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Drought Suicide Prevention Grants

Communities affected by drought, drought affected, or drought declared, require proactive support to provide suicide prevention activities to improve their resilience and wellbeing as we lead into Summer 2023 – 2024.

Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (the PHN) is offering Drought Suicide Prevention Grants to encourage communities to increase community preparedness.

Funding of between $10 000 ex GST and $30 000 ex GST can be applied for, for prevention and intervention activities such as:

  • Drought and extreme weather preparedness sessions
  • Counselling for recovery and resilience due to drought and extreme weather
  • Gatekeeper/ first responder / volunteer mental health training and resilience workshops
  • Training to build suicide prevention capacity in the community.

Grant funding is not ongoing, and activities are to be completed prior to 30th November 2024 and final reporting completed by 31st December 2024.

What can be funded

Funding is for time limited grants as there is no ongoing funding available.
Grant activities that meet the selection criteria must take place in regions deemed to have been drought affected or drought declared as per the Department of Primary Industries, and within the Hunter New England and Central Coast region. The current mapping is available on the link below.
Department of Primary Industries - Enhanced Drought Information Systems Web Portal (


Be classified on the Monash Modified Model as MMM3 and above.
Health Workforce Locator | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

How to apply

Applications are open via completion of the online form on the PHN grants portal, SmartyGrants and close Monday 8th January 2024.

HNECC PHN reserves the right to close the grant round if all grants have been awarded prior to the closing date or extend the grant closing date if funds are still available.


Organisations will be those who are working within the Hunter, New England and Central Coast geographical area that the PHN covers.

  • All applicants are required to have a valid ABN.
  • Previous grant recipients are eligible only if they have fully complied with any previous PHN funding contract commitments including reporting and acquittal requirements.
  • All applicants must agree to meet reporting requirements.
  • Councils are eligible to apply.

Applications close on Monday 8th January 2024.

For more information please read the grant guidelines available here.

If you have any questions regarding these grants, please contact the PHN Grants team on

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