For health and community organisations

Limited number of $10,000 community grants

Gippsland Primary Health Network is offering a limited number of community grants  to support bushfire-affected communities in East Gippsland with a focus on healing, recovery and resilience.

A limited number of $10,000 grants are available from 4 January 2021 with applications closing on 31 January 2021.

Gippsland PHN encourages submission of proposals from health and community organisations located in East Gippsland for non-clinical initiatives, geared to enhance the mental and social wellbeing of individuals and communities affected by the 2019/20 bushfires, with a specific focus on the below groups:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Young people aged 0 – 11 years
  • Young people aged 12 – 25 years
  • People aged 65+ years
  • People with a disability
  • People with social and financial worries

Gippsland PHN is seeking applications from enthusiastic and inspired community and health organisations to establish or supplement initiatives that:

  • Improve social connectedness and decrease isolation and loneliness
  • Improve access to help and assistance
  • Reduce mental health stigma
  • Promote suicide prevention activities
  • Foster healing, recovery and build community resilience

Examples of activities that will be supported by this grant offering include:

  • Activities that foster community wellbeing and resilience, reduce stigma, raise awareness of mental health supports and encourage access to existing mental and social wellbeing support services
  • Activities that support community connection, social and emotional wellbeing
  • Activities that showcase positive local recovery journeys
  • Activities that can create long lasting benefit to communities

Applications need to demonstrate that activity can be delivered in accordance with current COVID-19 Government restrictions, guidelines and COVID-safe practices.

To be eligible for a grant, organisations must be based in East Gippsland and have a focus on providing services to people of bushfire-affected communities in East Gippsland as justified by supporting evidence of need.

The applicant must be willing to participate in qualitative evaluation requirements to be determined by Gippsland PHN. They must be willing to work together with other like-minded people and be committed to an integrated approach for a mutual goal.

For the OGC Bushfire Grants Applications Guidance document, click here.

To apply for the grant, please follow this secure link.

If there are specific enquiries about this offering, please contact Coordinator Bushfire Trauma Response, Tim Warden – 0438 603 406 or