Applications are now open for Australia Post’s community grants program to fund projects, including those in Brimbank, that connect individuals and communities to improve mental health.
Australia Post announced on June 7, that eligible not-for-profit groups can apply for grants up to $10,000 to support projects which have the primary purpose of improving mental health and wellbeing in local communities.
Last year’s program saw half of all grants, totalling over $200,000, awarded to organisations located across regional and remote Australia.
Australia Post executive general manager, community, sustainability and stakeholder engagement, Tanny Mangos said last year’s range of grant recipients demonstrates a need for continued support.
“Each year there is diversity across our community grant applicants and the valuable services they provide their community,” Ms Mangos said.
“From after-school programs that help teenagers navigate loss, to groups supporting people experiencing loneliness while living or caring for someone with dementia.
“The common thread running through all the projects Australia Post supports is a primary focus on improving mental health and wellbeing.”
Ms Mangos said while society is making strides towards improving mental health, communities need localised approaches to make a difference at a local level.
“Our post offices are at the heart of Australian communities, so we’re deeply connected to the impact of locally-led initiatives,” she said.
“As a society we’re making strides towards improving our collective mental health and wellbeing, but communities need bespoke, localised approaches if we want to make a real difference at a local level.”
Since 2013, 750 projects have been awarded a grant from Australia Post, with 70 grants awarded in 2022.
Organisations interested in applying are encouraged to review the guidelines carefully and will need to apply before July 3. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in September 2023.