Pleasingly we saw an increase in the number of applications both received and awarded in South Australia, with distributions totalling $2,143,056 (up 5.72% on FY22 funds awarded), accounting for 10.79% of all funding awarded throughout the financial year.
Nearly 70% of funding supported projects that addressed the ongoing drought conditions across the state through the Future Drought Fund: Networks to Build Drought Resilience and the Tackling Tough Times Together programs, with Networks grants to recipients averaging nearly $71,000, and 56% of these grants targeted building community resilience.
Strengthening Rural Communities | Kellogg Australia Charitable Foundation | $10,000
On Meru Country
The Morgan Volunteer Support Group is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers Meals on Wheels in and around Morgan, in SA’s Riverland region. The Meals on Wheels service, which has run for more than 35 years, is invaluable for older people, as well as those who are unable to shop and cook for themselves. It is also an important source of social contact for many people.
The Support Group needed to purchase their own vehicle or the service would likely fold. With significant local fundraising support and a $10,000 SRC grant, funded by Kellogg Australia Charitable Foundation, they bought a second-hand Toyota Camry Ateva. It has plenty of room for hot boxes, baskets and eskies, and customers are now assured of an ongoing service.
In addition to continuing the meal deliveries, there are plans to make the vehicle available at other times to offer transport solutions to the community, raising additional funds for the Support Group, at the same time as offering a valuable service for those who can’t drive or don’t own a car.
Back to School | Fire Fight Australia Foundation and Private Donor | $27,500
On Ngadjuri, Peramangk and Kaurna Country
When drought and then the COVID pandemic hit the Barossa Valley, northeast of Adelaide, many families found themselves under immense financial pressure. With a lack of tourism and wine exports, many people lost their jobs.
To help support families prepare for the 2022 school year, Foundation Barossa partnered with FRRR to distribute Back to School vouchers. Each voucher is worth $50 and can be used on school supplies like uniforms, stationery, lunchboxes and anything else to support the child at school.
The Foundation distributed 550 vouchers across 13 schools, funded by the Fire Fight Australia Fund and a private donor. The extra support for these families has meant that children, both primary and secondary aged, have a better chance at finishing school and breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Many schools reported an increase in attendance and retention, once a child had received a voucher.
News Corp Bushfire Fund | News Corp | $25,000
On SA Aboriginal Country
In the last few years there has been a noticeable increase in disasters affecting communities across the country. To ensure that communities are prepared for what comes their way in the future clear communication is key. But for people living with a disability preparedness can sometimes be tricky when important messaging isn’t always accessible.
In South Australia there are nearly 200,000 people living with deafness or hearing loss (2015 National Health Survey, ABS). To ensure that people living with hearing impairments improve their preparedness and responses to future disasters, Deaf Can:Do developed the Talking Hands for Frontline Responders project.
Using a $25,000 grant through the News Corp Bushfire Fund, online training was developed, teaching basic Auslan skills and other ways to communicate with the deaf community.