Media Release: Grants available to build farm spirit

Are you planning a community event to help the health and wellbeing of farmers and farm families impacted by the floods and flood recovery?

The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) #BuildingFarmSpirit program is partnering with Victoria’s community groups, local agriculture industry, not-for-profit organisations, sporting clubs and individuals with grants of $500 to $1,500 for activities that provide social connection and mental health promotion for farmers and farming communities.

Social connection is an important part of supporting farmer mental health. You may like to host a barbeque lunch or dinner and get a local speaker who has lived experience to share their story, follow your AGM or regular meeting with a guest speaker, start a walking group, book-club or podcast community or tie an activity to a local festival.

If you have an idea for a community event or program that promotes social connection and wellbeing for farmers and farm families, go to and register your interest.

In addition, the social media campaign, #BuildingFarmSpirit, enables Victorian farmers and farming families affected by flood, to share stories, ideas and tips with others, without the need to leave the farm during the increased workload of flood recovery.

NCFH flood recovery response project officer, Sally Cunningham, said the social media campaign was a ‘welcoming space’ for farmers to share stories about navigating challenging times.

“Short videos, written stories and poems on how they are maintaining their wellbeing during this challenging time, helps to build a shared understanding and online social connection,” Ms Cunningham said.

 “While our farming communities often have limited formal resources to effectively manage challenges, there are many human stories to be told that express emotion, raise awareness, reduce stigma, start conversations, develop empathy and provide inspiration to take positive action.”

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Sally Cunningham is available for interview: (03) 5551 8533 or email:

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For more information about the National Centre for Farmer Health Flood Response or to access a list of support resources, visit or contact Project Officer, Sally Cunningham

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For media and communications enquiries contact the National Centre for Farmer Health Marketing Communications Coordinator, Annabelle Macgugan on (03) 5551 8582 or email: