Rural and remote drought and disaster community grants

Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care program grants 2019–2020

The Queensland Government Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care (TRAIC) grants program is in its fourth year. It encourages community-based groups to develop and promote mental health support in regions affected by droughts, disasters and other crises.

The 2019–2020 TRAIC grants co-design procurement approach allowed rural stakeholders to be involved in developing program ideas. Local councils, non-government organisations, people with a lived experience of mental health, and community members had a say on projects to boost the mental health and wellbeing of their community.

The annual TRAIC grants program provides around $600,000 to community organisations that have local ideas to boost the mental health of those affected by drought and disasters. This year, another $400,000 was added through a $2 million drought package to help parts of the state most impacted by drought.

TRAIC Grants recipients

Sixteen organisations across Queensland will share in a record $1 million in grants to deliver community-based projects that will support Queenslanders affected by drought and disasters.

The successful organisations have some great ideas for projects and activities that build resilience, raise awareness of mental health issues, bring people together, break down stigma, and encourage people to seek help if needed.

These organisations are on the ground, seeing the effects of the drought on mental health, which is why they are best placed to establish initiatives that support people at a local level.

Hospital and Health Service (HHS) regionApplicantProject nameProject descriptionFunding
Cairns and HinterlandRavenshoe Community Centre Inc.Ravenshoe & Mount Garnet Community Connections and resilience buildingThis project is focussed on building community connections and increasing resilience through a series of community events run to promote mental wellbeing. Events include: community BBQs, family and youth expos, indigenous women’s healing group, yarning around the camp fire, cooking classes, indigenous art groups, laughter yoga, meditation groups, and youth arts workshops.$72,600
Central QueenslandCentral Queensland Rural Division of General Practice Assn IncLivingstone Shire: Enabling and Enhancing Community Wellbeing and ResilienceThis project will deliver train-the-trainer suicide prevention workshops enhancing community resilience around suicide prevention and increasing mental health literacy. The aim is to build resilient communities that can recognise when mental health problems develop and be able to seek help when needed.$65,799
Wide Bay HHSBridges Health and Community Care LtdTag a Mate, Take a BreakThis project supports men and women who work on the land impacted by cyclones and bushfires, including cattle producers, farmers, primary producers, tradespeople and water irrigators. The men’s event includes a fishing trip followed by dinner with a guest speaker and NRL legend. The women’s event includes a day of self-care activities with a talk by a high profile sporting identity with a lived-experience of depression. Both speakers will discuss coping strategies. A mental health training package will be offered to local mental health advocates.$65,255
Central West HHSWestern Queensland Drought Committee IncEmbracing the Dust- ExpoThe project will deliver a series of workshops and activities during the expo on self-care and management in dealing with financial stress to enhance or develop new skills related to business and community resilience.$99,000
Central West HHSCentral West Suicide Prevention Network IncPreston Campbell Wellbeing Tours of the Central WestThis project involves tours of the region, reaching communities and individuals on topics of wellbeing and mental health. The focus is on breaking down barriers about stigma and mental health using a well known sporting identity to relay his own experiences. These tours will include opportunities for communities to engage and attend mental health training, music making workshops and Wheel of Wellbeing sessions.$99,380
Townsville HHSRichmond Shire CouncilRichmond TogetherThis project aims to connect the Richmond community through several community events. Underlying mental wellbeing messages will be promoted at each event through guest speakers and comedy performances. These events will bring the community together in a positive way and offer relief from the impact of the drought and floods.$65,338
Townsville HHSSelectability LTDNorthern Coastal Storytelling InitiativeThis project aims to develop local storytelling capacity that captures and highlights stories of local people’s resilience in coping with natural disaster events. The content that is developed will assist others experiencing similar adversity to build resilience, to connect and to support each other.$66,000
Townsville HHSFlinders Shire CouncilFlinders ConnectThis project is aimed at community connectedness and resilience through supporting major local events and volunteers to strengthen volunteerism, mental health, and sustainability of future events.$66,600
Darling Downs HHSRHealth LimitedWell-being through Alternative Programs for Youth in Tara and the Darling DownsThis project will focus on non-clinical forms of targeting youth mental health and well-being through drama programs, weekend camps, and school-based well-being activities. This offers opportunities for young people to engage in programs to build confidence and self-esteem.$33,000
Darling Downs HHSOakey Community Care Committee IncProject 4401, Empowering the Oakey community through storiesThis project is about sharing stories about resilience and coping with adversity to strengthen social cohesion and reduce the sense of isolation. These stories will be told through various channels such as workshops, book creation and publishing, photography and short story competitions, and podcast.$33,000
Darling Downs HHSWestern Downs Regional CouncilWestern Downs Library Project, Words for WellbeingThis project will provide 9 libraries and library branches access to high-quality mental health and physical health self-help materials to address issues such as anger, relationship issues, depression, bullying, financial management, grief, and trauma and stress among others.$65,600
North West HHSMcKinlay Shire CouncilCommunity Events SupportThis project supports the continuation of local events, including Campdrafts, Gymkhanas and race meetings to ensure community connectedness is maintained for the wellbeing of the community. Mental health providers will be present at events to promote wellbeing strategies. The sustainability of local events have been impacted by monsoonal flooding in early 2019 and the long-term drought.$72,600
North West HHSMount Isa City CouncilIsa Street Festival Community Connect ProjectThis project is focussed on building self-esteem and resilience in young people, and raising awareness of the mental health impacts of social media and cyber-bullying. A well-known football identity and his academy will deliver a series of workshops to young people in the Mt Isa area.$66,000
Mackay HHSClermont Community Housing and Other Services IncPiano Tree Project – Strong minds, strong communityThis project will deliver a series of workshops and activities such as Mental Health First Aid and SAFE Talk, stress relief, and yoga and mindfulness activities to groups including school children, farmers, community service providers and local businesses.$66,913
South West HHSBalonne Shire CouncilBuilding Stronger CommunitiesThe project will help to build community cohesion that has been impacted due to the stresses of the drought. Community workshops will be held in Thallon, Bollon, Dirranbandi and St George to look at ways to achieve a thriving community. Participants will then plan and run an event that brings the community together and provide some stress relief.$66,000
South West HHSBulloo Shire CouncilCommunity Events & Mental Health AwarenessThe project builds on existing networks and supports the continuation of 11 community events throughout the year where mental health and help-seeking behaviour will be promoted. The project offers stress relief to address community despondency from the prolonged drought.$72,600

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Last updated: 30 July 2018