The Victorian Shade Grants Program is a state government initiative that provides an opportunity to fund the purchase of new or upgraded shade solutions in an aim to lower damaging UV exposure for the Victorian public. The grant applies to portable shade structures such as tents, gazebos and marquees for sporting and recreation clubs, community and other groups using public outdoor venues.
We have been providing assistance in all rounds of the shade grants, through providing a better understanding of the application process and by delivering the highest rated portable shade solutions.
The current round of the Community Shade Grants applications close at midnight, 2 October 2019.
The next round will open mid-2020, so it’s a great time to apply without delay.
The Victorian Shade Grants Program is provided through two grant schemes: the Community Shade Grants Program, and the School Shade Grants Program for Victorian Government schools. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administers the grants program and is inviting Victorian government schools and incorporated community groups to apply for a shade grant.
The community shade grants program and the school shade grants program are Victorian State Government initiatives aimed to promote an improved uptake of sun protection practices across the state. Shade grants are being awarded in an effort to reduce the Victorian public’s exposure to UV radiation by increasing accessibility to shade.
A grant from the shade grants program can fund up to 100% of the total project cost for all relevant items. Eligible items include:
There are two distinct groups of eligible applicants:
All applicants must be not-for-profit, must provide services to the community, and is preferable to hold an Australian ABN that links to the Australian trading name.
Altegra Australia is a long standing provider of high-quality portable shade products to both schools and community groups. We have supported hundreds of applicants with their grants, working to maximise the opportunity available to them. We deliver premium quality portable marquees and gazebos, with full custom logos and designs, and ensure that you receive the right product for your specific requirement.
We’ve maintained a consistent focus on the safety and the protection of the occupants of your portable shade, manufacturing both our canopies and accessories (like walls) to the highest Australian standards for sun protection. Our reinforced Polyester materials are constructed out of premium grade treated fabrics, leading our industry in sun protection, water-proofing, and longevity. Altegra products simply provide the best sun protection available across our entire range.
Portable Shade structures like gazebos and marquees are only funded under the Community Shade Grant. In contrast, the School Shade Grants are, unfortunately, not available to fund portable shade structures.
Yes, it is possible to customise your shade structure through the grant program. However, as a community group who has been awarded a Community Shade Grant, custom branding and logos added to your portable marquee or gazebo shade structure will not be covered by the program. The addition of these customisations can be quoted separately and are to be self-funded by your organisation. The result will be a premium quality, fully branded portable shade structure with the majority of the portable shade structure funded by the program.
The sun protection factor of portable shade is tested and approved by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. ARPANSA provides Australia’s leading testing against damaging UV rays, and is the laboratory who tests the Australian Cancer Council and VicHealth‘s “SunSmart™” solutions.
ARPANSA provides sun protection ratings from UPF 2 for some shade cloths, to the “UPF Excellent” rating of 50+. Any fabric that has a UPF rating of 35 or above can provide all day protection from solar UVR (ultraviolet radiation).
The full range of Altegra tents, gazebos, folding marquees, and walls are rated “UPF50+ Excellent” by ARPANSA – the highest sun protection rating possible.
Up to $50,000 of funding is available for community groups who meet eligibility under the competitive grants program. The following are the funding bands and the requirements for each:
Band 0 projects up to $700: Sun protective items only. No quote or letter required.
Band 1 projects up to $10,000: 2 quotes, 1 letter of support/approval required.
Band 2 projects $10,001 – $25,000: 2 quotes, 2 letters of support/approval
Band 3 projects $25,001 – $50,000: 2 quotes, 2 letters of support/approval required.
Written quotes are required to be within the past 12 months for the intended portable shade purchase. Letters of support and/or approval are required on behalf of any organisation or group who will own/manage/share the structure.
We’ve been working with schools and community groups for over 15 years to ensure the right product keeps you and your group covered. We are one of the longest-standing Australian manufacturers of portable shade structures whose mission has always been to deliver premium quality at the right price. Each of our portable shade structures are engineered to withstand varied levels of outdoor weather conditions and each one has its place with those who run community events. When you choose Altegra, you’re choosing a trusted brand.
