Grants for groups open

Australia Post community grants are open for 2020. (Supplied)

Ewen McRae

Community groups across Melton and Moorabool have the chance for a financial boost, with grants from Australia Post opening for applications last week.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations, with the focus this year on mental health and supporting projects that help improve connection and mental wellbeing in local communities.

Australia Post head of community Nicky Tracey said organisations that support the community were more important than ever.

“Being part of a community and feeling a sense of belonging has become more important than ever before,” Ms Tracey said.

“Our grants program aims to help strengthen the support network and relationships between individuals and their community, which is greatly needed at this time.

“We know that when people in communities connect, they naturally feel better – which will often improve mental health – which is why we want to support the organisations that are helping make this happen.

“Ultimately, when people look out for each other and talk openly about mental health – we can build stronger, more resilient communities.”

Australia Post said this year’s grants would help communities support mental health awareness and early intervention to help people understand more about how to stay mentally well, increase opportunity for individuals to participate and connect within their communities, and strengthen connections to mental health support services.

Applications close July 17. All applicants will be notified of the outcome in October 2020.

Ewen McRae