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Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program – Emerging Priorities

Funder:  Federal – Health

Grant Background:  The Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program aims to strengthen national access to perinatal mental health and wellbeing support services to improve health outcomes for expectant and new parents experiencing, or at risk of, perinatal mental health issues. The purpose of the Emerging Priorities grant opportunity is to address national gaps in perinatal mental health and wellbeing service delivery through the delivery of new initiatives that complement and enhance existing services.

The objectives of the Emerging Priorities grant opportunity are to:
• deliver national perinatal mental health initiatives for expectant and new parents experiencing or at risk of perinatal mental illness, including activities aimed at improving access to support services for underserviced groups and vulnerable sectors of communities across Australia;
• deliver national prevention and early intervention support services for parents at risk of perinatal mental illness following birth trauma, miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death to prevent the development of mental illness;
• deliver training and education initiatives aimed at the improvement of perinatal mental health and wellbeing service delivery; and
• deliver awareness, information and stigma reduction initiatives for perinatal mental health and wellbeing.

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Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity

Funder:  Federal – Health

Grant Background: This grant opportunity will use sport and physical activity projects to address inclusion issues for vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and seeks to enhance wellbeing and instill a sense of community belonging.

Using sport and physical activity, the grant opportunity aims to contribute to the building of resilient, cohesive and harmonious communities to ensure that individuals, families and communities have the opportunity to thrive and have the capacity to respond to emerging needs and challenges.

The grant opportunity will target the following community groups to engage in sport and physical activity projects:
–  newly arrived migrants and refugees;
–  women;
–  people with a physical or mental disability; and
–  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are to:
–  increase the participation of vulnerable, disadvantaged individuals and families from targeted community groups in sport and physical activity;
–  increase community pride and connection within targeted community groups; and
–  increase the range of flexible, community based, participation opportunities available.

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My Community Project

Funder:  NSW – Generations Fund

Grant Background: My Community Project is a new initiative by the NSW Government to improve the wellbeing of people and communities in NSW. By having the ability to propose and vote on local projects, the people of NSW are given the opportunity to determine how to strengthen and improve their communities.

Anyone aged 16 years or over is encouraged to get involved in My Community Project by:

  • proposing a community project with the support of a sponsor to deliver the project
  • voting for their preferred projects in their electorate to make their community an even better place to live.

Projects must align with one or more of the following program categories:

  • Accessible communities: The project will make everyday life more inclusive for all community members. This aims to increase mobility and accessibility in communities.
  • Cultural communities: The project will add to the cultural and artistic life of the community. This aims to increase opportunities for residents to participate in arts and cultural activities.
  • Healthy communities: The project will support the community’s physical and mental wellbeing by enabling healthy and active lifestyles.
  • Liveable communities: The project will improve local amenity and the local environment.
  • Revitalising communities: The project will foster stronger community bonds, and encourage social engagement and participation in public programs. This category aims to increase satisfaction with community facilities.
  • Safe communities: The project will promote a safe and secure community where people can participate and enjoy the benefits of community life.

While projects may fit within multiple categories, applicants only need to select the category that best represents their project idea.

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Community, Health, Rural & Regional

In a Good Place

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grant Background: In a Good Place is a national grants program that provides support for community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and encourage people in rural, regional and remote communities who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues to seek help.

There are three objectives for this program:

  1. Reduce social isolation;
  2. Increase social participation and connectedness;
  3. Increase help-seeking.

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Serve communities with populations under 10,000;
  • Are run by and based in the beneficiary community/ies;
  • Respond to specific population mental health and wellbeing issues within a local community;
  • Are sustainable beyond the period of the grant;
  • Can clearly measure and report on project outcomes.

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