LOOK Over the Farm Gates grants are now open for communities facing drought conditions across northern Victoria.
Community groups in the Horsham, Hindmarsh, Yarriambiack, Northern Grampians and Buloke councils are eligible to apply for grants of $1500 to run events that address mental health and wellbeing.
Victorian Farmers Federation president David Jochinke, of Murra Warra, encouraged people to apply.
“We know the pressures of drought conditions weigh heavily on farmers and rural communities,” he said.
“The stress and uncertainty currently being felt across the state will linger and mental health support must be part of our long-term drought support strategy.
“Look Over the Farm Gate events are an opportunity for farmers to take a break from the farm, reconnect with their community, access professional support and participate in mental health training.”
Look Over the Farm Gate is a mental health and wellbeing initiative funded by the Victorian Government with drought support funding committed in September 2018.
It is managed by the VFF in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Country Women’s Association, Country Fire Authority, and National Centre for Farmer Health.
Applications are being accepted for events until March 2019 and are assessed on a first in best dressed basis.
For more information head to www.lookoverthefarmgate.org.au.