The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences is committed to the health and wellbeing of our students and enhancing their experiences by providing 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 by the Faculty and an additional generous donation from Cybec Foundation 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.
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:
- In person activities – Organisers must submit a COVID plan that contains a contingency in the event of restrictions imposed by the Victorian government (the template will be provided for shortlisted projects).
- Online/remote activities - to facilitate participation by remote students, and in the event of restrictions being reimposed.
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:
- Photography or short film festival
- Cooking or craft activities
- Fitness challenges
Grants will be shortlisted by each respective Student Wellbeing Grants Selection Committee.
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 open on Monday 2 May 2022. The application form and supporting documentation must be submitted by 11.59pm Wednesday 31 August 2022.
For queries and application assistance, please contact FVAS Enrichment.
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.
School of Agriculture and Food
In 2022, seven project grants are offered for funding in the following categories:
- 2 x $1250 grants
- 5 x $500 grants
Melbourne Veterinary School
In 2022, seven project grants will be offered, as follows:
- 4 x $750 grants
- 3 x $1,500 grants
- All proposals for in-person activities must include a contingency arrangement, in the event that Covid restrictions may be reimposed.
- 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, 2022, with all activities being completed by 31 December 2022.
- 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.
- Unallocated SAF funds will be directed to DVM projects in the event there are more applications than grants.
Acquittal of grants
Funded initiatives must be substantially completed within 21 days of the activity’s completion.
Unused funds must be returned to the faculty.
Following the completion of the project, a short online Grant Acquittal Form must be completed by the project lead.
At conclusion of the activity, 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 of past presentations are available for:
- 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.