Rural Grants 2020


Rural Grants Now Closed


The Mental Health Coalition of South Australia has been funded by Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network to allocate small grants of up to $1,000 to support creative promotional activities throughout rural and regional SA for Mental Health Week (October 10 – 17).


Mental Health Week aims to:
  • Build community awareness, knowledge and understanding of mental health
  • Reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems and mental illness.


Grant Information:

Funding applications are invited from mental health service providers, community organisations, creative collectives, and individuals for activities and events during Mental Health Week 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 and partnership, with participation from a number of organisations in one area will be well regarded. Projects that demonstrate leadership by, co-design with or benefits to 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) that make reference to grant funding from Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network must be checked by the MHCSA’s Marketing and Communications Unit prior to publication.

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

Please note:  Given the global Coronavirus outbreak, the MHCSA have considered a range of contingencies as we plan this year’s Mental Health Week. We have amended the Application Form for this year’s Rural Grants to 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-2020

Simply complete and email or post to MHCSA by 5pm Monday 17 August 2020.

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 short listed applicants being contacted for further details.

Please download our Rural-Grant-Information-2020 sheet to share this funding opportunity.



Successful applicants will be required to complete an evaluation report on their Mental Health Week 2020 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.


For more information please contact:

Fiona Gilmore
Mental Health Coalition of SA
1/80 Brougham Place North Adelaide 5006
P: 08 8212 8873


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