Shisha No Thanks Community Grants

The Shisha No Thanks project is offering small grants of up to $3,000 to community groups and non-government organisations to support activities that support raising awareness of the harms of shisha smoking (also known as waterpipe, argileh or hookah).

About the Grants

The Shisha No Thanks Community Grants Program aims to encourage community organisations to raise awareness of the potential harms of shisha smoking.

Shisha smoking is a form of tobacco smoking that is harmful to people’s health. It contains chemicals and tar, and can lead to head, neck and lung cancers, heart disease, and lung disease.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Shisha No Thanks project is funding community/non-government organisations to conduct community engagement activities or events (e.g., fun run, BBQ, sport competition, etc.) that include information that increases community awareness of the health harms of shisha smoking.

Eligibility criteria for the grants:

  • Grant applicant must be 18 years or older
  • The activity or event must include a component of raising awareness of the harms of shisha smoking, and
  • Smoking of any form (including shisha, cigarettes and vaping) is prohibited at the activity/event. Promotion of any form (advertising, sponsorship, etc) of smoking is also prohibited.
  • Program materials (i.e., factsheets, merchandise) will need to be distributed at the event.

Requirements of activities and events:

We recommend that seventy-five per cent (75%) or more of the food and drink offered should be healthy.

Some suggestions to help you achieve this:

  • Swap sugary drinks (such as soft drinks) for healthier alternatives (such as water, tea, coffee, fruit juice that is 99% fruit)
  • Swap high fat, high sugar, high salt foods (such as fried foods, pastries) for healthier alternatives foods (such as wraps, salads, vegetable-based dishes, fruit)
  • Offer smaller portion sizes

Successful grant recipients must conduct the community engagement activities between March and July 2023.

The Shisha No Thanks project requests that a photo of the activity/event is captured which can be shared on the project’s communication channels, and that an evaluation form is completed by participants of the activity/event. Successful grant recipients must submit a brief Activity Evaluation Report (2 pages) after the activity/event using the template provided by the Shisha No Thanks project team by 11/08/2023. Successful grant recipients will need to invoice UNSW in order to receive payment via EFT.

To Apply

Applications must be completed and be submitted by email to

Applications close on 17/03/2023.

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