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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 will comprise of two open call grant rounds per annum, offering grants of up to $20,000 from an annual funding pool of $200,000.

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.

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.  

Applying

The ‘In a Good Place’ program opens 9 July and closes 20 August, 2018.
Program guidelines and the link to the online application form will be available from 9 July.

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

The first round of 2018 applications will be accepted via Grants Gateway until 5pm AEST on 20 August 2018. Successful projects will receive the funds in October 2018.

Before applying, please carefully review the Guidelines - 2018 In a Good Place Program Guidelines.

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.

Further information

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project first, please call FRRR on freecall 1800 170 020. 

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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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