28 March 2019

Today the NSW Mental Health Commission announced calls for expressions of interest for community grants to increase the participation, influence and leadership of people with a lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups.  

The Lived Experience Framework grants, open now until Friday 12 April 2019, will offer between $2,000 and $10,000 to fund planning and seeding projects across NSW to support the implementation of the Lived Experience Framework.

Co-designed in 2018, the Lived Experience Framework is a guide for how people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups can work with service providers as equal partners to achieve best outcomes for all. The Framework outlines ways for service design, delivery, monitoring, reporting, research evaluation and improvement activities to achieve stronger services and better outcomes for all people. 

NSW Mental Health Commissioner, Catherine Lourey said the Commission has a vision for the people of NSW to have the best opportunity for good mental health and wellbeing and to live well in their community and on their own terms. 

“All mental health and social services need to be proactive, invest energy and move quickly to embed this Framework into their day-to-day work. I encourage organisations across the sector to apply for a grant and to progress collaboration, transparency and shared power in leadership within their work and embrace the insights and expertise that Lived Experience provides,” Commissioner Lourey said. 

Expressions of interest are invited from community managed organisations, NSW local health districts and specialty networks, primary health networks, non-government organisations, private mental health organisations, social or human services organisations including education, employment and disability service providers, or other organisations that work with people who experience mental health issues.

We will be looking for applications that clearly demonstrate how the grant will assist you to increase the participation, influence and leadership of people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring, families and kinship groups in your service or organisation. Successful applications must show a co-design concept or efforts to work towards a co-design approach.

For more information on the grant, click here: expression_of_interest_-_lived_experience_framework_grant.docx

To access the application form, click here: application_form_-_lef_grants.docx

Expressions of interest close at 5pm, Friday 12 April 2019, to be submitted to alexander.barwick@mhc.nsw.gov.au.

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Last updated: 29 March 2019