News - Black Summer Bushfire Recovery

FRRR has a long history of supporting bushfire-affected communities in their recovery. In early 2020, there was a very generous response from the philanthropic and corporate sectors, as well as hundreds of individuals, in response to FRRR's appeal for funds to support the medium to long-term recovery of fire-affected communities.

This page is designed to make it easy for these generous donors to see how we are distributing these funds, and how FRRR is supporting the ongoing recovery of these communities.

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Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that from time to time, articles may contain images or comments from deceased persons.

These grants are collaboratively and generously supported by the following donors:

adidas      Amanda Toone     Arcare Family Foundation      Arthur Laundy      Australian Community Media's South Coast is Calling initiative      Barker Trailers     Bowness Family Foundation      Brasher Family Foundation      Center for Disaster Philanthropy     Charter Hall      Chefs on the Run      Chrysanthemum Foundation      Clarity Workplace Solutions      EnergyAustralia      Entertainment Industry Foundation      Fire Fight Australia Fund      Friends of FRRR      GlobalGiving    Go-To Skin Care      Grace and Emilio Foundation      Herbert Smith Freehills      IKEA Australia      Jeunesse Kids Foundation      McKinsey and Company      Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust      Metamorphic Foundation      Morgans Foundation Limited      Morris Family Foundation      Muscle Nation      Nelson Alexander Charitable Foundation      News Corp      Origin Energy Foundation      Paul Ramsay Foundation      Pepper Australia      Percy Baxter Charitable Trust      Portland House Foundation      R.M.Williams      Recochem Inc      Redbubble      REIV Charitable Foundation      Sidney Myer Fund      Sony Foundation Australia      Stage 5 Australasia P/L      Stockland CARE Foundation      Suncorp Group      Tabcorp Holdings Ltd      The Jack Brockhoff Foundation      The Laneway Festival      The Pratt Foundation      The Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation      The Waislitz Family Foundation, in partnership with Australian Community Media      Thoms Family Endowment - a sub-fund of the AET Foundation     Wilson Asset Management      UNICEF Australia      Vicinity Centres

Creativity rises from the ashes in Mooral Creek

Annual Review stories Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Community stories Disaster recovery stories: 10 November 2022

Following the devastation of the 2019/20 bushfires, the Mooral Creek Hall & Progress Association Committee embarked upon a project to bring the whole community together to connect, reflect and support each other through the bushfire recovery process. With the help of a $25,000 Strengthening Rural Communities grant, came Creative Spark – an arts project aimed at encouraging creative expression and developing confidence and skills in a range of artistic forms.

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Festival revives East Gippsland

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Community stories: 21 October 2022

To help revive spirits and bring people back to East Gippsland, a group of locals came up with the idea of The East Gippsland Winter Festival, to help the community heal and recover.

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Grant awarded to Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery: 25 August 2022

The Bushfire Recovery Fund grant program, funded by HMSTrust and the Sidney Myer Fund, has recently awarded a grant of $110,000 to be paid over two years to the bush nursing centre at Swifts...

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HEADING: First-responders receive a Black Summer recovery boost. IMAGE: Kangarilla CFS in South Australia.

First-responders receive a Black Summer recovery boost

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 23 June 2022

Twelve volunteer emergency services organisations supporting remote, rural and regional communities impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires have been awarded $191,628 in grants for projects that will assist in their disaster recovery efforts and strengthen their emergency response capabilities for future disasters.

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Nearly $800,000 awarded to strengthen rural communities

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 21 June 2022

Sixty-seven projects across remote, rural and regional Australia will share in $776,583 in grants thanks to FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

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Perpetual power for Tarana’s Bushfire Brigade

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Community stories: 29 March 2022

Tarana Bushfire Brigade installed a solar powered battery backup system to ensure they would always be ready for urgent fire defence, thanks for a $25,000 VESF grant.

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Rural communities awarded a $1.4 million boost

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 17 March 2022

Through FRRR's Strengthening Rural Communities grant program, 117 projects will share in $1,382,453 in grants for their community-led initiatives.

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Bushfire recovery in action: Mighty Mallacoota

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Community stories: 11 March 2022

Over the years, many community groups have received multiple grants from FRRR, and we love catching up with groups and leaders in the communities to share in the progress that's been made. Last month...

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Feral Cat Numbers Kept Under Control on Kangaroo Island

Feral Cat Numbers Kept Under Control on Kangaroo Island

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Community stories: 27 January 2022

Just off the South Australian mainland you will find Kangaroo Island (KI). Australia’s third largest Island, KI is known for its stunning nature reserves and wildlife. During the 2019/20 bushfires, the flora and fauna of KI was severely impacted. To help protect threatened species, the Nature Foundation are undertaking a project to eradicate feral cats from Dudley Peninsula.

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Taree and Wingham community groups share in more than $150,000

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 17 December 2021

Community groups in Taree and Wingham will share $150,152 in grants thanks to FRRR's Investing in Not-for-Profit Capacity in Regional NSW (INFPC) grant program. The grants will enable local groups to invest in resources and build their capacity to support the ongoing recovery from the 2019/20 bushfires and floods earlier this year.

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