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Bushfire Mental Health Project grants

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Strengthening Community Wellbeing after Bushfires grants

As part of its four-year Bushfire Mental Health Project to strengthen community mental health and wellbeing, Wellbeing SA offered a second round of Strengthening Community after Bushfires grants.

The grants will fund locally driven projects that help communities connect and build resilience through their recovery. A wide variety of projects that seek to support the mental health and wellbeing of bushfire-affected communities will be funded.

Applications have now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome by 31 August.

See below for previous grant recipients.

For more information please contact:

Wellbeing SA Mental Health and Wellbeing Directorate
Phone: 0435 495 309

Previous recipients

Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills Youth Central

Adelaide Hills Council

The Adelaide Hills Youth Central project will develop a dynamic, online hub for young people across the Adelaide Hills to connect and to access wellbeing resources and activities.

The hub will provide young people in the Adelaide Hills with a central, digital point of connection through chats, competitions, self care activities and comprehensive information about local youth services, events and activities in the region, resulting in significant benefits for the wellbeing and social connection of young people.

Hidden Treasures


Hidden Treasures is a creative community mapping project. Lobethal residents will be invited to participate in a series of gatherings over four months to tell stories, share photographs, share memories and make art. Participants will look for treasures in their community in people, places, memories and hopes for the future.

The gatherings will involve primary school students, seniors and other community members and will result in a final exhibition showing all contributions condensed into a digital Treasure Map of Lobethal.

Community Wellbeing Awareness and Connection

SA Country Women's Association - Woodside Branch

The Woodside Branch of the SA Country Women’s Association will deliver events and activities to support the mental health and social wellbeing of the community. Events will include cooking and craft sessions, concerts, mental health awareness sessions, bushfire preparedness and first aid training.

These events will encourage awareness of mental health and community wellbeing as part of the bushfire recovery process.

Family Wellbeing Day

Torrens Valley Little Athletics Centre

Torrens Valley Little Athletics Centre will run a family wellbeing day for families living in the Adelaide Hills.

The family wellbeing day will increase connections for children and families, promote wellbeing and provide a fun way to reduce the pressures felt by bushfire impacted families.

Kangaroo Island

Strings Across the Island

Kangaroo Island Art Feast

Kangaroo Island Art Feast will host the Australian String Quartet to deliver workshops and performances for students. Children learning musical instruments and the school choirs will engage with members of the quartet.

The visit will support the three campuses of the Kangaroo Island Community Education School as part of a focus on wellbeing, after many children and families were impacted by the bushfires. The Australian String Quartet will also offer a gala evening event of classical music for the broader community.

From the Ashes

Kangaroo Island Football League

Kangaroo Island Football League will support men to connect through workshops run by an art therapist. Participants will design and cast metal objects from metal fragments they retrieved from their homes after the bushfires and from supplied materials.

The workshops will provide a safe space for men to connect and have recovery focused conversations about the fire event and their experiences.

Golf Extravaganza

Parndana Golf Club

Parndana Golf Club will hold an event to connect community and strengthen wellbeing after the bushfires. The Golf Extravaganza will be inclusive, family friendly, encourage physical activity and increase community connections.

Rebuilding after the bushfires and the impacts of COVID-19 have led to reduced socialising and increased isolation for many community members. The event will reconnect people of all ages in a welcoming and fun environment with local mental health services on hand to provide support and resources.

Bushfire Stories Film Project

Western Districts Memorial Community and Sports Centre

The project will film and share the stories of bushfire survivors from the western end of Kangaroo Island. The experiences of these survivors, including their mental health and wellbeing recovery process, will be documented and screened in local halls around Kangaroo Island.

The making of this film is a vehicle for recovery and the collection of bushfire stories will provide a community record of rebuilding and resilience. The screening of the film will bring awareness to the mental health and wellbeing impacts of bushfires and will connect community through shared experiences.

Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island

Animal Carers

Summit Health

Summit Health will support human carers of animals to reflect on their common experiences of caring for animals who were impacted by the 2019 bushfires. Many workers and volunteers spent long hours looking after and euthanising injured animals.

Summit Health will convene two workshops in the Adelaide Hills and two workshops on Kangaroo Island to support and celebrate animal carers. The workshops will be facilitated by experienced therapeutic practitioners.

Yorketown and surrounding areas

SYP School Kids Project

St Columbia's Memorial School

The First Aid for SYP Kids Project will deliver first aid sessions and mental health information tailored to children and their carers on the Southern Yorke Peninsula, to increase children’s sense of wellbeing, safety and security.

By providing children with the information and skills required to be prepared for an emergency, the project will help build their sense of preparedness, confidence and resilience. Every family will receive first aid training, information about mental health, information about preparing for bushfire season and their own first aid kit to take home.

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