Community grants and programs
A range of measures and programs to support farmers and rural communities in drought-affected regions in South Australia are available. If you would like to add your event, program or grant to this page please email information to PIRSA.Recovery@sa.gov.au
More help for farmers and farming families, including financial, health and wellbeing and farming advice, can be found on the South Australian Guide for Drought Assistance () or on the following pages:
Empowering our Communities Grants – Country SA Primary Health Network
Country SA Primary Health Network (PHN) has released its Empowering our Communities SA grants – with funding now available for individuals, organisations and/or community groups who are interested in hosting community-led well-being events or activities in drought affected communities in South Australia.
The first step for anyone who is interested in finding out more or interested in applying for a grant MUST register via Tenderlink first.
Once you register you will be able to download the relevant guidelines and application form for the Empowering our Communities SA Grants.
Country SA PHN has been granted funding under the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Empowering our Communities initiative to facilitate community-led projects to support mental health, social and emotional well-being and suicide prevention initiatives for people living in drought affected areas.
The funds – up to $20,0000, are available for communities to develop wellbeing activities and interventions that facilitate community engagement and participation in regions impacted due to dry conditions and drought. The funding aims to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of community members and communities in general. Community wellbeing activities may take place in community and group settings.
Activities may include:
- community education on topics such as managing stress, anxiety, depression and stigma, mental health first aid and suicide prevention,
- complementary and lifestyle interventions that promote individual and/or community wellbeing, such as exercise classes, relaxation and yoga classes, mindfulness meditation classes; and
- other community engagement and wellness events that promote access to these types of non-traditional mental health therapies.
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal - Tackling Tough Times Grants
Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) is a rolling grants program run by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal that helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the drought.
The program aims to strengthen the capacity and capability of grassroots non-profit organisations in rural, regional and remote drought declared areas of Australia. It supports locally-led responses based on a shared belief that local leaders are best placed to know what is going to make the biggest difference in their community.
Grants are available for projects that directly benefit the immediate and medium-term needs of drought affected communities. Three streams of grants are available – up to $20,000; up to $60,000 and up to $150,000.
FRRR welcomes the opportunity to discuss project concepts, so please don't hesitate to get in touch with the office once you’ve read the program guidelines and associated documents, and reviewed our grant writing resources.
For more, go to frrr.org.au/grants/TTTT
Mentally Fit EP
Mentally Fit EP is a project run through West Coast Youth and Community Support to promote the message of mental wellness and promote service availability and promotion in conjunction with innovative social media and IT accessibility for people across Eyre Peninsula.
Wellbeing Groups - Eyre Peninsula
A number of wellbeing groups have been set up in regional and rural towns on the Eyre Peninsula. These groups host activities and programs. A contact list for these groups and Men’s Shed locations is available ().