Media releases: 31 May 2021
27 locally-led projects funded
Rural communities across Australia are sharing in $1,060,404 in grants for 27 projects that will help them access the resources they need to tackle the ongoing effects of the Big Dry thanks to FRRR’s award-winning grants program, Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT).
While water storage levels in the northern Murray-Darling Basin and northern Australia have improved, parts of south east Queensland and southern Western Australia still face serious or severe rainfall deficiencies. Although other areas and states have had some rain, recovery from drought requires at least 18 months of average to above average rainfall. So much of the country continues to need support to tackle the impacts of the prolonged dry.
The 27 funded projects will help rural communities across Australia, from Charleville in Queensland, Moulamein in New South Wales, Keith in South Australia, to Manjimup in Western Australia, strengthen social connections, boost economic recovery, and build community and organisational capacity and disaster resilience.
Nina O’Brien, FRRR’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead, said that on top of the effects of the drought, the ongoing impacts of the pandemic has seen volunteer fatigue emerge as a key priority in many places.
“For those areas still in drought, volunteers and local groups have had to find ways to sustain and engage the community,” Ms O’Brien explained.
“Maintaining this optimism and drive is no small feat, and we are pleased to be able to support the places and the people that are working to make their community thrive amidst the complexities of drought and the pandemic.
This includes groups like the Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association in Jamestown, South Australia, who will be able to support their volunteers and boost economic sustainability by upgrading infrastructure and purchasing new equipment. The funding will provide equipment and storage areas needed to maintain the Maple and Pine event centre. The Bundaleer Forest project will provide strong, genuine and ongoing economic benefit, regardless of seasonal conditions, making Jamestown a more attractive place to live, work and play.
In New South Wales, Moulamein Community Development Incorporated has developed an inspiring project that will encourage tourism activity to the area through the restoration of the Werai Horse Stables and Moolpa Blacksmith shop in the Moulamein Heritage Village. The primarily volunteer-run organisation has been awarded a $149,930 grant for their initiative, which will boost the region’s economic recovery and build community wellbeing.
Some of the 27 projects awarded this round include:
- Monaro Farming Systems CMC Incorporated, NSW – Building Resilient Relationships for Farmers – $29,610 – Help locals stay informed and connected through the delivery of workshops in the Monaro region.
- Charleville & District Cultural Association Inc, QLD – Charleville Creative Lane 2021 – $20,000 – Encourage more local involvement in the community by delivering up to 30 creative arts workshops in Charleville.
- Back to the Bush Festival Incorporated, QLD – Miles Back to the Bush Festival – It is the people that make it – $23,452 – Support opportunities for social and educational participation and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people of Miles, QLD through the delivery of the Back to the Bush Festival in September 2021.
- Cadell Community and Tourist Association, SA – Cadell Op-Shop Amenities Block – $11,000 – Support volunteers at the community owned and operated Cadell Op-Shop by installing running water and an onsite toilet.
- Shire of Manjimup, WA – Youth Engage and Empower Project – $60,000 – Support opportunities for social and educational participation through employment of a Project Facilitator to build local youth resilience and establish a youth council for the Shire of Manjimup.
Applications for the TTTT program are always open and groups in drought-affected areas are encouraged to apply for funding to help their community come together to tackle the drought. Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.
The cut-off dates for the next round of TTTT are:
- 24 August 2021. (Note: Stage One for the $150,000 grant tier must be received by 12 August). Outcomes will be advised late November 2021.
Tackling Tough Times Together is possible thanks to the collaborative support of several donors, including the Australian Government which committed $15M to be distributed over three years. Generous contributions have also been made by Pratt Foundation, Stockland CARE Foundation, Paul Ramsay Foundation, The Snow Foundation, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Henroth Group and private donors from across the nation. To join these donors, and support grants like this through FRRR, you can make a tax-deductible donation here.
More information on the Tackling Tough Times Together grant program is available here.
The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.
|NEW SOUTH WALES|
|Up to $150,000|
|Moulamein Community Development Incorporated||Moulamein Heritage Village Stage Two|
Enhance economic recovery and renewal through the restoration of the Werai Horse Stables and Moolpa Blacksmith shop in the Moulamein Heritage Village.
|Up to $60,000|
|Monaro Farming Systems CMC Incorporated||Building Resilient Relationships for Farmers|
Help locals stay informed and connected through the delivery of Building Resilient Relationships for Farmers workshops in the Monaro region.
|Up to $20,000|
|Dunoon Men's Shed Incorporated||Modelling the Renewable Energy Lifestyle|
Support climate resilience and sustainability of the Dunoon Men’s Shed by installing solar power with a battery back-up system.
|Crescent Head Community Hall Committee||Interior Refurbishment of Crescent Head Community Hall|
Encourage better use of the community hall by repairing and restoring the interior to make the community space more comfortable and welcoming.
