Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund

Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund

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What is the Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund?

The Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund is a program which aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of students from Preschool to Year 12.



The Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund provides an opportunity for providers of wellbeing programs and initiatives in NSW school settings to:

  • build upon existing quality-assured, evidence-based student wellbeing programs and initiatives, identified by the NSW Department of education, to enable further expansion of programs and initiatives to new cohorts listed in the priority areas
  • develop new, bespoke programs and initiatives to address student wellbeing via development funding, enabling providers to research, create, develop and test new approaches to supporting and addressing student wellbeing.



The objectives of the Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund are to:

  • Support existing providers of wellbeing programs to develop quality, evidence based programs, become sustainable and provide ongoing offerings to students and schools
  • Encourage bold and innovative approaches to addressing student mental health and wellbeing issues
  • Encourage authentic partnerships between sector and schools
  • Build sector capacity and capability to contribute to broader social and economic gains
  • Harvest new student wellbeing insights and evidence to inform and guide NSW Government policies and programs
  • Improve the efficiency and responsiveness of schools to meet individual student needs
  • Build an integrated framework of support for students with schools, community and sector
  • Build an evidence-based relationship between funding and student wellbeing outcomes.

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Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund

Program Streams

The Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund has two streams:

  1. To provide one-off capacity building funding for providers of wellbeing programs/initiatives who are wanting to scale or deliver their wellbeing programs and/or initiatives in new areas or to new cohorts listed as a priority area.
  2. To support ‘incubator’ student wellbeing programs and/or initiatives by providing seed funding (via one-off grants) to providers to research, create, develop and test new approaches to supporting and addressing student wellbeing issues.


Priority Areas

There are five Priority Areas for applications under the Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund, embedding the wellbeing elements of belonging, resilience and behaviour, including:

  1. Primary school-aged students
  2. Students transitioning to Kindergarten and to High School
  3. Students living in regional and remote areas
  4. Students from target cohorts, including First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse students; students with additional needs and/or disabilities; students from a migrant or refugee background; and female students
  5. Cyber health.



Applicants can apply for a one-off grant of:​

  • up to $50,000 (ex GST)​
  • $50,000 to $200,000 (ex GST)​

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Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund


To be eligible, organisations must:

  • be an incorporated charity or not-for-profit entity registered with one of the following, the:
    • Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
    • Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations
    • NSW Fair Trading or equivalent other equivalent regulatory bodies, or
  • be a registered business with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and classed as a small business under the ATO’s definition (annual turnover of $10 million or less).

Additionally, applicants must be registered for good services and tax (GST) and have a registered Australian business number (ABN).



Applications close 2 April 2023.


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