Final dash for sport clubs to score mental health grant funding

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The clock is ticking for sporting bodies and clubs to put their hat in the ring for up to $150,000 in funding to run mental health, resilience and wellbeing projects.

Western Sydney Local Health District said there is only 12 days remaining for sports clubs to make a grant application to the $2.8 million NSW Mental Health Sports Fund.

Sport plays an important role in managing stress and promoting wellbeing in our day to day lives, not only from the benefits of physical exercise but also the associated community connection,”

said Professor Vlasios Brakoulias, WSLHD Executive Director Mental Health.

All NSW-based sporting bodies are encouraged to apply, with the aim of ensuring a spread of funding and projects across the state. Grants will be available to clubs supporting both general populations and the following priority populations:

  • Aboriginal people
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse people
  • LGBTIQ+ people
  • People with coexisting mental health, alcohol or other drug issues.

The program builds on the success of the $1.1 million Mental Health Sport Fund in 2019-20, and applications close on 6 March 2022.

“Local sports clubs play a vital role building and maintaining community connections, and we have all felt the strain of interruption to this community over the past two years,” Professor Brakoulias said.

“I encourage all clubs across Western Sydney to apply for one of these grants and provide additional support to the community as we work together to address the long-term mental health impact of the pandemic.”

Visit the NSW eTendering website to start your application.

The grant process will be overseen by an independent Program Process Facilitator from O’Conner, Marsden and Associates.

An independent Probity Advisor, Centium Pty Limited, has been engaged to oversee the probity aspects of the grant process. For any probity-related questions, please contact Phil O’Toole on 1300 237 810.

The $2.8 million NSW Mental Health Sports Fund is part of the $130 million COVID-19 mental health recovery package announced in November 2021.