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September 8, 2014

Communities urged to apply for Medibank health and wellbeing grants

Not-for-profit organisations are being encouraged to apply for funds that help to boost the health and wellbeing of their local communities.

Medibank’s Community Grants program is now taking applications, providing $600,000 to support local initiatives throughout Australia and New Zealand that encourage healthy eating, physical activity and community connectedness.

And for the first time the shortlisted applications from Australia will be open to a public vote.

Medibank’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Rita Marigliani said that opening voting up to the community would raise much-needed awareness of the important work local organisations were doing to better the health of Australians.

“Our vision is that people of all ages will live longer in good health by being encouraged to eat well, stay mentally and physically active and connected with their communities. It’s all part of Generation Better,” Ms Marigliani said.

“The Medibank Community Fund is proud to be supporting local initiatives that give Australians from all walks of life a chance to lead healthier and more active lives.

“We encourage the public to get behind this initiative and back their local sporting or community group when the public vote opens on Monday 17 November.”

This year 42 projects were funded under the Medibank Community Fund (MCF) Community Grants program, to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of everyone from toddlers through to senior citizens, right across rural, regional and metropolitan areas.

For more information or to submit an application, visit the Medibank Community Fund website

Successful applicants will be announced on December 11, 2014.

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