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Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing distributes funds for projects that improve the social and emotional wellbeing of Victorians.

In 2022, the Emotional Wellbeing grant round will award a 3-year grant of up to $250,000 per annum.

Download Emotional Wellbeing Grant Guidelines

What are the objectives?

Purpose: Improving the social and emotional wellbeing of Victorians
Facts: At least *45% of us will experience a mental illness during our lives and at least **20% of adults are affected by mental illness every year.

Approach / Interventions / Outcomes:
State Trustees are seeking submissions that:

  •  Destigmatise mental ill‐health
  • Support advocacy and education campaigns
  • Have a prevention rather than crisis-response focus
  • Are innovative and take a systems view
  • Treat integration and normalisation of mental health as central elements of other service systems
  • Promote cross‐sector collaboration
  • Provide an evidence base that interventions/preventions are effective

We are especially interested to support organisations that will widely promote across the community the importance of emotional wellbeing.

*Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing 2007
** ABS National Health Survey 2017-18

What are the timeframes?

Applications open on Monday, 31st January 2022 and close at midnight on Monday (end of day), 14th February 2022.

How to apply

Please contact Michael Grigoletto at State Trustees to discuss eligibility by:
Phone: (03) 9667 2845; or

We use SmartyGrants, which is an online application form. You will find the EOI form here.

Current Recipient (FY22)

Organisation: Youth Live4Life Limited
Amount: $265,715
Project: Live4Life – Improving young people’s mental health in rural and regional Victoria

Through a place-based approach, Youth Live4Life works with local government organisations, community and health services, and all local secondary schools to
implement the Live4Life model in rural and regional areas.

Live4Life is a long-term prevention approach and works in conjunction with other suicide prevention strategies to:
• increase young people’s knowledge of mental health;
• reduce barriers to seeking help for emerging and existing mental health issues;
• increase awareness of local professional help;
• decrease stigma, and build community resilience and capacity to address common mental health problems;

Youth Live4Life seeks to change the narrative around mental health right across rural and regional Victoria, sparking a state-wide movement raising awareness and reducing stigma.

Past Recipients

Financial Year Organisation Project amount
FY21 Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Inc ‘Promoting Resilience and Recovery in Regional and Rural Victoria’ – Expansion $237,612
FY20 Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Inc Promoting Resilience and Recovery in Regional and Rural Victoria $250,000
FY19 Smiling Mind Improving the accessibility of the Smiling Mind app to better provide support to those who need it most $85,500


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