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Healthy North Coast invites proposals from non-government providers to apply for funding available through the three-year, $5 million Community Wellbeing and Resilience Flood Recovery Grants program.

Grants will be awarded to organisations helping the community from the ground up, by providing community-based trauma and healing programs that support local recovery and build community resilience following the recent flood events.

Funded by the NSW Government as part of the Northern NSW flood recovery package, the grants will be delivered by Healthy North Coast to aid community recovery efforts.

Healthy North Coast Chief Executive Officer, Julie Sturgess, said the program would support vulnerable communities to recover from flood impacts and strengthen their capacity to meet future challenges.

‘We know many people are focussing on the basics right now – a roof over their heads, settling kids at school, getting businesses up and running again.

‘Alongside these practical considerations, we also need to address rebuilding community connections that are so vital for a positive outlook when times are tough. This is about supporting hearts and minds to get the North Coast back on its feet,’ said Ms Sturgess.

The grants program has a key focus on young people, older people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the NSW local government areas of Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tweed, Ballina, Byron, Kyogle and Clarence Valley.

‘We’re looking for innovative proposals that get people connecting, communicating, learning and supporting each other – all the activities that tap into the social support networks that our region is already known for.

“Trauma-based education programs are also important to give our community the tools to support recovery from the recent natural disasters.

‘We know community leaders are already working to respond to local needs, which is why development of grant proposals and delivery of programs will be coordinated locally to enable tailored, community-led solutions, ’ Ms Sturgess said.

Funding will be allocated to selected proposals with a budget of $100,000 – $200,000 per year, and multi-year projects will be considered.

Community Wellbeing and Resilience Flood Recovery Grants program

Healthy North Coast is inviting proposals for the following eligible community-led activities or services:

  • Trauma-based education programs: Training and education programs such as trauma education or personal resilience programs, that promote trauma-informed principles and practices.
  • Social and emotional wellbeing: Clinical or psychosocial trauma-informed interventions that improve wellbeing and increase emotional resilience.
  • Cultural connection: Activities that strengthen cultural connection
  • Social and community connection: Initiatives that build individual or community connections to support recovery. Examples include, but are not limited to, neighbourhood networks and peer support groups.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals via Tenderlink. Please register to download tender documents and submit your proposal.

Applications close at 8am on Thursday 26 May 2022.