Grant & Develop
requests for grants
Granting Deep Dive
Most grants were distributed via FRRR’s core grant programs and around a quarter were through our donor-advised Giving Sub-Funds, which support either a particular region or address a particular issue. Once again, FRRR’s flagship program – Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) – had the largest number of distributions, supporting 361 projects with nearly $4.2 million in grants.
Total requests were down slightly, compared to FY21. This decline is most likely due to a combination of volunteer fatigue, COVID restricting community activities and bushfire recovery slowing. Also, several programs are winding down (such as TTTT, GR&W and ECHO) and others in the planning stages, ramping up in FY23. Pleasingly, we funded a higher percentage of eligible applications (56%), up from 50% compared to last year
Two thirds of funding – more than $12.3 million – was for disaster preparedness and recovery projects. For the first time, nearly half of that was for planning or active mitigation activities, with a large focus on drought preparedness, particularly through the Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program. This alone accounted for nearly $4.5 million in grants.
Our grants were widespread, benefitting 526 unique postcodes across all states and territories. In line with our strategy to increase our funding into WA, SA, NT and TAS, we saw Western Australia receive a substantially greater percentage of the national funding (7% of total grants, and nearly double the prior year). Most funding (54%) went to Outer Regional, Remote or Very Remote areas.
In terms of what the grants funded, it was relatively evenly spread across all four change mechanisms.
Connecting and supporting communities
FRRR offers more than money to community groups, spending time building capacity in communities. While COVID affected our ability to engage face-to-face in communities for much of this year, we stayed connected through online grantseeker workshops and regular phone calls and emails. When restrictions lifted in between lockdowns, the team took every opportunity we could to get back to community, in person. We managed to visit every state at least once, aside from the NT which is on the agenda for FY23.
hours on the phone
people registered for 24 workshops
unique website visitors
Some of the communities we visited are listed below, but we connected with hundreds more online and on the phone: