Infrastructure Grants Project

Start Date: December 2006
Completion Date: June 2012


NSW Health provided funds for the Infrastructure Grant Program (IGP), for the purpose of improving the quality of the NGO mental health sector in NSW which MHCC administered. Close to $4.4 million was allocated to 64 Organisations across 117 different projects for service improvement. 

Three different streams of IGP funding have been administered by MHCC: 

General Funding - three different rounds saw 42 different organisations develop infrastructure to assist progressing towards accreditation status. The projects ranged from office renovations and equipment purchases such as IT or transportation through to policy development and entering into accreditation agreements. 

No NGO left behind - two different stages saw 20 different organisations previously unfunded through IGP progress towards accreditation. Unlike the general rounds the No NGO left behind funding was specifically targeted at small to medium organisations with stage 2 focusing on Aboriginal Medical Services; Social and an Emotional Well-being programs; and Consumers and Carer groups. 

Smoking reduction - one round saw 12 different organisations work towards enabling their staff and clients to decrease the amount they smoke with an ultimate goal towards eventually quitting. The funding enabled organisations to provide nicotine replacement therapy where appropriate in conjunction with training and programs such as breathe easy. All 12 organisations reported a reduction in the number of cigarettes smoked by participants with a number having ceased smoking altogether. 

In addition to the funding grants MHCC has developed the following resources:

  • Sector Mapping - This project developed a current picture of the community managed mental health sector in NSW, including strengths and gaps, to assist in future infrastructure and service delivery planning. The public report was distributed in late 2010 and is available on the MHCC website.
  • Routine Consumer Outcome Monitoring (RCOM) - Activities in the RCOM project built on the needs of the sector identified during the NGO Development Strategy project that was completed in September 2007. In that process it was identified that NGOs needed a process to identify, collect, record, analyse and evaluate the input of consumers into how services were delivered and the outcomes for consumers.
  • Data Management Strategy - The Phase 1 Report contains a comprehensive data set and a sector developed minimum data set plus a review of sector appropriate data systems. The report was distributed in late 2010 and is available on the MHCC website.

The following table shows the broad range of organisations that have been able to benefit from the IGP.

Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA)

Good Grief Ltd

New Horizons Enterprises Limited - Byron/Tweed



Newtown Neighbourhood Centre

Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Services

Helping Hands, a Service of Schizophrenia fellowship NSW Inc.

Northern Women's Health Centre

Alcohol and Drug Foundation NSW

Hepatitis C Council of NSW

NSW Consumer Advisory Group (Mental Healthy)

Anglicare - Urban Arts Base

Hunter Woman's Centre

On Track Community Programs


Independent Community Living Association

Peer Support Foundation


Jewish Care

Pioneer Clubhouse (Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW)


Kaiyu Enterprises


Australian Red Cross

Ku-ring-gai Youth development Service Inc

ROAM Communities

Australian Red Cross NSW Western Region

Lifeline Hunter and Newcastle

Rosebank Child Sexual Abuse Service

B. Miles Women's Housing Scheme

Lifeline Northern Beaches

Schizophrenia Fellowship NSW

Bathurst Mental Health Carers Support Group Inc

Lifeline Northern Rivers

SIDS and Kids NSW

Billabong Clubhouse

Lifeline Sydney/ Sutherland

Stepping Out Housing Program

Blue Mountains Food Service

Lismore & District Women's Health Centre Inc

Sutherland Community Service Inc.

Catholic Healthcare

Macedonian Australian Welfare Association of Sydney Inc (MAWA)

Sydney Women's Counselling Centre

Centacare New England North West

Mayumarri Trust

Ted Noffs Foundation

City Women's Hostel

Mental Health Association

The Richmond Fellowship NSW

Coffs Harbour Employment Support Services Inc

Mountains Community Resource Network

The Shack Youth Services Inc

Community Lifestyle Support

National Association for Loss and Grief (NSW) Inc. Centre for Loss and Grief - Bellingen/ Nambucca

The Station

Community Programs Inc

National Association for Loss and Grief (NSW) Inc. Centre for Loss and Grief - Dubbo

Uniting Care Mental Health

Consumer Activity Network (Mental Health)


Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

Dympna House

New Horizions Enterprises Limited - Sydney/Central Coast

WAYS Youth Service

Galambila Aboriginal Health Service Inc

New Horizons Enterprises Limited

Youth Off The Streets


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