What is the HEY Project? The HEY Grants are part of larger Victorian Government funded initiative to support the mental health and wellbeing of Same Sex Attracted and Sex and Gender Diverse Young People.
Does your organisation work with or have plans to work with same sex attracted and/or sex/gender diverse (SSASGD) young people (aged 14–25 years)? In 2011 the Victorian Government committed $4 million over four years to support the development and delivery of programs that improve the mental health and well-being of SSASGD young people. A number of SSASGD youth programs and services have been funded as part of an integrated program aimed at reducing homophobia and transphobia, providing support to SSASGD youth, and promoting SSASGD young people’s strength and resilience.
As part of this funding program, the HEY Grants brokerage/innovation small grant round has been established to assist organisations in providing mental health promotion and capacity building activities for SSASGD young people in their local communities.
Fifteen organisations have received HEY Grant funding so far and many programs and activities are currently underway across the state.
What are the HEY Grants for?
The HEY Grants will support organisations (both specialist SSASGD and mainstream youth organisations) to undertake mental health promotion and community engagement activities that focus on same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young people, aged between 14 and 25 years. The HEY Grants are intended to assist in the development of new and innovative approaches to address and support the mental health of SSASGD young people. They will also support the implementation of tried and tested models in communities where existing support for SSASGD young people is limited.
Small grants will be distributed to organisations that engage SSASGD young people in initiatives such as (but not limited to):
- social support groups and networks,
- mainstream anti-homophobia, anti-transphobia and diversity campaigns and programs,
- SSASGD youth leadership, mentoring and peer education.
In addition, grants may support organisations to:
- engage with the emerging SSASGD youth platform to improve the quality and reach of services they provide to SSASGD young people
- enhance the capacity of the youth and mainstream health and community sectors to better respond to the needs of SSASGD young people and challenge discriminatory environments.