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CCI Giving announces inaugural impact grants program

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CCI Giving, the charitable foundation of Catholic Church Insurance (CCI), is today announcing its Impact Grants Program partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) for a new national grants program called ‘In a Good Place’.

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CCI Giving, which launched in August 2017, was set up with a $10 million contribution by CCI. The charitable foundation builds on the shared knowledge and spirit that comes from over 100 years of insuring Catholic organisations and CCI’s strong history of giving back to the Catholic community.

CCI Giving’s Impact Grants are designed to make a significant, scalable difference in the Catholic community and beyond, through a strategic national investment in mental health.

‘In a Good Place’, managed by the FRRR, will provide grassroots support for community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and increase help-seeking for people within rural, regional and remote communities who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues.

“When it comes to mental health in the bush, there is still so much stigma surrounding help-seeking behaviour,” says Roberto Scenna, CEO of CCI and Director of CCI Giving. “By forging this partnership with the FRRR, we’re committed to walking alongside communities for the longer term and assisting programs that seek to remove the barriers to getting relevant support. Communities know what’s best for them, so this program is open to non-clinical approaches which are community-based and accessible in a range of settings.”

‘In a Good Place’ applications are open to organisations delivering inclusive, responsive and local solutions that will enhance people’s mental health and build social connections. Applications open on 9 July 2018, and further information on the guidelines are available at http://www.frrr.org.au/in_a_good_place

“In the spirit of the great Catholic teachings of compassion and generosity, we are excited to be announcing a partnership that will support at-risk and vulnerable members of our rural, regional and remote communities,” says Roberto Scenna. “We encourage all organisations carrying out Catholic mission anywhere in Australia to review the FRRR’s guidelines and apply.”

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