Wyndham City offers grants to support organisations, companies and individuals working towards creating a healthier community.

Open October 2017. 

Active Travel Grants for Schools

Is traffic congestion an issue during drop-off and pick-up times at your school? Do you want to improve the health and wellbeing of your school community through walking, riding and scooting to school?

Apply now for a $5,000 grant to improve active travel at your school!

What is the Active Travel Schools program?

The Wyndham Active Travel Schools program, run by Wyndham City supports a holistic approach to increasing active travel rates and reducing traffic congestion around schools. Eight schools have participated in the program since 2014 and an additional four are now being recruited for 2017. 

Selected schools will work in partnership with Wyndham City to develop and implement a School Travel Plan that identifies barriers to active travel (eg. incomplete footpaths, lack of bike storage etc.), and find solutions to overcome these.

What do participating schools receive?

  • Tailored support, resources and advice from Wyndham City departments and the Active Travel Officer
  • Opportunities to connect with other Wyndham schools working on active travel
  • $5,000 to support the development and implementation of a School Travel Plan
  • Support to meet the ‘Physical Activity’ benchmarks of the Healthy Together Achievement Program

What are participating schools expected to do?

Lead, drive and be responsible for developing and implementing a School Travel Plan

Work in partnership with Wyndham City and commit to using best practice active travel strategies to reduce traffic congestion

Commit school resources to the program (financial or in-kind support)

Participate in the Healthy Together Achievement Program.

What can the grant be used for?

Grants must be spent on the development and implementation of a School Travel Plan.

This can include:

  • CRT costs for teachers/staff, or payment to a school community member (e.g. a parent) to enable development of the School Travel Plan.
  • Implementation of initiatives to support active travel (e.g. a new bike shed, Bike Education training or active travel path markers)

Is my school eligible to participate?

All schools in Wyndham are eligible to apply. Up to four will be selected to participate in 2017.

How will schools be selected? 

Wyndham City will assess and select schools based on their completed Application Form. 

Preference will be given to schools who demonstrate readiness and commitment to increasing active travel, are in a geographic location viable for infrastructure improvements, or located near other schools participating in the project.

What do the three pilot schools say about the program?

“It was a smooth process with Wyndham City guiding us along….. All of the hard work has paid off. The launch of our travel plan and the ‘Walk and Ride to School Wednesday’ initiative has been a huge success. We now have well over 50% of our school community actively travelling to school every Wednesday” - Assistant Principal - Baden Powell College

“It was definitely an eye opening experience for Alamanda College with consistent support from Council to help guide us along. We are experiencing plenty of success just by implementing some small changes to our daily routines. We are well on our way to achieving our long term goal of developing lifelong changes for our students.” - Leading Teacher - Alamanda College

“The dedicated staff member and overall support from council has been very helpful in the development of our school travel plan” - Principal - Corpus Christi Primary School 

Step 1: Read the Active Travel School Program Guidelines.

Step 2: Before submitting your application, ensure that the appropriate authorising representatives are aware of the application request and are authorised to sign funding agreements.

Step 3:Apply

If you get stuck completing your application, please contact Wyndham City’s Active Travel Officer for assistance on 8734 5488 or email Darren.jones@wyndham.vic.gov.au.

Advice from US neighbourhood building expert Jim Diers

Find out how you can help make your community a stronger, healthier one. 

Check out this great advice from US neighbourhood building expert Jim Diers, who visited Wyndham City.

Never do for your community what they can do for themselves.

That’s the advice US neighbourhood building expert Jim Diers had for community workers during his recent visit to Wyndham City. Check out his interview to learn more about how you can engage, empower and support your local community.

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