Our Well-Being Grants to Support Farming Communities will provide small to large grants of between $1,000 (ex GST) and $50,000 (ex GST) to organisations and community-led initiatives that will help support the mental health, long-term well-being and resilience of farming communities.
We are funding these grants 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.
Significant parts of our region have been identified as being impacted by drought and the objective of these grants is to support organisations and community-led initiatives which will promote individual and community resilience and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
There are three levels of grants available:
- Small: up to $2,500 (ex GST)
- Medium: $2,501 – $10,000 (ex GST)
- Large: $10,001 – $50,000 (ex GST)
How to Apply
- Read the Well-Being Grants to Support Farming Communities Application Guidelines to understand all the eligibility criteria.
- Download and complete the Well-Being Grants to Support Farming Communities Application Form (PDF 318kb).
- Submit your application form (or a document that addresses the application's questions) and any supporting material via email or post (as per details provided in the Application Guidelines) by one of the dates below.
An Evaluation Panel will consider applications in rounds:
Round 1: applications closed.
Round 2: applications by closed.
Round 3: applications by Friday 19 July.
Round 4: applications by Friday 20 September.
You will be notified whether or not your application has been successful, or you may be asked to provide more information.
If you have any questions about the Grants, please contact Kieran Mahony, Manager Mental Health Reform on 4708 8111 or via our online contact us form.
Funded Projects, Programs & Services
Capertee Valley Landcare Inc. - Bushwalks conducted in Capertee Valley, highlighting the connection between physical and mental health. Aims to foster social connections and offers informal access to mental health professionals.
Hawkesbury Be & Co. - A pop-up social event offering free coffee and conversation. Hawkesbury Be & Co. focuses on community connectedness and reducing social isolation.
Lithgow Area Women's Shed: This project will deliver skills workshops to the community, focusing on practical skills for socially and geographically isolated women.
Lithgow Information & Neighbourhood Centre - Training local resilience coaches to deliver resilience workshops within the community targeting all age groups.
Trybal Productions (auspiced by Arts Out West) - A theatre style show based on lived experiences of individuals, families and health workers living & working with mental illness. The project aims to reduce the isolation and stigma associated with mental illness while providing both formal and informal support.
The above projects, programs & services were successful in their applications for Round 1 of the Well-Being Grants for Farming Communities.
Round 2 has now concluded and the successful applicants will be announced in the coming weeks.