Large grants program for regional NSW - funded projects

Applications will remain open until 31 December 2022 or until funds are fully expended, whichever is sooner. View eligibility information.

Project title

Brief Project Description

Organisation name

Project LGA

Amount approved

The Byron Youth Empowerment Strategy (YES)

The Byron Youth Empowerment Strategy will deliver resilience-building group activities for young women and those in the Byron Shire who identify as LGBTQIA+ to empower and build resilience skills, strengthen mental health and connect to support networks that can help them reclaim wellbeing and capacity to manage in future disasters.

Byron Youth Service Inc.

Byron Shire Council


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Connections

This project will provide playgroups and community events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in the Goulburn area. This pilot program is a first for Goulburn aiming to provide ongoing social connections and early education support within the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Goulburn Schools as Community Care

Goulburn Mulwaree Council


Youth Mentoring Program

The Youth Mentoring Program was co-designed with youth and aims to tackle the issues within the local youth community related to mental health, a lack of youth leadership, and the physical and mental training needed to become healthy young people.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council

Goulburn Mulwaree Council


Regional kids Year 5-6 wellbeing leadership project

This pilot project will be delivered by Centacare at seven primary schools in remote regional NSW, aiming to help years 5 and 6 students to identify self-care needs and wellbeing opportunities and build resilience before they begin high school.

Centacare South West NSW

Wagga Wagga City Council


Changemakers Program

Changemakers is a six-month program of immersive mental health and change-making workshops empowering young people between aged 14-18 to create positive change in their own lives and their communities.

Sonder Youth Ltd

Shoalhaven City Council


Mob Studio Sessions

Mob Studio Sessions is a collaborative 12-month project focussing on the wellbeing of children and young people in a creative, fun, educational, and culturally safe music environment, providing young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people access to quality music education using song writing, recording and performance, in a partnership between Mad Proppa Deadly and the New England Conservatorium of Music.

New England Conservatorium of Music

Armidale Regional Council


Raise Youth Mentoring Program - Narrabri High School and Wee Waa High School

The Raise mentoring programs at Narrabri High School and Wee Waa High School is a 22-week early-intervention, best- practice mentoring program matching young people in years 8 and 9 with volunteer mentors to work with them to build self-worth, resilience and engagement with education using the Raise Foundation’s evidence-based mentoring curriculum.

The Trustee for Raise Foundation

Narrabri Shire Council


Get Active United: Guyra-Armidale-Uralla youth sport and physical activity program

Get Active United will provide targeted opportunities for primary school-aged students from select schools in Guyra, Armidale and Uralla to participate in extracurricular physical activities that enhance wellbeing, resilience and have therapeutic benefit whilst simultaneously supporting Health and Physical Education (HPE) syllabus learning.

University of New England

Armidale Regional Council


Boys to the Bush Program

Boys to the Bush will deliver three programs for groups of 10 targeted year-5 students using their successful model for engagement and preventive intervention, spreading messages of positive mental health awareness for young people with complex needs or disadvantaged backgrounds.  

NSW Government Schools - Albury Public School

Albury City Council


Children's physical and verbal coaching

This project will provide staff at the rural Willow Tree Preschool with training in paediatric speech pathology and occupational therapy assistance to help deliver therapeutic benefits to local preschool children and address health service gaps in the regional area.

Willow Tree Preschool Inc

Liverpool Plains Shire Council


Resilience Project

This project will see The Resilience Project provide an evidence-based positive mental health program to build resilience and happiness, focusing on a whole-of-school approach by working with teachers, students and parents to proactively build and maintain their collective social and emotional skills and instil an inclusive and supportive school environment.

Orange City Council

Orange City Council


PCYC Walgett - Friday Night We Are Alright!

PCYC Walgett’s U-NITES project is a responsive and multifaceted program of hosted activities aiming to reduce barriers to participation, and build trust, community connection, resilience and a sense of belonging among young people in the local area. The weekly program will feature a combination of creative expression, sporting activities, cultural education, health, wellbeing and life skills workshops and crime prevention activities.

Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW LTD (PCYC Walgett)

Walgett Council


PCYC Wellington - Connecting to Sport

PCYC Wellington – Connecting to Sports program aims to build resilience, health and wellbeing, improve educational engagement, foster recovery from adverse events and reduce offending behaviour in Wellington through delivery of multi-sport activities, sports competitions, living skills programs, art activities, cultural activities, mentoring and peer support, and connection to service providers for children and young people in a safe and supervised environment one afternoon a week.

Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW LTD

Dubbo Regional 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

Byron Shire Council


Aboriginal cultural mentoring for disengaged youth

The Gumaraa LAD program has been developed to help Aboriginal young people reconnect kinship and culture through language, art and dance. This program teaches disengaged students respect, reconciliation and resilience through weekly mentoring during school terms, with support and encouragement to find themselves through cultural education in the hope they will attend school every other day and build healthy relationships within the school community and wider.

