Large Grants for storm and flood affected regions - funded projects

Applications for this program are now closed.

Successful applicants

Project title

Brief Project Description

Organisation name

Project LGA

Amount approved

Senior student support group

Working with a team of Clinical Specialists from Clinical Psychology Solutions in Taree and the Welfare Officers at local High Schools, this project aims to support the mental health wellbeing of young people in the Taree area during their senior high school years. It will provide weekly specialist clinical psychologist and welfare support to targeted students.


Mid-Coast Council


Pop Up Play Sessions - Promoting resilience and connections

This project will deliver a program of Pop up Play sessions for young people and families, and training workshops for educators, support officers, family, children and young people. Play sessions will provide engagement and connection with support services, and workshops will focus on building resilience, wellbeing emotional strength and confidence.

Lake Macquarie City Council

Lake Macquarie City Council


Holistic wellbeing for young people

This program offers structured mentorships, swimming skills, introduction to surf life saving skills and opportunity for young males from culturally and linguistically diverse communities in south-west Sydney to develop confidence and participate more broadly to develop healthy connections with community.

Fitness for Purpose

Canterbury Bankstown City Council


SK8 with MYST to the family fun nights

MYST will run a series of free events throughout the Blue Mountains that will bring together young people, their families and the wider community. The events aim to connect the broader community to help strengthen family and community relationships and connections across the Blue Mountains.

Mountains Youth Services Team Inc

Blue Mountains City Council


Mighty Playwrights Program

The Mighty Playwrights program inspires young people to discover the power of their own thoughts and voices through literacy education, story telling, and the performing arts.

Goulburn Mulwaree Library

Goulburn Mulwaree Council


Mother Earth Educators (MEE)

This project aims to build cohesion between community and nature by bringing young people to connect with nature at Mullum Community Garden. Activities will empower young people to restore local flora, build wildlife habitats for fast -disappearing wildlife, learn organic gardening, cook produce, bush regeneration, and practical skills to support regenerative and self-sustainable practices including weaving and carpentry.

Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development inc (Mullum SEED)

Byron Shire Council


Rocket Fuel Launch Phase

Rocket Fuel is a long-term, region-wide project that aims to create seven theatre projects based on social issues that are important to young people across the region. These theatre works will then be produced and delivered by Jopuka Productions, featuring a cast and production team made up of young people aged 12-26. This project will deliver the first original theatre works, in late 2022 and one in early 2023.

Jopuka Productions

Central Coast Council



The Together program will play a significant role in preparing students for their futures by making them more resilient as individuals, building their self-efficacy and strengthening their community connections.

Exeter Public School

Wingecarribee Shire Council


Community, Entrepreneurial and Cultural Project

This project is a grassroots collaboration between Clarence River U3A Men’s Shed, Nungera Aboriginal Co-Operative Society and Maclean High School and will train 10 young men aged 13-20 in basic craftsmen and entrepreneurial skills.

Clarence River U3A INC

Clarence Valley Council


BPS Wellbeing Recovery Initiative

Buxton Public School will implement the Berry St Educational Model to assist trauma informed learning and the science of wellbeing. The Model provides strategies for teaching and learning that enable teachers to increase engagement of students with complex, unmet learning needs and to successfully improve all student’s self-regulation, relationships, well-being, growth and academic achievement.

Buxton Public School

Wollondilly Shire Council


PCYC Messy Play

Messy Play @ PCYC Goulburn is a program for children aged 18 months to 5 years which fosters curiosity, imagination and exploration, and encourages communication as well as physical and language development.

Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (PCYC Goulburn)

Goulburn Mulwaree Council


Inverell LGA Wellbeing Recovery for Youth

This project will connect young people in disadvantaged regional communities with six free events throughout Inverell LGA which support their physical and mental wellbeing, including community skate park events, open mic music sessions, a family fete and an obstacle challenge event.

Tingha Citizens Association Incorporated

Inverell Shire Council


Healthy Minds Challenge

The Healthy Minds Challenge is a school-based mental health literacy and health promotion initiative to develop mental health ‘champions’ in primary and secondary schools across the Lake Macquarie LGA. Students will drive the promotion of positive wellbeing and mental health in their schools, through the development of strategies that will be implemented across the whole school community.

