500 grants, which will be awarded to projects led by students in each year level of the Bachelor of Agriculture
  • 3 x $500 grants, which will awarded for any year of the Bachelor of Agriculture, with priority given to those which encourage participation across all years
  • 2 x $500 grants which will be awarded to a project led by students from the Master of Agricultural Science or Master of Agribusiness programs
  • 2 x $500 grants which will be awarded to a project led by students from the Master of Food Science or Master of Food and Packaging Innovations
  • One $500 grant which will be awarded to a project led by students from the Diploma in General Studies

Melbourne Veterinary School

In 2020, nine project grants will be offered, as follows:

  • 2 x $1,250 grants, which will be awarded to projects that encourage participation across all four year levels of the DVM
  • 4 x $1,000 grants, which will be awarded to projects that encourage participation across more than one year level of the DVM
  • 3 x $500 grants, which will be awarded to projects that target at least one year level of the DVM

Please note:

  • All proposals for in person activities must include a contingency arrangement, in the event that stay at home measures stay in place for longer than anticipated.
  • Group applications are encouraged, but all students must be enrolled in one of the programs above.
  • Individuals or groups may be affiliated with, or a representative of, a University of Melbourne student club or society, however, this is not required.
  • Grants may not be used to purchase alcohol or tobacco products.
  • Funding will be on a one-off basis with no additional funding provided.
  • Grants are to be dispensed during Semester 2, 2020, with all activities being completed by 31 December 2020.
  • Grants are not for the purchase of assets for groups or individuals unless explicitly approved in writing by the Committee.
  • Grants are not for research projects.
  • Grants do not count towards academic credit, and they must not be part of any assessments for subjects.
  • Applications must have one lead student, who will be the main contact for the application.

Acquittal of grants

Funded initiatives must be substantially completed within 21 days of the activity’s completion.

Following the completion of the project, a short online Grant Acquittal Form must be completed by the project lead.

The project lead must provide a short PowerPoint presentation, using a presentation template that will be provided by the Student Experience Team, detailing an overview of the delivered activities.

Examples from the 2019 program are available to view here.

  • Dolphin Swim
  • Embroidery Workshop
  • Diversity and Inclusion Presentation

The presentation can include photos, video, audio, and testimonials from participants.

The presentation will be forwarded to the Grants benefactor for their interest.

The project lead may be asked to present to the Committee and/or students and staff.

The Committee reserves the right to use presentations for promotional purposes, such as social media, unless advised otherwise by students within the team.

Following completion of the Acquittal Form and provision of the presentation, a Certificate of Merit and Appreciation will be presented to Team Leaders involved in organising a funded project.