July 10, 2019
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced it has a pool of $100,000 available for projects that improve mental health in rural Australia.
The “In A Good Place” grants program is being jointly run by FRRR and CCI Giving.
Grants of up to $20,000 are available for community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation, and encourage people in rural communities to seek help.
FRRF says getting mental health support in rural areas is more difficult than in metropolitan areas:
FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton said investing in mental health in rural communities is not only critical but also has broader benefits.
“According to the National Mental Health Commission, the cost of mental ill-health in Australia is more the $60 billion each year,” Ms Egleton said.
“Research shows that by improving mental health, there is increased community resilience and social connectedness, leading to increased productivity, economic participation, and employment.”
Priority will be given to initiatives that:
Applications for the latest round of the program open on July 9 and close on August 13.
Further information on the guidelines is available on the In A Good Place web page.
FRRR expects this will be a highly competitive program and has strongly recommended potential applicants contact them to discuss the suitability of their project before applying.