The Altegra Premium Steel gazebo is the affordable shade solution intended for the casual gazebo user. The 29mm powder coated steel legs and upper frame provide a high degree of strength without the burden of significant weight. The Altegra Premium Canopy is fitted to each Premium Steel gazebo.
This is our solution that is offered as a higher quality alternative than traditional hardware or department store gazebos. Being an Altegra product, it is covered by the renowned Altegra support and manufacturer’s warranty.
The Altegra Premium Steel gazebos are available in 3x3m and 3×4.5m sizes.
This gazebo range is less frequently recommended for public events as it is intended for lighter-weight use. It is favoured by those who are outdoor enthusiasts who are after easy sun protection for their family. It is the affordable solution whose construction is superior to its like competitors though cannot stand up against the Altegra Pro Lite or Altegra Heavy-Duty in integrity or safety.
The Altegra Pro Lite is our range of expertly engineered light-weight, yet significantly robust gazebos and folding marquees. Its frame is constructed from high-grade aluminium, with 40mm (46mm diagonal) hexagonal legs and reinforced aluminium upper frame crossbows. This is the lightest of our portable shade range that has had no compromise in strength.
The Pro Lite is the ultimate portable shade solution for community groups who frequently set up and transport their gazebo or marquee. It is the perfect balance between strength and lightweight.
Additional packability can also be achieved through Altegra’s Compact Canopy innovation, the world renowned and awarded gazebo design. (Available in the 3x3m size only).
The Pro Lite is available in 2.4 x 2.4m, 3 x 3m, and 3 x 4.5m gazebo sizes, as well as, the 3 x 6m folding marquee.
The Altegra Pro Lite range is a favourite for community groups like early childhood education and care services, kindergartens, and those who value the added transportability that the lighter weight frame offers. Many of our customers who cherish the Altegra Pro Lite are campers and market stall holders.
It has been engineered to surpass Australian standards for extreme weather conditions, provided correct anchoring has been administered. A popular solution for many applicants of the Community Shade Grants program.
The Altegra Heavy Duty is THE preferred portable shade structure for schools and community groups alike. This is the product that we have built our reputation on – a dependable portable shade structure that delivers industry-leading safety, longevity, and good looks.
The 50mm (58mm diagonal) hexagonal Aluminium frame is significantly robust, engineered to stand true in the most extreme outdoor conditions. All components of this frame are built to last. From oversized galvanised steel feet, to cast aluminium fittings, no component has been overlooked. The industry-leading manufacturer’s warranty proves that this is the portable shade structure to trust.
The Heavy Duty Altegra is intended for use when there can be no compromise in safety and dependability. This is the portable shade solution for Schools, Community Groups, Public Events Organisers, and Sports Clubs.
The Heavy Duty is available in 3 x 3m and 3 x 4.5m gazebo sizes, as well as, 3 x 6m, 4 x 4m, and 4 x 8m folding marquee sizes.
The Altegra Heavy-Duty 50mm Aluminium range is the solution for those holding public events who have an uncompromising need for dependability. Its heavier-weight aluminium construction ensures steadfastness in the most extreme weather scenarios. No detail has been left out of its design – its industry-leading manufacturer’s warranty reflects this.
It has been engineered to surpass Australian standards for extreme weather conditions, provided correct anchoring has been administered. This is the preferred gazebo and folding marquee frame for most community groups applying for the Victorian Shade Grants.
Our canopies are manufactured out of premium-grade Polyester, treated for maximal sun-protection with PVC lining. The medium-weight fabrics ensure longevity and colour-fastness, while additional seam-sealing and our PVC lining also fortify your shade structure against the weather.
UPF50+ walls are a seamless additional accessory for the canopy and frame, connecting with heavy-duty velcro across its entire top length and looped to the legs. Both canopy and walls are treated to be 100% waterproof and to retain long-standing UV protection.
Once submitted, your application will be subject to inspection by the Vichealth Shade Grants Program team.