To celebrate Mental Health Month in October, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is urging members of the community to submit funding applications for projects and events that promote social connectedness and encourage openness towards mental health in the community. 
Mr Anderson said the grants are aimed at community groups that are helping reduce the impact of mental ill-health and raising awareness around mental health and wellbeing more generally. 
“Mental health in the community is such an important subject and it is a topic I work with and for the community nearly every day.
“There are grants of up to $1,000 that provide a great vehicle for groups or organisations to host an event for mental health month.
“I’d love to see community groups host an event which may be fun, thought-provoking, creative, engaging, sporty or educational.  
“If anyone in the region has an idea to increase awareness of mental health and wellbeing in our local community, I really encourage them to apply for one of the Mental Health Month grants, which the government has proudly supported for many years.” 
“This is about creating a sense of security and providing a safe place to decrease the isolation people feel when things aren’t great.
“We know that perception and discrimination is still a big issue and it can be a barrier for many people in accessing support or to even talking about it,” Mr Anderson concluded. 
The grants are open now and close at 5pm on Friday, 5 July 2019. For more information on the Mental Health Month small grants program, including how to apply, visit 


Five categories are available.
General grants are for projects focusing on any part of the community.
Youth grants are for projects focusing specifically on projects for young people.
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) grants CALD grants are for projects focusing specifically on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grants -  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander grants are for projects focusing specifically on Indigenous communities.
Sex, sexuality, and/or gender diverse (LGBTIQA+) grants  
LGBTI grants are for projects focusing specifically on sex, sexuality, and/or gender diverse communities.

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