Community Wellbeing and Resilience Grants

Round one applications are now closed. Round two grants will be opening soon.

Grants of up to $5,000

The Community Wellbeing and Resilience Grants are funded through NSW Health and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care to support the mental health of those affected by the 2022 floods.

These grants allow communities to choose their own way to respond to the losses, anxiety and distress they have experienced, as well as actively participate in their recovery.

What activities can be funded?

A range of activities and initiatives may be considered appropriate to support community-led wellbeing, including, but not limited to:

  • social connection events that bring the community together to build networks and friendships such as community BBQs, exercise classes, playgroups, art therapy classes, etc
  • community events or workshops that promote resilience and reduce stigma associated with mental illness and accessing mental health and suicide prevention services
  • projects that are recovery focused and aim to build on the community resilience, healing, and capacity building
  • sharing information about available community resources and services and how to access them
  • complementary and lifestyle interventions known to improve physical and mental health that can be delivered in a group setting, such as exercise and wellbeing classes
  • community education on topics such as managing stress, anxiety, depression, and stigma
  • practical advice and skills development, e.g. for parents to help provide support for their children

How to Apply

Round one applications are now closed.

Assessment Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • evidence that the grant activity will address the mental health and wellbeing of flood affected communities in the Hawkesbury or Penrith Local Government Areas (consideration will be given to applications from flood affected areas in Blue Mountains and Lithgow if sufficient evidence of need is provided)
  • demonstration of need: how the flood impacted your community, and how the activity will benefit your community
  • evidence that the planned activity is consistent with the grant program’s objectives
  • capacity of grant recipient to deliver the activity on time and within budget
  • the activity is value for money
  • the budget clearly breaks down the major elements of the planned expenditure
  • the activity does not duplicate services and there is not an over-saturation of services in one community
  • activities that incorporate professional mental health support (such as a psychologist, peer worker, social worker or individuals with mental health training) will be looked upon favourably
  • promotion of referral links or collaboration with other community organisations, health care, and social services
  • includes vulnerable high needs groups and hard-to-reach people

Do you have an idea for a grant project that is more than $5,000? Tell us more...

This is not an application form for the Wellbeing and Resilience Grants. It is an opportunity to pitch an idea for future grant projects.