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.

If you'd like to receive regular updates from us, simply subscribe to our quarterly donor newsletter to have the latest news sent directly to your inbox.

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

Recovery Underway Following 2019/2020 Bushfires

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Disaster recovery stories Donor newsletter Insights: 4 March 2021

Many regional and rural communities experienced devastation as a result of the 2019/20 Black Summer fires. The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements reported that more than...

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A little help going a long way

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 23 February 2021

More than 5,400 students and families in places devasted by the Black Summer bushfires are being given a helping hand at the start the new school year.

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More than $580,000 in grants to strengthen bushfire recovery

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery: 19 January 2021

Thirty-four projects set to seed and strengthen the recovery of communities affected by the 2019-20 bushfires are sharing in $589,945 in grants, thanks to aa special stream of bushfire recovery funding via FRRR's Strengthening Rural Communities program.

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Grants continue to support Black Summer bushfire recovery

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 26 November 2020

FRRR, in partnership with News Corp, has awarded 18 communities impacted by the Black Summer bushfires a total of $341,280 in grants for 20 projects that will support the recovery of their communities.

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Local BTS partners sought in bushfire-affected areas

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 6 October 2020

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal is seeking local partners in bushfire-affected LGAs to help with the distribution of more than $767,000 in $50 vouchers thanks to a special bushfire recovery stream of FRRR's Back to School program.

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More than $400,000 in grants awarded for Bushfire Recovery

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 29 September 2020

FRRR, in partnership with News Corp, has awarded a further $410,159 in grants to support the recovery of rural communities impacted by the Black Summer bushfires. News Corp has also announced it will be adding a further donation of $500,000 to top up the News Corp Bushfire Fund to $1.5 million.

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Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund supports a further 13 community-led projects

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 12 August 2020

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, in partnership with the Pratt Foundation, has granted a further $241,386, through the he Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund, to support 13 community-led projects in the Snowy Valleys region.

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Grants help create sanctuaries for fire-affected youth

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 9 July 2020

Sony Foundation Australia, together with FRRR, have today announced two grants that will help young people in Mallacoota, VIC and Ulladulla, NSW, affected by last summer’s bushfires.

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Families in bushfire-affected communities receive help getting Back to School

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 30 June 2020

FRRR ran a special round of its Back to School program, which provides $50 gift vouchers to students in rural communities. Nearly 4,000 students impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires have been given a helping hand with replacements for the essential school items they lost during summer's bushfires.

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Grants help put local people in charge of recovery

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 30 June 2020

Thanks to support from R.M.Williams and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, FRRR has awarded two $25,000 grants to support the Orara Valley and the Blue Mountains in their recovery from the 2019/20 Summer bushfires.

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