Rural groups awarded a record-breaking $2.3 million

Media releases: 29 March 2023

Grants awarded to 176 community groups for COVID recovery, climate-related impacts and Small & Vital projects

IMAGE: Kinder aged child exploring a puddle. HEADING: Rural groups awarded a record-breaking $2.3 million
Goulburn Region Preschool Association Inc

FRRR has awarded $2,309,331 in grants to 176 community projects across remote, rural and regional Australia as part of the Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

This is the largest SRC round on record in terms of both funding awarded and the number of projects being funded.

Collaboratively funded by a number of donors, this program gives small communities across rural Australia access to funds for a broad range of initiatives that directly and clearly benefit the local area and people. The program is split into three streams: Small & Vital (S&V), Prepare & Recover (P&R) and Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC), which supports recovery from COVID-19.

Small & Vital stream

In total, $527,636 in grants have been awarded to 61 grassroots organisations and NFPs through the S&V stream. Grants of up to $10,000 will support initiatives that local leaders and community members feel are a priority when it comes to strengthening the community.

An example of an organisation being funded in this stream is the Cervantes Community Men’s Shed in WA. They will use their $10,000 grant to develop the group’s new shed site, which will support and service the community.

Prepare & Recover grants

The SRC program has long supported disaster recovery, most recently through the 2019/2020 Black Summer Bushfire Recovery stream. However, with disasters affecting more of the country, the program has been renamed the Prepare & Recover stream. It offers grants of up to $25,000 to support projects that prevent and prepare for future climate related impacts, or recover from existing disasters in the medium to long-term. In addition to ongoing recovery from Black Summer fires, this round supports recovery from flooding in 2021/22, as well as some other storms and flood events across the country.

A total of $883,940 will be shared among 62 initiatives through this stream. An example is the Victoria based Boort Resource & Information Centre’s initiative to support flood recovery and boost local connections by bringing the people together to share a free community meal.

Rebuilding Regional Communities – supporting COVID-19 recovery

Funded by the Australian Government, the RRC grants are divided into micro grants, which are up to $10,000 and larger grants, which are up to $50,000. In this round, 53 organisations have received $897,755 funding that will help remote, rural and regional communities recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Among the recipients in this stream is the Regional Food Security Alliance, who will use a grant of $47,050 to develop resources that will support volunteer recruitment and retention at food relief agencies across regional Victoria, after demand for their services has been exacerbated by COVID-19.

Jill Karena, Place Portfolio Lead at FRRR, said that this record-breaking SRC round is a clear indication of the level of support that remote, rural and regional Australia needs.

“In the history of the SRC program and its predecessors dating back to 2000, we’ve never awarded this amount of money or this many small grants. That in itself speaks volumes about the need for resources and support in rural communities around the country.

“What we saw in the applications in this round, across each of the streams, was a strong emphasis on individual and community health and social wellbeing. This is a reflection of how the last few years have impacted remote, rural and regional areas. Back-to-back natural disasters, the pandemic and now the cost-of-living crisis have left people with limited resources when it comes to prioritising their wellbeing.

“We also saw a high number of applications for creative and wellbeing activities, like festivals and community events. These initiatives are wonderful to see because not only are they helping to bring people together and giving them a creative outlet, but they also often provide a boost to the local economy.

“Similarly, we continue to see a demand for support in maintaining or upgrading community spaces, halls and hubs. This kind of infrastructure is so important when it comes to keeping small communities connected, particularly during the ongoing recovery and resilience-building process that rural Australia is currently facing,” Ms Karena said.

Some more of the 176 projects funded include:

  • Gainmara Birrilee Preschool Association Inc – NSW – Enhance the COVID-19 recovery of 117 Brewarrina Aboriginal families by providing practical assistance, building social connections and cultural identity, wellness activities and a community garden. $46,092 (Rebuilding Regional Communities stream)
  • MacDonnell Regional Council – NT – Prepare youth for leadership roles through the expansion of the council’s youth app to include governance and project management information and functions. $9,702 (Small & Vital stream)
  • FNQ Aviation Museum Ltd – QLD – Build young people’s job readiness for careers in engineering industries by constructing a new hanger at the aeronautical museum to run a program with students restoring vintage airplanes. $10,000 (Small & Vital stream)
  • Bridge to Nowhere Arts Association Incorporated – SA – Enhance the process of recovery from the pandemic and encourage greater participation of seniors in activities by providing a comfortable environment at a local community arts facility through heating and cooling upgrades. $7,405 (Rebuilding Regional Communities stream)
  • Surf Life Saving Tasmania – Central Coast Marine Rescue – TAS – Enhance community safety and boost volunteer capacity through expansion of training and lifesaving equipment. $9,383 (Small & Vital stream)
  • Upper Murray Performing Arts Inc – VIC – Encourage community connection and generate economic growth by delivering a creative dance festival that will increase tourism in a township recovering from bushfires. $10,000 (Prepare & Recover stream)
  • Shire of Carnamah – WA – Improve the community’s resilience for future emergency responses during cyclones by upgrading the medical centre’s electrical switchboard, enabling connection to back up generators during power outages. $10,000 (Prepare & Recover stream)

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by many generous donors, who are acknowledged on the FRRR website under each of the SRC grant streams:

This program always accepts applications. Local NFPs and community groups are encouraged to review the program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at

To support grants like this through FRRR, make a tax-deductible donation at

The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.

Small & Vital
Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society - Narrabri North West District IncLecturer Fee Contributions
Sustain the capacity of the organisation to deliver accessible arts activities for the whole community by contributing to lecturer fees.
Carcoar Community AssociationRiver Yarn Fibre Festival
Provide opportunities for social connection and cultural enrichment by supporting the inaugural River Yarn Fibre Festival.
GRASP - Goulburn Regional Association of Sustainable ProducersGrowing the GRASP Hub on the Open Food Network
Support a community-owned online produce shop to provide access to healthy local produce and promote sustainable agricultural practices through purchasing equipment, recruiting / training volunteers and holding events.
Henty Public School Parents and Citizens AssociationBush Tucker Precinct
Enhance the thriving community garden by linking it to the Wiradjuri Bush Tucker and Yarning Circle cultural area to increase community knowledge of local Aboriginal traditions.
Inverell Art Society IncorporatedInverell Art Gallery - Supporting, Engaging and Developing Local Ceramic Artists
Foster skill development for local and emerging ceramic artists in Inverell by purchasing a new kiln and reference books.
Lansdowne Public Hall Reserve Land ManagerInstallation of Security Cameras and Solar Security Lights to the Outside of the Lansdowne Community Hall
Enhance security for valuable historical works and items displayed at the Lansdowne Community Hall by installing solar powered external lighting and cameras.
Parkes Bowling and Sports Club LimitedParkes Bowling and Sports Club Kitchen Oven Upgrade
Enhance the Parkes Bowling and Sports Club kitchen by removing the current industrial gas oven and installing a new one to increase the safety and capacity for use by the many non-sporting community groups that use the facilities.
Peak Hill Preschool Kindergarten IncPeak Hill Preschool Expansion
Improve day care access for disadvantaged families by contributing to the development of a community-run long day care facility and community room in Peak Hill.
Peak Hill$10,000
Riding for the Disabled Assoc (NSW) - The Coonabarabran CentreFacilities Maintenance Program - Stage One
Enable programs to continue running by addressing safety issues at riding centre through repairs to the training hall.
Warren Chamber Music Festival IncorporatedBetter with Age!
Provide opportunities for social connection and cultural enrichment by holding a "Better with Age" event for the elderly, featuring a shared meal, live musical performances and poetry readings.
Prepare & Recover
Adavale Lane Community Centre IncorporatedBuild Up the Grounds Around our Community Hall to Stop Flooding
Contribute to recovery and disaster preparedness by raising the ground level around Adavale Lane Community Centre to stop the hall flooding, ensuring community events can continue and enhancing community connectedness.
Arts North West IncNew England North West Creative Flood Response Project - 'A Letter to My Returning...'
Engage artists from flood-affected communities to create artwork that responds to their flood experiences and interpretations for a public exhibition that will support community recovery.
Wee Waa$24,752
Bay FM Community Radio IncBroadcast Equipment Replacement to Build Organisational and Community Resilience
Build organisational capacity and bushfire resilience by upgrading the ageing broadcasting equipment, ensuring a reliable broadcast transmission service, particularly in the event of an emergency.
Byron Shire$24,920
Bombala Preschool IncBombala's Ngulla Garden Project
Support recovery from the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires and unprecedented rain by establishing a food forest garden, restoring the community and Indigenous gardens, and engaging experts to educate preschool families and community about food sustainability.
Bowraville Arts Council IncBowraville Theatre Equipment and Technology Upgrade
Enhance Bowraville Theatre and contribute to bushfire recovery by investing in up-to-date equipment and technology, allowing a broader scope of events for the community, and encouraging new arts, performances and productions.
Broke Residents Community Association IncorporatedBroke Wellbeing Program 2023
Support the recovery of Broke residents after flooding through an ongoing well-being program to improve the mental health and resilience of community members.
Burringbar School of ArtsReplacement Roof for Burringbar Hall Disaster Distribution Centre
Enhance the Burringbar School of Arts Heritage Hall by replacing the rusted roof, ensuring the hall can continue to be used by the community for events and as a distribution centre for those in need during natural disasters such as bushfires.
Circartus Incorporated Reaching for Solid Ground
Increase organisational capacity by establishing a new position to support organisation sustainability and provide inclusive, healing, creative and fun circus skills opportunities for young people in the Manning Valley who are recovering from the impact of bushfires.
Connecting Communities Australia LtdMogo - Aboriginal Lands Council Storage Shed
Contribute to the recovery of Mogo after losing several buildings in the devastating Black Summer bushfires by constructing a storage shed for the Aboriginal Lands Council to store essential documents.
Deniliquin Business Chamber Incorporated Do it in Deni Street Bazaar
Strengthen community connections and boost tourism after the flood with 'The Deni Street Bazaar' a family-friendly event, celebrating the rural culture and lifestyle.
Drake Village Women's Shed IncorporatedTrailer
Increase disaster resilience in the Drake community that was impacted and often isolated after the 2019/20 bushfires through purchasing and fitting out a trailer to provide residents and their livestock access to food and water in emergencies.
Early Links Inclusion Support Service IncorporatedPhysiotherapy Equipment
Address increased demand for therapeutic support since the 2019/20 bushfires and increase social inclusion and support for people with disabilities and developmental delays through additional physiotherapy treatment and equipment.
Kurri Kurri$10,000
Eden Community Access Centre IncEnabling Conversations That Matter: A Prepared Community
Provide an online resource to enable ongoing community conversations that support disaster resilience in Eden and surrounding villages after the 2020 bushfires.
Emerald Beach Fair IncEmerald Beach Fair
Strengthen community connectedness and recovery from the bushfires, floods and COVID through restarting the Emerald Beach Fair.
Emerald Beach$10,000
Granite Borders Landcare Committee IncorporatedStrengthening Rural Communities - Diverse Workshops that Educate, Engage and Improve Social Connectedness
Build community resilience, social connectivity, and environmental improvements through a series of free, landscape regenerative workshops for bushfire-affected residents in remote communities around Tenterfield.
Kangaroo Valley Historical Society IncorporatedPreservation of Kangaroo Valley's History and Heritage through Quality Photographs
Support community resilience by purchasing a camera and macro lens used to capture Kangaroo Valley's bushfire recovery for local historical records.
Kangaroo Valley$1,650
Kempsey Showground Association IncorporatedLighting Upgrade
Upgrade to LED lighting in the hall to reduce operating costs and foster opportunities for people in West Kempsey to come together and support their bushfire recovery.
West Kempsey$6,836
Marine Rescue NSW - Kioloa Unit Volunteer Marine Rescue NSWAir Conditioner for Kioloa Unit
Support bushfire recovery and build organisational capacity by replacing or adding air conditioners to ensure the comfort of volunteers all year round.
Narooma Men's ShedMetalworking Safety Initiative and Activity Enhancement
Purchase appropriate lifting equipment and tools for the Narooma Men's Shed to reduce the risk of injury for members and enhance organisational capacity to support bushfire recovery projects for the community.
Narooma Surf Life Saving Club IncProvision of Storage for Emergency Search, Rescue and Disaster Response Equipment at Narooma Surf Life Saving Club
Building preparedness in the event of a bushfire through the installation of mobile, modular storage cabinets enabling safe and organised storage of the club's 24/7 emergency response equipment, ensuring the club is rescue ready.
Northern Rivers Food Incorporated2023 Harvest Food Trail
Enhance recovery of the flood-impacted Northern Rivers by supporting the Harvest Food Trail event, which brings the community together to socialise and enjoy local produce whilst supporting local businesses.
Tweed Heads$10,000
Resilient Lismore IncorporatedResilient Lismore Impact Measurement and Organisational Sustainability
Enhance the recovery process in flood-impacted Lismore by periodically collecting community recovery data through surveys to measure the impact of Resilient Lismore's work and inform new projects and sustainability planning.
Resilient MurwillumbahMurwillumbah Get Ready
Support the flood-impacted Murwillumbah community to be more disaster ready by establishing a tools and equipment library for community-led disaster clean up and recovery.
River of Art IncorporatedMunggara-dha / My Home
Support community recovery and foster leadership and social connection after the devastating Black Summer bushfires by combining Aboriginal dance storytelling with contemporary art forms in a community driven process that will culminate in a live performance.
Mogo Village $23,100
Southcoast Health and Sustainability AllianceBrightening Batemans Bay Heritage Museum's Future Stage One
Support bushfire preparedness and enhance the viability of the Heritage Museum by installing solar panels that will provide energy to stabilise environmental conditions for the preservation of museum collections, reduce operating costs and enable the museum's continued operation in a power outage.
Batemans Bay$22,578
Twofold Aboriginal CorpThe Twofold / Jigamy Cultural Gardens & Syntropic Food Forestry Project (Stage Two & Three)
Develop a series of intergenerational and cross-cultural initiatives through creation of climate-resilient cultural food gardens to foster collaboration in mitigating the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires and future climate changes.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Contact Inc Gainmara Birrilee Preschool Association IncMurra in Murra (Hand in Hand) Brewarrina - Planning for a Stronger Future
Enhance the COVID-19 recovery of 117 Brewarrina Aboriginal families by providing practical assistance, building social connections and cultural identity, wellness activities and a community garden.
Contact IncorporatedBuilding Foundations for a Stronger Future
Build organisational sustainability through a series of professional development workshops facilitated by a skilled expert to support Contact's work to reduce negative impacts of isolation during COVID-19 for children and families.
Gilgandra Community Garden Network Gilgandra CouncilGilgandra Cultural Precinct > Community Garden
Support COVID-19 recovery by establishing a community garden to reduce social isolation, providing an inclusive, tranquil setting that supports active and passive recreation for local children, youth, seniors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people culturally and linguistically diverse, those living with disability, and LGBTQIA+ community members.
Turbans 4 AustraliaLismore Resilience Project
Enhance the process of COVID-19 recovery of disadvantaged members of the Lismore regional community through delivering food and personal care hampers with a new mobile food trailer and pantry, which will support and expand the organisation's outreach services.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Blue Mountains Artists CompanyLithgow Lowdown - Reimagining and Reinvigorating Community
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient community after COVID-19 by staging a live music and poetry slam / dance competition to bring together and reinvigorate youth and families through the arts.
Carries Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services IncorporatedStrengthening Service Delivery through Secure and Innovative IT Solutions
Sustain and enhance Carries Place's work with increased IT support over six months to improve internal capability and enable provision of reliable and secure remote services to vulnerable clients hesitant to engage face-to-face due to COVID-19 impacts.
Creative Gunning IncCrafting Connections
Support Gunning's community and economic recovery from COVID-19 by delivering a series of art workshops and exhibitions to increase community connections, build volunteer skills, and increase visitation.
Kempsey Flying Club LtdRural Community's Amenities Upgrade
Support COVID-19 recovery and sustain the activities of a range of community groups that use the Kempsey Flying Club facility by upgrading the space and purchasing a fridge, commercial vacuum, BBQ and projector equipment.
Manning & Great Lakes Early Intervention IncEarly Connections Playgroup
Re-establish a playgroup closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic to enhance the process of recovery for young children.
Nimmitabel Show Society IncUrgently Needed Equipment
Support community connection after COVID-19 by replacing damaged and ageing seating and purchase new equipment to sustain the work of the Show Society and enable the smooth running of the Nimmitabel Show and other community events into the future.
Sanctuary Point Public SchoolSing and Grow Singing Therapy Group
Enhance social and developmental recovery from COVID-19 for Sanctuary Point children and their families through establishing a singing therapy group.
Sanctuary Point$9,020
The Showground Workshop IncorporatedTaree Showground Mens' Shed COVID-19 Recovery
Boost the Men's Shed membership after COVID-19 by developing a new website.
Wentworth Area Landcare IncorporatedTrees for Pomona
Enhance COVID-19 recovery of the Pomona community by bringing residents together for a native tree-planting event to increase their feeling of belonging and community pride.
Small & Vital
MacDonnell Regional CouncilEmpowering Indigenous Youth Leaders to be Tomorrow's Community Leaders
Prepare youth for leadership roles through the expansion of the council's youth App to include governance and project management information and functions.
MacDonnell Regional Council's 12 communities$9,702
NT Writers' Centre IncRemote Writers' Development Workshops
Support new and established writers living in remote parts of the state by running satellite events and online workshops as part of the 2023 Northern Territory Writers' Festival.
Victoria Daly Regional CouncilNoise Reduction at the Pine Creek Multi Resource Community Centre
Enhance public participation at meetings in a remote and under-resourced community by improving the acoustics at the community centre with the installation of heavy echo-reducing curtains.
Pine Creek$9,973
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Brown's Mart Arts LimitedConnecting Communities at Brown's Mart
Sustain Brown's Mart and their work through improved connections with the COVID-19 impacted community by upgrading communication technologies and increasing First Nation peoples' engagement and participation in the performing arts.
The YMCA of the Northern Territory Youth & Community Services LtdCommunity Hub Project
Create a safe, welcoming community space at the Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) swimming pool for children, young people and families to re-connect after social isolation experienced during COVID-19, improving the community's physical and social health and fostering a stronger and more resilient community.
Santa Teresa$20,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Gupulul Marayuwu Aboriginal CorporationGupulul Community Homeland - Food Storage, Access and Security Project
Address food security challenges exacerbated by COVID-19 and sustain the work of the corporation through the installation of a commercial cool room storage unit on the community homeland.
Gupulul Homeland$10,000
Small & Vital
Blackall Cultural Association IncorporatedBushman's Gallery Electrical Upgrade
Boost and strengthen the local economy by upgrading electrical wiring for better lighting at the Bushman's Art Gallery to increase engagement with, and acquisition of, local art.
Border District EisteddfodBorder District Eisteddfod 2023
Cultivate young people's confidence, artistic endeavours and public performing capabilities by providing a local Eisteddfod.
FNQ Aviation Museum LtdMultipurpose Aviation Museum Hangar - Celebrating 80 Years of Mareeba Airport
Build young people's job readiness for careers in engineering industries by constructing a new hangar at the aeronautical museum to run a program with students restoring vintage airplanes.
Gold City Country Music Club IncBose Amplifier Tower
Improve the club's ability to provide free community entertainment by upgrading sound equipment.
Charters Towers$4,160
Gordonbrook Rural Fire BrigadeGordonbrook Rural Fire Brigade Station (Stage Two)
Improve comfort and amenity of the facility for emergency volunteers and community gatherings by installing floor coverings and painting internal walls.
Hillview Memorial Hall and Recreation Grounds IncLawn Mower Purchase
Support volunteer ability to maintain a welcoming community space by purchasing a ride-on mower to care for the grounds.
Ingham Coast Guard - The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association IncorporatedImproving Access
Improve the Coast Guard's ability to support and service the community by building an accessible ramp and handrails.
Julatten State School Parents and Citizens AssociationCelebrating 100 Years Julatten / Bushy Creek / Euluma Creek State Schools Centenary 1923-2023
Encourage new community members and past students to come together to foster a sense of identity and community connection by jointly celebrating the schools' centenary anniversaries.
Low Isles Preservation Society IncorporatedSupporting Local Student Visitation to the Low Isles Education Centre
Support students from disadvantaged outer regional schools to take part in a citizen science project and experience the Great Barrier Reef firsthand, integrating environmental awareness and STEM learning into the curriculum.
Port Douglas$10,000
Mount Morgan Citizens Club IncKitchen Compliance
Improve functionality of club's workspace for social connection and community gatherings by modernising the kitchen by adding stainless-steel bench tops and energy efficient appliances.
Mount Morgan$10,000
QCWA Branch CliftonInstallation of Air Conditioning to CWA Clifton Hall
Expand the use of the CWA hall by installing a heating and cooling system to make the community meeting space more comfortable and welcoming.
Retreat Creek Campdraft Association IncConnecting Power to the Community Shed at Roy Day Park, Sapphire
Help locals come together and connect by installing electricity at the park's community shed to provide the first 'powered' public meeting space in Sapphire.
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch)
Emu Park Sub-Branch Inc
Emu Park RSL Mural
Creating a commemorative mural to help residents and visitors better understand the impacts of past conflicts on returned service people.
Emu Park$4,500
Roma Historical Precincts IncRoma Butter Factory - Workshop Building Upgrade
Improve volunteer experience and safety by installing accessible roller doors that enable local artisans to demonstrate old time trades and skills more easily for an interactive visitor experience.
U3A Cairns IncorporatedHealth, Wellbeing and Social Interaction through Low Impact Sports
Enhance older people's wellbeing through supporting physical activity and social connection by purchasing low impact activity equipment.
University of Southern QueenslandAllora and the Australian Silo Art Trail: Enhancing Community Wellbeing
Boost tourism, amenity and community engagement in Allora through the co-design and installation of a mural representing important stories of the town.
Prepare & Recover
