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2016-17 Grant recipients

More than $1 million was offered in 2016-17 under the Stronger Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants Program.

In October 2016, fifteen organisations across Queensland were offered Round 1 grants totalling $660,477. In February 2017, Round 2 grants totalling $369,532 were offered to a further nine organisations.

Round 1 - October 2016

Organisation Community Description Grant
Lives Lived Well Ltd Brisbane Building capacity in the Vietnamese, Sudanese and Samoan communities and to identify a culturally appropriate way of reducing alcohol related harms, stigma and discrimination and upskill community leaders and workers to provide support and implement co-designed local solutions. $50,000
Queensland Injectors Voice for Advocacy and Action Statewide Use social media to promote holistic health, lifestyle and wellbeing information to people using illicit drugs in rural and remote communities supported by a limited phone number for those requiring additional support. $37,502
Beaucare Beaudesert Develop whole-of-community approach to wellbeing through the Wheel of Wellbeing Framework. $50,000
Centacare Cairns Cairns Work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, particularly refugees, to identify traditional and non-traditional approaches to wellness, using the Wheel of Wellbeing as a foundation. The work will seek to reduce stigma associated with seeking help and has the potential to identify a tailored model that could be used in other communities for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. $50,000
World Wellness Group Greater Brisbane Work with companies employing migrant workers to deliver wellness programs in the workplace including a workplace specific needs analysis $50,000
Sunshine Coast Council Maroochydore Deliver a 16 week mental health and wellbeing project for seniors (over 50) living with a mental illness or those wanting to improve their mental health and wellbeing. This will enable up to 30 participants to set their own personal goals for physical health and be supported by a Peer Worker to work on cognitive and physical tools to improve mental health and wellbeing. $44,131
Dysart Community Support Group Dysart Develop a wellbeing framework for Dysart based on the Wheel of Wellbeing Framework. The project involves working with service providers and stakeholders across a wide range of areas. $49,093
Communify Qld Kelvin Grove and Inala Build networks to reduce social isolation. Two groups (one in Kelvin Grove and one in Inala) to include participation in 12 sessions for up to 25 participants in each to provide information on the health system, and ante natal and post-natal care. Read more >> $26,762
Toowoomba Clubhouse Toowoomba Recruit and train up to 30 community volunteers to act as companions for people living with mental illness to reduce social isolation. The companions will be responsible for assisting people living with mental illness to live independent lives. $50,000
Vulcana Women’s Circus Inc. Brisbane Providing 20 places for adults experiencing mental illness and 40 for children and young people experiencing mental illness and alcohol and other drug problems in circus workshops to build confidence and skills. $35,639
Indel-Ability Arts Ltd Brisbane Develop a performance, involving six actors with disability who have experienced mental illness and mental health problems, that will address stigma associated with mental health. The performances will be trialed in schools in 2017. $42,250
Karakan South Brisbane, Logan, Redlands Develop easily accessible and supported physical activity programs to improve social opportunities for people living with a mental illness and intellectual disability including training volunteers who could continue to deliver the program. $46,574
Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association Cairns and Yarrabah The program aims to improve physical health and community connects of Indigenous adults recovering from mental illness. The project involves capacity building which will build the skills of the local community to enable sustained delivery. The project is a partnership with the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. $49,826
Stepping Stone Clubhouse Brisbane Provide opportunities to Clubhouse clients who are living with a mental illness to participate in physical activity to improve their physical health and wellbeing. Read more >> $28,700
Australian International Islamic College Collaborative Gold Coast Providing the BRITA Futures Wellbeing Program and mental health first aid training to community leaders to equip them with knowledge and enable them to engaged in non-stigmatising conversations about mental health and suicide prevention. Training will also be provided to up to 50 young people attending a residential event. $50,000

Round 2 - February 2017

Organisation Community Description Grant
Phunkitional Limited Thursday Island,  Dimbulah,  Atherton, Herberton, Tully, Cairns, Tablelands, Horn Island Yumpla Project (Respectful Relationships Partnership Project) is a partnership project to increase the safety, mental and physical wellbeing of young people in remote communities across far north Queensland. The project will deliver workshops and professional theatre performances, for young people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and CALD backgrounds and professional development sessions for teachers and youth workers. $50,000
Parents & Friends Association Aboriginal & Islander Independent Community School (the Murri School)




Brisbane (Southside) The Moving to Heal Yoga Program is designed to promote healing and social connection through the delivery of a weekly trauma sensitive yoga class to Aboriginal women residing in Brisbane’s Southside. Ongoing participation will decrease levels of trauma symptoms and improvement in one’s ability to regulate emotions.


Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Primary Health Care Service Mareeba A 12-month extension of the Hand Up (not hand out!) for Mareeba Men project funded under the 2015-16 Grants Program. It includes the employment of a male Indigenous mental health worker to provide culturally appropriate support for Mareeba Indigenous men, particularly those experiencing mental health issues, alcohol and drug use, and those involved in the justice system.


Family Drug Support Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton,  Cairns Family Drug Support’s National Drug Support Day will provide five public events across Queensland to highlight the support needed by families, and to reduce the shame and stigma they endure because of drug and alcohol problems in the family. $41,500
WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association Brisbane, Caboolture, Logan, Gold Coast



Well Beings supports the development of, and promotes the skills and knowledge required by both the disability and mental health sectors to offer improved recovery support to people with dual disability (intellectual disabilities and mental illness/significant mental health issues). $42,252
Access Inc Logan The ACCESSing Personal Wellbeing Project will provide a suite of activities to improve the wellbeing of people from a CALD background living with mental illness, and remove barriers that often inhibit individuals with mental illness from forming and maintaining supportive relationships. $50,000
Harmony Place Brisbane The Wellbeing in Harmony Project offers a suite of activities that improve the wellbeing of people from a CALD background living with mental illness, and remove barriers that often inhibit individuals with mental illness from forming and maintaining supportive relationships. $50,000
Your Dreams Ipswich and West Moreton Region ‘Reclaiming Joy’ Suicide Bereavement Retreat will offer a three-day nurturing and safe space for twenty participants bereaved by suicide to reclaim joy in their lives. Participants will have the opportunity to communicate with others who have had similar experiences, build relationships and establish a supportive network. $8,800
Act for Kids Cairns The Family Wellbeing Program will provide up to 18 of its Indigenous residential care workers with the opportunity to participate in the Family Wellbeing Program, which seeks to empower participants through personal transformation that involves harmonising physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of life and applying this to practical, day-to-day living. $50,000