$250k available for community-led mental health projects

rural mental health grants

In a Good Place (IAGP) program grants up to $20,000 are on offer for remote, rural, and regional community groups that empower locals to talk, connect, learn, participate, and foster help-seeking behaviours through community-driven mental health and wellbeing projects.

Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR) and CCI Giving are offering a total of $250,000 in IAGP grants, a boost of $50,000 on previous grant rounds.

CCI Giving General Manager and Chair, Jeremy Yipp, said since partnering with FRRR in 2018, they’d seen direct positive impacts made to 53 mental health focused projects funded across remote, rural, and regional Australia.

“Seed funding is critical for the smaller community projects so that they can develop a proof of concept for their activity model and see what works and what doesn’t, and why. Without assistance from grant programs, such as In a Good Place, these projects may never have the opportunity to really get off the ground and reach their full potential,” Mr Yipp says.

Jill Karena, FRRR’s People Programs Portfolio Lead, said in its sixth year, the In A Good Place program continued to provide vital funding to support the mental health and wellbeing of communities.

“Projects funded through the In a Good Place program typically bring people together, sometimes to heal, always to learn,” she says.

“The program has a definite and important role to play in supporting rural communities in reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and help-seeking behaviours. It helps to bring mental health and wellbeing out in the open, making it okay to talk about and okay to reach out and ask for help,” Ms Karena said.

Applications opened on April 12 and there is a two-stage application process. To get started, a brief Expression of Interest must be submitted at the latest by 5pm AEST, Wednesday May 17.

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Applicants can also call 1800 170 020 for more details.

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