Mental Health Grants Available Across New England Region

Mon May 25, 2015

For the first time a local mental health partnership is offering a variety of grants to community organisations across the New England to improve their responsiveness to local people living with mental health issues.

$405,000 is available as the next phase of the New England Partners in Recovery program, an Australian Government initiative being delivered by local mental health services and overseen by leading mental health service provider RichmondPRA.

RichmondPRA is now calling on some fifty local community organisations to apply for grants worth between $6,000 and $40,000. The organisations include not-for-profit accommodation and job providers and health and education organisations.

Each applicant will have to demonstrate how they can use the grants to ensure that people with a mental health issue get the right help at the right time and are supported on their recovery journey.

This fits with the philosophy of Partners in Recovery, which required local services to work in a coordinated manner and offer tailor-made services to people with mental health issues.

The funding milestone follows the launch of the local three-year PIR initiative in Tamworth in July 2013.

“The grants will make an enormous difference to people with a mental health issue as they approach and use the services of a range of local organisations,” RichmondPRA CEO Pam Rutledge said.

“This is all about encouraging organisations to come up with coordinated and innovative ways of improving services for some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in the community.”

RichmondPRA New England Cluster Manager Jim Booth said the success of the local Partners in Recovery initiative so far meant demand for the grants would be strong.

“Partners in Recovery is unique because it brings many organisations together to work in a different way so that people with a mental health issue don’t fall through the cracks,” Mr Booth said.

“In the past people looking for help often felt lost and gave up on their recovery journeys.

“Partners in Recovery ensures that organisations offering help work collaboratively and offer tailor-made solutions for individuals.

“These grants are expected to take the local Partners in Recovery offering to another level.”

Local organisations can apply for grants by visiting, calling 1300 782 332 or emailing


  • The New England / North Western Partners In Recovery Program (PIR) was announced in June 2013;
  • Funded by the Commonwealth Government, the $5.2 million dollar local PIR program runs from July 2013 to June 2016;
  • PIR helps people with severe and persistent mental illnesses by ensuring better cohesion between local service and support providers;
  • Instead of being passed between multiple service and support providers with different offerings, people with mental illness can now be guided to the help they need under a one-stop-shop structure, ensuring tailor-made and start-to-finish service and support. For example, an individual in need of accommodation and employment services is guided toward and connected with the most suitable services in the timeliest manner. This reduces the chances of people with mental illness abandoning recovery programs and ending up in costly and isolating hospitals, institutions and jails;
  • RichmondPRA has partnered with seven other local agencies spread across the region to deliver the local PIR program
    • In Tamworth, PIR services are being delivered by Billabong Clubhouse and Anglicare Northern Inland.
    • In Armidale, PIR services are being delivered by EACH Social and Community Health.
    • In Moree, PIR services are being delivered by RichmondPRA.
    • In Narrabri, PIR services are being delivered by Challenge Disability Services
    • In Gunnedah, PIR services are being delivered by North West Regional Community Care.
    • In Inverell, PIR services are being delivered by The Benevolent Society.
    • In Glen Innes, PIR services are being delivered by EACH Social and Community Health.
    • In Tenterfield, PIR services are being delivered by the Benevolent Society.

RichmondPRA is a not-for-profit organisation providing recovery focussed support programs, accommodation and hope for people with a mental illness in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a leading mental health support provider that has been in operation for more than 55 years.

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