We continue to actively strive to improve our networks, awareness and reach across the Northern Territory. Isolation, inequality in access to services, and food security issues were exacerbated by COVID lockdowns, and community groups responded with innovative projects aimed at contributing to a culturally vibrant community (25% of grants) and developing organisational resilience and capacity (21% of grants).
The importance of flexibility in our programs is clearly evidenced in the NT, where 75% of all grants awarded were via the Strengthening Rural Communities program (21 grants totalling $199,458). This program funds a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities that strengthen local people, places and climate solutions.
Strengthening Rural Communities | FRRR | $9,800
It takes GUTS to address division through dance
On Mparntwe Country
GUTS Dance Central Australia saw an opportunity to celebrate local diverse cultures and build social cohesion in Alice Springs – through dance! As the only contemporary dance organisation within a 1,500 km radius, the job was theirs.
With a $9,800 Strengthening Rural Communities grant funded by FRRR, the team delivered a Community Dance Day (CDD) as part of SPRING.LOADED.DANCE, GUTS’ inaugural contemporary dance festival. CDD included 50 dancers from nine diverse groups showcasing their practices to the public (and getting paid!).
“We see dance as a universal language that crosses cultural boundaries. People who are part of these dance groups are often newly arrived to Australia and they find cultural connection within the dance groups, or are First Nations Australian’s on whose land we live, and whose culture needs to be seen, respected and learned about
Madeleine Krenek, Co-Artistic Director