Mulgowie Public Hall Association IncorporatedLets Get it Happening at Mulgowie!
Strengthen the lifesaving capacity of a bushfire-impacted community by purchasing a defibrillator to enhance preparedness.
Withcott & District Progress Association IncKitchen Renovation & Storage for the Community Hall
Improve functionality of volunteers' catering and working spaces, and comfort of users with renovations to an 88-year-old hall in a community impacted by bushfires and floods.
Postmans Ridge$21,150
Community Information and Resource Service Association IncorporatedCoolaFlix
Build community resilience and foster social connectedness after flooding in Rainbow Beach through the purchase of cinema equipment and film licensing fees to facilitate a series of community fundraising movie nights.
Rainbow Beach$17,510
Goomeri Pumpkin Festival IncPumpkin to Power Economic Recovery in Gympie Region!
Stimulate the community and economy post-flooding by hiring equipment to re-start the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.
Murgon Primary P&C AssociationMurgon Community Fair
Encourage people to come together and celebrate for mental wellbeing after the floods by establishing the Murgon Community Fair.
North East Downs Landcare Group IncRehydrating to Regenerate the Landscape
Build environmental resilience to flood through encouraging the restoration of landscape hydrology cycles by providing 'natural sequence' education workshops in the communities of Peranga, Brymaroo and Maclagan.
Tamrookum Memorial Hall IncorporatedRoof Repairs
Enhance the recovery of the Tamrookum community by providing a safe and dry community space through repairing the hall's roof damaged during a flooding event.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Boulia Camel Races IncorporatedLegacy - Boulia
Enhance the process of COVID-19 recovery, reconnect residents, reignite tourism and stimulate the economy in Boulia through the establishment of a community cooperative.
Bundaberg Regional CouncilIntegrated Pathways at Kepnock (IP@K)
Enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic for disengaged youth in the Bundaberg area by facilitating work placement with the local agricultural industry and facilitating reengagement with educational activities and the broader community.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Cape York InstituteMayi Market COVID-19 Resilience Project
Sustain the work of the Mayi (food) Market by purchasing and installing freezers in four remote Cape York communities to boost food security in the event of future isolation such as that experienced during the pandemic.
Innisfail Community Band IncorporatedEnhancing Performance Capability at Outdoor and Large Open Space Community Cultural Events
Improve the band's capability to perform in a COVID-safe outdoor environment and sustain their work through the purchase of foldback speakers and the provision of appropriate sheet music.
Mossman State School P&C AssociationCommunity Navigator - Douglas Community Early Childhood Hub
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient Mossman community after COVID-19 by engaging a 'Community Navigator' to support families to learn about and access early years services and learning pathways.
Rockhampton Women's Shed IncTool Kits
Reduce social isolation following COVID-19 and foster a stronger, more resilient community by providing basic start-up tool kits to establish the women's shed as a place of connection, and for developing skills and capabilities.
Tully Nursing Home IncOutdoor Area Improvements
Encourage the COVID-safe reconnection of nursing home residents with family and friends through the purchase of outdoor furniture for visitation, reducing social isolation and fostering a stronger, more resilient community.
Small & Vital
Orroroo Regional Tourism Group - District Council of Orroroo CarrietonChats Over Charcoal
Enhance a men's support program and strengthen community wellbeing by providing a facilitated mental health and wellbeing workshop.
The Beltana Progress Association IncorporatedBeltana 150 Years On - A Celebration of Our Township
Boost local economy by increasing visitation to a remote location and support local cultural connections by engaging a bush band to perform at the Beltana 150-year milestone event.
Yorke and Northern Local Health Network IncorporatedAboriginal 715 Health Check Incentive Shirts
Improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal people living in rural and remote regions by providing Aboriginal designed polo shirts to connect community members to a vital health check program.
Prepare & Recover
American River Buick Orchard Reserve (ARBOR) - American River Progress Association IncAmerican River Community Garden
Support bushfire recovery on Kangaroo Island by enhancing a culturally significant orchard garden for broader community access.
American River$10,000
Berri Barmera LandcareThe Environmental Connection
Strengthen community connections and engagement to the local environment in a region severely impacted by recent floods, by holding six biodiversity education workshops.
Friends of Port Moorowie IncPurchase of a Ride-on Mower
Increase the capacity of volunteers to support bushfire preparedness and safeguard Port Moorowie by purchasing a ride-on mower.
Port Moorowie$5,000
Hardwicke Bay & District Progress AssociationProviding Cooking Facilities at Our Planned Beach Shelter / Lookout
Support community to live well in a remote place and strengthen recovery post-bushfires by installing a barbeque at an outdoor recreation shelter.
Hardwicke Bay$5,000
Marble Range Community & Sports Centre IncMarble Range Community and Sports Centre - Playground
Develop a safe space for children's play and provide a health and wellbeing activity to enhance community recovery from bushfires, through the development of a playground.
Rotary Club of Onkaparinga IncOnkaparinga Rotary Fencing Project
Boost volunteer capacity to support community recovery post-bushfires through purchasing equipment to rebuild damaged fencing.
The Pine Village Land & Services Management Association IncorporatedImprove Access to Life Saving Equipment: Installation of a Defibrillator at Pine Village
Provide emergency first aid equipment to strengthen community recovery and support health outcomes for the Murray River flood-affected region by installing an external automatic defibrillator system.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
District Council of Tumby BayYouth Empowerment and Skate Activation Program (YESAP)
Reduce social isolation and build young people's resilience in a remote community impacted by COVID-19 by establishing a sustainable skate program designed to empower and connect young people.
Tumby Bay$39,820
