Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal
Local community groups and not-for profit organisations in remote, rural and regional NSW are being offered grants to boost preparedness for future pandemics and other disasters.
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the program, funded by the NSW Government, was established to strengthen groups that have played a critical role in supporting communities throughout COVID-19.
“These grants are being offered through the Resilience NSW COVID Regional Community Support (CRCS) program and are administered by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR),” Ms Cooke said.
“Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded toward regional capacity building initiatives such as those that attract and retain volunteers and staff, train to enhance governance skills, build digital capacity and create partnerships that foster stronger, more resilient communities.”
Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said that regional organisations in NSW have gone above and beyond for their communities during the pandemic, especially when for many it was also on top of floods, fires and the mouse plague.
“Remote, rural and regional community groups and not-for-profits really stepped up in what were extraordinary times. We take our hats off to them for how they have persevered, especially in the face of so many challenges.
“The findings of our Heartbeat of Rural Australia study last year highlighted that many community groups were really fatigued and able to operate at only a fraction of their usual capacity. They were struggling to find volunteers and staff, and while many groups turned online, the digital divide that exists between urban areas and regional areas became really apparent, as did several other capacity constraints.
“This program has been designed in partnership with the NSW Government to enable community groups to address these issues and fill the gaps that became more evident during the pandemic. We know that every community is different, so it’s deliberately flexible and will support community groups to be better prepared in future,” Ms Egleton said.
To find out what can be funded through the capacity building stream, and to apply, visit https://frrr.org.au/ResNSW-Covid-Support.
Applications close 5pm AEST on Friday 29 April 2022.
In this quarter’s update for FRRR’s donor partners, read about:
- Flood recovery – how you can help
- The long and short of bushfire recovery – FRRR’s approach to recovery following the Black Summer bushfires
- Case study: Recovery in action in mighty Mallacoota
- Insights from the bush
- Donor spotlight: The Bertalli Family Foundation
- Progress Report
- Partnering opportunities: Victorian expansion of disaster resilience
- Community partner spotlight: The Next Economy
Three regional communities to take part in multi-year initiative
FRRR’s Disaster Resilient: Future Ready (DR:FR) Victorian program continues to build steam, with three regional communities selected to partner with the Foundation to strengthen the resilience and preparedness of their regions.
Korumburra, Myrtleford and Whittlesea township and surrounds will receive support as part of a multi-year, community-led program that is supported by a number of philanthropic organisations.
Nina O’Brien, FRRR’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead, said that the DR:FR initiative works to better prepare communities to address the impacts of climate change, natural disasters and broader disruptions that affect the sustainability, vitality and resilience of remote, rural and regional communities across Australia.
“This is a place-based initiative, whereby FRRR works at a hyper-local level with grassroots organisations and community representatives who are interested in collaborating and leading initiatives to increase community preparedness and strengthen resilience capacity.
“The model is designed to help communities identify and then enact solutions that are held in local knowledge and the intersections of people and place. It creates space, facilitates processes, builds relationships and provides resources for community-generated resilience conversations and initiatives to be held at a pace and style that is appropriate for each local community,” Ms O’Brien explained.
Late last year community representatives were invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to become partner communities. Over the past eight months, FRRR’s DR:FR Program coordinator has engaged with representatives from the shortlisted communities, listening and learning about what is unique and important to each place and exploring their readiness, willingness, and capacity to participate in this intensive process.
This process helped FRRR understand their shared aspirations, what they believe is important about their community and demonstrated the commitment and interest in participating in the program.
“The emphasis is on the communities being actively engaged and involved in the process. Our aim is to empower local people to build and adapt the strengths, tools and resources that already exist in each community to further strengthen the resilience and preparedness of each place. It will be community-led and tailored to each community, with support and resources provided to allow them to identify, create and sustain their own resilience-building approaches,” Ms O’Brien said.
The program will start in the next month, beginning with a series of activities to bring interested community members together and start engaging with the broader community around aspirations for the future. In addition to the facilitation support from FRRR, the communities will have access to funding for community activities that support community engagement activities and a seed funding pool to engage a local community connector and activate priority actions identified through the DR:FR journey.
More communities waiting in the wings
“While three communities have been selected, there is strong interest from other places to participate in this program,” Ms O’Brien said.
“We have several communities keen and ready to jump on board and we would love to work with them. Our hope is to expand this program to at least one other Victorian community, and we also have groups in other states wanting to be involved.
“But this requires further funding, so we and our partners can work alongside and support local leaders to create meaningful and lasting change that means they can endure, adapt and evolve from disruptions and disasters more quickly, positively and strongly.
