Not-for-profit community organisations can apply for an Australia Post Community Grant, with up to $10,000 available to each recipient.
This year the initiative will focus on mental health, with an emphasis on projects that help improve connection and mental wellbeing in communities.
Australia Post head of community Nicky Tracey said it was a challenging period for the not-for-profit sector.
She said while communities continued to show resilience, the mental wellbeing of many Australians had been impacted due to bushfires, floods or the coronavirus pandemic.
“Being part of a community and feeling a sense of belonging has become more important than ever before. Our grants program aims to help strengthen the support network and relationships between individuals and their community which is greatly needed at this time,” Ms Tracey said.
“We know that when people in communities connect, they naturally feel better – which will often improve mental health – which is why we want to support the organisations that are helping make this happen.
“Ultimately, when people look out for each other and talk openly about mental health – we can build stronger, more resilient communities.”
The Australia Post Community Grants will go towards initiatives that support mental health awareness and early intervention, increase opportunity for individuals to participate and connect within their communities and strengthen connections to mental health support services.
Last year, the Community Grants awarded almost $500,000 to 75 not-for-profit community organisations across Australia for the delivery of grassroots community projects, with the majority of recipients in rural and regional areas.
Applications for an Australia Post Community Grant close 17 July and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in October.
To apply for a grant, visit www.auspost.com.au/grants.