Community Grants

Applications are now closed

Back On Track Community Grants

The last couple of years have been tough on everyone in Melbourne. For many people, COVID restrictions have had a negative impact on their mental health. Thankfully, life is returning to normal but the lingering impacts of the pandemic remain, particularly on people’s mental health.

Metro’s Back on Track Community Grants support not for profit organisations doing important work to help improve people’s mental health. Organisations can apply for one of three funding categories:

  • $5,000
  • $10,000
  • $20,000

With a total grant pool of $100,000 we hope to support projects of all sizes right across Melbourne.

Who Can Apply

Not for profit organisations located in, or servicing, metropolitan Melbourne can apply for a Back on Track grant.
Applicants may be one of the following organisations.

  • Deductible gift recipient (DGR) status organisations.
  • Not-for-profit entities, including charitable organisations and incorporated associations.
  • Schools or universities.

Organisations will be required to provide their eligibility as one of the above entities as part of their application.

Focus Areas

Projects must fall into one of the following focus areas:

  • Wellness – preventative care to reduce the risk of poor mental health.
  • Education – activities that inform and promote awareness of good mental health.
  • Support services – assistance like counselling, psychiatric support or crisis care that directly supports people experiencing mental health challenges.

Projects can be new or build off existing projects or programs. Projects must be delivered by the end of June 2023.

Please read the Application Guidelines here and programs Terms and Conditions here for further information on the types of projects we will support and further information about the program.

How To Apply

Applications are now closed

You can apply for a Back on Track community grant via this Application Form

Applications must be submitted online and are open from 30 May 2022 until midnight 26 June 2022.

Each application will be independently assessed according to a common criteria which includes (but is not limited to) the project outline, proposed measures to evaluate success and the ability of the organisation to deliver the project.

Successful applicants can expect to be notified of the program outcomes in July. Funds will be distributed upon provision of an invoice and signing a funding agreement with Metro Trains.