Pine Point Progress Association IncorporatedConstruction and Establishment of a Community Shed to be Primarily Used for Storing Equipment and Undertaking the Sorting of Recyclable Deposit Containers and Modifying an Existing Shed for Cooking of BBQ's
Reduce social isolation and foster a more resilient regional community post-pandemic through establishing a community shed for community gatherings and storage of community assets.
Pine Point$17,321
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
BMW Football Club IncBuilding Successful and Resilient Leaders in the Upper North Community through a Champions Academy
Sustain the work of community organisations across the region and reinvigorate volunteering after COVID-19 through community-wide volunteer engagement and skill-building workshops.
Bridge to Nowhere Arts Association IncorporationBTNArts Community Infrastructure Project: Enhancing Creative Space Usability Year Round
Enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a comfortable environment for seniors and encourage greater participation in activities at a local community arts facility through heating and cooling upgrades.
Community Care and Transport IncorporatedMelrose Office Upgrade
Sustain the work of the organisation post COVID-19 and improve amenity and comfort for volunteers through the purchase of new fit-for-purpose office furniture.
Orroroo Recreation Group - Orroroo Football Club IncorporatedRoasting in the Roo - Camp Oven Cook Off 2023
Enhance the social and economic recovery of the Orroroo community from the COVID-19 pandemic by staging a two-day family-friendly festival.
Southern Yorke Peninsula Agricultural Society IncorporatedSYP Show Pavilion Salt Damp Project
Sustain the organisation and its work following the pandemic through building repairs to a local heritage building to provide a safe, fit-for-use community meeting place.
The Booleroo and Districts Men's Shed IncorporatedInstallation of Reverse Cycle Air-Conditioning to Meeting Area of Facility
Sustain the Men's Shed and its work after COVID-19 by improving conditions in the facility through the purchase and installation of air conditioners.
Booleroo Centre$10,000
Small & Vital
Central Coast Marine Rescue and Training - Surf Life Saving in Tasmania IncAquatic Emergency Preparedness for Volunteers at Central Coast Volunteer Marine Rescue
Enhance community safety and boost volunteer capacity through expansion of training and lifesaving equipment.
St Helens Online IncSafety and Training for Volunteers at St Helens Online Access Centre
Support and boost volunteer participation through the delivery of appropriate IT training and security upgrades to provide a safe work environment.
St Helens$1,459
Turrakana Tasman Arts IncLightwave Festival 2023
Boost community social wellbeing and foster increased visitation to Nubeena by supporting community workshops and musical performances at a mid-winter creative arts festival.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Launceston City Mission IncThe Ark - Youth and Community Hub Outdoor Area
Reduce isolation and foster a more resilient community post-pandemic through developing of a community youth hub for disadvantaged young people.
St Leonards$45,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Motherland LtdMotherland Village - Reducing Crippling Social Isolation & Connecting Rural Mums
Reduce social isolation after the pandemic for new mothers and foster stronger, more resilient regional communities through the creation of an innovative online rural mother's group.
Mount Roland Land Care IncReconnecting with Community and the Mount Roland Environment - Part Two
Reduce social isolation in Mount Roland by facilitating a public tree planting festival, creating new connections to foster a stronger, more resilient community after COVID-19.
Small & Vital
Bendigo Science and Technology Museum IncThe New Bendigo Planetarium
Enable rural and regional school students to access a science education program that will feature Djaara First Nations astronomy knowledge, through the development of a new planetarium.
Cowwarr Recreation Reserve Committee of Management IncorporatedCowwarr People's Shed
Boost social engagement activities and support capacity of volunteers to maintain a community space through the purchase of a storage shed.
Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre IncCommunity Co-Working Spaces
Expand organisational capacity of a Neighbourhood House to support community members working remotely, through the establishment of a co-working office space.
Donald 2000 IncDonald Social Housing Strategic Plan
Engage with community and stakeholders to develop a social housing strategic plan for social and affordable housing solutions for disadvantaged people in the community of Donald.
Fairfax Youth Initiative
Swan Hill Rural City Council
The Marruk Project
Support youth and First Nations people's engagement in the creative arts and promote wider community connection to local culture through the development of a theatre program.
Swan Hill$10,000
Fishy Stories Fabelo IncorporatedFishy Stories: The Fish Creek Children's Festival of Stories
Engage young people in a creative writing and skill development program and improve literacy outcomes through the delivery of a children's storytelling festival.
Fish Creek$10,000
Golden and Paradise Beach Ratepayers and Residents Association IncorporatedGolden Paradise Beach Community Tourist Park (Facilities Toilet Block)
Increase visitation to a community precinct and improve access and inclusion for all-abilities through an upgrade of toilets to meet disability standards.
Golden Beach$8,336
Grampians HealthEssential Aids and Equipment Loan Service
Empower older people in the West Wimmera district to live safely and independently at home through access to a disability equipment loan program.
Loch & District Bowling Club IncAll Welcome @ Loch
Improve access to social activities for all abilities by upgrading a bathroom to current disability standards at a key community venue.
Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre IncCommunity Social Space
Provide a comfortable environment for older people participating in wellbeing activities by providing accessible furniture and a smart TV to engage in online group sessions.
Minyip Progress Association IncWest Wall Repairs to Emma's Building
Foster connection to place and opportunities for social engagement by repairing a salt-damaged wall in an iconic community-owned building.
Morwell Historical Society IncImprovements to Upgrade a 70-year-old Kitchen - Stage Two
Provide a fit-for-purpose venue for older participants and volunteers by upgrading the 70-year-old kitchen.
Next Gen Theatrical IncNext Gen Presents...