“We are grateful to our current partners for making the Victorian DR:FR program possible. We’d love to hear from others with the capacity to partner with us to expand the program,” Ms O’Brien said.
The DR:FR initiative is kindly supported by the following partners: Sidney Myer Fund, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Maple-Brown Family Foundation, Simon Kucher and Partners, Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation, H & L Hecht Trust, Suncorp, Pinnacle Charitable Foundation and the Doc Ross Family Foundation.
For more information about the program, visit https://frrr.org.au/drfr-victoria/.
In this quarter’s update for FRRR’s donor partners, read about:
- Heads up on the findings of the Heartbeat of Rural Australia study
- BE INSPIRED: Thallon ‘back from the brink’
- Donor Spotlight: Pinnacle Charitable Foundation
- Insights from the bush
- Our progress, with your support
- Partnering Opportunity – Supporting volunteers through SRC
- Grants in Action: Bermagui’s collective approach to preparedness
- Community Partner Spotlight: Housing Matters Action Group
By Nina O’Brien, Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead
In recent weeks, with funding being awarded through various FRRR programs, we have started to see concepts lift from the page and move into activated ideas. It also comes at a time when intersecting international conversations of climate urgency relating to COP 26 and the IPCC Report feature heavily in our daily media news feeds. So, it is timely to pause, and reflect on the tapestry of drought preparedness and resilience-building activity being undertaken across Australia, and to share some observations.
While the future climate challenges are as diverse as the landscapes where they are located; the people and communities of remote, rural and regional Australia are actively engaging in local solutions, decision-making and networking as a means of gaining and sharing the skills and knowledge needed to prepare their community and region for an increasingly drying climate, and sometimes challenge long-held attitudes.
On the national stage, the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Senate Committee recently published its finding into its enquiry on the Federal Government’s response to the drought, and the adequacy and appropriateness of policies and measures to support farmers, regional communities and the Australian economy. In addition, the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund initiatives are starting to take flight across multiple streams of investment that aim to build an economic, environmental, and socially resilient nation capable of enduring the impact of climate change. At FRRR, part of our challenge is synthesising the international, national, and state contexts with a hyper-local application of understanding and ideas to bring value to local people and places, as we work alongside them to imagine a vibrant future.
It’s our belief that remote, rural, and regional communities have the knowledge to best respond to the impacts of drought, climate change and other natural disasters. So, it has been incredibly heartening to see the diversity of response from communities in building their local networks, capacity, skills, and knowledge to respond to future drought and disaster events.
The first-round of recipients of the Australian Government Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program have elicited a range of interesting patterns across the continent. Among them, and reflective of the increasing part that women are playing in key decision-making roles in rural and regional communities, concepts to build drought resilience locally-devised by women have emerged as a strong theme across multiple states.
A case in point. Although the mean rainfall has been relatively stable across the Eyre Peninsula in the last 30 years, the average days over 38 degrees have increased, and rainfall has decreased in autumn and in the late winter and early spring months, compared to the preceding 30 year period. Against this backdrop, Women Together Learning (WoTL), from Rudall in South Australia, are actively working to building their ambassador network to support women in agriculture through five workshops focusing on future drought, climate projections and the impact on agricultural practices and rural communities. The project involves building the capacity of the WoTL Ambassadors to participate in planning, professional development, and networking.
The project will bring women together, who ordinarily may connect, to form an ongoing future network to build skills, knowledge, and personal connections to be better informed about challenges that the changing climatic patterns presents. With a mean total of 300mm rain per year, planning ahead, and collective problem solving through strong networks will be critical to the region’s success.
On the other side of the country, in a completely different agricultural landscape and climate impact context, is the Northern Rivers Community Gateway Inc who are leading the Women on The Land – Get Ready Empower Yourself Preparedness Workshop Series in Casino, in New South Wales.
This project will deliver five workshops to improve the confidence and reduce social isolation of rural and regional women, while also providing planning and coping tools for the participants to share with their broader networks. Focusing on decision making, preparedness and land management, the workshops will provide a forum to build positive mental health of rural and regional women, while also providing access to service providers and the opportunity to build networks for ongoing cohesion and support.
In another example, the Liebe Group, an active grass-roots grower group from the Dalwallinu region of Western Australia, is also playing an active role in supporting women in drought resilience through their Women In Ag Networking and Diversification (WAND) Program: Strengthening Social Connection and Farm Business Resilience. Importantly, this project will host onsite field visits and an agricultural show day to provide participants with future planning knowledge for below-average seasons and increased business acumen to adapt to the negative effects of drought. Through the project, the local women in agriculture involved in the projects will build capacity and resilience, as well as regional networks to respond to the impacts of drought, both socially and on their farm businesses.
