School Counselling Support Grants
In October 2020, AISNSW, with the assistance of the Commonwealth Government, provided short-term grants to 45 schools to facilitate immediate counselling support to address the mental health of their students. The schools’ located major geographic ‘risk areas’ for mental health in regional NSW, have benefitted from increasing their counselling services. As part of this first cohort of grants, AISNSW distributed $2.7 million to schools.
In May 2021, AISNSW will distribute up to $2.4 million to schools as part of a second cohort of counselling grants.
There are three options for schools when submitting an application:
- Satellite application
An arrangement between two schools, with the larger of the two acting as a “base school” from which the counsellor can service a smaller satellite school.
- Cluster application
An arrangement for 3-5 schools within close proximity of each other.
- Independent application
For a school with a significant individual need.
All applications will be assessed by a committee consisting of external members with relevant experience and expertise in mental health.
Further information about the School Counselling Support Grants is available in the Guidelines along with a link to the application form. (Principal login required to access)
Applications must be lodged by Friday 14 May 2021. It is expected schools will be notified of the outcome within 2-3 weeks of the closing date.
Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Dan Kelly, Policy and Compliance Consultant.