Provide a social wellbeing program to support marginalised communities in Gippsland and enhance the creativity of a theatre company through the provision of performance venue hire.
Numurkah Toy LibraryNumurkah Toy Library Building Capacity Project
Support children's early education and development by providing a safe and efficient storage area for toys and equipment.
Pomonal Men's Shed IncorporatedBetter Access and Storage
Support men's health and wellbeing activities by constructing a slip-resistant pathway and storage area to enhance the maintenance workshop.
Pomonal Progress Association IncorporatedCommunicating, Our way Forward
Strengthen capacity of the Pomonal community to collectively support each other, particularly during community emergencies, by engaging a consultant to facilitate a community resilience workshop.
Stanhope & District Development Committee IncRSL Seating and Montevideo Mural All Weather Shelters
Encourage visitation and community engagement by installing shelters at two outdoor gathering spaces in Stanhope.
Tarrangower Village IncVillage Living
Improve access to affordable housing for older people by engaging a consultant to develop a financially sustainable masterplan for a community-owned and managed retirement village.
The Patch Community Garden
The Trustee for The Salvation Army (Victoria) Property Trust
Enhancing our Community Space
Encourage participant engagement and promote greater nutritional health outcomes for disadvantaged community members, by providing a rotunda to shelter volunteers from weather extremes at a community garden.
Wodonga Senior Secondary CollegeCommunity Pathways Connections
Foster lifelong learning and promote community connections through the establishment of an arts and vocational skills project to support disengaged school students.
Yea Community Service Group IncThe Community Sufficiency Project
Educate community members in self-sufficiency skills and build resilience to climate challenges through the facilitation of 12 workshops.
Prepare & Recover
Alpine Multi Skill GroupUpskill Community Workshops
Support recovery from bushfires and develop networks between community groups through the provision of craft and skills workshops.
Ardoch LimitedSupporting the Wellbeing of Children in Regional Victoria through the Arts
Support the mental health and wellbeing of children impacted by bushfires through the development of a creative arts program.
Arts Council of MansfieldMansfield Arts Collective Studios (MACS) Future Proofing Upgrade
Support recovery from the impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires through upgrades to a community facility to provide a fit-for-purpose and comfortable arts activity centre.
Boort Resource and Information CentreBoort Meet and Eat
Support flood recovery and boost local connections by bringing the people of Boort together at a free shared community meal event.
Committee for Echuca Moama IncorporatedLet's Get Connected
Build group connections and support social and economic recovery of flood-impacted communities by providing a business networking event for women.
Coonooer Bridge Fire Brigade Country Fire AuthorityCoonooer Bridge Fire Brigade Wildfire Thermal Imaging Camera Project
Enhance volunteer capacity and community safety by providing volunteer fire fighters with vital safety equipment to detect fire hotspots.
Coonooer Bridge$3,614
East Gippsland Festivals LtdOn Foot in the High Country
Support the social and economic recovery of bushfire-impacted communities by providing three curated walks in the Omeo region, as part of the East Gippsland Winter Festival.
Swifts Creek$7,100
Goulburn Valley Sports Assembly IncOn the Front Foot
Enhance the recovery of flood-impacted communities and improve wellbeing outcomes by providing a mental health referral and support program.
Indigo Valley Landcare Group IncConnecting on Country: Building a Relationship Between Landcare and Traditional Custodians through Exploration of the Cultural Landscape
Build First Nations recognition and boost bushfire recovery by filming Duduroa Dhargal workshops to share cultural geography knowledge with Landcare groups and the wider community.
Yackandandah $9,970
Koondrook Development Committee IncorporatedCelebrating the Paddleboat Heritage of Koondrook
Enhance regional recovery and promote community resilience by supporting a paddleboat centenary-heritage project and community festival to bring people together.
Life! Central Services IncoporatedRural and Remote Digital Suicide Safety Initiative
Enable a suicide safety organisation to expand their reach and support communities recovering from bushfires by providing workshops and an online interactive program.
Mansfield Historical Society IncMansfield Heritage Museum - Mansfield Historical Society - Mansfield Courier Restoration Project
Enhance community connection and celebrate local identity in a bushfire-impacted region by restoring and safeguarding local historical artefacts.
Meredith Community Centre IncIntergenerational Community Lunch
Provide activities that support bushfire recovery and encourage community engagement by running a series of community lunches to bring different age groups together.
Myrtleford Chamber of Commerce & Industry IncAlpine Outreach Mobile Facility
Provide a mobile health and wellbeing service to support community recovery from bushfires in Victoria's Alpine region through the purchase of a vehicle.
Raymond Island Community Association Inc - East Gippsland Shire CouncilDisabled Amenity Upgrade as Part of Raymond Island Hall Extension and Renewal
Provide an inclusive venue for all abilities and enhance bushfire preparedness by improving disability access at a community gathering space.
Raymond Island$25,000
Rochester & District Horse and Pony Club IncRebuilding our Community Kitchen
Boost community wellbeing outcomes and enhance the process of recovery from a flood event by replacing water-damaged kitchen equipment and walls in a key community facility used by a number of organisations.
South West Alternative Medium Project IncTwo Rivers Gallery and Artspace Upgrade Project
Strengthen First Nations Gunditjmara culture and expand opportunities for bushfire-affected community members to participate in art and craft activities to assist their recovery through the repair of a gallery roof.
Startup Shakeup LtdTown Teams for Innovation
Support recovery from the impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires and strengthen community connections by providing an IT training initiative.
Up2Us Landcare AllianceNew Volunteering Models to Help Transform Volunteering in Mansfield
Boost Landcare memberships and provide younger participants with training and leadership skills to support bushfire recovery by delivering a two-day leadership and mentoring workshop.
Upper Murray Performing Arts IncSnowy Mountain Tango Festival 2023
