Small grants program – call for proposals now open

Improving the mental health and well-being of immigrant and refugee background communities by building capacity

The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC), and Tandem would like to announce that funding from the Department of Health and Human Services is available for organisations, or small groups, that work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities and mental health.

The program will run between now and 31 December 2018. VMIAC and Tandem are co-ordinating the program on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services. They are working in partnership with Victorian Transcultural Mental Health, and the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria. The 2016-17 State Budget provided funding of $1.013 million over two years for the Grants Program.

Applications are now welcome, and will close on 28 July 2017.

Tandem and VMIAC are calling for a range of proposals that will build capacity to support the mental health needs of culturally and linguistically diverse people, which includes immigrant and refugee communities.

The program aims to assist those experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, mental ill-health, their families and carers, and their wider community, and aims to assist people of all ages within these communities, including those living in rural Victoria, to:

  • Identify and build protective factors (things that increase resilience) and reduce risk factors for mental ill-health and trauma that are culturally responsive and safe. These can be at the individual, family or community level.
  • Reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental ill-health (taking into account cultural understandings of mental ill-health).
  • Build capacity for: self-determination and management of a mental health condition; enhancing family and carer wellbeing; advocacy for individual and broader community needs; and understanding and navigating the mental health service system.
  • Better understand mental wellbeing, mental ill-health and the impacts of trauma (often called ‘mental health literacy’).

Proposals can request a contribution from the program of up to $80,000. Applications can be for smaller amounts.

Non-governmental organisations, community organisations/groups, and local government agencies are welcome to apply. Applicants must possess the operational and financial ability to carry out the tasks that they propose.

Project applications that propose partnerships between community and other organisations, such as local government or NGOs, are welcomed. There can be multiple implementing partners and associates for a project.

VMIAC and Tandem are available to answer general enquiries, and to assist with applications. Community members and organisations are welcome to be in contact before applying.

Neil Turton-Lane at VMIAC on 9380 3900 or Anne Finch at Tandem on 8803 5511.

Applications close 28 July 2017.

Applications for projects that are primarily focussed on working with mental health consumers should be emailed to:

Subject line for emails: CALD Project Submissions

or posted to:
Victorian Mental Health Awareness Council
CALD Project Sumbission
1/22 Aintree Street
Brunswick East Victoria 3057

Applications for projects that are primarily focussed on working with mental health carers should be emailed to:

Subject line for emails: CALD Project Submissions

or posted to:
Tandem Inc
CALD Project Sumbission
1/37 Mollison Street
Abbotsford Vic 3067

Applications received by either organisation will be considered jointly.