Yesterday we launched our Well-Being Grants for Farming Communities program to help support the mental health and well-being of farming communities in the Nepean Blue Mountains region.
Significant parts of our region have been identified as being drought impacted, and this program will provide grants of between $1,000 and $50,000 to organisations and community-led initiatives that will help support the mental health, long-term well-being and resilience of these communities.
Funding for these grants is being provided through the Federal Government’s Empowering our Communities initiative, which aims to help farmers, families and communities deal with the uncertainty, stress and anxiety of drought conditions.
Coming from a farming family myself, I understand the financial and emotional strain extreme weather conditions can have on farming families and the wider community. As a young person, I saw and experienced this strain first hand, so I am passionate about helping to build support networks for these communities and and encouraging those who need support, to access the services they need.
Under our Grants Application Guidelines a range of activities, aimed at farming communities, that encourage community participation, promote individual or community resilience and/or reduce the stigma of mental illness, may be considered appropriate for grant funding.
Those eligible to apply for the grants include not-for-profit organisations, community groups, social enterprises, local governments, sporting clubs and the like.
We are open to a variety of proposals from a range of community groups and organisations that will help support the immediate and long-term mental health needs of our farming families and communities. If you have a project or initiative that can help, then I encourage you to apply.
For the full application guidelines and to apply, go to www.nbmphn.com.au/grants.