Community groups are being urged to apply for grants to help run events that address farmers’ mental health and wellbeing after the St Patrick’s Day fires.
Grants up to $1500 are being made available through the state government’s $100,000 ‘Look Over the Farm Gate’ program.
“While the immediate emergency fire response has concluded, communities in south-west Victoria are still working on the long-term recovery required after such devastating fires,” United Dairyfarmers of Victoria president Adam Jenkins said.
“These grants will fund events and initiatives that bring communities together, give people a break off farm, and encourage everyone to look out for their neighbours and for themselves.”
Community groups can apply for grants online at www.lookoverthefarmgate.org.au
In special circumstances, larger grants of more than $1500 may be available.
Victorian Farmers Federation president David Jochinke said the program was a great way for the community to support farmers.
“We hope these grants can help south west Victorian communities not only recover from the fires, but come back even stronger,” Mr Jochinke said.