Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership
Applications for the first round of the Lived and Living Experience Workforce Leadership Development Grants have now closed.
The Royal Commission recommended that the transformed Victorian mental health and wellbeing system should be designed, delivered and led by people with lived and living experience. To support this foundational part of the reform agenda, the Department of Health has provided funding for MHV (Mental Health Victoria) to allocate grants that can build leadership in current lived and living experience workers across consumer and family/carer roles in state-funded mental health, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) or harm reduction services.
Supporting reform of Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing system is a process that intends to engage people with a lived experience at its core. Building lived and living experience workforce skills, knowledge and capabilities is a key priority of Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-24. Aligning with this, the grants are for leadership-focussed qualifications and courses to support lived and living experience workers.
The Lived and Living Experience Workforce Leadership Development Grants offer up to $5000 to eligible workers employed in state-funded mental health, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) or harm reduction services.
Please note this grants program complements the Lived and Living Experience Workforces University Scholarships program. For more information about this program, visit the ACN website.
Mental Health Victoria’s role
MHV will support the application process and administration, and will make decisions about all grant applications. MHV has drawn on the expertise of our Lived and Living Experience Advisory Group (LLEAG), in partnership with the Lived and Living Experience Scholarship Advisory Group, to assist in designing and overseeing the program. MHV will be the main point of contact for successful applicants and will evaluate and monitor the grants program until it is closed.
Who can apply?
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Up to $5,000 is available.
A lived and living experience worker can only apply for one qualification or course in their application.
What could be considered for funding?
Qualifications or courses which focus on developing your leadership skills and capabilities as a lived and living experience worker. To be awarded a grant, candidates must demonstrate their commitment to the lived and living experience workforces and describe how the proposed course will support them to use their lived or living experience perspective across leadership or management roles in the mental health and wellbeing, AOD or harm reduction sector. For example, in leadership, management or change management roles.
We understand qualifications and courses that are leadership specific are limited in the lived and living experience space. As such, applicants will need to demonstrate a clear connection to how the qualification or course connects to leadership and skill development.
We welcome TAFE level and other training/courses aimed at leadership and project management. Some examples of possible qualifications and courses can be found here.
What is out of scope?
The following will not be approved for this grants program:
Grants will be awarded based on your answers to the selection questions and additional weighting will be given to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants, and those who work in regional or rural Victoria.
Applicants will be asked to complete a statement between 100 and 200 words addressing each of the following criteria:
To apply, please click on the ‘Apply now’ link below and fill out the required form. Applications must be submitted by Friday 18th November 2022 11:59pm AEST.
We require a letter of recommendation from your line manager and/or lived/living experience senior. Please use this template which will provide the following information:
Please note: The grants team will not respond to applicants until December 2022, so please keep this in mind when selecting study options for your proposal. The qualification or course must begin by the end of May 2023 and please check if this date fits with timeline of the provider for the qualification or course before applying.
The Frequently Asked Questions and Glossary document will be updated on a regular basis.
If required, MHV may contact you to discuss your application further. If you have accessibility requirements or would like to request more information, please contact us as we are happy to assist where possible.