Mental health services, and services that treat people who are dependent on alcohol and other drugs, can now apply for $5.5 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government, Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley announced today as part of Mental Health Week.
Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants will help existing, community-based organisations to deliver the best, recovery-oriented services for Victorians.
Services can apply for up to $500,000 for building works to improve physical amenity, space and safety.
Up to $500,000 of the $5.5 million will be available for Mental Health Safety and Privacy Grants, to fund the installation of electronic swipe system locks for people staying in community-based mental health services.
Services can apply for up to $50,000 in funding for the installation of electronic swipe system locks on bedroom doors in community-based, residential services to improve the privacy and safety of consumers.
As a further boost to the safety for staff, patients and visitors, the Government will invest a further $10 million investment in mental health inpatient facilities under the Health Service Violence Prevention Fund.
Grants will be allocated and announced early next year.
For more information and submission guidelines, visit
Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley
“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to providing a world-leading system of care for Victorians experiencing mental health and alcohol and drug problems.”
“This investment will help community-based services to meet contemporary standards, and improve treatment for the people they serve.”
“These grants will be awarded to the mental health and alcohol and drug services that need them most.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020