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Well-Being Grants to Support Farming Communities

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:

  1. Small: up to $2,500 (ex GST)
  2. Medium: $2,501 – $10,000 (ex GST)
  3. Large: $10,001 – $50,000 (ex GST)

How to Apply

  1. Read the Well-Being Grants to Support Farming Communities Application Guidelines to understand all the eligibility criteria.
  2. Download and complete the Well-Being Grants to Support Farming Communities Application Form (PDF 318kb).
  3. 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 closed.

  • Round 3: applications closed.

  • Round 4: applications by Friday 18 October 2019.

  • Round 5: applications by Friday 28 February 2020.

You will be notified whether or not your application has been successful, or you may be asked to provide more information.

Further Information

If you have any questions about the Grants, please contact Nicole Parsons on 4708 8191 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. 

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Art as Therapy - Will encourage socialisation and stress reduction while teaching new coping mechanisms through the delivery of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Art as Therapy.

Hawkesbury Be & Co. - A pop-up social event offering free coffee and conversation. Hawkesbury Be & Co. focuses on community connectedness and reducing social isolation.
Hawkesbury Community Outreach Services Inc. - Supporting mental health, well-being and community connectedness through a Food Hamper program that includes mental health coaching, community gardening and networking activities.

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.

Lithgow Public School - Promoting mental health and well-being for children living in rural and regional areas within the Lithgow LGA using a Movement Sensory-Modulation Pod located within the school.

St Albans Common Trust - Arrange and facilitate community events including mental health coaching, working groups, information sharing, muster training sessions, an annual gala night and the documentation/recording of local history to foster social connectedness.

Tarana Community Farmers Market - Promoting an ongoing program of events to improve farm community health and well-being as well as build resilience within drought affected farming communities.

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.

Round 3 has now concluded and the successful applicants will be announced in the coming weeks. 

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