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Improvement Grant Program

NOW OPEN: For funding 1st July 2024 - 30th December 2025

The HNE Improvement Grant Program encourages collaboration between HNE staff, service managers, improvement specialists and patients by supporting staff in implementing evidence-based innovations to improve the health outcomes of patients and the community.

These grants are explicitly focused on the translation of existing evidence/guideline recommendations into sustainable routine care delivery practice. As such, funding will not support research (knowledge generation) initiatives.

Improvement initiatives are encouraged that:

  • Address identified LHD priorities.
  • Are supported by literature or local evidence from small scale initiatives and/or clinical guidelines.
  • Demonstrate collaboration between clinical and service leaders, service providers, improvement/evaluation specialists, networks/streams, patients/consumers and Aboriginal advisors.
  • Include supplementary support in terms of (in-kind) resources, staff release time, funding, equipment or resources, consumables etc. from the relevant clinical unit or partners.
  • Improve the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction).
  • Improve health outcomes.
  • Reduce the per capita cost of health care.

In this round approximately $150,000 (6 projects x $25,000) has been identified by the HNE Research Office and Children, Young People and Family Services (CYPFS) to support up to 6 Improvement initiatives.

Key Dates

Applications OPEN12 December 2023
Applications CLOSE (via Award Force)2 April 2024
Notification of Successful ApplicantsLate May 2024
Commencement of Project Funding1 July 2025
Project Funding End30 December 2025

Application Documents

Please ensure you complete the following prior to the closing date so they can be attached with your submission:

Endorsement Page: Endorsement will need to be received from Managers and Executive relative to the HNELHD Service that your application impacts.

Supporting Emails: A supporting email must be included for all team members and stakeholders listed, confirming they have been consulted on the project, have reviewed the application, and agree to be listed as a team member or stakeholder.


The Application Forms may be downloaded and used as templates to copy/paste answers into the online submission tool Award Force

Please submit applications via Award Force https://hnehealth.awardsplatform.com/


For further information or enquiries please contact the HNE Research Office or HNE Research Development Manager, Dr Kathryn Reilly:

Email: HNELHD-ResearchOffice@health.nsw.gov.au or Kathryn.Reilly@health.nsw.gov.au

Office Phone: (02) 4921 4140