Empowering our Communities - More funding now available to drought-hit communities


The Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) is offering more funding to assist communities in the region affected by drought.

Under the Australian Government’s Empowering our Communities Program, WNSW PHN is now offering round 2 of the Community Wellbeing and Drought Support grants.

Grants of $5000 to $50,000 will be available to communities to facilitate community-led projects to support mental health, social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention initiatives for people living in drought-affected areas.

“The first round of grants has been a great success. We have been able to provide support to wonderful programs and projects across our region that are having a very real impact on people’s lives,” WNSW PHN CEO Andrew Harvey said.

“With round 2 we hope to support more of the great work that is being done by organisations who are on the ground and responding to the difficulties that communities in drought are facing every day.”

Community organisations (including sporting clubs and local governments) can apply for grants within the range of $5000 to $50,000. To be eligible they must be based in the WNSW PHN region.

Round 2 Western NSW PHN Community, Wellbeing and Drought Relief

grant applications will close at 5pm Monday, June 10, 2019.


Federal Member for Parkes The Hon Mark Coulton said as the effects of the drought continue to be felt across all parts of western New South Wales it was important, now more than ever, for the Coalition Government to assist those in need.

“I have seen the positive outcomes delivered through round one of the Coalition Government’s Empowering our Communities program and I encourage all eligible organisations to again consider how they can use a grant to help communities in need,” Mr Coulton said.

“I look forward to learning about the many successful applications from organisations keen to provide innovative and inclusive initiatives.”

For more information and to apply for an Empowering our Communities grants program visit or call 1300 699 167.