The strength of these projects lies in the hyper-local but interconnected structure of these projects, as affirmed by the recent research commissioned by FRRR that indicates:
‘Resilience is not something that individuals or communities can achieve on their own. It is achieved through the combined and intersecting structures, processes, formal and informal networks and supports in communities working together. What we see as individual or community resilience is part of and supported by a collective effort by agencies, organisations, community groups, business and community members.’
We look forward to continuing to support groups like these, as they identify the most appropriate responses to these ongoing challenges, and equally take advantage of the opportunities that will no doubt emerge, as they strive for a vibrant and sustainable communities.
A call for more investment in local community groups, so they are better equipped to play a key role in building community resilience ahead of climate, natural disasters and other disruptions, is among the series of recommendations to come out of a three-year research project.
Led by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) in partnership with Resilience NSW and researchers from the University of Sydney, the ‘Get Ready Disaster Resilient: Future Ready (DR:FR) pilots project’ worked with three diverse NSW communities to explore how best to ensure that rural communities are more disaster resilient and future ready.
The ‘Get Ready DR:FR pilots project’ was a structured program that brought groups in each community together to share knowledge and encourage collaboration to identify ways to increase disaster resilience. The program supported co-created initiatives and actions identified by local residents with funding and other support.
The action research component of the project was designed to investigate, understand and measure activities, processes and structures that enable, or hinder, communities in disaster resilience building. Particular attention was focused on measuring how community energy and momentum was sustained or blocked.
Natalie Egleton, FRRR’s CEO, said that the Foundation initiated the project back in 2017, in light of the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters. An alignment between FRRR’s DR:FR initiative and the Resilience NSW’s Get Ready program enabled the project to be piloted and researched in three NSW communities.
“Every year, we see more and more disasters, which places enormous pressure on Australia’s social, economic, environmental, and policy systems. We need approaches that strengthen social capital and create room for innovation and ground-up solutions that communities can adopt and adapt to better prepare and respond to these events, especially in remote, rural and regional areas,” Ms Egleton said.
“That’s why we developed the DR:FR initiative. It creates space, facilitates processes, builds relationships and provides resources for community-generated resilience conversations and initiatives to be held at a pace and style that is appropriate for each local community,” Ms Egleton explained.
A key finding of the research was that for disaster resilience to be impactful and meaningful, affected communities need to be actively engaged and involved in the process.
“While the core principles for building disaster resilience are consistent, the research confirmed that one-size-fits-all frameworks and models are not effective. Resilience-building must be community-led and tailored to each community, and communities must have the support and resources to allow them to create their own resilience-building approaches.”
“The research clearly demonstrated that when community members worked on projects and activities co-designed by them, adaptive local resilience building was evident. This is an important insight and consideration for agencies and organisations that are designing and implementing resilience building programs with a shared responsibility philosophy of disaster preparedness.”
While the study found that the approaches to disaster resilience and the actions in each community were different, there were seven key factors that are critically important in community-led resilience: communication, networks, self-organising systems, decision-making, information, resources, tools and support and inclusion.
Some other important findings included:
- Social capital plays a critical role in disaster preparedness, not just response and recovery – and needs to be consistently invested in. Community knowledge, skills, time, commitment, capacity and relationships fundamentally underpin disaster resilience.
- Shared responsibility – and actively engaging communities – are critical to successfully building community resilience. Where there was shared dialogue, shared decision-making and increased and shared support for community-led resilience building, communities were significantly more engaged and prepared for disasters.
- Communities need ongoing support to build and maintain momentum for sustained community-led resilience building and they need to be resourced and included as key local players at all phases of the emergency management cycle. Relying on good will and volunteer time alone will not provide adequate capacity to maintain efforts and participation between and during disasters.
- There is a need to invest for the long-term in local capacity and systems, outside of the cycle of relief and emergency response, so that there is sustainability beyond the life of a program or project.
- Resilience is not something that individuals or communities can achieve on their own. It requires combined and intersecting structures, processes, formal and informal networks and supports in communities working together.
The researchers made nine recommendations:
- Community led approaches must move to the centre of resilience building efforts.
- Communities should be regarded as equal contributors in disaster resilience work.
- Shared responsibility must translate into increased and shared support for sustained community-led resilience building.
- Disaster resilience building needs to reflect the experiences of communities and recognise that preparedness, response and recovery are fluid, and sometimes simultaneous.
- The times between disasters is an ideal opportunity to engage communities in complex discussions and hear their ideas.
- Communities should contribute to and contextualise disaster information (outside of warnings and alerts) to local needs, building trust and ownership of information and communication.
- Community-led approaches are valuable, and must be matched with sustained cross-sector and cross-community investment, including recognising the value of community time, skill and effort.
- Resilience building programs and projects must be designed and implemented within a systems framework and acknowledge the complex array of relationships involved, and the time required.
- Further work should be undertaken in supporting practical links between local community organisations and self-organising networks and groups in supporting sustained resilience building in local communities.
You can read the Summary Research Report online at www.frrr.org.au/DRFR.
Meanwhile, FRRR has already leveraged the research insights, findings and recommendations from this research to iterate its methodology, approach, and activities for the next phase of the national expansion of the DR:FR initiative. The Foundation is currently working with a group of Victorian communities who wish to explore and work together in different ways to strengthen their resilience over the next two to three years, with the support of the DR:FR initiative.
FRRR acknowledges the support of the Joint State and Commonwealth Natural Disaster Resilience Program for the action research component of the pilot project. FRRR also appreciates the support of our donor partners in the rollout of the broader DR:FR initiative across Australia, including Sidney Myer Fund, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Maple-Brown Family Foundation, Simon Kucher and Partners, Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation and the Doc Ross Foundation for their support of the broader DR:FR initiative across Australia.
FRRR has awarded $311,049 in grants to volunteer emergency services organisations impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires for projects that will help them to respond to local disaster recovery needs and address preparedness priorities ahead of the 2021/22 bushfire season.
Funded through the Volunteer Emergency Services Grant Program, grants range from $4500 for Audio Visual Equipment, to $25,000 for the installation of a solar power battery backup system.
Made possible thanks to a generous private donation, funded initiatives will support fire-affected local volunteer emergency services and first-responder organisations in communities across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Victoria.
Natalie Egleton, FRRR’s CEO, said that she was pleased to see this targeted funding going to initiatives that will build and strengthen the capacity of these vital members of impacted communities.
“We saw strong demand for equipment and infrastructure improvements through this round of applications. Providing safe and secure facilities and equipment not only allows these services to better support their communities and respond to emergencies and future disasters, but they are also important to the recovery of the volunteers, building their resilience and caring for their mental health and wellbeing.
“The mental health and wellbeing of the volunteers will also be supported through funded training and education projects. These initiatives will increase the capacity of these volunteer-run emergency services, so that they are better equipped to care for their local community as they continue to recover from the bushfires,” Ms Egleton said.
Some of the projects awarded this round include:
- Tinonee Rural Fire Brigade, NSW – Disaster Response Go Bags for Support Vehicles – $6,713 – Improve the capacity and enhance the safety of volunteers through the provision of fire safety equipment for community evacuation notifications and emergencies.
- South Eastern Region QLD Rural Fire Service Division, QLD – Upgrade Emergency Services Response Command Vehicle – $25,000 – Boost operational capacity of the Beaudesert RFB Group through the upgrade of the Group Command vehicle.
- Country Fire Authority – St Arnaud CFA, VIC – Connecting Our Group – $5,000 – Support volunteer capability through the provision of a laptop computer for operations at the St Arnaud CFA.
- Onkaparinga CFS Group, SA – Onkaparinga CFS Group Tablet Grant – $19,628 – Enhance organisational capacity through the provision of information technology equipment at the Onkaparinga CFS.
- Surf Life Saving Lower North Coast Branch Incorporated, NSW– Provision of emergency response equipment for frontline lifesavers during bushfire emergencies – $25,000 – Improving preparedness and capability for Surf Life Saving volunteers in the Lower North Coast.
The next round of the Volunteer Emergency Services Fund Grant program will open 24 September 2021. For more information, visit – https://frrr.org.au/volunteer-emergency-services-fund-grant-program/.
The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.
|NEW SOUTH WALES|
|Emmaville Rural Fire Brigade||Lockers for Firefighters at Emmaville RFS Shed|
Enhance emergency response times through the provision of volunteer lockers at the Emmaville Rural Fire Brigade.
|Far South Coast Branch Surf Life Saving Association of Australia Inc||Disaster Preparedness for Volunteer Lifesavers and the Community|
Increase organisational capacity through the provision of Bushfire Response Kits for South Coast Surf Life Saving clubs.
|Merriwa and District Rescue Squad Inc||It's a Long Way to the Top, if You've Tripped and had a Fall!|
Increase organisational capacity through the provision of vertical rescue equipment for the Merriwa and Districts Rescue Squad.