Encourage community connection and generate economic growth by delivering a creative dance festival that will increase tourism in a township recovering from bushfires.
Warracknabeal Action GroupEaster In the Beal
Encourage visitation and support community recovery after devastating floods by expanding the Easter festival to provide additional entertainment and activities.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Regional Community Vet ClinicBuild Our Not-for-Profit Community Vet Clinic
Reduce social isolation, provide volunteer opportunities, and foster resilience post-pandemic through supporting the establishment of a low-cost vet clinic for the companion animals of disadvantaged community members.
Regional Food Security Alliance IncGrowing and Strengthening Volunteerism in the Food Relief Sector in Country Victoria
Sustain the work of the Regional Food Security Alliance (RFSA) by developing resources to support volunteer recruitment and retention at food relief agencies across regional Victoria, with demand for services exacerbated by COVID-19.
Tonimbuk East HallReconnecting, Rebuilding and Reimagining our Community
Enhance the process of community recovery from the pandemic by upgrading the outdoor space of a local hall to encourage community re-engagement.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Budgeree Hall Reserve Committee Inc- Budgeree Hall ReserveBudgeree Hall Shed
Encourage greater usage of a community hall to reduce social isolation after COVID-19 through the purchase of a shipping container for the safe storage of equipment.
Destination Phillip Island IncHire an Operations Coordinator to Grow the Island Whale Festival
Revitalise tourism after COVID-19 and inform visitors about sustainable conservation by hiring a coordinator to run a three-day festival during Phillip Island's winter whale migration.
Destination Rupanyup IncorporatedS.A.T Fest Rupanyup (Silo Art Trail Festival)
Collaborate and connect people, community and business to enhance the process of COVID-19 recovery by staging a community festival.
Dimboola Town Committee - Hindmarsh Shire CouncilWimmera Steampunk Festival 2023
Strengthen and enhance the economic and cultural recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by staging a community festival.
Jumbunna Public Hall IncorporatedFix Jumbunna Hall Structural Problems
Ensure the continued use of the community hall following the pandemic through essential structural subfloor repairs.
Laharum Public HallSmall Halls Festival
Celebrate community, reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient Laharum after COVID-19 through hosting a Festival of Small Halls event.
Merton Recreation and Memorial Hall Reserves IncorporatedRefurbishment, Repair and Renewal of Merton Recreation Reserve Pavilion
Encourage increased community use of the Reserve building through vital upgrades and repairs, to enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ouyen Festivals Committee IncorporatedMallee Root Festival
Enhance the process of recovery of regional communities from the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging reconnection through staging a community festival.
Poowong Public Hall IncReplace and Purchase New Chairs for Seating at the Poowong Hall
Enhance the process of recovery of the community from the pandemic by increasing the amenity and capacity of the hall through the purchase of new seating.
Stanley Athenaeum & Public Room Indigo Shire CouncilRevitalise and Reinvigorate
Increase capacity and amenity to sustain the work of the Stanley Athenaeum volunteers after COVID-19 through the construction and installation of new work benches and storage.
Small & Vital
Cervantes Community Men's Shed IncClearing and Fencing, Step One in Building Our Men's Shed
Improve the Men's Shed's ability to support and service the community through the development of the group's new shed site.
Great Southern Employment Development CommitteeWheels for Work Great Southern
Strengthen employability of disadvantaged job seekers with expansion of a successful driver licensing program into additional outer regional communities and the translations of resources into different languages.
Kununurra Agricultural SocietyClowning Around with Science
Cultivate young people's wellbeing and education through play by running a series of free science and circus skills workshops at the 2023 Kununurra Agricultural Show.
Moore Clothes IncVerandah Curtains / Blinds
Encourage people to come together and connect by creating a space for community gatherings and volunteer events with the addition of outdoor blinds to enclose a verandah.
Shire of Mt MarshallMt Marshall Community Gardens
Encourage a healthy lifestyle and promote inclusion for a small remote community struggling with mental health issues through the development of two community gardens.
Prepare & Recover
Shire of CarnamahContinued Connectivity
Improve the community's resilience for future emergency responses during cyclones by upgrading the medical centre's electrical switchboard, enabling connection to back up generators during power outages.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Autism Camp AustraliaHelping Hand WA
Strengthen the skills and abilities of financially disadvantaged and remotely located autistic children and their families, as a vulnerable cohort impacted by COVID-19, to reduce social isolation and foster resilience by attending a strength-based capacity building camp.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Harvey Community Resource Centre IncHarvey CRC Outdoor Cooking Adventure
Encourage community groups to have safe outdoor gatherings and enable fundraising activities to sustain the organisation's work following the pandemic through the purchase of an outdoor kitchen that will be available for hire.
Newman Neighbourhood Centre Inc2023 Newman Pride Festival
Reduce social isolation experienced by LGBTQIA+ people following COVID-19 and foster a stronger more resilient and inclusive community through holding a Pride Festival.
Teach Learn Grow IncRural Program
Enhance the process of recovery for remote primary students experiencing educational disadvantage exacerbated by the pandemic through providing free one-on-one tutoring and mentoring support.
Wyalkatchem Community Resource Centre Inc2023 Wylie Arts Expo
Reconnect residents after the pandemic through an inclusive arts expo with a focus on First Nations culture, reducing social isolation and fostering a stronger, more resilient community.
Yongernow - Ongerup Community Resource Centre IncDon't Lose your Head
Reduce social isolation and foster community resilience after COVID-19 by providing a free program of mental health and wellbeing activities for adults, children and youth.