Department of Health

Lived Experience Workforce Grants

Making a difference in Victorian Government funded community mental health services.


The Lived Experience Workforce Grants program was launched in December 2021.

Grants are open to applicants in designated mental health lived experience roles employed at approved Victorian Government funded community-managed mental health services.

Consumer and family carer lived experience workers play a crucial role providing support for Victorians with mental illness or psychological distress and their families, carers, and supporters.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended a series of reforms that depend on a much larger and highly skilled lived experience workforce.

The grants program aims to develop and enhance the skills and capabilities of designated consumer and family carer roles in mental health community support services.

Grants are available to support lived experience workforce leadership, project management skills, and capability building in community mental health services.

Mental Health Victoria is overseeing the grants program on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for individuals and $20,000 for organisations or group projects.

The current grant round closes on 27 June 2022. Find out more about the Lived Experience Workforce Grants Program, including how to apply for a grant on the Mental Health Victoria website.  

Read how previous grant recipients have benefited from the program on the Mental Health Victoria website:  

Reviewed 21 June 2022


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