|Liverpool Ranges RFS|
NSW Rural Fire Service
|Group 1 Liverpool Range|
Strengthen local volunteer emergency groups and their activities through facility and equipment upgrades for the Cassilis RFS.
|Pambula Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc||Expansion of Pambula Surf Life Saving Club Patrol and Emergency Search and Rescue Capabilities|
Increase organisation capacity with an additional IRB Zodiac to ensure timely volunteer emergency response.
|Surf Life Saving Lower North Coast Branch Incorporated||Provision of Emergency Response Equipment for Frontline Lifesavers During Bushfire Emergencies|
Improve volunteer emergency response capability wiith items including a defibrillator and portable radios.
|Tarana Volunteer Bushfire Brigade||Install Solar Power Battery Backup System|
Boost organisational capacity through the provision of a solar power system including backup battery.
|Tinonee Rural Fire Brigade||Disaster Response Go Bags for Support Vehicles|
Improve the capacity and enhance the safety of volunteers through the provision of fire safety equipment for community evacuation notifications and emergencies.
|Beaudesert Rural Fire Brigade Group|
South Eastern Region QLD Rural Fire Service Division
|Upgrade Emergency Services Response Command Vehicle|
Boost operational capacity of the Beaudesert RFB Group through the upgrade of the Group Command vehicle.
|Scenic Rim Regional Council Area||$25,000|
|Gatton State Emergency Service Social Club Inc||Capability Enhancement Program|
Boost organisational capacity through the replacement of electric tool, batteries and radio holsters at the Gatton SES.
|Maroochydore State Emergency Service Support Association Incorporated||Audio Visual Equipment for Volunteer Training|
Boost capacity of the Maroochydore SES with the provision of technology equipment to enhance the training of volunteers.
|Woodhill Rural Fire Brigade||Firefighting ATV|
Increase community safety with the provision of an off road ATV and emergency response trailer for Woodhill Rural Fire Brigade.
|Onkaparinga CFS Group||Onkaparinga CFS Group Tablet Grant|
Enhance organisation capacity through the provision of information technology equipment at the Onkaparinga CFS.
|Buffalo River CFA|
Country Fire Authority - Headoffice
|Buffalo River Scrolling Electronic LED Notice Board|
Increase community awareness by installing a scrolling notice board for public safety announcements and information sharing at the Buffalo River CFA shed.
Country Fire Authority - Headoffice
|IT Training Equipment and Kitchen Appliances|
Support volunteer training and wellbeing with technology and appliance upgrades at the Porepunkah CFA Shed.
|St Arnaud CFA|
Country Fire Authority - Headoffice
|Connecting Our Group|
Support volunteer vitality through the provision of upgraded information technology equipment at the St Arnaud CFA.
|Corryong Ambulance and Walma Ambulance|
|Corryong Ambulance Community Officer and Walwa Community Emergency Response Team Uplift|
Support organisational capacity of the organisation through the provision of training and operation equipment.
Victoria State Emergency Service Authority
|Mallacoota-Genoa Community Emergency Preparedness and Resilience Project|
Enhance community safety through the provision of portable fire fighting equipment and PPE for emergency volunteers in the Genoa community.
Victoria State Emergency Service Authority
|Turn Out Bay Upgrade|
Boost community safety through turn out bay upgrades at the Tallangatta SES.
35 projects funded in drought-affected communities
FRRR’s long-running Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program, has awarded grants totalling $1,086,794 to 35 not-for-profit organisations to support drought recovery projects in remote, rural and regional communities across Australia.
Now in its eighth year, the award-winning and collaboratively-funded TTTT program supports drought-affected communities to undertake a broad range of grassroots initiatives that help locals access the resources needed to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. To date, thanks to the support of FRRR’s donor partners, the program has granted out more than $17.3 million.
Nina O’Brien, FRRR’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead, said that for many communities, drought is still a very real and significant issue, and communities are dealing with a variety of factors as they continue to stand strong and keep their community connected and supported.
“Capacity within rural communities has been significantly hampered by both the long-running drought, and more recently, the uncertainty of COVID-19. Fundraising is a real challenge, and volunteers are really fatigued. However, they remain committed to bringing people together to support one another at a time when doing so is perhaps more important than ever.
“So, programs like Tackling Tough Times Together are an important source of funding, as it means community groups can continue to run programs and events that help to reduce feelings of social isolation. The grants also help alleviate volunteer fatigue, as community-minded people are so often very stretched and stressed by not being able to offer the services they know are so valuable to their community,” Ms O’Brien said.
Successful projects include the Warramboo Community Club’s playground replacement on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Like many remote areas, the Community Club is a focal point of the district for events, sports, celebrations, training and information days. They are receiving a $25,000 grant to encourage children’s learning and development by replacing the deteriorated playground on the grounds. This creates a key meeting point for the important social contact that binds isolated farming families together.
On the other side of the country, in the Central region of Queensland, the Flinders Shire Council has devised a plan to boost local tourism and support the economy by fitting out the Agricultural Zone at the Flinders Discovery Centre redevelopment in Hughenden. With their $150,000 grant, they aim to increase tourist activity and enhance economic recovery and renewal by completing the revitalised regional Centre’s new agricultural zone with fit out displays including an interactive sheep shearing display, touchscreens showing agriculture practices and paddock to plate processes.
Some of the other projects awarded this round include:
- Wandoan Community Commerce and Industry Group, QLD – Illuminating Wandoan – $46,073 – Boost local tourism and support the local economy through establishing an outdoor illuminated mural on silos in Wandoan.
- Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway Incorporated, VIC – Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway Infrastructure Strategy project, Stage One – $18,000 – Reduce volunteer fatigue and build the capacity, capability, and sustainability of an important historical asset through the development of Infrastructure Strategy – Stage One for future usage planning and facility enhancements.
- Karridale Primary School, WA – Growing our Sense of Place – $6,000 – Support opportunities for connection through a bushland art project.
- Shire of Mingenew, WA – Town Beautification with Children’s Art Workshop – $5,240 –Encourage children’s learning and development with art workshops and mural paintings for town beautification.
The Tackling Tough Times Together program is possible thanks to the collaborative support of several donors, including the Australian Government which committed $15M to be distributed from 2019-2021. Generous contributions have also been made by The 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.
Applications are currently open for Round 22 of TTTT and groups in areas experiencing prolonged dry conditions are encouraged to apply for funding to help their community support one another. Applications close 5pm AEST, 24 August 2021.
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 $20,000|
|Northern Slopes Landcare Association Incorporated||Rural Women's Catch-up|
Encourage more local involvement in the community by delivering a series of workshops in Gwydir and Moree Plains area.
|Up to $150,000|
|Flinders Shire Council||Flinders Discovery Centre Agricultural Zone|
Enhance economic recovery and renewal through the interior fit out of the Agricultural Zone at the Flinders Discovery Centre redevelopment in Hughenden, QLD.
|Up to $60,000|
|St. Patrick's School Parents & Friends Association||St Patrick's Primary School Playground Upgrade|
Reduce social isolation by facilitating social connection through the installation of a playground at St Patrick’s school.
|Wandoan Community Commerce and Industry Inc||Illuminating Wandoan|
Boost local tourism and support the local economy through establishing an outdoor illuminated mural on silos in Wandoan.
|Emerald & District Historical Association. Capella Pioneer Village Inc||Our Collections Matter|
Support opportunities for volunteer learning and capacity building with site-based museum training.
|Charleville & District Community Support Association Incorporated||Three Communities - Three Christmas Trees|
Boost and strengthen the local economy and reduce social isolation with town beautification in Charleville, Augathella and Morven each Christmas.
|Maryvale Community Hall Incorporated||Freshening Up our Community Hub|
Rejuvenate a meeting space that supports community connectedness for drought affected residents.
|Begonia Golf & Sports Club Inc||Community Hall Air Conditioner Supply and Installation|
Reduce volunteer fatigue and increase the capacity of the organisation through the replacement of air conditioning at the Begonia Hall.
|Up to $20,000|
|The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited||C&K Millmerran’s Dry Creek Bed|
Encourage opportunities for quality outdoor learning with the installation of a Dry Creek Bed at the Creche and Kindergarten Association, Millmerran branch.
|North Burnett Community Service Inc||Connecting Community|
Improve the North Burnett Community Service ability to support and service the community through purchase of IT equipment.
|Topology Inc||Bigger than Texas - Growing Creative Communities of Texas, Inglewood, Yelarbon, Kindon|
Support opportunities to grow creative communities in Texas, Inglewood, Yelarbon and Kindon.
|South Downs Steam Railway Assoc Inc||Rain water storage within the SDSR precinct|
Support volunteers and organisational capacity at the South Downs Steam Railway by installing rainwater storage within the precinct.
|Dirranbandi Arts Council Inc||Creative Art Workshops for the Community|
Enhance opportunities to participate in creative activities for the Dirranbandi community through the delivery of art workshops.
|QCWA Branch Dirranbandi||Facilities Upgrade|
Grow climate resilience and secure the future of the Dirranbandi QCWA rooms for future generations with infrastructure works.
