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Grants available for community groups

Community, local government and non-government groups are being urged to apply for a new round of grants for mental health support-related projects.

Grants of between $5000 and $50,000 are available for projects designed to reduce the negative effects that droughts, disasters and other crises can have on regional communities.

Queensland Mental Health and Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service Executive Director Dr Bill Kingswell said the grants were designed to support local communities.

"We want applications from local groups that have strong ideas for projects that will help build resilience in the face of adversity within their communities," he said.

"Community resilience-building strategies, projects and activities include those that develop and promote community networks, build awareness of mental health issues and encourage individuals to seek help if needed.

"The grants program is designed to help and encourage local people to develop local programs and initiatives to support each other."

Applications for the grants opened on 29 March and close on 10 May.

"So there's still plenty of time for local and regional groups to apply for a grant and I strongly encourage them to do so," Dr Kingswell said.

He said project applications would be assessed by a panel comprising representatives who were both internal and external to the Department of Health, with a final decision to be announced towards the end of June.

The grants are funded from a $600,000 allocation that forms part of the State Government's $3.5 million Tackling Adversity in Regional Drought and Disaster Communities through Integrating Health Services (TARDDiHS) scheme.

The scheme was announced in November last year.

For more information about the grants program, visit the community grants site at: www.health.qld.gov.au/mental-health

Last updated: 4 July 2016