$50,000 for workplace mental health projects

Grants of up to $50,000 are available to fund innovative mental health projects that support people to recover at work and reduce mental health stigma.

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Program objective

The Recovery Boost program provides up to $50,000 for mental health projects that encourage early help seeking, support recovery and reduce stigma.

Benefits and lessons from these projects will broaden the evidence base of what works.


Who can apply

Anyone can apply, as long as you have an ABN or ACN and have a project that benefits NSW workplaces.  

This includes:

  • businesses and industry groups
  • not-for-profit and non-government organisations 
  • universities and research institutions 
  • government agencies and local councils

We're particularly interested in proposals from:

  • people with lived experience of workplace mental health recovery
  • regional and remote businesses
  • aboriginal people and businesses
  • culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD)
  • youth networks and communities
  • small and micro businesses

What kind of projects we will fund

We're looking to fund mental health projects that:

  • create greater opportunities for workers to recover at work, or return to work sooner
  • broaden the evidence base of what works, so that other workplaces can benefit from what your project learns and accomplishes
  • support workers in a workplace in a new 'innovative' way
  • encourage individuals to seek early support when they are experiencing mental health issues
  • break down mental health stigma and create greater awareness of the importance of mental health at work.

What your application needs to include

Only successful EOIs will be able to make an application.  

At the application stage, eligible applicants will be asked to provide more details about their project.

This includes project design, how the project meets the selection criteria, who will be involved in the project, proposed budget details and the approach to evaluation.

You’ll also be asked to provide evidence to support the need for your project.

This could be any information or data from your workplace, for example survey feedback or deidentified HR or return to work reports, that is relevant to your project. Any research done into your issue is also welcomed.


Address the eligibility criteria

Your project must address:

  • 2 of the 3 Focus Areas
  • 2 of the 3 Funding Principles

Focus areas

Mandatory Focus Area - Increase awareness of mental health and reducing stigma

Increased awareness of mental health at work reduces stigma and which supports individuals in their mental health recovery.

Under this category, your project will develop approaches to create a more positive mental health culture in the workplace.

This can be by improving mental health literacy in the workplace through using innovative approaches, for example training courses using lived experience.

Then address one of these Focus Areas:

Promote and facilitate early help-seeking
  • Promoting and facilitating early help-seeking is when a workplace culture enables and encourages people to seek support when they are experiencing mental health issues.
  • Under this category, your project will encourage individuals to seek support when they are experiencing mental health issues, for example, seeing a doctor or reaching out to a manager, friend or mental health service.
Support an individual’s recovery
  • Individual’s do not need to be ‘fully recovered’ before returning to work.  In most cases, early return to work can play a significant part a person’s recovery.
  • Under this category, your project will support an individual’s recovery by creating greater opportunities to stay at work while they recover, or to return to work sooner if they have taken leave. 
  • This can be by the workplace offering support and making reasonable workplace adjustments.

Funding Principles

Mandatory Funding Principle - Innovative

Your project is a unique type of mental health intervention. This can include existing programs that have now been tailored to a specific workplace not previously targeted.

An example of this could be identifying a high-risk area and extending an existing program to focus on this group.

A simple way to demonstrate innovation in mental health projects is to involve people with lived experience in the scoping, design, implementation, and evaluation of your project.

Then address one of these Funding Principles:


Your project will continue to have an impact beyond the project’s nominated end date.

An example of this is how the project will continue as a ‘business as usual’ program in the workplace, beyond the end of the project.

Adoptable in workplaces

Your project is easy for workplaces to adopt, using limited resources, and can be replicated and scaled in other workplaces.

An example of this could be developing project charters, guidelines and templates which could be used by other businesses and either built on or scaled back.


Use the checklist

Before submitting an application, check that you have:

  • answered all the questions
  • explained what workplace mental health problem your project addresses
  • explained how your project addresses the mandatory Focus Area: Innovative, as well as at least one other Focus Area
  • explained how your project addresses the mandatory Funding Principle: Reduces mental health stigma,  as well as at least one other Funding Principle.

Submit your application

Only successful Expressions of Interest can progress to the application stage. 

If you have not submitted an EOI by now, you cannot make an application.

If your EOI has been successful, program officers (from SIRA) will email you with all the information you need to make your application. 

You will make the application through email.

You will have until 3 September to submit your application.

If you made an Expression of Interest and it was not successful, program officers will email you letting you.

What happens next

This section outlines the process and timelines, as well as the deadlines you must meet.

3 August - EOIs reviewed

The application process is managed the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) part of the NSW Government.

From August 2, SIRA officers will review the EOIs to check they meet eligibility criteria.

Officers may contact you to seek clarification or further supporting information.

11 August - Successful EOIs contacted

If your EOI demonstrates that your project meets the eligibility criteria, you will be contacted by email and invited to submit a formal application.

3 September - Submit the application

SIRA officers will email you with the information you need to make a formal application.  You will have until 3 September to submit your application

You will be asked to provide more information about your project, as well as how you meet the selection criteria.

Selection criteria includes:

  • Alignment to program outcomes: how well the project addresses the Focus Areas and Funding Principles.
  • Evaluation: how you will measure effectiveness. Explain what your project’s goals are, and how they will be measured.
  • Capability to deliver the project: Demonstrate that you have the abilities, knowledge or experience to carry out the project.
  • Benefits: how the project will result in ongoing and sustainable benefits to NSW workplaces, workers and the community.
  • Project management: basic project management principles such as a clear start and end date, and how success will be measured.
5 November - Applications review by independent selection committee

Between 3 September and 10 January, applications will be assessed by an independent selection committee. 

This committee will then nominate projects to the government for funding.

This process is overseen by a probity consultant to ensure transparency and integrity throughout the selection process.

There is more information on the selection criteria in the program guide, section six.

10 January 2022 - Successful projects announced

Applicants will be notified in writing on whether their application has been successful.

A list of successful projects will be published on the NSW Government website. 

Successful applicants may also be included in:

  • public media releases
  • social media posts.

See the 2021 grant winners.


Instructional videos

Use these instructional videos to submit a strong application.

They focus on project design, evaluation, and grant application writing.

Common questions

If I receive funding and I need some help to evaluate my project, will you be able to help me?

Evaluation is very important. Yes, we can help you.  Contact us using the above link.  

How much information on budget and financials will I need to provide in the application?

Section 7 of the application, we provide a template you can use to outline your budget and financial information.  This is all the information you will need. This template also details the items that SIRA will not fund under the grant program. 

It may be helpful to seek some guidance when completing this section of the application. 

Will I be notified if my application has been unsuccessful

Yes. All applicants will receive an email notification once the review process is complete with information regarding the outcome of their application.

What information is required to demonstrate how my project will meet the focus areas and the funding principles?

You must provide reasoning for your project and evidence to support it. 

For each focus area and funding principle you select for your application, you will need to demonstrate how your project addresses it through relevant information. 

This could data from your workplace, supporting research, survey feedback or any information gathered by your organisation or yourself that is relevant to your project.

See what my application needs to include for more information.

Contact us

Contact us for more information about eligibility criteria, timeframes, and costs; or if you have any questions about the application process.

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