The Flood Recovery Wellbeing Grants Program has been completed. To find out about the projects and recipients you can read our blog.

Flood recovery wellbeing grant applications are closed.


Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) is a feminist organisation, championing women’s health, the prevention of gender-based violence and gender equality in rural and regional Victoria.  

In the aftermath of the 2022 floods, WHGNE has heard from women across the flood impacted region.

One consistent piece of feedback we heard is that women need opportunities to reconnect and link back in with their communities.

Another is the drive to be empowered with the knowledge to navigate disaster safety in response to disaster emergency and recovery phases.  

The grant opportunity

WHGNE understands that communities are best placed to inform what will be most helpful for their recovery, and we have allocated $40,000 to quick response funding.

This funding is available for community-based activities, events and projects that support the mental wellbeing of women and/or girls in flood impacted communities across the Goulburn north-east region.  

WHGNE defines a woman as anyone who lives and identifies as a woman, including cisgender and trans women.

Key dates
  • Application open date Friday 31/03/2023  
  • Application close date Friday 28/04/2023 (extended)
  • Successful applicants announced 01/05/2023
  • Activities implemented 01/05/2023 – 21/07/23
  • Acquittal and evaluation within 3 weeks of activity completion

Funding parameters

WHGNE will fund a variety of activities, including but not limited to: events, training and educational opportunities and projects. 

Funding is available for activities and projects that embrace care, connection and contribution, bringing women together to reconnect and support their emotional and social wellbeing.

Funding is available for projects/activities between $1,250- $5,000 (ex-GST) for activities that will take place between May 1, 2023–July 21, 2023.  


WHGNE propose to fund: 
  • 4 x $5,000 projects/activities  
  • 4 x $2,500 projects/activities  
  • 8 x $1,250 projects/activities

What can be funded 
  • Events/activities that bring women and/or girls together in a supportive environment factoring in care, connection and community 
  • Events/activities that promote positive mental wellbeing and are underpinned by the 5 ways to wellbeing framework
  • Events/Activities that connect women and/or girls to supports and services   
  • Flood preparedness and emergency management information/ training for women  
  • GADAUS Gender in Emergency management training for organisations and community 
  • Strengths based capacity building workshops that support community groups members to recognise, connect and respond to someone experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis
  • Replacement of minor infrastructure/equipment lost to flooding in community spaces that support women’s mental health and wellbeing

For more information about what can and can not be funded please refer to the Wellbeing Flood Recovery Grant Guidelines.

WHGNE accepts applications via the Smarty Grants portal, this link will be activated when the portal opens at 3pm on Friday March 31 2023.   


We recommend you download this printable copy of the application form to ensure you have all the required information prior to submission. 


Attachments required   

1. If you are being auspiced. An Auspice Agent is another organisation that is a legal entity with an ABN. A letter signed by two committee members from the auspice agent confirming they will auspice the application must be provided when the grant application is submitted. Auspice fees will not be covered in the funding amount 

2. If your project is to undertake works on Council owned / managed land or property, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, or, Parks Victoria land, you must attach evidence of approval from the relevant land manager 

3. Evidence of Public Liability Insurance