The Victorian Government has announced a $2.4 million grants program for community-led organisations that represent diverse communities.
The Diverse Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants Program will help organisations to support the mental health and wellbeing of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, LGBTIQ+ people and people with disability.
Organisations can also apply for grants for projects to support diverse communities to contribute to the reform of Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing system, in line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health .
This year’s program builds on the 2021–22 grants funding round, which saw 10 organisations funded to deliver projects such as the Community Connectedness project by Deaf Victoria and the Building Bridges project by Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health.
The Royal Commission’s final report outlined the important role of community leaders and organisations in understanding the mental health and wellbeing needs of their communities.
The grants program recognises the strength and knowledge of diverse community leaders and community-led organisations, and their important role in supporting the delivery of safe, responsive and inclusive mental health services.
The grants program is seeking applications from eligible organisations to deliver projects that will focus on:
- fostering leaders among people with lived experience from diverse communities
- building capacity and capabilities of community-based organisations, their leaders and members
- promoting mental health concepts and building mental health literacy for diverse communities
- improving the responsiveness of mental health services through community-led partnerships.
Applications are open until 3pm on Wednesday 24 August.
Find out more about the grants program, including full eligibility criteria and guidelines.
Read more about our work to support the mental health and wellbeing of Victoria’s diverse communities.
Reviewed 05 August 2022