|Wandoan and District Kindergartenassoc Inc||Wandoan Camel Races - Children's Entertainment|
Reduce social isolation and boost community spirit through the provision of children’s entertainment at the Wandoan Camel Races.
|The Cecil Plains Crier Association Incorporated||Purchase a New Printer|
Help locals stay informed and connected by purchasing a printer to continue to produce a community newsletter.
|Richmond Primary P and C Association||Slime Spectacular Fun Run|
Encourage more local involvement in the community by hosting a Slime Spectacular Fun Run.
|Up to $150,000|
|Brinkworth Management Committee Incorporated||Brinkworth Community Bus|
Reduce social isolation by purchasing a community bus to facilitate strong social cohesion and connection.
|Up to $60,000|
|Pinnaroo Community Incorporated||The Pinnaroo Project|
Boost and strengthen health and wellbeing with an arts initiative in the Pinnaroo community.
|The Flinders Ranges Council||Fringe in the Flinders|
Support economic growth and community connection through the Fringe in the Flinders event in Quorn, SA.
|Peterborough Art Prize Committee Incorporated||Peterborough Art Centre - Garden Redevelopment|
Strengthen economic recovery and renewal through improvements to the Peterborough Art Centre - Garden Redevelopment.
|Warramboo Community Club Incorporated||Playground Replacement|
Encourage children’s learning and development though play by installing playground equipment at the Warramboo Community Club.
|Up to $20,000|
|Minnipa and Districts Swimming Pool Incorporated||Community Pool Concourse Replacement|
Support the longevity of the Minnipa community pool with infrastructure works.
|Wudinna Play Gym||Equipment and Family Day|
Support opportunities for development and learning with a play gym in Wudinna.
|Up to $60,000|
|SEED Lakeside Community Garden Incorporated||Activation and Pathways|
Improve social and emotional health and build resilience in the Sale community with an Activation and Pathways project.
|Up to $20,000|
|Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway Incorporated||Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway Infrastructure Strategy - Stage One|
Reduce volunteer fatigue and build the capacity, capability, and sustainability of the Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway Inc through the development of Infrastructure Strategy - Stage One for future usage planning and facility enhancements.
|Red Cliffs Centenary Committee Inc||Red Cliffs Centenary Celebrations 2021|
Encourage people to come together and celebrate at a Red Cliffs Centenary Celebrations 2021 community event.
|Up to $60,000|
|The Ravensthorpe Community Centre Incorporated||Opening Spaces Stage 1 - Restoring the Ravensthorpe Community Centre Veranda and Blue Room|
Improve volunteer vitality and support strong social connection by restoring the Ravensthorpe Community Centre’s veranda and adjoining Blue Room.
|Noongar Land Enterprise Group Incorporated||Wattle Seed Harvesting Training for Drought Resilience on Noongar Country (SW WA)|
Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training in harvesting wattle seed from a land rehabilitation project.
|Country Music Club of Boyup Brook WA Inc||Boyup Brook Country Music Festival - Engaging Regional Business|
Strengthen economic diversity and support cultural engagement by hiring equipment to support the 2022 Boyup Brook Country Music Festival.
|Up to $20,000|
|Brookton Old Time Motor Show||Brookton Old Time Motor Show 2022|
Boost the local economy by providing support for the Brookton Old Time Motor Show 2022.
|Leeman Green Head Community Resource Centre Incorporated||Increasing the Capacity of the Leeman Green Head Community Resource Centre|
Build the capacity, capability, and sustainability of Leeman Green Head Community Resource Centre through building upgrades
|Pemberton Mill Hall Restoration Committee||Kitchen For Catering|
Reduce volunteer fatigue and build the capacity of the Pemberton Mill Hall through kitchen upgrades.
|Karridale Primary School||Growing Our Sense of Place|
Support opportunities for connection through a bushland art project; Growing Our Sense of Place.
|Shire of Mingenew||Town Beautification with Children's Art Workshop|
Encourage children’s learning and development with art workshops and mural paintings for town beautification.
 2020 Australian Philanthropy Awards – Best Grant Program
Funding awarded for 33 recovery-focused projects
Through its Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program, FRRR has awarded $637,908 in grants for 33 initiatives prioritised by local communities to support their recovery from the 2019/2020 summer bushfires.
The SRC program’s Bushfire Recovery stream is collaboratively funded and supports projects that are led by local people and address local recovery needs. The grants awarded will help promote the healing and renewal of these impacted places.
In this round of Bushfire Recovery funding, grants range from $2,500 to encourage locals to participate in recovery activities at the Maclean Spring Festival in NSW, through to $25,000 for the installation of local fauna sculptures that will increase connection to place and enhance public spaces in Marlow, Victoria.
Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said that the Foundation continues to support communities recovering from disaster, because it knows recovery is a long-term process that is unique for each affected place.
“Many impacted communities have faced multiple disasters beyond the bushfires, including COVID-19 and floods. The pandemic has made recovery all the more challenging for these regions. For community organisations, it’s hampered their capacity to deliver services that they would otherwise be providing to help their communities heal.
“Many groups have worked hard to support locals in safe and responsive ways but understandably, local volunteers are pretty worn out. In response, we have awarded a number of grants for projects that will relieve volunteer-fatigue and alleviate the pressures that many volunteer-led groups are dealing with.
“Recovery is a complex process that really hinges on local people coming together to support one another, to share and heal. We continue to see strong demand for projects that provide a safe space for communities to gather and connect by investing in local community assets and infrastructure.
“We are also seeing attention focused on more vulnerable members of the community, with local organisations using grants for projects that address the recovery needs of age-based groups, gendered groups and Indigenous groups,” Ms Egleton said.
Some of the 33 Bushfire Recovery projects awarded include:
- Australian Outward Bound Development Fund Pty Limited, Tharwa ACT – Rebuilding from the Heat – $22,367 – Improve preparedness for future disasters at Australian Outward Bound’s Tharwa site through the renewal of aged firefighting and maintenance equipment.
- Lansdowne Hall Reserve Trust, Lansdowne NSW – Ride on Mower for Lansdowne Community Hall – $5,107 – Reduce volunteer fatigue and increase preparedness for future fires through the purchase of a ride on mower for the Lansdowne Hall.
- Rathdowney and District Memorial Grounds Association Incorporated, QLD – Natural Disaster Preparedness – Electrical masterplan for emergency response facilities – $13,420 – Enhance community activities and support community preparedness for future emergency evacuations by developing an electricity supply masterplan for the Memorial Grounds.
- Kingscote Mens Shed Inc, Kingscote SA – Connection Through Activity for Men Living on Kangaroo Island – $3,683 – Increase opportunities to support local connectedness and social recovery, through restoration of a local historic Wharf Trolley.
- Bemm River Progress and Improvement Association Inc, VIC – Bemm River Men’s Shed Upgrade – Toilet and Kitchen – $16,422 – Boost community recovery and connection through upgrades to the Men’s Shed toilet and kitchen facilities.
In total, this round of SRC awarded $1,589,612 in grants across three streams – Small & Vital, Larger Leverage and Bushfire Recovery. The 112 projects funded will help build the resilience and long-term vitality of smaller remote, rural and regional communities across Australia.
A full list of SRC grant recipients across all three streams of funding is available here.
The SRC program is collaboratively supported by a number of generous donors, which are also listed here.
The current round is accepting applications until 24 August 2021, with funds to be awarded in December 2021.
Grants available for services supporting communities impacted by Black Summer bushfires
A generous private donation of $1 million will fund FRRR‘s new Volunteer Emergency Services Fund Grant Program. The Program will fund volunteer emergency services to support their recovery needs from the 2019/20 bushfires and help them prepare for future challenges.
The Volunteer Emergency Services Fund will offer grants to local volunteer emergency services and first responder organisations in 2019/20 fire-affected regions across rural, regional, and remote Australia. Funds will help them to respond to local disaster recovery needs and address preparedness priorities ahead of the 2021/22 bushfire season.
Grants of up to $25,000 are available for projects including practical improvements and upgrades to facilities and equipment so that these services are better able to respond to future disasters. Initiatives that support the mental health and wellbeing of first responder volunteers, as well as projects that provide training and build the capacity of these services can also be funded.
Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said that an integral part of the recovery process is preparing for future disasters and adapting to changing conditions after a disaster.
“We know that disasters, like bushfires, are not isolated events. They are increasing in frequency and severity; and it is vital for our volunteer-led emergency services groups to be equipped,” Ms Egleton said.
“Throughout the 2019/20 summer bushfires, volunteer emergency and first responder services worked tirelessly to protect and save their communities. They literally saved lives.
“These grants will support those who support the community by funding projects that will help these volunteers process and heal from the trauma of the bushfires, as well as build resilience and preparedness for future disasters.
“We look forward to assisting these vital members of impacted communities and helping to build and strengthen the emergency services they so generously give their time to be a part of,” Ms Egleton said.
The Volunteer Emergency Services Fund Grant Program is now open. Applications close 5pm AEST 7 July 2021 with grants to be announced August 2021. For more information, visit FRRR’s website – https://frrr.org.au/funding/disaster-resilience-and-climate-solutions/volunteer-emergency-services-fund-grant-program/