|Macleay Choristers Incorporated||Macleay Choristers Piano Grant|
Enhance cultural activities that increase local connectedness, through purchase of a piano for local choir and wider community.
|Up to $60,000|
|Texas P-10 State School Parents and Citizens Association||Texas State School Middle School Playground Facility|
Encourage children’s learning and development through play by installing play equipment for grades 3-6.
|South Burnett Mountain Bike Club Incorporated||Gordonbrook Dam Mountain Bike Park|
Support eco-tourism opportunities to strengthen the local economy through construction of a mountain bike track at Kingaroy.
|Friends of the GalleryBooringa Action Group Incorporated||Booringa Fire and Water Festival|
Boost and strengthen the local economy with the Fire and Water Festival.
|Swan Creek School of Arts Committee Incorporation||Swan Creek Hall Floor Replacement|
Increase safety and amenity at local meeting space, through upgrading the flooring at Swan Creek Hall.
|Thallon Progress Association Incorporated||Sculptures in the Scrub - Thallon Art History Trail|
Boost and strengthen the local economy and increase connection to place through development of a sculpture trail in Thallon.
|Roughlie Community Centre Incorporated||Shaded Outdoor Area|
Increase local capacity to support community activities and connectedness, through construction of an outdoor meeting area at Roughlie Community Centre.
|Amiens History Association Incorporated||Multi-function solar shed and access pathways|
Boost and strengthen the organisation’s capacity and sustainability by constructing a multi-purpose shed with solar panels at the Aththe Amiens Legacy Centre.
|Back to the Bush Festival Incorporated||Miles Back to the Bush Festival – It’s the people that make it|
Support opportunities for social and educational participation and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people of Miles, QLD through the delivery of the Back to the Bush Festival in September 2021.
|Up to $20,000|
|Charleville & District Cultural Association Incorporated||Charleville Creative Lane 2021|
Encourage more local involvement in the community by delivering up to 30 creative arts workshops in Charleville.
|Farm 2 Fork Collective Incorporated||Future Proofing the Farm 2 Fork Collective|
Boost and strengthen organisation and volunteer capacity with professional development to ensure growth and sustainability.
|Killarney Bowls Club Incorporated||Purchase New Kitchen Appliances|
Improve volunteer vitality and organisational resilience by replacing appliances at the Killarney Bowls Club.
|C&K Middlemount Community Childcare Centre|
The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited
|C&K Middlemount’s Solar-wise Childcare Project|
Support climate resilience and the sustainability of the community childcare centre through the installation of solar panels.
|Up to $60,000|
|Milang & District Historical Society Incorporated||The Port Milang Museum Upgrade|
Increase volunteer safety and comfort at Milang Museum and Men's Shed, through building repairs.
|Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association Incorporated||Storage and Equipment for Efficient and Sustainable Volunteer Management of Newly Opened Event Centre Maple & Pine, Bundaleer, SA|
Reduce volunteer fatigue and boost the sustainability of the Maple and Pine community centre through purchase of equipment.
|Keith Golf Club Incorporated||Keith Golf Club Renovations - Stage 2|
Improve the comfort, amenity and function of the local community meeting area, through upgrade to Keith Golf Club building.
|Bute 2000 Onwards Committee|
Barunga West Council
|Bute's "Beaut" Silo Art Project|
Boost and strengthen the local economy through silo art at Bute.
|Riverland Connect Association||Enhancement of Paringa Silo Art|
Enhance the silo art attraction at Paringa, through installation of lighting and sheds for shelter.
|Up to $20,000|
|Purnong District Hall Incorporated||Underpinning|
Grow community resilience and secure the future of the Purnong District Hall for generations with infrastructure works.
|Guyra Garden Club||Guyra Spring Flower Festival 2021 - Memorial Avenue & Mandala GardenBoost and strengthen the local economy with the Guyra Spring Flower Festival 2021 including a Memorial Avenue and Mandala Garden to honour service people.||Guyra||$50,000|
|Cadell Community and Tourist Association||Cadell Op-Shop Amenities Block|
Support volunteers at the community owned and operated Cadell Op-Shop by installing running water and an onsite toilet.
|Up to $60,000|
|Shire of Manjimup||Youth Engage and Empower Project|
Support opportunities for social and educational participation through employment of a Project Facilitator to build local youth resilience and establish a youth council for the Shire of Manjimup.
|The Moore Catchment Council (Inc)||Building a BIG Carnaby's Black Cockatoo Sculpture in Moora|
Enhance local tourism and diversify economic opportunities at Moora, through construction of large sculpture featuring the Carnaby Black Cockatoo.
 2020 Australian Philanthropy Awards – Best Grant Program
 Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology. Drought Rainfall deficiencies and water availability. 10 May 2020. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2I1PSqA.