The Australian Government has funded Gippsland PHN to deliver initiatives which address the psychological and social impacts of long-term drought and bushfires in the region.
The One Good Community Wellbeing Grants seek to reduce stigma about mental health, promote suicide prevention and build community connectedness.
The Gippsland PHN One Good Community Wellbeing Grants Program is inspired by the One Good Street Connected Communities Reducing Hospitalisations project. This initiative created a platform for people to come together and through coordinated activities, helped to reduce isolation and improve social connectedness, particularly for older people in their neighbourhoods.
The grants program encourages individuals, organisations and/or community groups to submit grant proposals which seek to build community resilience, foster social connectedness, promote healing and recovery, and deliver mental health and wellbeing benefits. Proposals should be led by communities.
The Gippsland PHN One Good Community Wellbeing Grants Program is guided by a set of principles that:
- Focus on community strengths: Fostering a strength-based approach to mobilise skills, passion and experience of individuals, families and communities.
- Build capacity to enable social and civil participation: Supporting community members to increase their skills and providing the support they need to connect with community during hardship.
- Are driven by the community: Community will take an active role to enhance social cohesion and connectedness.
- Build partnerships with other people, heroes and social champions: Effective partnerships supportive of diverse contributions working together in innovative and flexible ways.
- Plan for sustainability: Driven by achieving long-term sustainable improvements – helping communities manage hardship now and into the future.
Gippsland PHN is seeking applications from enthusiastic and inspired organisations, community groups and/or individuals to develop projects to;
- improve social connectedness and decrease isolation and loneliness
- improve access to help and assistance
- reduce mental health stigma
- promote suicide prevention activities
- foster healing, recovery and build community resilience
Examples of activities that will be supported by the grants program are:
- Community events or workshops. This might include activities that foster community wellbeing and resilience, reduce stigma, raise awareness of mental health supports and encourage people who need mental health support to access services.
- Community training and education on topics such as stigma, emotional wellbeing, managing stress, mental health and suicide prevention using traditional training methods and training through social media and digital technology.
- Community training and education that helps people to manage their health aided by their partners, families and carers with the support from health care organisations.
- Activities that support improving social and emotional wellbeing by connecting people through networking activities to change people’s experiences of their own lives and reduce their risk of poor health.
- Ideas that focus on strong community-led and group-based activities that connect to other social and community groups and programs.
- Activities that lead to longer-term strategies promoting volunteerism and participation by people to improve social connectedness, community networking and wellbeing.
To be eligible for a grant, applicants must reside in the Gippsland region and have a focus on providing services to people in drought and bushfire affected communities in Gippsland as justified by supporting evidence of need.
The applicant must be willing to participate in qualitative evaluation requirements to be determined by Gippsland PHN. They must be willing to work together with other like-minded people and be committed to an integrated approach for a mutual goal.
Applicants should refer to the Guidance document on the website – https://onegoodcommunity.gphn.org.au/gippsland-community-wellbeing-grants/
There are three levels of funding available. The level of grant funding being applied for will determine the level of details and information required as part of the application process. Funding is available in three tiers; Up to $1,500, between $1,501 – $10,000 and between $10,001 – $30,000.