Local sport clubs to be champions of mental wellbeing

Sporting clubs in the Dubbo electorate are being encouraged to come to the crease with some big-hitting ideas for delivering mental health and wellbeing activities as part of a $2.8 million Mental Health Sports program.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said clubs can apply for grants of up to $150,000 from now until 6 March 2022 for activities that provide mental health, resilience and wellbeing benefits to individuals and groups across the local region.

“Sporting clubs are the heart of our communities, helping to bring people together and forge a strong sense of place,” Mr Saunders said.

“During the drought we saw fields, side lines and club houses become a place of refuge, while in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic we turned to our sporting stars for inspiration.

“I commend our sporting clubs for the amazing work they already do supporting the mental health of their communities, and I strongly encourage groups to take advantage of these grants, so our region can kick goals both on and off the field.”

All NSW-based sports bodies are encouraged to apply, with the aim of ensuring a spread of funding and projects across the State. Grants will be available to clubs supporting both general populations and the following priority populations:

  • Aboriginal people
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse people
  • LGBTIQ+ people
  • People with coexisting mental health, alcohol or other drug issues

The $2.8 million NSW Mental Health Sports Fund is part of the $130 million COVID-19 mental health recovery package announced in October 2021.

To start your application, please visit:

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