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Final dash for sport clubs to score Mental Health grant funding

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21 February 2022

​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.

Jason Crisp, Western NSW Local Health District Director of Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, said there is only 13 more days for sports clubs to make a grant application to the $2.8 million NSW Mental Health Sports Fund.

“It’s well known how beneficial sport is for our physical health but it also plays an important role in maintaining our mental health and wellbeing,” Mr Crisp said.

“Participating in sport, competitive or otherwise, helps support a good work-life balance, can have positive impacts on self-esteem, moods and stress levels, and is a great way to learn and practise resilience and discipline no matter your age.”

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.

“Sporting clubs contribute significantly to our communities’ health,” Mr Crisp said.

“In Western NSW, sport is a huge part of the fabric of our communities. Sport brings communities together, fosters social inclusion and provides positive social interactions for children and adults alike.

“A number of clubs in our District have taken big steps to focus on mental health and wellbeing in recent years, which has been great to see. These grants are a great opportunity for our sporting clubs to continue that contribution to the health and wellbeing of the community.”

To start your application, please visit: https://www.tenders.nsw.gov.au/?event=public.rft.show&RFTUUID=34470A73-F66A-CCFE-3F6C1BEBF52B9393

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.