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In a Good Place

In a Good Place is a national grants program that provides support for community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and encourage people in rural, regional and remote communities who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues to seek help.

There are three objectives for this program:

  1. Reduce social isolation;
  2. Increase social participation and connectedness;
  3. Increase help-seeking.

By supporting local solutions and using a multi-faceted approach focused on enhancing people, place and wellbeing, our donor partner, CCI Giving, aims to give back to those overcoming challenges and adversity, and to the most marginalised in society.

Strengthening mental health in rural communities

In a Good Place supports rural, regional and remote communities in their efforts to strengthen the mental health of at-risk and vulnerable members of their communities via projects, services or activities that are preventative or responsive in nature and which are designed to engage those less likely, unable due to distance and isolation, or ineligible to participate in mainstream mental health services.

The program comprises two open call grant rounds per annum, offering grants of up to $20,000 from an annual funding pool of $200,000. There is $100,000 available in this funding round.

It is investing in local responses to measurably improve mental health in rural Australia, by supporting community-led projects. Priority will be given to initiatives that:

  1. Are delivered via non-clinical first providers of mental health care, such as school counsellors and teachers, members of the clergy or pastoral care teams, neighbourhood or community groups, or via technological or other innovative methods;
  2. Improve accessibility and availability of mental health services, tools or support to areas with limited or no access to the same;
  3. Provide innovative responses that are inclusive, building social connections that lead to better mental health;
  4. Confront stigma surrounding help-seeking behaviour.

Applications must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from FRRR's Project Activity Tree. Click on the activity to reveal examples of what could be funded.

1. Building community resilience

For example, projects that:

  • Facilitate community connectedness, use non-clinical mental health approaches that are community-based and accessible at a grassroots level in a range of settings;
  • Foster local partnerships that help to strengthen grassroots support mechanisms for local residents;
  • Reduce stigma, increase local knowledge and understanding of mental health, promote awareness, and strengthen the skills of first responders within communities.
2. Developing organisational resilience & capacity

For example, projects that:

  • Support the purchase of equipment or resources to enable delivery of a program, service, or activity locally;
  • Are clearly aligned to, linked with, supported by or collaborating with other local, state or industry services focused on improving mental health;
  • Can be sustained over time beyond the initial grant.
3. Enhancing environmental sustainability (not available via this program)

Community groups seeking funding for projects that focus on Enhancing environmental sustainability should apply via the Strengthening Rural Communities program.

4. Fostering cultural vibrancy

For example, projects that:

  • Develop or provide culturally-appropriate activities and resources promoting good mental health for linguistically diverse communities;
  • Support good mental health through the celebration, preservation and promotion local culture and identity.
5. Lifelong learning and education

For example, projects that:

  • Provide local residents with access to opportunities that enrich their learning and skills development around self care and good mental health;
  • Deliver community-based therapeutic programs and activities such as arts, theatre, gardening, or informal mentoring and peer support groups, which engage vulnerable and at-risk members of the community.
6. Building economic strength and sustainability (not available via this program)

Community groups seeking funding for projects that focus on Building economic strength and sustainability should apply via the Strengthening Rural Communities program.

7. Improving community health and social wellbeing

For example, projects that:

  • Respond to specific mental health and wellbeing issues within a local community; 
  • Reduce stigma, increase local knowledge and understanding of mental health, promote awareness, and strengthen the skills of first responders within communities;
  • Assist vulnerable members in communities to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Organisations that receive a grant through the In a Good Place program are asked to participate in an evaluation of the collective outcomes of projects supported through the grants program. This will entail agreeing to:

  • Report back on achievements and learnings against the overarching grant program objectives, outcomes and indicators;
  • Report back on achievements and learnings against individual project goals and measures, comparing anticipated and actual outcomes; measures and the methods used will be determined by the applicant, relevant to their community, project scale and approach;
  • A follow up meeting (by phone) with FRRR within six months of project completion, and / or project site visits with FRRR and CCI Giving.  

Prioritisation of funding

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Serve communities with populations under 10,000;
  • Are run by and based in the beneficiary community/ies;
  • Respond to specific population mental health and wellbeing issues within a local community;
  • Are sustainable beyond the period of the grant;
  • Can clearly measure and report on project outcomes.

Applying

The In a Good Place program is now closed.

Applications are invited from not-for-profit community-based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.

More information will be available closer to the opening date.

FRRR uses an online grants administration system. All applications for the In a Good Place program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal, once you have spoken to the Program Manager.

In anticipation, please download and save the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to your desktop, and read through them thoroughly to help get you started. You may need to refer to them during the application process. We also encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the 'Activity Tree', which you'll need to understand to apply.

PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - i.e. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers.

Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing info@frrr.org.au.

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For more information on this process, please read the following documents:

Further information

Before applying, please review the Guidelines carefully and then call FRRR on 1800 170 020 to discuss your idea.

If you have any queries during the application process, please call FRRR or contact us via email.

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Case studies

Here are some case study examples of community led projects confronting the stigma of mental health:

 

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