Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and CCI Giving are coming together, once again, to strengthen mental health in rural communities.

FRRR In a Good Place Grant Program now openRound five of national grants program, In a Good Place, funded by CCI Giving in partnership with FRRR, is now open!

These grants cover community-driven initiative that aim to reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and encourage people in remote, rural or regional communities to seek help if they’re at risk, or experiencing, mental health issues.

This year $200,000 is available with grants up to $20,000 awarded to eligible and successful projects.

“One of the very first grants funded through this program was led by Lifeline Tasmania’s Suicide Bereavement Support Group. Their project expanded its program outside of Hobart and into four rural Tasmanian communities that had been identified as having heightened risk of impacts from suicide deaths in the community,” said FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton.

“Through the project, locals were empowered to provide access to mental health support in their own community and were given training and resources to increase community understanding and knowledge of suicide prevention.

Five rounds of grants have equated to $600,000 awarded to 42 community-led projects fostering good mental health and wellbeing in remote, regional and rural communities.

A winning grant application is one that directly addresses the following objectives:

  • Focuses on positive mental health outcomes
  • Is seeking to be preventative or responsive in nature, designed to engage those less likely to participate in mainstream mental health services
  • Is able to provide evidence of local need
  • Is broad in nature, open to everyone including marginalised groups in the community
  • Can demonstrate strong community support for the project and partnerships with others in the community where possible
  • Shows involvement of a range of community perspectives in the development of the proposed project/activity/program
  • Has a plan for support individuals should participation in the planned project/activity/program raise concerns or triggers
  • While being short term in nature (the grant is to be expended in 12 months), is long term in its aspiration to make a difference
FRRR In a Good Place Grant Program now open

Previous winner of a In a Good Place grant, Clarke Creek State School P&C Association in Queensland.

Despite the common lack of accessible mental health services across rural and remote communities, FRRR has seen a number of diverse projects offering insight into the different challenges facing each unique rural or regional community.

The mechanisms by which communities have sought to address the lack of mental health knowledge and service deficits in their community have been individual as the communities themselves, however there has been a commonality in the overriding themes and desired outcomes,” says In the Good Place Program Coordinator, Jeanice Henderson.

“[Past] projects have been strongly focused on raising awareness and promoting open engagements about mental health challenges, in an effort to reduce stigma and increase access for people. While some projects focus on specific age groups, gender or cultural group, most focus on communities as a whole. Overall, the dominant theme has been resilience, at an individual and community level.”

Get your EOIs in by 5pm AEST 8th June 2021. Successfully organisations will then be invited to make a full application by 15 June with winners announced at the end of September.

To ensure you’re eligible, download the grant guidelines available at FRRR’s website. You’ll need some information on hand such as your project information, budget, financial information and documents and legal information.

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