FRRR’s In a Good Place Program to Support Remote Communities in Australia

Deadline: 14 March 2019

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is seeking applications for its “In a Good Place”, a national grants program that provides support for community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and increase help-seeking of members within rural, regional and remote communities who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues.

Program Goals

In a Good Place supports rural, regional and remote communities in their efforts to strengthen the mental health of at-risk and vulnerable members of their communities via projects, services or activities that are preventative or responsive in nature and which are designed to engage those less likely, unable due to distance and isolation, or ineligible to participate in mainstream mental health services. The program is open primarily to non-clinical approaches which are community-based and accessible at a grassroots level in a range of settings. Priority will be given to initiatives which:

  • Are delivered via non-clinical first providers of mental health care, such as school counsellors and teachers, members of the clergy or pastoral care teams, neighbourhood or community groups, or via technological or other innovative methods.
  • Improve accessibility and availability of mental health services, tools or support to areas with limited or no access to the same;
  • Provide innovative responses which are inclusive, building social connections that lead to better mental health;
  • Confront stigma surrounding help-seeking behaviour.

Grant Information

Grants of up to $20,000 are available from an annual funding pool of $200,000. $100,000 is available this round.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Community groups and not-for-profit organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. There is no special tax status required.
  • Organisations registered as charities with the ACNC are preferred but not essential.
  • If project involves working directly with children / youth under 18 years, organisation must have policies and procedures around working with children, Working with Children Checks, and the handling of child abuse complaints, or the project may not be funded.
  • Applicants with outstanding final reports are not eligible to apply unless a time extension has been granted.
  • Projects must:
    • Be conducted for charitable purposes and consistent with broad public benefit;
    • Directly relate to one or more of the objectives of In a Good Place;
    • Demonstrate strong community support for the project and involvement of a range of community perspectives;
    • Be undertaken within 12 months of receiving the funding, reporting back to FRRR on the outcomes of the project within three months of project completion, with a further follow up phone-based review with FRRR in the following three months.
    • Applicants should contact FRRR to discuss the suitability of their project before starting an application.
  • Preference will be given to projects:
    • Serving communities with populations under 10,000 in rural, regional and remote communities nationally;
    • Run by, and based in, the beneficiary community/ies;
    • Responding to specific population mental health and wellbeing issues within a local community;
    • Sustainable beyond the period of the grant;
    • Do not duplicate an existing service or program.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

Eligible Country: Australia

For more information, please visit https://www.frrr.org.au/in_a_good_place.php

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