Lake Macquarie Suicide Prevention and Support Network

Lake Macquarie City Council


Cool Connections in School

Cool Connections in School is an in-school mental health and wellbeing program for children aged 9-12 years who are experiencing social exclusion, low self-worth and/or symptoms of anxiety.
The program focuses on the prevention of mental distress for children and develops resilience through effective problem-solving and optimistic thinking as they grow into young people and adults.

Iris Foundation Australia Limited

Central Coast Council


Youth4Action- Empowering Young Environmental Champions

Youth4Action – Empowering Young Environmental Champions (EYEC) is a collaborative program led by young people and community to systematically build resilience knowledge, enhance wellbeing, and leadership capacity through a local lens. The project brings young people and their communities together with the best minds and ideas in government, education, industry, not for profits and the research sector to enable the development and implementation of local resilience plans.

Action for Agriculture

Upper Lachlan Shire Council


Music for the Mind

Music for the Mind builds self-confidence, improves mental health and develops job-ready transferable skills in young people through a safe and inclusive group mentoring program, supported by experts from the local entertainment, health and employment industries.

Stella Studio

Shoalhaven City Council


MPOWER Wellbeing for NSW Schools

MPOWER is a program which helps young people build resilience and improved mental health through hip hop, dance, movement and exploration of wellness and mental health skills.

One Vision Productions

Byron Shire Council


Engaging young people in disaster preparedness through gaming

This 20 week program will connect 25 young people with emergency response agencies, University of Wollongong student mentors, Indigenous youth workers, innovation hub facilitators and gaming professionals to design a build a youth-targeted disaster preparedness game.

Eden Community Access Centre

Bega Valley Shire Council


After Dark Basketball

PCYC Grafton’s After Dark Basketball program will provide structured evening activities to engage children and youth with physical, social and emotional development to support and improve overall mental health and wellbeing.

Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW

Clarence Valley Council


Regional Youth Wellness Series

Tamworth Regional Council and Tamworth Regional Youth Council will organise and run a series of fun events and activities designed to arm youth with resilience skills including the capacity to stand up to bullying and the benefits of perspective and making informed and wise decisions.

Tamworth Regional Council

Tamworth Regional Council


Resilience Development Sport and Recreation Camp

This project will deliver a four-day camp to help children strengthen their resilience and social cohesion by engaging in recreational activities that improve their social skills, personal growth, resilience and self-esteem.

Hobartville Public School Parents and Citizens Association

Hawkesbury City Council


Resilience Building Program

This project will deliver the MAT Life Skills Program to students in years 4 and 5 to increase their resilience and wellbeing through a physical martial arts therapy approach that engages and empowers young people to learn life skills, and to better manage the challenges in their lives.

NSW Government Schools - Hamilton Public School

Newcastle City Council


Improving childhood mental health and resilience through a Parent Cafe community network

This project will establish regular community-led Parent Cafes across four local schools to help build local social networks, develop parent leadership and build community protective factors, providing a space for young parents to learn about systems of care and mental health resources.

NSW Government Schools

Penrith City Council


Fit for Life - Primary School Students

The Fit for Life program will engage primary school children in a structured program of activities facilitated by PCYC Goulburn including sport and recreation, healthy eating, mentoring, team building and positive interactions with NSW Police, to develop self-awareness and build resilience.

PCYC NSW - Goulburn

Goulburn Mulwaree Council


Mental Strength & Resilience Building in Young Sporting Athletes

This project will use sport to empower young people to recover and build resilience, improve wellbeing and enhance mental health support through an activity that participants enjoy, resulting in a toolkit of coping tools that participants can use when facing future challenges.

Uniting NSW.ACT

Coffs Harbour City Council


Youth4Action- Empowering Young Environmental Champions

The Youth4Action – Empowering Young Environmental Champions (EYEC) program is a community-led resilience program co-designed by young people that builds resilience knowledge and enhances wellbeing and leadership capacity by challenging participants to translate complex challenges into concrete problems they feel empowered to solve.

Action for Agriculture Incorporation

Port Stephens Council


Northern Rivers Critical Assistance and Recovery

Younger Heroes has developed a program tailored for families impacted by the 2022 floods, including an overnight location-based program using physical activity and experience-based learning opportunities to support communication and building and strengthening of bonds between family members.

