Wellbeing Grants

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The School of Agriculture and Food is committed to the health and wellbeing of our students. The School aims 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 School has received the generous support of $6,000 to fund proactive, student-led projects aimed at improving the wellbeing of SAF students


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 SAF students.

Priority will be given to:

  • Initiatives that involve student groups of ten or more
  • 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 that connect Dookie and Parkville student cohorts

Funding Guidelines

In 2019, six project grants each of up to $1,000 will be offered for funding in the following categories:

  1. Three $1,000 grants, which are intended to be awarded to projects led by students in each year level of the Bachelor of Agriculture
  2. One $1,000 grant which will to be awarded to a project led by undergraduate students based at the Dookie campus
  3. One $1,000 grant which will to be awarded to a project led by students from the Master of Agricultural Science or Master of Agribusiness programs
  4. One $1,000 grant which will to be awarded to a project led by students from the Master of Food Science or Master of Food and Packaging Innovations
  5. Applicants must be students enrolled in the Bachelor of Agriculture OR the Masters of Agriculture OR Masters of Food programs.

Please note:

  • Group applications will be accepted, 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, 2019.
  • 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.

Application and Selection Procedure

Applications will re-open in April 2020.

Applications must have one lead student, who will be the main contact for the application.

Grants will be shortlisted by the Student Wellbeing Grants Selection Committee.

The Selection Committee will comprise:

  • Director, Student Experience, Parkville (Committee Chair)
  • Director, Student Experience, Dookie
  • Director, Teaching and Learning (Operations)
  • Associate Dean Learning and Teaching
  • Three student representatives (2 from Parkville, 1 from Dookie)
  • Student Programs Coordinator

Each member of the Selection Committee will have an equal vote.

Once the Committee agrees on a shortlist, the Committee will survey students in SAF (all years) 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

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.

Applications are to be submitted by 11.59pm 1 July, 2019 and incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

For queries and application assistance, please contact FVAS Enrichment.

E: 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.