Rural Grants

The MHCSA’s Rural Mental Health Grants program is now closed for 2021.




Rural Grants


In 2021, the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia (MHCSA) are looking to expand our Mental Health Week program to all of October. Mental Health Awareness Month will join in to national events that aim to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing.

Thanks to the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network (BHFLHN), we have been funded to allocate small grants of up to $1,000 to support creative promotional activities throughout rural and regional SA for Mental Health Month (October 2021).


Mental Health Week aims to:
  • Build community awareness and knowledge around mental health and wellbeing
  • Develop greater mental health literacy in the community to encourage understanding and acceptance of mental health challenges and illness.


Grant Information:

Funding applications are invited from mental health service providers, community organisations, creative collectives, and individuals, for activities and events to be held during Mental Health Month in regional SA that aim to promote mental health, wellbeing and stigma reduction in the local community through arts and creativity.

We will be supporting creative activities and events that encourage and evolve mental health conversations and showcase the cultural value of Lived Experience voices. The amount available for each application is up to $1000.

Examples of creative promotional activities include:

  • Exhibitions
  • Theatre or music productions
  • Spoken word poetry, storytelling or comedy nights
  • Writing, painting, photography or music workshops
  • Film screenings
  • Artist panels or creative presentations
  • Murals and installations
  • Pottery or crafting events
  • Zine-shares.

Projects that demonstrate collaboration, partnership with, and participation from a number of organisations in one area and projects that demonstrate leadership by and co-design alongside community members with lived experience of mental illness will be well regarded. Demonstration of strong in-kind and/or cash contributions from the applicant and partners will also benefit your application.

Applicants are encouraged to develop activities that communicate with the general public.
All communication materials (including publications, posters, brochures, PowerPoint presentations, media releases, advertisements, web sites, merchandise, exhibitions, event materials) must acknowledge the support of the MHCSA and BHFLHN, as well as utilising the MHCSA’s Mental Health Month branding materials.

This means all communication materials will include the MHCSA and BHFLHN logos as well as the 2021 Mental Health Month logo and theme. These materials should be checked by the MHCSA’s Marketing and Communications Unit prior to publication, and we expect that they will be shared once finalised so that we can co-promote your efforts.

The allocation process will aim to ensure good coverage across all regions of country SA.

Please note:  Given we are still working in the COVID-19 era, the MHCSA have considered a range of contingencies as we plan this year’s Mental Health Month. This year’s Rural Grants applications must include whether or not your event is likely to be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, and how you will take this into account in your planning.



Rural Grant application forms are available here: Rural-Grant-Application-Form-2021

Simply complete and email or post to MHCSA by 5pm Monday 07 June 2021. Note this date has been extended by one week.

To help in determining your budget, please view the following information from Country Arts SA on recommended rates for Artists and Arts workers: RECOMMENDED-RATES

To help with COVID-19 considerations, you can check out Eventbrite’s COVID-19 Safety Playbook for Events and COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources for Event Creators. Information from SA Health on COVID-Safe and COVID Management Plans can be found here.

The assessment process may include shortlisted applicants being contacted for further details.

Please download our Rural-Grant-Information-2021 sheet to share this funding opportunity.



Successful applicants will be required to complete an evaluation report on their Mental Health Month 2021 funded project. The Rural Grants Evaluation form will ask you to provide the following information:

Description of project/event, project partners, attendance numbers, copies of media coverage and promotional materials, benefits to local consumers, carers, workers and general community and actual expenditure against your budget. Copies of photographs of the project/event should also be included in your evaluation.

Acquittal forms will be sent out to successful applicants in June, along with grant monies. Please bear in mind that these acquittal forms will be due by November 30, 2021 and factor this into your event coordination and debriefing.


For more information please contact:

Fiona Gilmore
Mental Health Coalition of SA
Suite 2, L5, 195 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
P: 08 8212 8873


Bronwyn Ryan
Administration Manager
Rural and Remote Mental Health Network
P: 08 7425 6100