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Key information

  • Status: open
  • Up to $50,000
  • Expressions of Interest close 2 August 2021
  • Successful Expressions of Interest notified 11 August 2021
  • Detailed applications submitted before 10 September 2021
  • Grant winners announced November 2021

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 Expression of Interest needs to include

Expressions of Interest allow you to demonstrate early that your project meets the eligibility criteria.

Only Expressions of Interest that meet the eligibility criteria below will be invited to make an application from 11 August 2021.

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 your EOI

When completing the Expression of Interest 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 Expression of Interest

EOIs are now open

Submit an EOI before 2 August 2021.

 Submit your Expression of Interest

After your Expression of Interest is submitted

Only successful EOIs will progress to the application stage.

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.

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

SIRA officers will email you with the information you need to make a formal application.  You will have until 10 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.

Between 10 September and 5 November, applications will be assessed by an independent committee.

This independent committee will then nominate projects to the government for funding (mid-October)

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.

Questions and resources


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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Instructional videos

For more information about the application stage for successful EOIs, please see these instructional videos.

They demonstrate how to submit strong applications and focus on project design, evaluation and grant application writing.

Program guide

Our program guide (PDF, 319.54 KB) contains more detailed information to help you submit a winning application.


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