Gumaraa Aboriginal experience

Shellharbour City Council


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words - Youth Murals Project

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – Youth Mural Project will provide community cohesion and a creative outlet for young people in remote towns throughout the Shire and will support engagement with mental health workers to connect with young people and make them aware of services that are available in our region.

Carrathool Shire Council

Carrathool Shire Council


Expansion of Illawarra Young Women's Program

The Young Women’s Program in-school program will build resilience and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of girls aged 12-16 to understand and protect themselves across three critical health domains: mental health, domestic, family and sexual violence and sexual and reproductive health.

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre

Shellharbour City Council


F.Stop Workshop Photography Program

The F.Stop Workshop Photography Program will feature multi-week photography programs presented in partnership with schools and community organisations across the Riverina and South-Eastern NSW to build resilience, strengthen community networks and improve mental health and wellbeing. All lessons will be grounded in mindfulness and self-awareness, with a strong focus on intuition, curiosity and discovery.

J.T FARLEY & P.M RONALD T/A F.Stop Workshop

Wagga City Council


Creative Wellness Workshops for Young People - Deniliquin

This project will deliver creative arts workshops for young people in the Edward River Council LGA to increasing wellbeing in young people by providing them with a community of peers with similar interests and experiences, building their resilience through support negotiating change, using the arts as for creative expression, team building and self-awareness, and mitigating anxieties.

Outback Theatre for Young People

Edward River Council


Indigenous Art and Cultural Workshop

The Indigenous Youth Art and Cultural Workshop is a collaboration between Koori Colours Art Gallery and Tomaree Neighbourhood Centre to provide a culturally safe environment for Indigenous Youth to connect with culture through art and story. The project will deliver art and mental health, wellbeing and resilience workshops over 2 school terms and during school holidays.

Tomaree Neighbourhood Centre Inc

Port Stephens Council


Fit for Life - Yass High School

The Fit for Life program will see NSW Police and PCYC delivering a weekly transport and breakfast service for young people at Yass High School enabling interactions around healthy eating, exercise, mentoring and mental health supports where needed, along with a program of physical activities to build team and interpersonal skills.

Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW Ltd

Yass Valley Council


Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Personal Safety Incursion

Bravehearts will deliver its Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure personal safety show to 2,000 children aged 3-8 in preschools and schools in regional NSW with a high proportion of vulnerable children at heightened risk due to COVID 19. The program aims to build resilience and mitigate instances and impacts of sexual abuse, bullying and domestic violence through education and empowerment, and includes information for parents, carers and teachers.

Bravehearts Foundation Limited

Shoalhaven City Council


Youth South Coast Short Film Mentoring Project

The South Coast Youth Short Film Mentoring Project will support regional youth in the Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla LGAs to have a voice and recover, build resilience and share their own flood impact story with local and national audiences through the development of a short film supported by industry mentors.

Southland Creative Inc

Shoalhaven City Council



Connect will bring students from 11 schools throughout the Warrumbungle Shire together for a program of workshops led by an experienced facilitator, engaging students to recognise connection and communication beyond surface level interactions, engage in relationship building activities, promote inclusivity, and participate and leading in a community wide social initiative.

2357 Partnerships

Warrumbungle Shire Council


LGBTQIA+ Regional Youth Program

The objective of the project is to support inclusion in the community, improve awareness and reduce the stigma toward LGBTQIA+ youth in schools. This program aims to improve resilience, create a safe space, and improve social connection through participation in sport and physical activity by delivering school incursions, a residential camp and an ongoing digital support and connection program.

Office of Sport

Snowy Monaro Regional Council


Malabuglimah and Baryulgil Jarjums Wellbeing Project

Malabuglimah and Baryulgil Jarjums Wellbeing Project will strengthen community resilience and wellbeing on the remote Aboriginal communities of Baryulgil and Malabugilmah by supporting parents and children to participate in physical activities and healthy eating whilst supporting cultural values of caring for Elders, hunting and preparation of bushfoods, and strengthened partnerships and networks.

Jana Ngalee Local Aboriginal Land Council

Clarence Valley Council



GREAT (Girls Resilience–Education Art Time) is a weekly after-school and school holiday program that will run throughout the year for pre-teen and teenage girls with a focus on art projects for healing and developing resilience. The program will deliver gratitude, community-based art and journalising activities which research shows help to improve self-esteem, wellbeing, and cognitive development, contribute to building valuable social networks and build resilience.

Boambee East Community Centre Inc

Coffs Harbour City Council


The Big Yellow Bus Playgroup Tour

Early Links will take their Big Yellow Bus on a tour of community playgroups and events throughout the Hunter region to enable families who might not have access to a regular local play group and provide opportunities for fun, connection, inclusion and observing children’s play for signs of special needs for further referral and support.

Early Links Inclusion Support Service Incorporated

Maitland City Council


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