Up to $5,000 is available from HCSG to assist small health condition specific peer-led support groups that focus on a chronic health condition.
Health Condition Support Grants (HCSG)
The Health Condition Support Grants program provides grants that assist Victorian peer support groups to meet some of the costs associated with providing social, emotional and practical support to members living with a specific health condition.
The Victorian Government recognises the important role of peer support groups in empowering individuals living with health conditions and the many benefits they experience. The Health Condition Support Grants program provides an opportunity for peer support groups to access funding that will strengthen their ability to provide these benefits to people with a wide range of health conditions across Victoria.
For the purpose of the Health Condition Support Grants (HCSG) program, a health condition is considered to be a long-term condition with persistent effects, ranging from mild to more significant conditions. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- chronic kidney disease
- arthritis, osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal conditions
- respiratory diseases (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- cardiovascular conditions (coronary heart disease and stroke)
The priorities for the Health Condition Support Grants (HCSG) program are:
- Peer support groups that demonstrate that the grant will assist in the delivery of one or more of the following benefits for their members:
- sharing of both formal and informal information such as personal experiences and coping strategies to empower people to make informed decisions about their condition
- providing a social context for people who may otherwise be isolated
- providing empathy by allowing people to express their feelings in a supportive environment
- fostering hope for members who struggle with their condition and its limitations on daily life
- encouraging behaviour change to minimise and manage symptoms.
- Peer support groups that demonstrate that the grant will assist them to strengthen the group’s ability to:
- increase the number of people they are supporting
- build capacity of the group to become more sustainable into the future
- improve their operational effectiveness.
- Peer support groups that demonstrate that the grant will assist them to:
- increase participation from Aboriginal people
- increase participation from people from non-English speaking backgrounds.
- Peer support groups that have not previously received a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Grants of up to $5,000 per annum are available for a two-year period to assist with administrative costs, communications and activities that strengthen the operation of the group.
All funding requests must be linked to delivering one or more of the priorities listed and may include:
- supporting groups to increase their online presence and transition to online distribution of information (including, website upgrades/development, video streaming)
- increasing the peer support groups membership base (including, resources to support groups having a presence at local events, promotional materials in other languages or supporting Aboriginal or culturally and linguistically diverse communities)
- supporting information and communication distribution (including, printing / printing supplies – including paper and toner refills – for brochures, posters, newsletters, and information booklets)
- increasing members’ access to latest information relevant to their specific health condition or managing a health condition generally, such as information on goal setting techniques (including, reference materials)
- general overheads and support for face-to-face meetings (including, venue hire and interpreters)
- improving the operational effectiveness and efficiency of groups (including, training and development).
Victorian, local or state-wide health condition peer support groups may apply.
To qualify for a grant, a peer support group must:
- focus on a specific chronic health condition or disease
- be led and managed by members who themselves have lived experience of the health condition
- be a non-government and non-profit making group at the time of application and for the project duration
- possess an Australian Business Number (ABN) or provide a completed Australian Tax Office form (Statement by a supplier) or be auspiced by an organisation that has an ABN
- have a bank account in the name of the peer support group or be auspiced by a not-for-profit organisation that has a bank account and both parties have signed the letter of agreement
- have satisfactorily met reporting requirements on any grants previously received from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Applications close 7 June 2019.