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NSW Office of Sport Mental Health Sports Fund

Your opportunity to partner with Australian Red Cross.

Thank you for your interest in the NSW Office of Sport Mental Health Sports Fund grant which is designed to help with the social and emotional wellbeing of sporting organisation staff and players.

Any NSW-based sporting body can apply for funding to run a sport-linked mental health program in a regional area in partnership with a mental health service provider or charity.

As a mental health service provider and charity, Australian Red Cross understands the important role mental wellbeing plays in sporting bodies and players. Red Cross has developed Mental Health Matters short courses which are delivered as workshops and webinars can be customised to suit your situation.

We can help you with your grant application

Australian Red Cross welcomes the opportunity to partner with your organisation to help submit the fund application and deliver the tailored Mental Health program.

Applications for the Mental Health Sports Fund close Monday 5pm 16 December 2019.

Contact us for more information

Madelyn Haase
Email: mhaase@redcross.org.au
Mobile: 0451 776 722

Alternatively, please send us your enquiries by completing:

About the Mental Health Sports Fund

The Mental Health Sports Fund provides NSW-based sporting bodies with funding for sport led mental health, social and emotional wellbeing initiatives in regional NSW.

The NSW Government has made $1.2 million available under this fund for programs in regional areas. This program is a partnership between the NSW Ministry of Health and the NSW Office of Sport.

Program objectives

The objectives of the Grant program are to:

  • Conduct a community driven and well supported mental health initiative
  • Deliver mental health and wellbeing benefits to individuals in regional communities
  • Establish connections between community sporting clubs and mental health organisations for ongoing referral and support pathways
  • Promote resilience in the sporting sector or among local sporting clubs.

Available funding

There is a total of $1.2 million available for suitable projects.

Grants of $10,000–$75,000 are available depending on the size and scale of the program to be funded.

Special consideration can be made for larger applications (up to a maximum of $100,000), dependant on available funding and the nature of the program.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for this grant program, applicants must:

  • Be a NSW-based sporting body, including State Sporting Organisations (SSOs) or State Sporting Organisations for people with a Disability (SSODs), which operates across NSW
  • Partner with an established mental health service provider or charity to develop and deliver a place based mental health program or scale up an existing place based mental health program in a regional area of NSW
  • Identify how the proposed initiative will educate the community about mental health and increase access to appropriate mental health and suicide prevention services
  • Obtain a letter of support from a relevant mental health service provider or charity outlining the program partnership
  • The mental health service provider or charity must currently be operating in NSW and be funded by either a local government organisation in NSW, NSW Health, the NSW Mental Health Commission or the Commonwealth Department of Health
  • Be an incorporated, not for profit organisation and have at least $5 million public liability insurance.

Projects should give consideration to activities that support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the community.

What types of projects are eligible?

NSW-based sporting bodies can apply for funding to run a sport-linked mental health program in a regional area in partnership with a mental health service provider or charity.

Applications to support a new program or scale up an existing program are welcome.

Applications should demonstrate a focus on improving mental health or awareness of mental health and wellbeing in regional communities.

Applicants can use the grant funding for the following activities:

  • Salaries or on-costs which can be directly attributed to the provision of a service (i.e. engaging a consultant to deliver training)
  • Employee training for paid and unpaid staff that is relevant and appropriate
  • Operating and administration expenses directly related to the delivery of services, such as:
    • materials and equipment directly relating to service delivery
    • marketing of services
    • costs of service evaluation
    • insurance
    • travel/accommodation costs.

What types of projects are ineligible?

The following will not be funded:

  • Staff wages and administration costs that cannot be directly attributed to the provision of a service
  • Unreasonable expenditure, appearance fees, prize money and trophies or presentation functions
  • Events that are organised for the primary purpose of fundraising
  • Purchase of land, rental of premises or associated occupancy payments
  • General running costs including capital equipment or office equipment
  • Insurance (public liability, general liability, etc.)
  • Infrastructure projects (e.g. construction/upgrade, maintenance, and repairs)
  • Projects that have attracted or will attract private or philanthropic funding.

Applications for the Mental Health Sports Fund close 5pm Monday 16 December 2019.

Contact us for more information

Madelyn Haase
Email: mhaase@redcross.org.au
Mobile: 0451 776 722

Alternatively, please send us your enquiries by completing:

About Australian Red Cross Mental Health Training

Knowing how to recognise the signs and symptoms of a mental health concern is an equally important part of health and safety as physical first aid training.

Sporting bodies are encouraged to understand the symptoms and to provide early intervention and a supportive culture to help reduce the impact of mental health concerns.

A healthy sense of self-esteem and wellbeing can help to minimise mental health concerns, as well as improve team cohesion.

With this in mind, Red Cross has developed Mental Health Matters short courses which are delivered as workshops or webinars and can be customised to suit your workplace situation.

Learn more about Australian Red Cross Mental Health Matters Courses.

Contact us for more information

Madelyn Haase
Email: mhaase@redcross.org.au
Mobile: 0451 776 722

Alternatively, please send us your enquiries by completing:

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