Department of Health

Diverse Communities Grants Program

Applications have now closed for the 2022-23 Grants Program. The next round of the Diverse Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants Program will open in mid-2023 - keep an eye on this page for updates.

The Victorian Government is delivering a grants program for community-led organisations from diverse communities to support the mental health and wellbeing of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, LGBTIQ+ people and people with disability.  

The final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recognised the strength and knowledge of diverse community leaders and community-led organisations in understanding the mental health and wellbeing needs of their communities and supporting the delivery of safe, responsive and inclusive mental health services.  

Diverse communities, as defined by the Royal Commission, are: 

  • culturally and linguistically diverse communities 
  • LGBTIQ+ people 
  • people with disability.

In 2022–23 the Victorian Government will be providing a total of $2.4 million for projects that support the mental health and wellbeing of diverse communities and empower them to engage in Victoria’s mental health reforms.  

This builds on the 2021–22 grants funding round, which aimed to establish the foundations and support diverse communities to engage in the mental health reforms. 

Find out more about our work to support the mental health and wellbeing of Victoria's diverse communities.

Funding available and eligibility criteria

Further information about available funding, eligibility and how to apply will be made available when the grants program reopens in mid-2023.

Previous grant recipients

Organisations receiving grants in the 2022-2023 round are:

  • Afri-Aus Care Inc
  • African Australian Welfare Bureau Inc
  • Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights
  • Australian Vietnamese Women's Association
  • Centre for Muslim Wellbeing
  • Cerebral Palsy Support Network
  • CULTURA
  • Disability Resources Centre
  • Drummond Street Services
  • Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
  • Guide Dogs Victoria
  • Yellow Ladybugs
  • inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
  • Koorie Pride
  • Korin Gamadji Institute & Bachar Houli Foundation
  • Minus18
  • Multicultural Centre for Women's Health
  • National Disability Services Australia & Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID)
  • Podium Magazine Inc
  • The Australian African Sports Association
  • Thorne Harbour Health
  • Wellsprings for Women

Organisations who received grants in the 2021-2022 round are:

  • Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria
  • Foundation House and Victorian Refugee Health Network
  • Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
  • Drummond Street Services
  • Switchboard Victoria
  • Thorne Harbour Health
  • AMAZE
  • Deaf Victoria
  • National Disability Services Victoria.

Reviewed 05 December 2022

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