Emotional Wellbeing

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

Key dates

Status: Closed

Applications open October 2024

Granting overview

Available Funding:-year grants of up to $250,000 per year
Application Process:< Via SmartyGrants (advertised)

Program objectives

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. The Emotional Wellbeing program has been developed to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of Victorians.


Item 1 DGR organisations which are registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and endorsed with charity tax concessions.

We are especially interested in supporting organisations that: 

  • Help 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. 

*Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing 2007

** ABS National Health Survey 2017-18

Current recipients

Youth Live4Life Limited

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 a long-term prevention approach 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




Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Inc

‘Promoting Resilience and Recovery in Regional and Rural Victoria’ – Expansion


Smiling Mind

Improving the accessibility of the Smiling Mind app to better provide support to those who need it most

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