Younger Heroes

Lismore City Council


Northern Rivers Critical Assistance and Recovery

Younger Heroes has developed a program tailored for families impacted by the 2022 floods, including an overnight location-based program using physical activity and experience-based learning opportunities to support communication and building and strengthening of bonds between family members.

Younger Heroes

Richmond Valley Council


Youth Stories

Youth Stories aims to support young people to tell their story in a safe and therapeutic environment while connecting with professional mentors cultivating positive wellbeing and health practices. Young people will learn to express their journeys through creative arts with professional support through partnerships with local creative artists, community service organisations and psychologists.

Wollondilly Shire Council

Wollondilly Shire Council


Our Place Cultural Connections program

The Our Place Cultural Connection program provides an opportunity for Indigenous children to connect with country and culture, with each other and with positive Indigenous role models, providing a model of learning and engagement which is hands on and culturally safe.

Gateway Family Services

Blue Mountains City Council


Afghan youth embrace arts as they recover & reconnect

This program will provide safe and ongoing community art, drama, and dance lessons for Afghan youth within Cumberland and surrounding regions to improve mental health, encourage friendship, reduce isolation, build esteem and allow a creative outlet through arts.

Hope and Wish Foundation Pty Ltd

Cumberland Council


 ConnectED Program

The ConnectED project will provide Gosford High School students with a range of supports that promote a strength-based approach to fostering education around mental health, wellbeing, resilience and developing respectful relationships.

Gosford High School

Central Coast Council


Thirlmere Public School Wellbeing Initiative Project

This project will enable the delivery of the Berry St Educational Model of trauma-informed learning and the science of wellbeing by providing strategies for teaching and learning that enable teachers to increase engagement of students with complex, unmet learning needs and to successfully improve all student’s self-regulation, relationships, wellbeing, growth and academic achievement.

Thirlmere Public School

Wollondilly Shire Council


Youth Mental Health Recovery and Wellbeing Port Stephens LGA

The Mindfulness Matters project will support and empower vulnerable young people to better manage anxiety, stress, depression and relationships through exercise and nutrition, promoting better mental health and healthier lifestyle outcomes. The program brings together health and wellbeing services throughout Port Stephens to provide free access to participating young people 17 and over to encourage inclusiveness, particularly for those from diverse cultures, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds.

Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth (COPSY) Inc

Port Stephens Council


Animal Therapy

St Peter’s Primary school in Port Macquarie will provide animal assisted support and therapy through regular equine assisted therapy individual and group sessions during one school term, and the introduction of a support/therapy dog in the school environment.

Catholic Parish of St Agnes Port Macquarie - St Peters
Primary School

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council


Youth engagement project

Community Housing Ltd and Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation will introduce a
Community Engagement Officer to deliver activities that support the needs of young people aged 8-18 in partnership with local families and engage young people in community activities and events to help safeguard them from disengaging from their community.

Community Housing Ltd

Kempsey Shire Council


Family Fun Cultural Fish Day

Family Fun Cultural Fishing Day is aimed at providing the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community with a chance to come together to continue their healing and recovery journeys from the trauma caused by unprecedented events of recent bushfires, floods and COVID-19. The event will use the foundations of wellbeing for the local Aboriginal communities including culture, dance, art, music, self-healing and fishing to promote connection between all members of the local community.

Regional Education Aboriginal Cultural Healing
Pty Ltd

Eurobodalla Shire Council


Connecting Families, Creating Community

First Steps Count Child and Community Centre will deliver a program of culturally appropriate and fun activities co-designed by the local community, to bring families and young people together in a collaborative hub with local organisations and agencies to support ongoing connectedness and belonging.

First Steps Count Incorporated

Mid-Coast Council


Community Wellbeing Program

The Community Wellbeing Program takes an integrated approach to improve mental health and well-being of all the children at preschool through a holistic program focusing on wellbeing and its positive effect on a child’s development. The program will deliver activities to build education and habits that support nutritional, physical and emotional wellbeing among preschool children and their families.

Port Macquarie Community Preschool

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council


Youth4Action - Empowering Young Environmental Champions

The Youth4Action – Empowering Young Environmental Champions program will bring together local councils, service providers, and communities to ensure young voices and needs are listened to, while developing resilience, leadership, wellbeing, emergency preparedness, and recovery.

Action for Agriculture

Hawkesbury City Council


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