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The Australian Department of Health and Aged Care has made funding available to support disaster affected communities in the North and North West of Tasmania. In partnership with Primary Health Tasmania, the Mental Health Council of Tasmania are delivering grants to support community wellbeing and resilience.

Local community not-for-profit organisations working in and around the identified disaster affected communities (see Eligibility section below for full list of eligible Local Government Areas) will have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for activities or events that seek to promote resilience, build social connections, facilitate reconnection with local social support networks, and promote positive wellbeing messages.

Applications have now closed. All applicants will be notified of their outcome in the coming weeks.

  • Applicant must deliver services within one of the 18 Local Government Areas that have been identified as areas affected by the 2022 floods. They are:
    • Break O’Day
    • Burnie
    • Central Coast
    • Central Highlands
    • Circular Head
    • Devonport
    • Dorset
    • Flinders
    • George Town
    • Glamorgan-Spring Bay
    • Kentish
    • Latrobe
    • Launceston
    • Meander Valley
    • Northern Midlands
    • Waratah-Wynyard
    • West Coast
    • West Tamar.
  • Applicant is a community or cultural group, association, club or organisation with not-for-profit status (must have an ABN or be auspiced by an organisation with an ABN and have proof of not-for-profit status).
    • Groups may represent specific cultural groups, ages, and networks. These could include Aboriginal people or migrant groups, playgroups, groups for older people, men’s groups, sporting clubs, local community associations, service clubs, youth groups and neighbourhood houses.
  • The planned activity or event must seek to promote resilience, build social connections, facilitate reconnection with local social support networks, or promote positive wellbeing messages.
  • The activity or event must occur between 1 March – 30 May 2024.

Ineligible organisations:

  • Peak bodies and advocacy groups will not be eligible to apply for the grants directly, but will be encouraged to support local community groups and affiliated organisations in applying and delivering activity (for example, as an auspicing body).
  • Due to the grant being focused on non-clinical activities, primary, public and community-based health care services will not be able to apply directly for the grants, however will be encouraged to support local community groups in planning and delivering activity.
  • The applicant meets all necessary eligibility requirements.
  • The application includes demonstrable targets around activity/event size and target audience.
  • The application outlines a clear plan to promote the activity and event including proposed methods.
  • The application includes evidence of considerable thought and planning into budget and expenditure.
  • The application demonstrates consideration toward the safety of the activity or event (i.e., that the activity is aligned with evidence-based principles and/or that applicants have engaged with best practice resources such as the Tasmanian Communications Charter, Safely Talking Toolkit and National Disaster and Wellbeing Framework).
  • The proposed activity fits within the lower levels of response in the National Disaster and Wellbeing Framework: 3.1.1 prevention and preparedness 3.1.3 support targeting communities and families.

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully.

  • Grants will be a one-off payment for non-clinical activities.

Eligible organisations:

  • Must deliver services within one of the 18 Local Government Areas that have been identified as areas affected by the 2022 floods. They are Break O’Day, Burnie, Central Coast, Central Highlands, Circular Head, Devonport, Dorset, Flinders, George Town, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Kentish, Latrobe, Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands, Waratah-Wynyard, West Coast and West Tamar.
  • Community or cultural groups, associations, clubs or organisations with not-for-profit status (must have an ABN or be auspiced by an organisation with an ABN and have proof of not-for-profit status).

Examples of in scope activities for the grant recipient include:

  • Actively engaging young people as leaders.
  • Assisting people to navigate and access formal support.
  • Building disaster response health literacy within community.
  • Community education, events or workshops facilitated through local community organisations.
  • Increased local access to appropriate mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and other drug training.
  • Integrating community services and volunteer groups in multiagency disaster drills and exercises.
  • Local and regional planning for mental health responses to disasters which include the needs of people with disabilities and existing mental health illnesses.
  • Mapping help-seeking journeys post-disaster.
  • Promotion of online and local self-help tools, resources, and wellbeing messaging.
  • Sharing information about available community resources and services and how to access them.

Grant funds cannot be used for activities that:

  • Are a research project or strategic or business organisational planning activity.
  • Are based outside of the above specified 2022 Tasmanian flood affected communities.
  • Are retrospective activities or are activities in progress (already commenced).
  • Do not reflect local community needs (as demonstrated through the application process).
  • Duplicate or replace existing services or programs provided by other organisations.
  • Have not been completed by 30 May 2024.
  • Provide clinical health services.
  • Provide sponsorship for attending conferences or workshops.
  • Require expenditure on capital items (e.g., purchase of a car).
  • Require interstate or international travel/costs.
  • Require legal costs or compensation associated with employment related disputes or actions.
  1. All grant recipients must use the following statement in their promotions: ‘This initiative is supported by funding from Primary Health Tasmania (Tasmania PHN) through the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program.’
  2. All grant recipients must provide details of event (date, time, location), plus any promotional material to MHCT via [email protected]. MHCT will use these to help promote the activity/event via their networks, and also help ensure funded events don’t conflict/compete with each other.
  3. Grant recipients are strongly encouraged to complete the Tasmanian Communications Charter online training (20-30 minutes) and sign up as signatories to the Charter.
  4. Applicants are encouraged to partner with other organisations in planning and running their event.

Please note: Grants are of up to $10,000, however if we receive applications for activities that are very similar in complementary areas, we may offer smaller amounts.