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Applications open for Metro community grants

community grants

Applications are now open for Metro Trains’ Back on Track Community Grants, which support not-for-profit organisations across Melbourne doing important work to help improve people’s mental health.

There are three funding categories – $5000, $10,000 or $20,000.

With a total grant pool of $100,000, projects or initiatives must fall into one of the following focus areas:

• Wellness – preventative care to reduce the risk of poor mental impacts

• Education – activities that inform and promote awareness of good mental health

• Support services – assistance like counselling, psychiatric support or crisis care that directly supports people experiencing mental health challenges

It could be a local sporting club, a school, a community centre or local health service – any not-for-profit, helping to improve people’s mental health.

Last year, Metro’s grants program helped community organisations including cohealth, Radio Lollipop at Monash Children’s Hospital and the Les Twentyman Foundation to implement important mental health initiatives.

Over the past four years, Metro’s community grants program has provided $360,000 to community organisations.

Applications are now open and close on April 11. To apply, go to www.metrotrains.com.au/community-grants.

Successful applicants will be announced in June.

Metro Trains chief executive Raymond O’Flaherty said mental health continued to be an ongoing challenge for the community, which is why Metro’s community grants program was supporting not-for-profit organisations implement some important initiatives.

 “It’s wonderful to see the difference that these grants can make to communities right across Melbourne.”