The Empowering our Communities program offers support to people and communities struggling with drought.

WNSW PHN is dedicated to supporting wellbeing initiatives through the Community, Wellbeing and Drought Relief grant program.

Grant funding

Round 2 of the Community, Wellbeing and Drought Relief grant program is now open.

The Community, Wellbeing and Drought Relief grants fund wellbeing initiatives, upskill workers in the delivery of mental health services and provide information and training to community leaders and members. 

The eligibility criteria will be based in an area identified as a drought-affected area within Western NSW PHN region.

There are four key eligibility criteria:

  • The proposed activity must be for a community that is within the WNSW PHN region and the community must currently be classified as drought-affected as per the Department of Primary Industry Combined Drought Indicator (found HERE).
  • The applicant must be a registered business and must have an ABN. This could include, but is not limited to, sporting groups, community groups, not-for-profit organisations.
  • As a mandatory requirement the applicant must supply a letter of support from two organisations (eg: community-based organisation; CWA, or Local Government) where the activity will be run.
  • As a mandatory requirement, the applicant must not duplicate service delivery within the WNSW PHN region.

The type of activities that will be funded are:

  • Community health and wellbeing events.
  • Providing opportunities for paid and voluntary workforces to upskill in delivering wellbeing services to drought-affected communities.
  • Community education sessions on promoting mental health, self care in periods of adversity and supporting.
  • Sustaining of local business.
  • Funds can be used for resources to support proposed activities up to a value of $3000 per item.

Applications for round 2 close 5pm Monday, June 10, 2019.

To view the round 2 application guidelines, please click HERE.

To download the round 2 application form, please click HERE.

All applications must be submitted to 

More Information

Beth Mills

Project Officer - Community Wellbeing
Phone: (02) 5317 1269
Email: