Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Funding to meet the local needs and connect communities

One hundred and twenty-nine community groups across remote, rural and regional Australia are sharing nearly $1.4 million in grants through FRRR’s flagship Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

Family of four leaning on wire fence in front of the Glastonbury Hall.
Glastonbury Hall & Recreation Association Inc used their SRC grant, awarded in 2022, to create a safer and more secure space at the Hall by establishing it as a Disaster Centre Hub.

Awarded via three streams of funding, SRC grants support small and vital projects, like upgrades to the community pool in Cummins, SA; COVID recovery projects, such as creating an arts and cultural precinct in the remote community of Tully, QLD; and disaster preparedness or recovery initiatives, like providing culturally informed, trauma-responsive community healing days for the flood-affected community of Lismore, NSW.

FRRR received a record 450 applications for this round of SRC funding, requesting more than $4.5 million in grants for projects valued at more than $19 million. The team has worked hard to shorten the time between applying and awarding SRC grants, with these grants being awarded just nine weeks after the round closed.

Jill Karena, FRRR’s Place Portfolio Lead, says that there is an increasing need for FRRR to fill gaps in areas that may have previously relied on funding from government incentives or programs or support from local businesses.

“The SRC program is flexible and open year-round, meaning it can lean in when Government and other agencies lean out. This access to continued funding opportunities is especially vital in communities that are moving beyond the immediate threats and response to natural disasters and other shocks.

“This round, we have seen increased applications from the organisers of community events, such as local agricultural shows, as some local governments are reducing their annual funding support. We also saw increased funding requests from smaller more remote communities that are a seeking to boost the local economy by developing activities and events to encourage overnight stays from visitors who would otherwise pass through. We also noticed an increase in applications from fringe metro areas and inner rural communities, which seems to indicate that they too are facing diminishing funding opportunities,” she said.

Unmet need continues in small communities

In addition to the 129 initiatives awarded grants, there were a further 85 funding-ready projects, requesting more than $900,000, that FRRR did not have the funds to support. This highlights the importance of small grants to remote, rural and regional community groups and is why FRRR is seeking new partners so that the Foundation can fund more projects in the future.

“Given the uncertainty of the current financial landscape, groups have told us that they value having access to timely secured funding to support medium to long term goals, as well as initiatives that respond to present needs and priorities.

“These are the projects that create a sense of place and identity, and the people and organisations that make these inspiring projects happen need our support. SRC grants provide leverage as they demonstrate to other funders that the projects have value and are supported. But to be able to fund more of them, we need to bring in additional collaborative funders. So we invite all those who want to see a thriving remote, rural and regional Australia to join us to support local initiatives. They really do make a difference,” Ms Karena said.

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by donors, ranging from private individuals to larger foundations, who are acknowledged on the SRC program page.

FRRR always accepts applications to this program, which awards funds around four times a year. Local not-for-profit organisations and community groups are encouraged to review the program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at www.frrr.org.au/src.

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

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
SRC Round 20 - April 2024
NEW SOUTH WALES
Small & Vital
Arthur Butler Aviation Museum ABAM Management Plan
Create a management plan for the aerodrome to develop future facilities, enhancing Tooraweenah's appeal as a destination and boosting tourism.
Tooraweenah$5,000
Colly Gamilaraay Indigenous CorporationCollarenebri Community Cultural Festival
Celebrate traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture from across the region through a one-day multi-arts and sporting festival addressing cultural isolation.
Collarenebri$9,500
Connecting With Bricks IncMobile LEGO® Brick Pits
Expand organisational capacity and provide equal access to educational and social enrichment tools with mobile Lego brick-building pits for hire by rural schools, libraries, and community groups.
Tintinhull$10,000
Parkes & District Historical Society IncWiradjuri Cultural Storage Facility and Workspace
Create an engaging space to learn about Parkes' historical and cultural stories by purchasing a shipping container to showcase the extensive Wiradjuri artefact collection.
Parkes$10,000
Southern Youth and Family Services LimitedLaptops for Learners - Cooma
Enable disadvantaged homeless high school students in the Cooma area to fully participate in their school education by providing laptops to complete their studies.
Cooma$10,000
The Trustee for The Salvation Army (NSW) Property TrustSalvos Community Connect - Engagement Space
Boost community connection by purchasing safe, accessible chairs for morning tea gatherings that engage isolated or lonely residents.
Goulburn$5,000
Warren Chamber Music Festival Incorporated

Singing Your Stories
Enhance community wellbeing and capture local history creating and recording songs from storytelling sessions with the elderly and other community members.

Collie$10,000
Prepare & Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Mann River Men's Shed IncMann River Shed Electrical System
Support bushfire recovery by installing electricity in the workshop building to make it fit for purpose as a Men's Shed, a community meeting space and shelter for future disasters.
Diehard$25,000
Playability Incorporated Creating an Inclusive Children's Playground
Contribute to bushfire recovery by upgrading outdoor facilities to create an abilities and culturally inclusive children’s playground.
Eden$9,000
ADRA Wauchope Community Connect led by ADRA Wauchope Community Connect Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia LtdADRA Wauchope Community Connect
Support bushfire recovery by purchasing a food trailer to continue delivering a food service to vulnerable local residents.
Wauchope$25,000
Courabyra Public Hall Land ManagerCourabyra Hall Storage Infrastructure
Contribute to bushfire preparedness and increase capacity to serve as a central resource hub by building new storage areas for food, perishables, and additional safety equipment.
Courabyra$20,237
Friends of Tenterfield Aerodrome IncTenterfield Aerodrome Disaster Resilience Project
Enhance bushfire preparedness by constructing a shed to store aerodrome maintenance and firefighting equipment.
Tenterfield$10,000
Nambucca Valley Radio led by Nambucca Valley Radio Radio Nambucca IncTewinga Community Centre Disaster Preparedness Project
Enhance bushfire preparedness by purchasing essential disaster equipment and providing emergency training for volunteers and the community.
Tewinga$16,615
Narooma Oyster Festival LimitedFeasibility, Best Practice, Economic Impact Study and Business Case Proposal
Enhance organisational capacity in a bushfire-impacted community by engaging industry experts to research and advise on a sustainable self-funding business model for Farmgate and Shellor Door Oyster education and tasting centre.
Narooma$25,000
Narooma Surf Life Saving Club IncVideo and Audio Conferencing System 
Enhance bushfire recovery and improve communication during emergencies with a new by video and audio conference system at Narooma Surf Life Saving Club.
Narooma$1,500
Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast IncorporatedSocial Justice Advocates Youth Convenor: A Dedicated Mission
Engage a young person to lead workshops and collaboration with diverse young people to build on the youth-focussed bushfire recovery work to address other local l social justice issues
Bega Valley$24,309
Southcoast Health and Sustainability AllianceHeatwave and Wood Smoke Haven Anglican Church Batemans Bay: Stage 2
Enhance bushfire preparedness by installing hybrid solar technology, ensuring continuous power during grid outages for the building to operate as a bushfire and extreme weather refuge.
Batemans Bay$24,952
Surf Life Saving Lower North Coast Branch Incorporated4WD to Maximise Emergency and Disaster Response Capability
Contribute to bushfire preparedness and recovery by purchasing a 4WD vehicle for the Surf Life Saving Lower North Coast Branch to maximise emergency and disaster response capability.
Taree, Hallidays Point$25,000
Tabulam Public Hall Reserve Land ManagerLaptop and Printer Acquisition
Streamline evacuation centre operations during disasters with a new laptop and printer.
Tabulam$1,995
The Valley Centre for Environmental Education and Research IncorporatedHeart & Humility - Supporting the Creation of a Cultural Fire Hub
Facilitate two workshops to establish a community-driven cultural fire hub, promoting cultural burning, and emphasising knowledge transfer and leadership roles for Elders.
Singleton$10,000
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
Backtrack Works LtdDisaster Recovery Response Crews
Boost flood recovery and preparedness by upskilling young people as a fast response resource in times of natural disaster.
Tenterfield$25,000
Ettrick Hall Committee IncorporatedThe Safe Hub
Boost flood preparedness by purchasing a generator for the Safe Hub.
Ettrick$1,810
Hillston Creative Arts Council IncorporatedRed Dust and Paddy Melons Community Gallery
Re-stumping and stabilisation project Support repairs to a community-owned heritage gallery and information centre damaged by severe weather and floods.
Hillston$25,000
Northern Rivers Community Healing HubHealing Hub : Wellness Wednesdays
Provide culturally informed, trauma-responsive community healing days for flood-affected individuals over seven months in a supportive environment.
Lismore$25,000
Proprietor Bundgeam Pre-School IncBundgeam Prepared and Safe
Enhance the existing community disaster safe space by purchasing a defibrillator, upgrading pumps for flood mitigation, and fireproofing the building.
Grevillia$15,000
The Colony Bees Association IncPollinate Country
Establish and maintain 30 new beehive nesting sites to restore pollination to native plants and crops affected by recent floods.
Lennox Head$8,800
Tyalgum District Community Association IncImproving Safety Through Communication
Improve communication for flood preparedness and recovery by installing a mobile repeater, linkage repeater and solar charge system.
Tyalgum$22,605
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Big Brothers - Big Sisters Australia LimitedBig Brothers Big Sisters Tumut
Address isolation, loneliness and disengagement of young people after the pandemic through training 10 new volunteer mentors for the Tumut Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Tumut$10,000
Community Resources LimitedHelping Hands – Community Outreach Project
Ameliorate post-pandemic isolation experienced by seniors by employing a short-term coordinator and two staff members to facilitate a welfare and education outreach program.
Forster$8,328
Coonamble Golf Club LtdLittle Links: A Playful Oasis at Coonamble Golf Club
Enhance social cohesion and provide a safe and family-friendly place to gather in a remote region post-COVID-19 through the construction of a playground at a community hub.
Coonamble$9,928
Edward River Art Society IncoporatedRiverbend Gallery
Encourage visitation and boost community engagement with visual arts and culture post-pandemic with marketing support for exhibitions and events at a community gallery.
Deniliquin$8,750
Eurobodalla Chamber OrchestraEnhancing Public Performance
Enhance the post-pandemic capacity of a chamber orchestra to perform at outdoor venues through the purchase of robust music stands and sheet music covers.
Batemans Bay$2,748
Fungi Feastival Association IncorporatedFungi Feastival 2024
Unite diverse sectors of the community, reduce social isolation, and encourage tourism post-pandemic through the hosting of the expanded Fungi Feastival with expert guest speakers.
Batemans Bay$8,000
Grafton Community Shed IncorporatedMachinery Upgrade
Increase organisational capacity, reduce social isolation and encourage new membership of a community shed by purchasing new woodworking and metalworking equipment.
Grafton$5,000
Hope Bathurst IncorporatedHopeCare Community Garden Expansion
Build organisational capacity of a community garden and improve access to fresh food post-COVID-19 through establishing new fruit trees and raised garden beds.
Bathurst$9,732
Lions Club of Boorowa IncNew Storage Shed - Stage 1
Support the operation of an increasingly busy, volunteer-run driver reviver van by laying a concrete slab for the van storage shed.
Boorowa$8,440
Molong Historical Society IncorporatedUpgrade of Artefacts Storage Facility
Encourage visitation post-pandemic through upgrading an artefact storage facility to effectively house museum exhibits and allow the acquisition of further items.
Molong$10,000
Moree Plains Shire CouncilFanny Lumsden's Country Hall's Tour
Enhance community morale and recovery post-pandemic and inspire local musicians by facilitating the visit of Fanny Lumsden’s Country Halls Tour to a small remote community.
Garah$3,000
Nimbin Health & Welfare Assoc IncNimbin Mental Wealth Expo '24
Increase awareness of mental health services and enhance wellbeing post-pandemic through hosting an inclusive interagency Mental Wealth Expo.
Nimbin$7,200
RiverSmart Australia LimitedA Better Path to WOW Relaunch
Increase tourism and the safety of post-pandemic visitors by building a concrete coach-disembarking point and accessible pathway.
Warren$10,000
Skillset LimitedCareer Connections
Pilot a workplace learning program by connecting year 10 students with businesses for work placement opportunities addressing barriers faced by disadvantaged students post-pandemic.
Bathurst$9,992
Tamworth Regional Craft Centre IncorporationTamworth Regional Craft Centre Incorporation (TRCCI)
Accessibility ramp to club house Build an accessible and compliant ramp to encourage increased participation in activities at a community arts centre.
Tamworth$9,000
The Rotary Club of Uralla IncorporatedBundarra Garden Festival
Enhance community reconnection, tourism, and economic recovery post-pandemic through promoting and creating signage for a garden festival.
Bundarra$4,000
Tumbarumba Men's Shed IncSpindle Moulder
Purchase  install and commission fit-for-purpose woodworking equipment to enhance a the Men’s Shed ability to safely recycle bushfire-recovered and salvaged timber for use in community projects after COVID-19.
Tumbarumba$3,446
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Small & Vital
Marrakai Volunteer Bushfire Brigade IncorporatedEnhancing Prescribed Burn Capabilities: ATV Buggy Acquisition Project
Purchase a specialised all-terrain vehicle to support volunteers to increase the number and safety of prescribed burns to protect the community.
Marrakai$10,000
The Trustee for Karrkad-Kanjdji TrustWarddeken and Walaaybaa Ranger Exchange
Enhance community capacity for cultural and environmental preservation by sharing knowledge across Indigenous Ranger groups through a ranger exchange.
Mamardawerre$40,500
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Enterprise Learning ProjectsImpact North Cowork Upgrades for Community Events
Support remote Indigenous entrepreneurs and organisations to connect and learn post-pandemic by purchasing outdoor furniture, equipment, and signage to establish a culturally appropriate events and meeting space.
Darwin$9,693
QUEENSLAND
Small & Vital
Burdekin Woodcrafts Association IncorporatedProvide Additional Storage Area for Burdekin Woodcrafters
Support the purchase and fit out of a storage facility for donated wood, increasing the groups’ capacity to support community initiatives and reducing environmental waste.
Ayr$9,450
Clermont Kindergarten Day Care Centre Association IncorporatedKindy Gym / Obstacle Course Project
Provide outdoor play facilities for preschool children, supporting the development of physical skills, coordination, and balance.
Clermont$10,000
Etheridge Cares IncMowers to Maintain Yards for Seniors
Purchase mowing equipment to provide at-home mowing services for elderly residents, supporting them to live independently in the community.
Georgetown$9,426
Isisford Primary P&C AssociationDancing Lessons in the Dirt and Dust
Foster community connection by providing after-school dance lessons for children in an isolated community, culminating in a public performance.
Isisford$6,000
Millmerran Academy of Performing Arts IncWhat's the MAPA
Support a series of creative arts workshops and events to foster youth engagement with the arts, improving social outcomes and youth resilience.
Millmerran$10,000
Peak Crossing Public Hall Association IncorporatedPerimeter Fence Around Peak Crossing Public Hall
Install a perimeter fence around a public hall to create a safe and welcoming space that will facilitate increased community use.
Peak Crossing$10,000
QCWA Branch JacksonBack Yard Blitz
Undertake landscaping works to improve safety and amenity of a local CWA hall, ensuring the community has access to a comfortable and safe gathering space.
Jackson$9,900
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gin Gin Sub-Branch IncNew Fridge for Gin Gin RSL Sub Branch
Replace worn out and inefficient fridge at the local RSL to ensure the safe storage of food for social events and activities that connect elderly residents.
Gin Gin$2,750
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Wondai Sub-Branch IncMaintaining Wondai RSL Sub Branch Memorial Park
Purchase a ride-on mower to enable older volunteers to maintain a local memorial park that Council has handed over to the group to manage for community use.
Wondai$9,000
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
Wujal Wujal Aboriginal CouncilWujal Wujal Prepare and Recover Project
Build preparedness for future climate related disasters in a community impacted by Cyclone Jasper by purchasing emergency generators, lighting, portable cooking equipment and swags.
Wujal Wujal$25,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Artworks Granite Belt IncUpgrade of Facility
Boost the capacity of a volunteer-run community cafe to provide training and employment opportunities post-pandemic by upgrading commercial kitchen equipment.
Stanthorpe$8,437
Babinda Community Kindergarten IncMeeting Place
Reduce social isolation post COVID-19 by creating an inclusive outdoor community meeting space protected from the elements by a gazebo.
Babinda$10,000
Mt Perry Show Society IncMt Perry Showgrounds Maintenance and Upkeep
Support the post COVID-19 development of a site for community events and a new caravan park by purchasing a ride-on lawn mower.
Mount Perry$10,000
Noorama Sports and Recreation Centre IncKitchen Renovations
Reduce social isolation in a very remote community post-COVID 19 by upgrading kitchen facilities at their only community hub.
Noorama$10,000
Rathdowney and District Memorial Grounds Association IncorporatedTelehealth Room
Provide discreet access to vital healthcare and social-support services post-pandemic by creating a private, dedicated telehealth room at a community hub in an isolated regional area.
Rathdowney$10,000
Ravenshoe Community Centre IncRavenshoe Community Garden
Strengthen social connection, provide access to fresh food, and sustain the work of volunteers at a community garden after the pandemic through the purchase of a trailer and improved garden soil.
Ravenshoe$6,000
Stella CommunityBowen Community Garden
Support the creation of a new inclusive community garden to provide access to fresh food and encourage social cohesion post-pandemic through the purchase of raised garden beds, soil, and garden equipment.
Bowen$8,000
The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre IncorporatedCommunity Skills Boost
Facilitate a low-cost leadership program to support members of community organisations in the social service sector to build skills and capability to address local challenges post-pandemic.
Hervey Bay$7,850
Theodore Early Childhood Centre Association IncTECCA Bonanza Project
Support community reconnection, economic recovery, and organisational sustainability post-pandemic by holding a family-friendly rodeo event.
Theodore$9,988
Tully Arts and Cultural Precinct led by Tully Arts and Cultural Precinct Tully Support Centre IncTully Arts and Cultural Precinct - Community Consultation and Planning (TACP-CCP)
Support the creation of an arts and cultural precinct in a remote community post-COVID-19 by engaging the community in developing a strategic plan.
Tully$10,000
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Cummins Memorial Recreation Centre IncCummins and District War Memorial Swimming Pool Redevelopment
Support community wellbeing and water safety with upgrades at a remote community pool that offers vital learn-to-swim programs.
Cummins$10,000
Inman Valley Community & Memorial Hall Association IncorporatedKeep Us Cool at the Inman Valley Memorial Hall
Increase hall usage by installing a split system to provide a comfortable, safe, and welcoming community meeting space.
Inman Valley$10,000
Mintaro Progress Association IncMintaro Seniors a Connected Community
Foster social connections and increase community wellbeing and resilience by providing a series of activities and workshops for older people.
Mintaro$4,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Balaklava Town Hall Management Committee IncorporatedSound Upgrade Stage 2
Bolster post-pandemic organisational recovery and improve community access to the arts by upgrading audio equipment to provide quality sound at a community theatre and concert venue.
Balaklava$10,000
Carrackalinga Board of ManagementImproving Functional Use of Carrickalinga House Senior Citizens Facility
Encourage greater use of a community facility and increase safety, hygiene, and accessibility post-pandemic through floor resurfacing and installing a commercial-grade benchtop dishwasher.
Victor Harbor$10,000
Milang and District Community Association IncorporatedLakeside Butter Factory Cafe & Catering Social Enterprise
Boost the capacity of a new social enterprise cafe to provide training and employment opportunities in the community post-pandemic through the purchase of commercial kitchen equipment.
Milang$9,778
Riding for the Disabled Association SA IncRevival of Riding for The Disabled on the Yorke Peninsula
Support the re-establishment of a Riding for the Disabled group closed due to lack of volunteers post-pandemic through fortnightly transport of horses to provide social and therapeutic activities for those living with disability.
Kadina$10,000
Southern Yorke Peninsula Community Hub IncorporatedSupporting our SYP Community
Foster life-long learning, community resilience and cohesion post-COVID-19, through a series of digital literacy workshops and technical assistance for disadvantaged community members.
Yorketown$10,000
TASMANIA
Small & Vital
Brighton Community Food HubExpansion Project - Food to Families
Enhance the capacity of a growing emergency food relief program by upgrading equipment and covering volunteer travel costs to aid vulnerable residents.
Brighton$10,000
Dignity Supported Community Gardening IncDIGnity Gardening Sessions
Improve health and wellbeing outcomes through a therapeutic gardening program supporting vulnerable, marginalised and socially isolated community members.
Dodges Ferry$9,240
Freycinet Volunteer Marine Rescue Association IncPE-ER: Protective Equipment - Efficient Radio
Support community safety and enhance organisational capacity during emergencies by upgrading communication equipment and protective clothing.
Swansea$9,968
Huon Valley Police & Community Youth Club IncCommunity Café
Skill development for disengaged and at-risk young people through the establishment of a youth led café at local community centre.
Huonville$10,000
St Helens Marine Rescue Association IncorporatedMarine Rescue Capability Extension
Strengthen capability of an emergency service and support the work of volunteers through the upgrade of telecommunication equipment and safety jackets.
St Helens$7,260
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Folk Federation of Tasmania Incorporated led by Mount Roland Folk FederationMount Roland Folk Festival 2024
Increase community engagement post-pandemic by collaborating with the local school, and by offering free and discounted concerts featuring local and emerging artists.
Sheffield$5,000
Mount Roland Land Care IncReconnecting Kentish: Building Organisational Capacity
Develop organisational and volunteer capacity post-pandemic via the delivery of first aid, traffic management and mental health training and the purchase of appropriate PPE and tools.
Sheffield$8,097
The Derwent Catchment Project IncHamilton Resource Centre Upgrade
Enhance connectivity, boost organisational capacity, and improve a collaborative space post-COVID-19 by installing video conferencing equipment in a community resource centre.
Hamilton$10,000
VICTORIA
Small & Vital
Strzelecki Public Hall Incorporated Heating for Our Hall
Increase the use of the community hall by installing a climate control split system to make the meeting space more comfortable, safe, and welcoming.
Strzelecki$10,000
Ararat Men's Shed IncMetal Lathe
Improve older men's mental health by purchasing equipment to encourage new members, enhance shed skills and provide a greater community service.
Ararat$7,800
Benalla HealthBenalla Grow Your Own
Establish a network of community worm farms to provide compost for a sustainable community food garden supporting vulnerable residents.
Benalla$10,000
Birchip Neighbourhood House IncConnecting and Learning: Food, Fun and Fellowship
Enhance senior citizens' health and social wellbeing and foster intergenerational connections by hosting 10 monthly community lunches in Birchip.
Birchip$6,400
Friends of Morwell National Park IncFeeling Chirpy: A Bird Book for Morwell National Park
Enhance community connections, social wellbeing and understanding of local biodiversity by creating a citizen-led, plain-English, local bird guidebook.
Jeeralang Junction$5,000
Maffra Golf ClubClubroom Renovation
Boost opportunities for social connection in a community meeting space by upgrading furniture and re-painting a function room hired for training activities, functions, and events.
Maffra$10,000
Numurkah Community Learning Centre IncGrowing Community
Improve the viability of the community hub’s food garden with new equipment and greenhouse, ensuring year-round produce to provide local access to nutritious food via a food relief pantry.
Numurkah$8,342
Tatura Civic Halls Committee IncorporatedKeep the Power Safe and On
Create a safe and compliant space for meetings and activities by upgrading the electrical system at the community owned Tatura Civic Hall Complex.
Tatura$7,000
Tyntyndyer Homestead IncorporatedRide-on Mower
Enhance tourism and cultural awareness of Watti Watti First Nations and colonial history by purchasing a mower to assist volunteers to maintain the visitor precinct grounds.
Beverford$7,699
U3A Colac Otway IncorporatedFilipino Cultural Event
Foster opportunities for cross-cultural connection and enhance older people’s social wellbeing through a Victorian Seniors Festival community meal event in Colac.
Colac$2,500
Yarrawonga Mulwala Men's ShedFuture Building
Enhance a volunteer program for men's physical and social health by purchasing machinery for workshop expansion and new chairs for meetings and activities.
Yarrawonga$5,073
Yea Agricultural Pastoral and Horticultural SocietyNew Water Supply
Improve access to water for users of the reserve by installing new water outlets, supporting tourism, social connection, and community safety.
Yea$5,698
Prepare & Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Cabbage Tree Public HallEmergency Equipment Shed: Construction and Completion
Boost disaster preparedness and bushfire recovery capacity by installing a storage shed for emergency equipment at a public reserve.
Cabbage Tree Creek$22,694
Duduroa Dhargal Aboriginal CorporationRyans Lagoon Wetlands – Caring and Reviving Culture and Country Hub
Strengthen bushfire preparedness and improve safety by purchasing a ride on mower to maintain scrub and grassland on nationally significant wetlands.
Bonegilla$25,000
Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve Committee of ManagementMaintenance of the Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve
Enhance disaster readiness and volunteer support in a bushfire-affected shire by purchasing a ride-on mower to maintain a reserve and safeguard a community space.
Swifts Creek$25,000
Warrigunya Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander CorporationMaintaining Warrigunya Against Potential Fire Threats
Improve disaster preparedness in a bushfire impacted region and support skill development by purchasing a tractor and slasher to maintain grassland.
Darriman$24,700
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
RFDS Community Transport, Rochester led by RFDS Community Transport, Rochester Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Victorian Section)Volunteer Engagement and Community Recovery
Enhance volunteer support and health outcomes for flood-impacted residents by engaging a program support worker to coordinate medical appointments via the RFDS transport program.
Rochester$25,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Threatened Species Conservancy IncEnhancing Mallee Emu-Wren and Mallee Bird Conservation
Support community reconnection post-pandemic, by delivering interactive community information sessions on conserving habitats for the Mallee Emu-Wren and other threatened Mallee birds.
Mildura$10,000
Avenel ActiveAvenel 'Get Me to the Shops' Community Transport Project
Reduce social isolation, increase independence, and enhance wellbeing post-pandemic by providing weekly volunteer-assisted bus shopping trips for residents who are elderly, frail or with restricted mobility.
Avenel$4,200
Beaufort Agricultural Society IncEnhance Storage for the Beaufort Show
Sustain community events post-COVID-19 and improve participant and volunteer safety by installing roller doors on a storage area and agricultural show livestock shed.
Beaufort$10,000
Bella A'Capella led by Bella A'Capella Echuca-Moama Arts InitiativeSpring Sing Workshop
Support post-pandemic creative recovery of Northern Victoria's community choirs, enhancing greater group connection, by facilitating a singing workshop in Echuca.
Echuca$2,253
Gargarro Botanic Garden LtdMower for Gargarro Botanic Garden
Improve safety and workload of volunteers’ post-pandemic by purchasing a reliable ride-on mower to maintain grounds and boost visitation of a garden complex in Girgarre.
Girgarre$10,000
Gnarly NeighboursSocial Enterprise Fit-Out
Increase opportunities for disadvantaged young people to build skills, knowledge, and connection post-pandemic through a fit-out at a social enterprise to create a skate store, coffee area and chill space.
Seymour$10,000
Hindmarsh Shire CouncilReconnecting Small Communities through Films and Music
Enhance reconnection opportunities post-pandemic for seniors with limited capacity for travel through a series of film screenings and concerts being held in their own community.
Dimboola$10,000
Kiewa Valley Community Garden led by Kiewa Valley Community Garden Lions Club of Upper Kiewa Valley IncKiewa Valley Community Garden Inclusive Seating Project
Increase opportunities for projects, activities, and social connection post-pandemic by providing durable seating and tables at a community garden hub.
Tangambalanga$9,754
Melville Forest Community Centre IncMelville Forest Hall Restoration & Refresh
Enhance a community hub through paint, flooring, and air-conditioning upgrades to create a welcoming and financially sustainable venue for events and activities that encourage post-pandemic reconnection.
Melville Forest$10,000
Murtoa’s Big Weekend Event Committee led by Murtoa’s Big Weekend Event Committee Murtoa Events IncorporatedMurtoa - A Land of Wonder
Foster social connection tourism and creative COVID-19 recovery by enabling local artists to collaborate with the community to create a lakeside lighting installation for Murtoa’s Big Weekend event.
Murtoa$10,000
RDA - Swan Hill led by RDA - Swan Hill Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria IncFencing Upgrade Project
Boost the capacity of the organisation to provide safe therapeutic equestrian activities post-pandemic through essential fencing upgrades at their site located next to a busy highway.
Swan Hill$9,304
St Mary's Primary School Parents and Friends Association led by St Mary's Primary School Parents and Friends Association Sea LakeSt Mary's Sea Lake Gala Day
Encourage community connection and address social and geographical isolation post-pandemic by reviving an inclusive Gala Day, providing entertainment and activities for all ages.
Sea Lake$7,000
Trafalgar Holden Museum IncHolden Heritage Centre Display Cabinets
Sustain the Holden Heritage Centre and their work post-pandemic, encouraging greater visitation to the area by installing display cabinets to securely exhibit and preserve artefacts.
Trafalgar$10,000
Wangaratta Symphony Orchestra IncorporatedWangaratta Sounds Under Light - Shining a Light on Regional Music!
Promote social connection and support creative recovery post-pandemic by facilitating a unique concert and light show at an iconic local cathedral during the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.
Wangaratta$10,000
Wollangarra IncA Strong and Trained Volunteer Team
Reignite a program at a youth education centre post-COVID-19, boosting organisational capacity through training activities to increase volunteers’ knowledge and skills.
Licola$10,000
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Collie Men's Shed IncLean-to and Wood Storage Area
Build an all-weather working and wood storage area to enable members to work safely on outdoor projects.
Collie$10,000
Dandaragan Community Centre ManagementCommittee IncorporatedStorage Cupboards for Change Rooms
Install storage at local community centre to increase community use and flexibility of the space.
Dandaragan$10,000
Friends of Bibbawarra Bore Aboriginal CorporationBibbawarra Bore Reconciliation and Land Care Project
Support development of an ecotourism business case for locally led restoration of historic hot springs.
Carnarvon$10,000
Lower Coastal Community Association IncLower Coastal Community Bus
Establish an accessible and affordable community bus service in an area without existing public transport.
Guilderton$5,000
Society of Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals led by Society of Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals Environs KimberleyHome for SKIPA
Support the development of an indigenous plant nursery, enhancing volunteer capacity to rehabilitate local environments.
Broome$10,000
Prepare & Recover - 2022/2023 Cyclone & Flooding Recovery
Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal CorporationPreparing and Protecting Fitzroy Crossing
Enhance disaster preparedness with back-up emergency food supplies for remote communities in a region severely impacted by Cyclone Ellie.
Fitzroy Crossing$24,500
Prepare & Recover - 2021 Cyclone & Flooding Recovery
Kalbarri Men's Shed IncConstructing a Community Garden
Establish a community garden as part of a new multi-use facility, fostering social connections and community resilience in the recovery from Cyclone Seroja.
Kalbarri$9,800
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Bridgetown's Grumpy Old Men IncUpgrade Dust Extraction System
Strengthen organisational capacity to provide safe working conditions and attract new men’s shed members post-pandemic, by purchasing mobile dust extractors for use with woodworking equipment.
Bridgetown$5,096
Great Southern Community Legal ServicesGreat Southern Community Legal Service Digital Enhancement Project
Improve the post-pandemic capacity of a community legal service to provide video-based legal consultations by furnishing three hybrid meeting spaces.
Albany$8,160
Leeman Green Head Community Resource Centre IncorporatedResilient Roof Restoration: Safeguarding Community Resources
Sustain the work of a community resource centre experiencing increased demand for its services post-COVID 19 by undertaking essential roof repairs.
Leeman$10,000
Pemberton Youth Emergency Service CadetsPemberton Youth Emergency Services Development Project
Boost organisational and volunteer capacity post-pandemic by equipping the Youth Emergency Services cadet program with appropriate PPE and storage equipment.
Manjimup$10,000
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show IncCelebrating Together - Finding Out More
Support community reconnection and upskill volunteers post-pandemic by facilitating a native wildflower show opening and holding a series of free community flora identification workshops led by a botanist.
Ravensthorpe$5,000
Shire of DalwallinuDalwallinu Community Celebration
Enhance post-pandemic economic and social recovery in a remote community by hosting a community celebration at the culmination of Wattle Week to boost overnight stays and social connections.
Dalwallinu$9,659
Shire of KondininHyden Railway Barrack Restoration
Enhance community spirit and tourism post-COVID-19 by providing interpretive signage to complete the restoration of the town's oldest intact building which has been relocated to a prominent new site.
Hyden$5,100

First round of Small Network Grants benefit 29 NFPs

FRRR has awarded $737,774 in Small Network Grants to 29 not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) working in remote, rural and regional Australia for projects that will strengthen the capacity and capability of their communities to prepare for, and be resilient to, the impacts of future droughts.

The District Council of Orroroo Carrieton will use their Small Network Grant for upgrades to the Orroroo Community Church Hall so that it can be used as a family daycare

The Small Network Grants program is supported by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund through the Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative.

Funded projects are diverse, including a Mental Health forum in Junee, NSW; a series of community connection and education events in Alice Springs, NT; a portable toilet to support small-scale community infrastructure projects in Boonah, QLD; a demonstration day for the new digital weather station and soil probe network in Kingscote, SA; Accidental Counsellor training for the Tasmanian community of Triabunna; a Field Day for local secondary students in Birchip, VIC; and a series of natural resources management and drought education sessions in the Great Southern WA region of Kendenup.

Nina O’Brien, FRRR’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead, said strong interest in the program indicates that organisations and local leaders are actively seeking ways to inspire their communities to connect, communicate and strengthen social capital, so they can better withstand the impacts of future drought.

“Most of the applications we saw in this round of the Small Network Grants program were for projects designed to improve communication, social connection and collaboration within and between communities, as a way of strengthening and preparing for drought.

“Far North West Joint Organisation’s Drought Resilience Community Action Group is a great example of this type of initiative. With a $50,000 grant, the Action Group will help the communities of Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett and Cobar to increase knowledge and resource sharing and promote collaboration, so that the NSW Far West region can be better prepared.

“More than half of the applications we received have never been funded by FRRR. This means we are reaching grassroots organisations and responding to the increased priority around drought preparedness in many remote, rural and regional communities, many of which are still recovering from other climate-related disasters like cyclone and flooding.

“We look forward to seeing how these projects help community groups be better connected, informed and resourced in the next drought,” Ms O’Brien said.

Applications for Round 2 of Small Network Grants are open now and close 26 March 2024, with recipients announced in June 2024.

Potential applicants are encouraged to watch this recorded webinar to learn more about the program and the eligibility requirements: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DHpeNQqPeI.

For more information, including the list of eligible LGAs, and to apply, visit: https://frrr.org.au/small-networks-grants.

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

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
Small Networks Grants Round 1 - March 2024
Stream 1
NEW SOUTH WALES
Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Fund LtdCommunity Capacity Building Drought-Ready Workshop
Support the Batlow community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of a two-day workshop focused on skills development and increasing awareness of drought and drought preparedness activities for up to 20 emerging leaders across the community. This will enable the development and learning initiatives to facilitate professional, personal and leadership-related development and learning to support drought preparation.
Batlow$16,169
Far South Coast Dairy Development Group IncAutumn Break: Supporting Community in Tough Times
Improved communication, social connection, and collaboration within and between communities to support drought preparedness and improved implementation of place-based practices by communities to build and enhance resilience to drought.
Bega$20,000
Junee Community Centre IncDrought Resilience - Junee Mental Health Forum
Support the Junee community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of a Mental Health forum, that will facilitate professional, social and community connection to build an understanding of drought and climate change associated risks.
Junee $15,600
Karuah & Great Lakes Landcare IncPreparing for Drought
Support the Stroud community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of two one-day workshops providing education and demonstration in drought preparation for mitigating the impacts of dry spells, facilitating professional, social and community connection to build an understanding of drought and climate change associated risks.
Stoud$20,000
Murdi Paaki Regional Rugby League Council IncCCC Community Wellbeing Project Condobolin
Support the Condobolin community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of a Mentally Fit Classroom Initiative and community engagement dinner, enabling the facilitation of professional, social and community connection to build understanding of drought and climate change associated risks.
Condobolin$15,695
Southern New England Landcare LtdCommunity Connection for Outlying Areas
Support the Walcha and Billy Creek / Hernani communities to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of six community events to bring people together, meet neighbours, strengthen networks and increase knowledge and capacity around drought preparedness.
Walcha and Billy Creek$19,984
Western Rural Connect Inc on behalf of Narromine Small Business NetworkRural Women in Business Luncheon
Support the Narromine community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of a luncheon for local women with an interest in business that will facilitate professional, social and community connection to build understanding of drought and climate change associated risks.
Narromine$20,000
QUEENSLAND
Boonah & District Landcare Association IncPortable Toilet Project
Support the Boonah community to be more prepared for and resilient to the impacts of drought through the purchase of a portable toilet to use at events enabling small-scale community infrastructure projects to improve connectedness, wellbeing and facilities.
Boonah$6,008
Mitchell & District Landcare Assoc IncAn Honest Look at Drought - A Hard Day's Work
Support the Tooloombilla, Mitchell and Dunkeld communities to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of three, guided workshops in three communities which will include wellbeing and support professionals and government agencies to strengthen the capacity, capability and coordination of professional, social, or community networks.
Tooloombilla, Mitchell and Dunkeld$6,285
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
54 31 Collective IncThe 5431 Connect, Create, Celebrate Project
Support the Orroroo community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of a series of resilience-building workshops and a Rural Women’s celebration event to strengthen the capacity, capability and coordination of professional, social or community networks.
Orroroo$17,630
Agriculture Kangaroo Island IncOn Farm Decision Making Resources & Demonstration Day
Support the Kangaroo Island community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the development of training resources and the delivery of a demonstration day for a new digital weather station and soil probe network, to improve skills and capacity in community risk management, planning and project delivery.
Kingscote$13,830
Coonalpyn Golf Club IncThe Club in the Scrub
Support the Coorong community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the installation of a new roof on the Coonalpyn Golf Clubhouse, a small-scale community infrastructure project to improve connectedness and wellbeing.
Coonalpyn$9,800
District Council of Orroroo Carrieton Orroroo Community Church Hall Upgrades for Family Day Care
Support the Orroroo community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through minor infrastructure works to the Community Church Hall so that it can be used as a family daycare and family-friendly community venue enabling small-scale community infrastructure projects to improve connectedness, wellbeing and facilities.
Orroroo$20,000
TASMANIA
Rural Alive & Well IncDrought Resilience and Suicide Prevention for Rural Communities
Support the communities of Smithton and Wynyard in the North / Northwest Tasmania region to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of early intervention mental health training enabling initiatives to strengthen the capacity, capability and coordination of professional, social or community networks.
Smithton and Wynyard$18,000
Spring Bay Suicide Prevention NetworkACT - Accidental Counsellors Together
Support the Triabunna community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through Accidental Counsellor training and other activities that improve skills and capacity in risk management and overall community wellbeing.
Triabunna$7,425
VICTORIA
Birchip Cropping Group IncBCG Main Field Day Secondary Student Stream
Support the Birchip community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the participation of secondary students from the North Central Local Learning and Employment Network (NCLLEN) cluster along with farmers, agronomists, and industry representatives at the Main Field Day in Birchip to help strengthen the capacity, capability and coordination of professional, social or community networks.
Birchip$19,130
Common Ground ProjectCommunity Drought Preparedness Network
Support the Freshwater Creek community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the development of a local Community Drought Preparedness Network, expanding into outer regional communities across the farming district to strengthen the capacity, capability and coordination of professional, social or community networks.
Freshwater Creek$20,000
Rural Business and Community LtdShared Shops Trail
Support the Donald, Hopetoun, Boort and Quambatook communities to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the establishment of a Shared Shops Trail for up to six Shared Shops to strengthen the coordination of professional, social or community networks.
Donald, Hopetoun, Boort and Quambatook$20,000
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Facey GroupRegional Resilience
Support communities of the Wheatbelt South region to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of a community event that facilitates professional, social and community connection to build an understanding of drought and climate change-associated risks.
Wickepin $20,000
Stream 2
NSW Far West
Far North West Joint OrganisationDrought Resilience Community Action Group
Support the Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett and Cobar communities to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the creation of a Drought Resilience Community Action Group subcommittee that aims to strengthen coordination of local organisations and services, increase knowledge and resource sharing and promote collaboration to be better prepared for future drought in Far West NSW.
Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett and Cobar$50,000
Mallee Sustainable Farming IncCrossroads: Developing Leadership Skills for Rural Women in Isolated Areas of Far-Western NSW
Support the Wentworth and Pooncarie communities to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of a tailored leadership initiative for women strengthening the capacity, capability and coordination of community networks.
Wentworth and Pooncarie$50,000
NT Arid Lands
Kulgera Gymkhana Club IncCustom Made Cool Room
Support the Kulgera community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the purchase of a portable cool room with trailer to improve connectedness, wellbeing and usage of local facilities.
Kulgera$27,159
Landcare NT IncThe Arid Lands Agricultural Community Connections Project
Support the community of the Arid Lands region to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of a series of four, day-long community events that facilitate professional, social and community connection to build understanding of drought and climate change associated risks.
Alice Springs$50,000
The Arid Lands Environment CentreProject Manager for the Arid Lands Environment Centre and Alice Spring Community Gardens Network
Support the Alice Springs community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the engagement of a Project Manager, enabling initiatives to strengthen the capacity, capability and coordination of two community gardens.
Alice Springs$50,000
NT Tablelands
Charles Darwin University Building Social Drought Resilience Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Groups in Katherine
Support communities of the Katherine region to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of three drought resilience focussed workshops and support resources that facilitate professional, social and community connection to build an understanding of drought and climate change associated risks.
Katherine$44,300
Northern Territory Farmers Association IncNorthern Australia Food Futures Regional Roadshow - Preparing For The Future Support the Mataranka community to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of a two-day roadshow with approximately 60 attendees that promotes drought preparedness using targeted engagement with agricultural stakeholders and the broader community to facilitate professional, social and community connection to build an understanding of drought and climate change associated risks.Mataranka $47,232
WA Great Southern
Oyster Harbour Catchment Group IncMega Community Toolbox: Improving the Community's Capacity to Connect
Support the communities of the Great Southern region to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of natural resource management and drought-themed learning sessions enabling initiatives that strengthen the capacity, capability and coordination of professional, social and community networks.
Kendenup$48,620
Stirlings to Coast Farmers IncFit for Farming - Building Social, Mental, Physical and Financial Fitness
Support the Great Southern region to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through participation in physical health and wellbeing activities / events to strengthen the capacity, capability and coordination of professional, social and community networks.
Mt Barker $31,525
Wellstead Community Resource Centre Choosing Wellness in Wellstead
Support the Great Southern region to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought through the delivery of a range of learning and wellbeing focussed community activities to strengthen the capacity, capability and coordination of professional, social or community networks.
Wellstead$33,382

The work of the Wardell Community Organised Resilience Effort (CORE) is an example of how a small town can rally in the face of a natural disaster and be ready for disasters to come. Most days, Wardell is an idyllic spot to live. Lush, green and quiet on the banks of the Richmond River in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. But in 2022, floods devastated the town and others nearby. Wardell had never flooded before, and no one was prepared.

Wardell CORE was set up as a resource centre for emergency donations. Bedding, blankets, clothes, food, medical supplies, water, torches, batteries and tents were all gratefully received. The need was immense. Two years on, Wardell CORE’s primary purpose is still helping affected people. Some are still homeless and many struggle with mental health issues, including PTSD. Their other main aim is to make sure the community is never impacted in the same way again.

Planning for the way forward

During the 2022 floods, mobile and internet telecommunications were impacted, meaning Wardell and the surrounding communities had limited or no communication in many areas until power could be restored or services fixed. Having no communications during a disaster created all kinds of problems – the emergency services people couldn’t share vital information, residents were cut off from family and friends, and there were any number of complexities around ongoing recovery.

After the flood receded, Wardell CORE immediately started planning for the next one, and detailed planning identified a need for a way for the community to stay informed, given the power outage lasted for two weeks or more. CB radio was the solution. They received a $10,000 grant from FRRR through Telstra’s Connected Communities program that funded the purchase of 10 hand-held devices and two base stations, as well as funds left over to support the community with the appropriate training. Through additional fundraising, they were able to install a relay station that helps to extend the signal as far as possible to provide radio reception throughout town and with the nearby communities of Woodburn and Coraki up-river, and Ballina down-river.

Where to next?

The organisation plans to distribute more radios throughout the region to anticipate flood events as widely and comprehensively as possible. Another resilience move they made was installing a Starlink service that uses a network of satellites to provide internet coverage, and installing onsite battery storage so that they will have internet in the event of future power outages.

The team behind Wardell CORE recognises that locals in the region experience high levels of anxiety about weather events, but the low level of digital literacy in the community is a real barrier to disaster preparedness. To resolve this, they’re looking at establishing a program that teaches people how to access and interpret weather apps and other related platforms.

A spokesperson for Wardell CORE explained the impact of the grant they received.

“Without the FRRR grant from Telstra’s Connected Communities program, we would never have been able to put our disaster preparation plans into action. The lessons learned from the 2022 floods meant we knew what technology we needed and where it should be located. But our reliance on small donations meant we could never have afforded it. Now we have the communications we need to feel confident about our ability to protect our people, physically and mentally, from any flood events in the future.”

The townships of Loxton and Waikerie are the main service centres in the Riverland of South Australia, around 200 kms north‐east of Adelaide. In 2021, the Riverland was drought declared, with population, economic and environmental challenges evident.

Little Town Productions saw an opportunity to leverage the annual Loxton Lights Up Festival to bring new people to town to boost the local economy, as well as connect and engage locals, while also building skills, especially among the young people in the region, and having some fun.

The District Council of Loxton and Waikerie received a $55,859 Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant on behalf of Little Town Productions, enabling them to bring their ideas to fruition.

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Lights Up Festival, Little Town Productions created and coordinated a spectacular and innovative illuminated production featuring a unique animated projection mapped to the façade of the historic St Peter’s church. The first of its kind in Loxton and the Riverland region, SHINE ran for eight days in the lead up to Christmas and drew thousands of visitors from Adelaide, regional South Australia and interstate.

The management team was very focussed on utilising and developing local talent, with a view to building skills and training that lead to career and employment pathways for young and unemployed people. The project provided the opportunity for these people to work alongside a key partner – world renowned illumination creative artists Illuminart, who advised on creative design, direction and animation services, immersive and interactive concepts. They also mentored young people and others in the community on technical and creative installation, and conducted training workshops to help build skills to seek employment in animation, theatre, leadership, music, digital sound and technology and production management.

The creative team was set up and led by a local 19-year-old and included other local artists, musicians and representatives from Loxton High School. Several year 11 and 12 students, and their teachers, played a key role in creating the animations, projections and filming of the event. Five of the seven artists who created the background illustrations for the animation were from the Riverland, and three of these were from Loxton. With input from the creative team, two 2020 Loxton High School graduates undertook the storybooking of the animation, working closely with and being mentored by Illuminart animators and illustrators. They were both subsequently offered contracts with Illuminart to work on similar projects while at university.

The local input extended to the music, with all the music in the production composed and recorded by Loxton’s Karyn Skewes. Others involved included the Loxton Community Choir and the Lead Principal of Opera SA. Many of Loxton’s service clubs, community groups and residents were involved and contributed in various ways, including an enthusiastic group of older ladies who created a floral display inside the church, one of the key venues. Artworks related to the project, as well as other art produced by members of the local community, were displayed in Peace Hall on all the nights of SHINE, showcasing the amazing talents of the community.

All this work was captured by Six Foot Productions, who worked with and mentored the town’s young people to create a mini-documentary of the project from start to finish, with behind-the scenes footage capturing the passion and enthusiasm of all involved. The file was posted online a week after the event, reaching 30,000 people, with 12,700 views on Facebook, 264 likes and was shared 89 times.

The TTTT grant, which was funded by the Australian Government, contributed to engaging local companies to provide event equipment – audio, filming, lighting, security, event hire, container and marquee hire and contributed towards creative design by Illuminart.

Andrew Waters from DCLW said that there was no doubt that SHINE was an outstanding success, both for the local community and for the people it drew to the town to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Loxton Lights Up. While COVID presented challenges with restrictions, capacity limits and check-ins, it wasn’t a huge factor, given the event was held outside. A plus to come from it was that the organisers were able to obtain a relatively accurate count, with the registration app indicating that more than 6,000 people were present within the church grounds during the eight days of SHINE!

Andrew said, “On the final two nights we reached a near COVID-capacity of 1,000 people at any one given time. Total numbers on these nights would have been greater, as people came and went throughout the night. The project provided new opportunities to showcase the talents of local artists, musicians, actors and dancers and provided greater opportunity for the community to access the arts… a visual and auditory masterpiece.”

Beyond this, the project addressed the economic decline and disadvantage brought about by extended drought conditions across the Riverland Region. It was a celebration of creative and cultural experiences that are the lifeblood of the region, and was a key driver in re-activating the Riverland arts and entertainment industry. The project directly benefitted the region’s businesses that had been economically impacted by drought, injecting an estimated $1.8M into the local economy and creating new jobs in hospitality, retail and the arts.

Continued demand for small grants to support local initiatives

More than 150 not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in rural regions across Australia are sharing $1,579,380 in grants for projects that will strengthen their communities.

Inglewood District Health Service Garden

Awarded through FRRR’s flagship Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program, the grants will fund projects that address a range of diverse needs, including fostering community connectedness and wellbeing, as well as supporting ongoing COVID and disaster recovery and preparedness.

The 151 grants range from $750 for a lawn mower to help local volunteers prepare the community for future bushfires, to $25,000 for a “Get Started Emergency Preparedness” program to empower people with disabilities through tailored disaster readiness education and planning.

Jill Karena, FRRR’s Place Portfolio Lead, said that the Strengthening Rural Communities program has been a consistent support for local NFPs in rural places, helping to fill funding gaps needed to get projects off the ground or sometimes bring them to conclusion.

“FRRR’s small grants have supported rural Australia for the past 23 years. Within our Strengthening Rural Communities program alone, we have awarded nearly $18 million in small grants since 2019 and the program’s flexibility is one of the key reasons why it continues to be so popular.

“Flexible funding means that we can support projects that meet a wide range of needs, reflecting what the community sees as a priority. For some, this may be a new roof for the town hall, for others it may be an event to bring people together, and for others it could be mental health first aid training.

“Virtually every part of Australia is recovering from one or more disasters, from the pandemic to floods, bushfires or drought – and many have experienced successive or even overlapping events. The cumulative effect means that even within the same region, there are people working to respond and support recovery, while others are putting planning and training in place to build their resilience and prepare for the next, inevitable, event.

For example, in Shepparton, local groups are working to address different community needs and, collectively, help their community to recover, grow and thrive.

“Shepparton Foodshare is one of the NFPs supporting their community’s recovery. The organisation will use a $25,000 grant to purchase a refrigerated delivery truck, which will boost organisational capacity so that they can provide food relief to those impacted by the flooding that the region experienced in September 2022. Meanwhile, the Goulburn Valley Woodworkers will use their $10,000 grant to strengthen social connections that have been challenged by COVID lockdowns. The NFP wants to build the capacity of its volunteers by providing a safe gathering space with concrete flooring that has been sealed and finished. North Shepparton Community & Learning Centre is also helping to strengthen connections for diverse communities by using their $10,000 grant to deliver creative workshops and an exhibition.

“Grassroots organisations, which are often led by volunteers, play an important role in the vitality of rural Australia, because they drive the projects that maintain and sustain their communities. But to do this, they need funds. We’re honoured to play a small part in helping rural Australia thrive and we encourage others to join with us to support local initiatives that really do make a difference,” Ms Karena said.

Some of the projects funded in this round of SRC grants include:

  • Victoria Daly Regional Council – Kalkarindji, NT – Build the flood-affected community’s ability to provide trauma-informed youth support through basketball activities for mental health and leadership growth. $9,500 (Funding Stream – Prepare & Recover (2022 Floods))
  • Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Limited – Balranald, NSW – Survey 350 rural community radio stations to assess needs, resilience and support required to increase their sustainability after the floods and for future disasters. $10,000 (Funding Stream – Prepare & Recover (2022 Floods))
  • Mornington Shire Council – Gununa, Mornington Island, QLD – Support community education and development by providing books for the newly built library. $9,886 (Funding Stream – Small & Vital)
  • Brukunga Community Association Incorporated – Brukunga, SA – Enhance opportunities for community connection and recovery in a bushfire impacted region by upgrading a community hall and garden. $24,487 (Funding Stream – Prepare & Recover (2019/20 Bushfires))
  • Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre Inc – Clarendon Vale, TAS – Enhance young people’s mental health and wellbeing by providing equipment for indoor and outdoor activities at a new youth hub. $6,027 (Funding Stream – Small & Vital)
  • Regional Victorians of Colour Inc – Kyabram, VIC – Foster opportunities for cross-cultural connection and capacity building post-pandemic through multicultural community meal events and workshops in three towns. $10,000 (Funding Stream – Rebuilding Regional Communities)
  • Beacon Progress Association – Beacon, WA – Improve access to social and creative activities post-pandemic by removing asbestos from a repurposed community arts space. $10,000 (Funding Stream – Rebuilding Regional Communities)

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by donors, ranging from private individuals to larger foundations, who are acknowledged on the SRC webpage. This round there were a further 50 funding-ready projects, requesting more than $610,000, that FRRR could not support. We are urgently seeking new partners, so that we can fund more projects like these in the future.

FRRR always accepts applications to this program, which awards funds four times a year. Local NFPs and community groups are encouraged to review the program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at www.frrr.org.au/src.

To support grants like this through FRRR, make a tax-deductible donation at frrr.org.au/giving/.

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

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
SRC Round 18 - November 2023
NEW SOUTH WALES
Small & Vital
Age of Fishes Museum IncorporatedPlayground Equipment for the Age of Fishes Museum
Purchase 'Big Blue' engineering blocks as playground equipment for the museum to enhance hands-on STEM education for children and visitors.
Canowindra$9,000
Arts-Upper HunterFirst Stories - First Nations Tales from the Hunter
Document and present two local Indigenous connection to country stories through live performance and video shared on the Upper Hunter Arts & Cultural Trail website.
Dungog$10,000
Boggabri Women's Shed Sewing Room
Build connections, skills and confidence for isolated local women by investing in sewing machines and equipment for group activities and skill building.
Boggabri$1,900
Lansdowne Public Hall Reserve Land ManagerAir Conditioners for the Lansdowne Community Hall
Boost organisational capacity to support arts and cultural events at the Lansdowne Hall by installing two air-conditioners to improve comfort for volunteers and hall users.
Lansdowne$6,600
Leaderlife LimitedLeaderLife Cooking Outdoors: Let's Grow
Purchase an outdoor BBQ and meat smoker to support healthy eating and cooking education for at-risk young people using local produce.
Dubbo$10,000
Old Bar Soldiers' Memorial Hall IncHistory Preservation at Old Bar Soldiers Memorial Hall
Preserve the history of the Taree region with cenotaph restoration, a new flagpole, time capsule repair, cabinetry for memorabilia, and creation of a red poppy garden with reflection benches.
Old Bar$10,000
The Youth Impact Foundation Ltd on behalf of The Catalytic Impact InstituteYouth Accountability Project - Moree Stories
Support engagement with young people by young people on the Young Accountability Project's Impact Board to define 'what good looks like' in their communities and how young people engage in community life.
Moree$10,000
Valmar Support Services LimitedBe Bus Aware
Modify the steps, handrails and interior of the community bus to improve the ability for aged care clients to access services.
Griffith$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Arts North West IncWalcha Creative Wayfinding
Build a bushfire-impacted community’s sense of place and cultural tourism by enhancing the 'Open Air Gallery' with plaques to honour the artists and their local stories.
Walcha$10,000
Bega District Volunteer Rescue Group IncorporatedUpdate Vertical Rescue Gear
Enhance disaster preparedness and safety of rescue volunteers by purchasing equipment for vertical rescues.
Bega$2,070
Country Womens Association of NSW on behalf of Eden Branch

CWA 70th Birthday Kitchen Upgrade
Support bushfire recovery and grow community use of the local hall by renovating the kitchen to meet safety standards.

Eden$10,000
Eden Tourism IncorporatedLake Curalo Interpretative Bird Signage
Enhance a locally significant environmental site and tourism icon impacted by the 2020 bushfires by installing interpretative signage.
Eden$3,500
Edgy Art IncorporatedBeauty from the Ashes - Transformation Through Fire!
Foster community cohesion and healing after the 2019/20 bushfires and revitalise the local creative sector through a series of community bronze casting workshops using fire to create lasting, beautiful objects.
Tanja$23,700
Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic GardenEurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden Wellness Walk
Increase wellbeing in a bushfire-impacted community by enhancing connection with nature through creating a NatureFix trail with local cultural information in the botanic gardens and an app with guided audio wellbeing activities.
Batemans Bay$14,950
Greater Hume Shire Council on behalf of Holbrook Community GardensHolbrook Community Gardens
Contribute to bushfire recovery by hosting workshops, outings and events for the broader community to connect with gardening groups and local community gardens.
Holbrook$9,760
Kandos Rylstone Men's Shed IncTest n Tagging
Support bushfire recovery and organisational sustainability by training two Kandos Men's Shed members to test and tag electrical donated items for the community charity shop.
Kandos$2,607
Mountains Youth Services Team IncBlue Mountains Water Tank Murals
Empower young people to contribute to bushfire recovery and a culturally vibrant community through designing and painting two murals on Rural Fire Service water tanks, alongside local artists to celebrate the landscape and local Indigenous culture.
Mount Tomah$22,150
Nambucca Valley Phoenix LimitedCafé Upgrade - Creating a Safe and Inclusive Workplace
Enhance bushfire recovery, economic strength and job opportunities for people with disabilities in Bowraville, by investing in equipment and infrastructure upgrades at the Phoenix Café to improve workplace safety and inclusivity.
Bowraville$25,000
Narooma Men's Shed IncFurniture for Place of Last Resort
Enhance organisational capacity to support bushfire recovery by purchasing stackable chairs to optimise functionality of the Narooma Men's Shed refuge facility.
Narooma$7,102
Naughty Noodle Fun Haus IncorporatedCRM - Connecting Young People, Families, Facilitators, Volunteers and Donations
Boost organisational capacity to meet the post-bushfire exponential growth of a development and social connections program for young people in and around Gosford and improve participant and volunteer experience and security by implementing a Customer Relationship Management program.
Gosford$14,700
Taree Rural Fire BrigadeThermal Imaging Camera for Taree Rural Fire Brigade
Enhance firefighting preparedness, rescue operations and first responder’s safety with a thermal imaging camera for use during bushfires, structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and ground / land search.
Taree$10,934
Tenterfield Autumn Festival IncorporatedTenterfield Autumn Festival & Eat Street
Create economic and social benefits in a bushfire-impacted community by supporting family focused events at the Tenterfield Autumn Festival.
Tenterfield$25,000
The Men's Table LimitedRipple Effect - Regional Communities of Connected and Contributing Men
Strengthen men's capacity for mutual support and community service in a bushfire-affected area by co-designing a series of workshops with local Men's Tables.
Batemans Bay$10,000
Upper Lachlan Landcare IncorporatedMoving Better Grazing Practices into the Spotlight
Enhance the area’s bushfire resilience by creating opportunities for local farmers with expertise in resilient grazing practices to inspire other landholders to adopt best practice pasture management.
Crookwell$9,780
Wards River Rural Fire Brigade Improved Team Connectivity and Insight into Fire Behaviour
Enhance responder safety, wellbeing and understanding of fire behaviour by purchasing a thermal imaging camera and fitting fire vehicles with Cel-Fi signal boosters.
Wards River$9,615
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Bundjalung Tribal Society LtdConnect Culture Through Art
Rebuild the Lismore Aboriginal community post-floods through Aboriginal-led art and cultural workshops that have healing weaved through the programming.
Lismore$24,055
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia LimitedSustaining Community Radio Stations in Rural Australia
Survey 350 rural community radio stations to assess needs, resilience and support required to increase their sustainability after the floods and for future disasters.
Balranald$10,000
Federal Community Centre IncorporatedEmergency Radio Support System
Boost emergency communication capabilities and enhance flood preparedness by purchasing and installing UHF radios and aerials and delivering radio communication equipment training to volunteers and community members of the Federal, Goonengerry and Eureka Community Resilience Team.
Federal$10,000
Gundagai Neighbourhood Centre IncCar for a Cause
Address the increased demand post-flood for transport services to enable vulnerable residents to access services by purchasing a vehicle.
Gundagai$25,000
Isolated Children's Parents Association of NSW Incorporated on behalf of Isolated Children's Parents Association - Walgett BranchGarden Day ICPA 2024
Enhance flood recovery and future disaster preparation through events and speakers at Isolated Children’s Parents Association Garden Day, enhancing climate-related knowledge and strengthening social connections and mental wellbeing.
Walgett$20,000
Mingoola Hall Management CommitteeSupply and Installation of a Solar Powered UHF CB Repeater
Resourcing the Mingoola community to respond to and recover from natural disasters by purchasing a solar-powered UHF CB repeater to maintain communication during floods and other emergencies when internet and phone lines are down.
Dumaresq Valley$25,000
Shedding Community Workshop IncShedding Community Workshop
Enhance organisational capacity to expand trauma-informed community counselling, services and facilities to meet the increasing and evolving community needs post 2022 floods.
Mullumbimby$25,000
The Heartland Foundation LtdSelf-watering Community Wicking Gardens
Enhance organisational capacity to support flood recovery by constructing 50 wicking gardens to grow fresh vegetables for the Heartland Foundation's mobile community food pantries, benefiting 1,120 families weekly.
Freemans Waterhole$10,000
Tweed Shire CouncilCulture Dose for Kids
Support flood recovery with an 8-week arts program for 9-12-year-olds with mild anxiety, while parents join parallel sessions to build social connections and boost self-confidence.
Murwillumbah$10,000
Volunteer Marine Rescue NSWPersonal Locator Beacons
Strengthen flood recovery and preparedness and enhance safety for Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba Rescue Vessel crew members by purchasing Personal Locator Beacons.
Yamba$11,985
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Bundarra P&A and Rodeo Society Inc 2024 Bundarra Show
Sustain the Bundarra Show Society and enable delivery of the Show 2024 post-pandemic by supporting core event costs.
Bundarra$10,000
Bowning Public School and Citizens' AssociationCelebration of 175 Years of Bowning Public School
Boost post-COVID-19 tourism and community connection through the Back to Bowning Weekend, celebrating 175 years of the local public school.
Bowning$10,000
Glenreagh Timber Festival IncorporatedFestival Coordinator
Sustain a community-run festival and enhance community engagement post-COVID-19 through recruiting a festival coordinator.
Glenreagh$10,000
Karuah Progress Association IncKaruah Community Website
Enhance recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by developing a town promotion and community information website.
Karuah$9,500
Kyogle Together IncorporatedKyogle Repair Cafe
Enhance post-pandemic community connections through increasing space in the Repair Cafe for social interaction.
Kyogle$10,000
Numeralla & District Activities IncorpAir Conditioning at the Numeralla Hall
Improve volunteer and hall users’ comfort post-COVID 19 by installing reverse-cycle air conditioning.
Numeralla$9,673
River Tribe IncWytaliba Rising - HeartBeat
Restore the town's cultural life and tourism after COVID-19 by purchasing industry standard drum kits for live concerts.
Diehard$10,000
The Returning Indigenous CorporationBundjalung Postpartum Care Program
Enhance COVID-19 recovery for Indigenous families on Bundjalung Country through a culturally appropriate 6-week postpartum care program.
Lismore$10,000
Towns With Heart IncorporatedKurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival
Enhance COVID-19 recovery and encourage social connection with an inclusive community Rock N Roll nostalgia festival.
Kurri Kurri$10,000
Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation LimitedMiima Warabinya - Skyfest 2024
Celebrate Wiradjuri cultural sky lore, reduce social isolation after COVID-19 through the Miima Warribinya Skyfest astronomy festival.
Condobolin$9,922
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Small & Vital
Mataranka Primary SchoolNinja Obstacle Course Playground
Encourage students' learning and development with outdoor play equipment that stimulates and challenges older children.
Mataranka$10,000
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Victoria Daly Regional CouncilHoops4Health - Re-empowering Young People in Kalkarindji
Build the flood-affected community’s ability to provide trauma-informed youth support through basketball activities for mental health and leadership growth.
Kalkarindji$9,500
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Camp Quality LimitedCancer Education Program Regional Tour
Sustain the work of the organisation post-pandemic to enhance the wellbeing of children affected by cancer by delivering educational puppet shows in remote schools.
Katherine$10,000
QUEENSLAND
Small & Vital
Central Highlands Water Sports ClubEducation and IT Training to Improve Volunteer Capabilities
Improve the club’s ability to support and service the community through the purchase of a new computer.
Emerald$4,874
Childcare Leadership Alliance IncorporatedCare to Lead
Cultivate local leadership and retain skilled early childhood educators in the Isaac region with a place-based professional development program.
Moranbah$10,000
Eacham Community Help Organization IncGenerator for Emergency Use
Boost the community's ability to respond to future disasters by purchasing a generator for publicly-accessible back-up power.
Malanda$7,020
Mission Beach Historical Society IncImproving the Digital Capabilities and Social Capital of the Society
Enhance organisational capacity and community awareness of Mission Beach's First Nations culture and colonial history by upgrading IT equipment and creating a virtual museum website.
Mission Beach$5,882
Mornington Shire CouncilMornington Community Library Books
Support community education and development by providing books for the newly built library.
Gununa, Mornington Island$9,886
Proston Men’s Shed IncAir Conditioning for the Proston Men's Shed
Expand the use of the shed by installing a split system to make the community meeting space more comfortable and welcoming.
Proston$9,311
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on behalf of State Emergency Service - Alexandra Bay GroupConstruct Road Crash Rescue Training Pad
Reduce need for frequent excessive travel by volunteers to regional training facilities by building a local training site for skills development and regular practice.
Diwan$9,790
Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare AssociationModelling Wellbeing via Basketball
Support young people’s learning and development through play by training local referees and hosting the first tournament.
Aurukun$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Baptist Church WarwickInterior Painting of Community Hall
Revitalise a bushfire-impacted community meeting space by re-painting the 112-year-old hall.
Warwick$7,980
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on behalf of State Emergency Service - Crows Nest GroupWorking Safely at Heights
Develop volunteers’ ability to support the community in emergencies by purchasing a training mannequin and a stand area light for night activities.
Crows Nest$2,371
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Macintyre Ag Alliance IncUniting Goondiwindi Region for Social and Mental Wellbeing
Enhance the flood-affected region’s wellbeing by integrating specialists within the local agribusiness conference.
Goondiwindi$5,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Cape York Health Pty LtdWellbeing and Resilience: Safeguarding Vulnerable Communities
Support the organisation's efforts post-pandemic to improve student immunisation access and health equity by procuring mobile refrigeration units for vaccine transport to remote communities.
Coen$9,449
Charleville & District Cultural Association IncStitching Together the Threads of Time
Encourage post-COVID-19 community connection through creative activities by purchasing a quilting machine.
Charleville$10,000
Goondiwindi Pastoral and Agricultural SocietyWired for Success
Sustain the work of showground volunteers post-pandemic by installing permanent underground power for safety and to lighten volunteer workload.
Goondiwindi$5,084
Injune Arts Inc on behalf of Remapping Mitchell Arts CollectiveRemapping Mitchell Arts Collective Project
Enhance post pandemic-recovery and access to the arts by creating an interdisciplinary collaboration of regional artists, exhibited both virtually and across the community.
Injune$9,953
Pomona and District Kindergarten Association IncorporatedNew Playground
Encourage children’s learning and development through play following COVID-19 by upgrading the local kindergarten’s playground equipment.
Pomona$10,000
Wallumbilla Agricultural & Pastoral Association IncCatering for Connection in Wallumbilla
Enhance post-pandemic community connections by upgrading showground kitchen equipment.
Wallumbilla$10,000
Wonga Beach Primary P&C AssociationWonga Beach Community Hub
Promote post-pandemic social connection by equipping the school as a community hub with a defibrillator and outdoor entertaining equipment.
Wonga Beach$9,658
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
The Trustee for The Salvation Army (SA) Property Trust on behalf of Port Augusta CorpsClean Hands and Hygiene in The Salvos Hub
Improve participant safety and enhance organisational capacity at a community drop-in centre by upgrading the kitchenette facilities.
Port Augusta$8,085
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Australian Ocean Laboratory LimitedTechnology and Ecology: Student and Community-led Oyster Reef Restoration
Enhance connection to the environment and deepen understanding of biodiversity by implementing a student-led citizen marine science program.
Kingscote $10,000
Brukunga Community Association IncorporatedPreserving Heritage and Enhancing Community Spaces: Transforming Brukunga
Enhance opportunities for community connection and recovery in a bushfire-impacted region by upgrading a community hall and garden.
Brukunga$24,487
Mount Torrens Soldiers Memorial Hall IncorporatedCommunity Hall Comfort for Connectedness and Recovery
Increase opportunities for community connection and enhance the process of recovery after bushfires by installing heating and cooling at a community hub.
Mount Torrens$22,380
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Berri Regional Secondary CollegeReconciliation Cultural Garden
Support community recovery and foster connection to First Nations culture in a flood-impacted region by constructing a community cultural garden at a regional school.
Berri$24,746
Lower Murray Vintage Engine & Machinery Club Inc2024 Lower Murray Heritage Rally & Tractor Pull
Foster community connection and economic recovery in a flood-affected region by improving facilities for a historic tractor festival attracting statewide visitors.
Murray Bridge$14,364
Mannum Progress AssociationRestoration of Lighting in Mary Ann Reserve - Mannum
Enhance opportunities for recovery and social connection in a flood-impacted town through installing solar lighting at a community reserve.
Mannum$22,500
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Blyth Community Hall IncorporatedLights for Kitchen & Supper: Remove Obsolete Heaters and Fans
Enhance safety and functionality of a community gathering place to support recovery from the pandemic by upgrading lighting, and heating and cooling.
Blyth$800
Franklin Harbour Community Development Group IncCowell Silo Art Viewing Area
Reinvigorate tourism and boost the local economy following the pandemic through installing paths and signage at the silo mural viewing area.
Cowell$8,381
Goyder Plains Carriage Driving Association Incorporated on behalf of Peterborough Rodeo ClubThe 2024 National Carriage Driving Championships
Boost economic recovery after the pandemic by upgrading the amenities block for the National Carriage Driving Championship and other community events.
Peterborough$8,500
Open Space Contemporary Arts IncKingston Weaving
Promote social connection and support creative recovery after the pandemic by holding weaving workshops led by local First Nations artists and creating a public artwork.
Kingston$10,000
Orroroo Swimming Club IncorporatedSolar Heating for Community Wading Pool
Foster opportunities for community connection post-pandemic and enhance water safety by installing solar heating at a community pool.
Orroroo$6,110
Port Vincent Progress Association IncReplacement of Curtains at Institute Hall
Revitalise a community gathering place to enhance COVID-19 recovery by installing stage curtains and block out curtains at a local hall.
Port Vincent$4,280
Quorn Men's ShedThicknesser-Planer for the Quorn Men's Shed
Strengthen volunteer capacity and expand opportunities for social connection post-pandemic by acquiring equipment to bolster activities at a remote men’s shed.
Quorn$4,852
The National Trust of South Australia on behalf of Kingston SE BranchTelling the Whole Story
Enhance cultural connections post-pandemic through installing seating and display lighting at an historic site.
Kingston$8,971
The Laura Fair IncAcquisition of Outdoor Seating
Support community connection after the pandemic by purchasing outdoor seating for local events and activities.
Laura$4,590
The Port Germein Village Project Association IncPort Germein Village Project Revamp - Landscaping Stage 1
Support community connection post-pandemic by installing fencing and landscaping at a community gathering space.
Port Germein$9,750
West Coast Youth and Community Support IncorporatedStride Together Eyre Peninsula - Community Wellbeing Baton Relay
Foster social connection and promote mental health and wellbeing post-pandemic by holding a community baton relay event.
Port Lincoln$10,000
Yankalilla Youth Arts IncorporatedMini Mag - Kid's Magazine
Develop skills and support the creative recovery of young people from the pandemic by providing writing workshops and publishing magazines.
Yankalilla$10,000
TASMANIA
Small & Vital
Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre IncThe Hub
Enhance young people's mental health and wellbeing by providing equipment for indoor and outdoor activities at a new youth hub.
Clarendon Vale$6,027
Cygnet Community Children’s Centre IncOld Schoolhouse Upgrades
Support early learning, out-of-school programs and create a comfortable community space by replacing worn weatherboards, and installing blinds and an air conditioner.
Cygnet$8,262
Mt Black Men Shed IncorporatedSafety First @ Mount Black Men Shed
Boost volunteer membership and provide a safe workshop for participants by upgrading the shed’s electrical system.
Rosebery$9,614
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Mole Creek Swimming Centre Assoc IncAmenity Block Upgrade
Enhance opportunities for community connection and recovery in a flood-impacted region through upgrading facilities at a community pool.
Mole Creek$4,872
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Cygnet Living History Museum IncMuseum Refresh
Celebrate and enhance connection to local history through purchasing archival safe cabinets for the display of cultural artefacts.
Cygnet$10,000
Tasmanian Mountain Cattlemen's Association IncGet Back Together and Back on Track
Rebuild community connections and boost the local economy post-pandemic by hosting a community festival.
Westbury$10,000
VICTORIA
Small & Vital
Boolarra and District Historical Society IncRestoration of Cupboards - Boolarra Old School Museum
Boost visitation and expand opportunities for learning and connection to local history by restoring damaged storage units at a community museum.
Boolarra$3,465
Boort Resource and Information CentreGym Equipment Upgrade
Enhance an exercise program for older people to boost health and social wellbeing by updating a worn gym station with new fit-for-purpose equipment.
Boort$10,000
Castlemaine State Festival LtdWorking Towards a More Reconciled Future: Castlemaine State Festival's RAP Journey
Promote community understanding and engagement with the local First Nations culture through a Dja Dja Wurrung artist residency and the creation of public artwork.
Castlemaine$9,800
Committee 4 Rochester IncMural Park Enhancement
Boost the local economy and enhance community pride by installing two mural stands as part of Rochester’s Mural Festival.
Rochester$7,996
Country Fire Authority on behalf of Warrenbayne CFA (Country Fire Authority)Warrenbayne Spring Boost
Enhance volunteer capacity and community safety by providing phone and IT equipment at a community hub to improve communications in a black spot area.
Warrenbayne$5,381
Energy Innovation Co-operative LtdEnergy Solutions for the Elderly - Korumburra
Improve the wellbeing and resilience of an underserved community by providing an energy efficiency education program designed for elderly residents.
Korumburra$9,900
Hamilton Community House IncStepping Stones to Leaps and Bounds!
Promote community connections and development of life skills through the delivery of a financial literacy program in Hamilton.
Hamilton$10,000
Inglewood & Districts Health ServiceNew Gym Equipment
Promote physical and mental wellbeing in an underserved community by purchasing gym equipment for an allied health program.
Inglewood$9,966
Kilmore District Men's Shed IncNew Tools
Enhance the capacity of volunteers and boost mental health of older men by purchasing equipment for a men’s shed program.
Kilmore$1,482
Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre IncCommunity Engagement Program
Boost wellbeing and foster social connection by delivering an intergenerational program that brings together older community members and kindergarten students.
Lake Bolac$10,000
Neighbourhood House Murchison (VIC) IncorporatedEstablishing a Second Program Room for the Community
Expand access to programs and services through the renovation of an unused space within a neighbourhood house to create a second program room.
Murchison$10,000
Newborough Men's ShedDust Extraction for New Premises
Support social wellbeing and provide a healthy environment for older people by installing safety equipment in a workshop.
Yallourn$3,038
North Shepparton Community & Learning Centre IncBeyond Identity in Shepparton
Expand opportunities for social connection for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community members by providing creative workshops and an exhibition.
Shepparton$10,000
Raillery Hub IncRaillery Hub Art Gallery Information Technology Network Upgrade
Strengthen organisational capacity and volunteer skills by upgrading IT equipment for a community gallery and meeting space.
St Arnaud$5,000
Talbot Arts and Historical Museum IncPreserving and Increasing Safe Access to Our Heritage
Promote tourism in an underserved region and enhance access to an historic precinct by installing signage and an all-abilities ramp and paths.
Talbot$10,000
Treble F Singers IncorporatedPurchase Portable Electric Piano: Bag, Stand and Stool
Enhance community connection and social wellbeing for older people by providing musical equipment for a community choir.
Leongatha$998
Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) LimitedEast Bairnsdale Community Hub Food Pantry
Enhance skills and address food insecurity in an underserved region by providing emergency food relief and supplying ingredients for cooking classes.
Bairnsdale$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Albury Wodonga Regional FoodshareStrengthening Preparedness through Community Connection
Enhance organisation capacity and support bushfire recovery through website upgrades to improve information and resource sharing.
Wodonga$25,000
Bendoc Progress Association IncCommunity Meeting Place Upgrade
Enhance opportunities for connection and recovery in a remote bushfire-impacted region through upgrading furniture at a neighbourhood house.
Bendoc$5,000
Bright Food Co-op LtdManage and Grow the Bright Food Co-op
Enhance organisational and volunteer capacity to provide affordable healthy food in a bushfire impacted region by installing an integrated and automated online ordering software platform.
Bright$5,379
Country Fire Authority on behalf of Crowlands Fire BrigadeTV Connectivity Project
Enhance volunteer capability and community bushfire preparedness by providing IT equipment for training and educational activities.
Crowlands$2,570
Country Fire Authority on behalf of Landsborough Fire BrigadeLandsborough Fire Brigade Lawn Mower Project
Strengthen bushfire preparedness and support volunteer capacity by purchasing a mower to maintain station grounds.
Landsborough$750
Country Fire Authority on behalf of Mossi-Tambo Fire BrigadeMossi-Tambo Fire Brigade Educational Garden
Enhance a community hub and develop an educational resource in a fire-affected region by establishing a garden featuring fire-resistant plants at the Mossiface fire station.
Mossiface$5,000
Goongerah Landcare GroupSafety Equipment and Tools for Goongerah Landcare
Foster volunteer capacity and support environmental recovery post-bushfires through purchasing new tools and equipment for a weed eradication project along the Brodribb River.
Goongerah$4,525
Indigo North Health Inc on behalf of Chiltern Neighbourhood HouseRe-surfacing of Communal Area
Enhance safety, access and recovery in a bushfire-affected area by constructing an all-ability path at a neighbourhood house and men’s shed.
Chiltern$8,923
Merton Recreation and Memorial Hall Reserves IncorporatedMerton Community Skate Park
Cultivate opportunities for social connection and wellbeing for young people in a region recovering from bushfire by constructing a skate park.
Merton$10,000
Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre IncRestore, Repair and Paint Walls in Treatment Rooms
Provide a safe and comfortable facility for delivering community health services in a bushfire-impacted region by upgrading treatment rooms.
Swifts Creek$10,000
Tallangatta Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncorporatedUpgrade of the Old Ablutions Block
Provide a safe community gathering place and prepare for future emergency bushfire events by upgrading bathroom facilities at the Tallangatta showgrounds.
Tallangatta$25,000
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-Operative Ltd on behalf of Aunty Gals - Aboriginal Women's GroupAunty Gals - Aboriginal Women's Group
Support recovery of First Nations women and children impacted by floods through skills and wellbeing activities.
Echuca$25,000
Gannawarra Shire CouncilThe Fire Garden Theatre Production - Gannawarra
Enhance community recovery and cultural connection in a flood-impacted region through a First Nations theatre production.
Kerang$25,000
Get Started Disability Support Australia LtdGet Started Emergency Preparedness: Empowering People with Disabilities
Foster community empowerment and inclusive disaster resilience in a flood-impacted region by delivering disaster preparedness educational programs, training and peer support for disabled people.
Broadford$25,000
Kerang and District Agricultural Society IncorporatedReplacing of Pavilion No 2 Roof
Enhance opportunities for community connection and recovery from flood impacts by replacing the pavilion roof at the Kerang Showgrounds.
Kerang$25,000
Kyabram Community & Learning Centre IncKCLC Community Kitchen Appliance Upgrade
Foster volunteer capacity and expand food relief in a flood-impacted region by upgrading kitchen appliances at a neighbourhood house.
Kyabram$10,000
Murrabit Advancement Association IncCreating a Family Hub at Murrabit
Strengthen social connections and provide a safe gathering space following flood events by upgrading a community-owned building.
Murrabit $25,000
Shepparton Foodshare IncorporatedShepparton Foodshare Food Rescue Truck
Boost organisational capacity to provide food relief in a flood-impacted region through the purchase of a refrigerated delivery truck.
Shepparton$25,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Beechworth Biennale IncorporatedBeechworth Biennale
Boost economic and cultural recovery after COVID-19 by holding a festival showcasing public art installations at 15 key locations throughout Beechworth.
Beechworth$10,000
Buninyong Community Facility Management Committee IncChair Replacement
Revitalise opportunities for social connection post-pandemic by providing new seating at a community hub.
Buninyong $9,600
Edenhope Men's ShedA New Wood Lathe for Edenhope Men's Shed
Build social connections and increase opportunities for engagement after COVID-19 by purchasing equipment for a community men’s shed.
Edenhope$8,013
Gippy Rocks IncorporatedGippy Rocks Festival
Support community reconnection and economic recovery post-pandemic by holding a community festival.
Sale$6,000
Goulburn Valley Woodworkers IncorporatedClubroom Recovery Renovations
Strengthen social connection and volunteer capacity after the pandemic through upgrading flooring at a community shed.
Shepparton$10,000
Highlands Community Hall Committee IncMain Hall Acoustic Panel & Insulation
Encourage more community events to boost social connection post-pandemic by improving acoustics and ambience at a community hub.
Highlands$10,000
Horses For Hope LimitedHelping Horses for Hope Reach the Communities in Need
Sustain an organisation’s capacity to provide mental health support post-COVID-19 by enhancing a horse float to operate as a mobile counselling space.
Mooroopna$10,000
Jamieson Community Group and Associated Bodies IncorporatedJamieson Community Hub Landscape Design Plan – Community Garden and Arts Precinct
Build community resilience and support opportunities for social connection after COVID-19 by developing plans for a community garden and arts precinct.
Jamieson$8,060
Kaniva Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncorporatedArt and Photography
Enhance volunteer capacity and promote connection to culture post-COVID-19 by purchasing display boards for art and photography.
Kaniva$7,500
Lake Goldsmith Hall CommitteeBack to Lake Goldsmith and Stockyard Hill - Celebrating 160 Years
Rebuild social connections post-COVID-19 with whole-of-community events celebrating the district’s 160th anniversary.
Lake Goldsmith$8,450
Lockington Bowls Club IncorporatedClub Room Upgrades for Energy Efficiency
Foster opportunities for social connection and support the work of volunteers after COVID-19 through upgrades to heating and cooling at a vital community hub and meeting space.
Lockington$9,091
Maldon Neighbourhood Centre IncChildren's Playground Equipment
Boost social connection and wellbeing of young children and their families post-COVID-19 by purchasing playground equipment for a neighbourhood centre.
Maldon$3,000
Mount Wallace Hall and Reserve IncorporatedMt Wallace Community Hall Improvement Project
Strengthen opportunities for community connection after the pandemic through roof and ceiling repairs and installing a shade structure at a community hall.
Mount Wallace$7,290
Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncNatimuk Showground Community Recreation Reserve Master Plan
Build organisational capacity and resilience post-COVID-19 by engaging a consultant to prepare a site master plan to address future needs of the facility for community events and activities.
Natimuk$10,000
Newstead 2021 Inc on behalf of Newstead Community GardenGarden Rehabilitation and Reinvigoration
Sustain volunteer capacity and safety post-pandemic by upgrading garden equipment and pathways.
Newstead$9,503
Purnim Recreation ReserveUpgrade Pavilion / Kitchen Items
Strengthen social connection and sustain the work of volunteers after the pandemic through upgrading equipment and kitchen whitegoods at a community reserve.
Purnim$4,000
Red Gum Festival Development Group IncorporatedWorkshops Marquee
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient community post-COVID-19 through the facilitation of community workshops and purchase of equipment for a biennial festival.
Cavendish$10,000
Regional Victorians of Colour IncRebuilding Strength and Community Through Shared Tables
Foster opportunities for cross-cultural connection and capacity building post-pandemic through multicultural community meal events and workshops in three towns.
Kyabram$10,000
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Enterprise Partnerships WA LimitedPiriwa Placemaking Project Part 4
Enhance the Piriwa Hub's community support capabilities by adding an extra shipping container for improved storage and service capacity.
Balgo$10,000
Nungarin Heritage Machinery & Army Museum IncMagic of Mosaic
Improve volunteer management of historic collections by digitising materials onto an online platform.
Nungarin$3,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Beacon Progress AssociationBeacon Barracks are GO!
Improve access to social and creative activities post-pandemic by removing asbestos from a repurposed community arts space.
Beacon$10,000
John's Vision IncMobile Eyecare Service
Support COVID-19 recovery and resilience with a mobile optometry service offering affordable eyewear to vulnerable and homeless people.
Bunbury$10,000
Mullewa Community Resource Centre IncMelodies, Mates & Mental Health 2024
Boost reconnection of the community after COVID-19 through monthly concerts that also connect people with mental health services.
Mullewa$5,870
Share & Care Community Services Group IncorporatedMobile Financial Counselling Service
Help vulnerable residents reduce post-pandemic debt by expanding intensive financial counselling to additional Wheatbelt communities.
Dalwallinu$10,000
Tom Price Community Garden IncUser-Friendly Garden Beds
Enhance post-pandemic recovery and all-abilities social connection through community gardening by raising garden bed heights.
Tom Price$4,998

In March 2021, the Hawkesbury-Nepean region on the NSW Central Coast was hit with major flooding, affecting low-lying areas along the river. The flood caused major disruption and many of the lower lying areas were home to some of the most socially vulnerable members of the community. The situation was exacerbated by the fact the floods followed the 2019/20 bushfires, February 2020 flood and COVID. This meant the community had little resilience to respond when the March 21 flood came along.

While there were many issues that emerged, four smaller, more remote communities experienced particular challenges, as they had limited, if any, mobile or internet coverage and are located away from centralised services. This impacted the communities in accessing supports to assist in their recovery journeys, using internet and online platforms.

The Hawkesbury City Council plays a pivotal role in recovery and preparedness in the region and identified this as an issue.

They received a $14,836 grant through FRRR’s Rebuilding Futures program, funded by Suncorp Group, to have accessible technology established in community hubs across these four remote areas – Bilpin, Colo, St Albans and Wilberforce.

The Council used the grant to purchase IT infrastructure such as laptops, tablets, projectors, screens, cameras and associated software. They also improved the internet connection into these four hubs using satellite hardware, installed via co-contributed Council funds. The Council used their existing relationships with community leaders, organisations, citizens groups and emergency services to make sure that the grant resources went to the people who needed them most.

The overall result was improved community access to technology, allowing community members to connect with each other; access online appointments and government portals; and connect with recovery and community support services.

An additional benefit is that users can also access ‘tech-savvy’ Council staff who work in these community hubs four days per week. These staff members share their knowledge and ability with technology through training and support to lesser-abled community members. Further development has seen the evolving partnership with the library team, Department of Primary Industries and the Digital Literacy Foundation providing further training on topics such as online safety, flood recovery agronomy, and digital literacy topics, respectively.

The ’silver lining’ of implementing the project during challenging times, as noted by Council staff member Liz Murphy, is that this grant has enabled them to contribute positively towards ongoing, sustainable change in the community. The effects of this grant will continue to be felt long after this grant has been expended and has attracted additional support for the community.

The Fremantle Foundation was established in 2010, and seeks to create a thriving community through local giving and to address critical community needs by providing inspiring ways for people to give. They partnered with FRRR in 2020 through a Community Foundation Account, allowing them to support a wider range of community organisations conducting charitable activities in rural and regional WA, particularly those without their own DGR status – which is the majority of community organisations in regional and remote areas.

In FY23, for the second year in a row, the Foundation distributed grants exceeding $1 million across 62 grants, creating impact in the local Fremantle community, the broader metropolitan area, regional and remote WA, as well as in other parts of Australia.

While most of their donors focus on metropolitan areas, the FRRR Community Foundation Account specifically allows the Fremantle Foundation to support more projects in regional communities.

For example, the Northhampton community, located around five hours north of Fremantle, was badly affected by Cyclone Seroja in April 2021. A group of ex and current AFL footballers, all from around Northampton, set up a fund with Fremantle Foundation to support rebuilding in the township and the surrounding region.

Two projects that have been completed to date include the refurbishment of the Olgilvie Hall and construction of a remembrance garden at St Mary’s School. The garden includes new paving, bench seating and a selection of plants, including the much-loved rose garden. In addition, signage has been installed for visitors to gather and learn about the parish and impact of Cyclone Seroja.

The Fremantle Foundation is also using their FRRR Community Foundation Account to ensure donated funds support the launch of the Peel Community Fund.The Fund was established in 2019 by members of the Peel community, with the aim of creating their own Community Foundation in the region. Thanks to their FRRR Account, Fremantle Foundation was able to award them a grant to support the development of critical infrastructure, including a website, communication and marketing plan, marketing materials, operational structure, committee governance and membership / giving structures.

In another example of their ability to inspire local giving, The Esperance Ag Fund was established in 2021 by the local agricultural sector in partnership with Fremantle Foundation, with the sole purpose of making a difference within the Esperance community. Collectively, the farming community, which is about 700 km from Fremantle, provides support to the wider Esperance region by funding projects that make a positive impact. They’ve recently awarded a grant to the Recherche Aged Welfare Committee for the installation of a reticulation system at the Alchera Aged Care Housing property.

Pauline Eves from Fremantle Foundation said they are most grateful for the assistance provided by FRRR to enable grants like these to happen.

18 community groups to receive funding

In partnership with Suncorp and AAMI, FRRR has awarded $300,781 to 18 remote, rural and regional not-for-profits (NFPs) in Victorian communities impacted by the flooding events that took place between October 2022 and January 2023.

The Myrtleford Recreation Reserve
The Myrtleford Recreation Reserve Committee has been awarded $20,000 for design of a stormwater management system to mitigate future flood risk, supporting community facility use for local events and activities.

Suncorp Group pledged $1 million to FRRR in 2021 for a dedicated Rebuilding Futures program – to support Australian communities impacted by significant natural disasters. 

This is the third round of the Program and with these grants will have distributed over $1 million.

The grants awarded range from $4,040 to $20,000 and will be used for a range of projects from building community infrastructure and improving emergency facilities, to youth activity programs and community workshops – all high-priority projects for their local community.

Suncorp Group CEO Steve Johnston said the grants would help support community-led recovery in the impacted areas.

“Australia is no stranger to natural disasters and unfortunately I’ve seen all too often the devastation and emotional toll they have on our communities,” Mr Johnston said.

“That’s why we are supporting affected Victorian communities through the Rebuilding Futures program – to not just build back but to build back better than before, making them even more resilient,” he said.

“These communities have been through a lot, and we know that recovery from severe weather events can sometimes take years. We also know that each community’s priorities during that recovery is different.

“We’re pleased to provide support to a range of different community groups and local not-for-profits that are run by people who know and understand what it is their community needs in order to rebuild.”

Nina O’Brien, Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead at FRRR, said this round of grants is further confirmation of the long-term impacts of natural disasters.

“In this round of grants, we’re seeing projects that are about building community amenities and improving infrastructure but there’s also an emphasis on initiatives that are about building community resilience and promoting social wellbeing. It’s nearly a year since the floods first started and so this just goes to show that the impacts of floods are long-lasting and go far beyond the physical damage that’s caused.

“The floods have had a huge emotional toll on the people in these communities, yet they’re still determined to build back and become even more resilient than before, which really is inspiring to see. Thanks to the generous support of Suncorp and AAMI, we can help them to do just that,” said Ms O’Brien.

Among the 18 projects funded this round are:

  • Alpine Multi Skill Group in Bright – Construction of a dedicated cabin workspace for volunteers, members, and the local community, which will support Alpine Multi Skill’s community development work and collaboration with the Men’s Shed – $19,750
  • Echuca Moama Broadcast Service Inc in Echuca – Upskill the community radio volunteers, enhancing their ability to broadcast during and outside times of emergency disasters to support community safety and wellbeing – $4,040
  • Kerang and District Community Centre Inc in Kerang – Build resilience in Kerang through an inclusive arts program aimed at connecting people through positive creative activities $10,000

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

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
VICTORIA
Alpine Multi Skill GroupConstruction of a Dedicated Cabin Workspace for Volunteers, Members and the Local Community
Expand the opportunities for community skills and preparedness activities through constructing a cabin to support Alpine Multi Skill's community development work collaborating with the Men's Shed.
Bright$19,750
Boys to the Bush LtdBoys to the Bush Building up Rochester Boys
Support youth recovery and resilience through extra curricular programs developing life skills, experience of rural employment opportunities, community engagement and mentoring.
Rochester$20,000
Campaspe Park Raceway Committee of Management IncorporationDisabled Access from Car Park to Clubhouse
Improve access and community facility infrastructure with a concrete path from the carpark to clubhouse of the Campaspe Park and Raceway Recreation Reserve.
Echuca$7,600
East Loddon Food Share Program IncorporatedRelief Food and Fridge / Freezer Storage
Build capacity of local food relief organisation with whitegoods, a generator and food supplies to support a 12 month program of food security.
Dingee$15,699
Echuca Moama Broadcast Service IncUpskill Broadcasting Team
Build skills and capability for community radio volunteers to broadcast during and outside times of emergency disasters to support community safety and wellbeing.
Echuca$4,040
Eildon Events IncConstruction of a Permanent Waterproof Cantilever Shade Structure
Build capacity of the Eildon community with a cantilevered shade cover for a stage to increase usage and expand local activity.
Eildon$20,000
Greater Shepparton Foundation LimitedGiving Power Greater Shepparton
Support community adaptation for long-term social and economic recovery through a collaborative scoping project to develop an accessible solar program for flood-impacted households in Greater Shepparton.
Shepparton$20,000
Kerang and District Community Centre IncLet's Connect via Art
Build resilience in Kerang through an inclusive arts program aimed at connecting people in positive creative activities.
Kerang$10,000
Mount Alexander Shire CouncilCreative Resilience Lab
Build community resilience and preparedness through a future thinking workshop with a broad range of Mount Alexander community stakeholders.
Castlemaine$20,000
Myrtleford Recreation Reserve Committee of ManagementMyrtleford Recreation Reserve Stormwater Management and Drainage Design
Improve local recreation reserve through design of a stormwater management system to mitigate future flood risk, supporting community facility use for local events and organisations' activity.
Myrtleford$20,000
Navarre Public HallRevitalising the Navarre Public Hall
Rebuild community infrastructure with contributions for rewiring and improved vent systems in the Navarre Hall restoration following significant flood disruption to the community.
Navarre$20,000
Open Door Neighbourhood House IncConnecting Community - Social Prescribing
Build community resilience through implementing a 'social prescribing' program of connection for vulnerable members of the flood-impacted community of Wangaratta.
Wangaratta$20,000
Parklands Albury Wodonga LimitedCreating Nature Play Trails to Grow Resilience
Build community resilience with enhanced community nature space and programs for intergenerational connection.
Wodonga$20,000
Pyramid Hill Neighbourhood House IncCommunications Kit
Build community resilience and capability through upgrading online and offline media communications to support the Pyramid Hill community during and outside of disasters.
Pyramid Hill$13,900
Rochester Community House IncBringing the Roar to Rochy (Shire Hall)
Upgrade community facilities with a new sound system at the Rochester Community Hall.
Rochester$19,949
Variety - The Children's Charity of VictoriaReplacement and Upgrade of Safe / Secure and Inclusive Play Environment for Echuca Twin Rivers Specialist School
Upgrade the playground of the Echuca Specialist School to ensure a safe and flood proof surface for all abilities children from surrounding impacted flood communities.
Echuca$18,668
Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House IncYMCLC Community Connection and Resilience Program
Boost community resilience with a Social Prescribing program for engaging and supporting vulnerable people in local activities and information to address mental and physical health issues.
Yarrawonga$20,000
Yea Community Service Group IncHands on Skills for Community
Build community resilience with a program of workshops teaching 'sufficiency' skills, including preserving foods, composting and dehydrating, with community connection a key outcome.
Yea$11,175

Funds support communities to prepare, recover, rebuild and thrive

FRRR has awarded a record $2,728,993 in grants to support and strengthen more than 200 remote, rural and regional communities across Australia through this quarter round of its flagship Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program. This is the most funding awarded in any one round in the 25 years of FRRR’s small grants programs, and demand for support continues to rise.

Lots of people sitting in a circle around a campfire, with two buses and a sunset in the background.
Somerset StoryFest received an SRC grant in 2022 to provide opportunities for remote communities to come together and celebrate story telling at the inaugural Storyfest Out West writers’ festival in Longreach.

Thanks to donations from many generous supporters, 213 grassroots not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) across rural Australia will receive grants ranging from $465 to $50,000.

The projects will address diverse needs, including ongoing COVID and disaster recovery, strengthening community resilience and preparedness, and address small, yet vital, needs of remote, rural and regional communities.

Jill Karena, FRRR’s Place Portfolio Lead, said that wonderful volunteers in local groups continue to find meaningful ways to support their communities.

“One of the best parts of my job is seeing the way people in remote, rural and regional areas come together to support one another. We see it time and again in the projects that are put forward, usually led by volunteers, all of whom want to make things better for their community. So I want to acknowledge all those people and thank them for all they do.

“I know it’s tough, as the diverse impacts of successive shocks – COVID and various disaster events – continue to ripple through remote, rural and regional communities. The mental health implications of this sustained stress are clear but so too is the commitment to improving things, especially by combatting social isolation.

“Finding ways to connect with others and with their community is an important part of the healing and growing process and there are some creative solutions. In the southern Arnhem Land community of Ngukurr, in the Northern Territory, Wanta Aboriginal Corporation’s Ngukurr Bagai Barista Social Enterprise Cafe project is an inspiring example of the community working to reduce social isolation and foster resilience. The Corporation will use a $47,075 grant to create a community gathering space by fitting-out a café to be used as a vocational teaching site.

“We are also noticing an increase in creative recovery projects, as communities shift from responding to the immediate impacts of the pandemic or other disasters and begin to look at the longer-term recovery and resilience needs of their region.

“Mapleton State School in Queensland will use a $6,588 grant will support a therapeutic drumming program. The program is a creative way for the learning community to improve social connectedness, reduce levels of anxiety and enhance the process of recovery for young people from the pandemic. Similarly, the people of Gingin, Western Australia, will use their $10,000 grant to include wellbeing activities in the Flavours of Gingin Festival to help the community connect and build resilience.

“Our research has confirmed these kinds of arts projects have a unique ability to build long-lasting community resilience and wellbeing, and local capacity for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.[1]

“Not all the projects we’re supporting relate to disasters. There are also a range of initiatives that capitalise on opportunities or help to bridge service gaps, while other projects like a mural in Smithton will honour local Aboriginal heritage, culture and identity and help attract more visitors to the town.

“Since 2000, FRRR has delivered more than $155 million to nearly 13,000 projects, most of which are funded by small grants through programs like Strengthening Rural Communities. And we see the amazing impact that these small grants can have on a rural community.

“So it’s great to be awarding record funding this round and we look forward to seeing the difference it will make in the future,” Ms Karena said.

Record demand for grants

The reality is, FRRR would have liked to support far more projects, as there were many great initiatives seeking funding, with the impacts of inflation adding pressure to already small budgets and the capacity of locals to contribute to projects. However, FRRR simply didn’t have the funds to do so.

Ms Karena explains that projects like those that this program supports are often catalytic, so FRRR is actively seeking additional partnerships to enable more of these initiatives to get the support they need.

“Remote, rural and regional areas make up nearly a third of Australia’s population and generate approximately two-thirds of its net exports,[2][3][4] so ensuring the vitality of these communities is not only critical to the wellbeing of those who live in these places, but it’s also vital for a sustainable Australian economy.

“Grant programs, like SRC, are one way that we can work with government, business and philanthropy to ensure those communities remain attractive places to live and work. Flexible programs like SRC mean that communities can access funding to develop and lead projects that meet locally identified needs and priorities – which are often about bridging gaps in services that many in the cities take for granted, like public transport or being able to access health services, without travelling hundreds of kilometres. So we’d love to hear from anyone who might like to join with us to fund more of these initiatives.”

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by donors, ranging from private individuals to larger foundations, who are acknowledged on the FRRR website.

FRRR always accepts applications to this program, which awards funds roughly four times a year. Local NFPs and community groups are encouraged to review the program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at www.frrr.org.au/src.

To support grants like this through FRRR, make a tax-deductible donation at frrr.org.au/giving/.


[1] https://frrr.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Impact-of-Creative-Recovery-Research-compressed-2.pdf

[2] https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/rural-remote-australians/rural-and-remote-health

[3] https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/territories-regions-cities/regional-australia

[4] https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Former_Committees/Regional_Development_and_Decentralisation/RDD/Final_Report/section?id=committees%2Freportrep%2F024136%2F25543


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

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
SRC Round 17 - September 2023
NEW SOUTH WALES
Small & Vital
Circartus Incorporated Systems Set Up
Enhance organisational capacity to support the arts in Wingham by investing in office equipment and programs enabling efficient administration, communication and processing systems.
Wingham$10,000
Coolamon Community IncorporatedCoolamon Crib - Northern Rivers Casino Lismore Remote Expansion
Aid 64 Indigenous mothers and infants in Northern Rivers with Coolamon Cribs and midwife services via Aboriginal Health Services, alleviating financial and emotional strain.
Lismore$10,000
Eurobodalla Shire CouncilBe Well Eat Well - Building Connections Through Food
Enhance community capacity and connection with weekly hands-on food education coaching sessions for six groups of 10 participants targeting seniors, parents and people living alone, led by a food educator and facilitator promoting health, nutrition and wellbeing.
Moruya$9,840
Give Them a ChanceGive Them a Chance to Be Their Best
Create a youth life skills program connecting foster care youth (ages 10-19) with local retirees, fostering skill development, training, job prospects, and reducing social isolation while promoting wellbeing for both participant groups.
Lynwood$10,000
Glenreagh Public SchoolAboriginal Art Mural Installation & Dance Lessons 
Promote cultural growth and connection, and celebrate Gumbanggirr culture for the underserved communities at Glenreagh Public School by commissioning an Indigenous mural by a local Elder and holding Aboriginal dance classes.
Glenreagh$10,000
Griffith Post School Options LimitedGriffith Post School Options Program Workshop
Upgrade Support inclusive work and gardening programs for people with disabilities by upgrading the Griffith Post School workshop and building an accessible pathway.
Griffith$9,500
Hunter Fighter Collection IncorporatedHistoric Bellman Conservation Hangar Mural
Enhance tourism, foster community pride and promote awareness of Australia's cultural heritage and military history by painting a large mural at the Hunter Warbirds Restoration Facility in Scone.
Scone$10,000
Lennox Community GardenLennox Community Gardens Signage
Enhance visitation and knowledge by developing a self-guided educational journey through Lennox Community Gardens' rare fruit tree orchards, featuring welcome info and informative botanical signage.
Lennox Head$4,382
Mudyala Aboriginal CorporationYugaamgan Festival - Raising Awareness of our Coastal Emu
Host a full-day festival with local paid presenters sharing cultural stories, with a focus on education to raise awareness about coastal emus and address disadvantage in the community.
Wooloweyah$10,000
Parkinson's NSW LimitedParkinson's Education and Support - Narrabri
Improve the wellbeing of people with Parkinson's Disease in Narrabri through a community education seminar with allied health and Parkinson’s Disease specialists sharing information on managing symptoms and slowing progression.
Narrabri$3,575
Rotary Club Of Tocumwal IncorporatedWAAAF Creek Walk Picnic Tables Installation and Car Park Refurbishment
Enhance tourism and engagement in natural and cultural history through refurbishing amenities at the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force Creek Walk, an outdoor museum and WAAAF interpretive trail.
Tocumwal$10,000
Tomaree Neighbourhood Centre IncIndigenous Adult Art & Cultural Canvas Workshop, Plus Exhibition
Build economic and cultural sustainability of the Woorimi Indigenous community and address disadvantage in the broader community through a culturally safe two-day canvas workshop by a local artist, including story, art and cultural education, culminating in a public art exhibition.
Tanilba Bay $6,407
Uralla Pre School KindergartenEco-space: An Outdoor Classroom
Convert an unused structure into an outdoor classroom space for sustainable, environmental and ecological education, promoting discovery and experimentation for the preschool children and their families.
Uralla$10,000
Warren Chamber Music Festival IncorporatedSING Warren-2-Sydney
Enhance choir's technical skills and membership via workshops, performances and community sharing, cultivating an inclusive, all-ages singing environment to promote wellbeing and positive ageing.
Warren$10,000
Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre IncLithgow Community Lunch
Strengthen social engagement and connection by purchasing a freezer and kitchen equipment to prepare and offer free nutritious meals to community members, helping to alleviate poverty and disadvantage.
Winmalee$6,000
Wiradjuri Wellington Aboriginal Town Common (Aboriginal Corporation)Social Inclusion
Create a secure on-country space in Wellington for cultural programs, offering training in Aboriginal practices and art to drive community's social, cultural and economic aspirations.
Wellington$7,999
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Araluen Progress Association IncorporatedStrengthening Community Fundraising Capacity by Developing an Outdoor Venue to Complement the Newly Restored Araluen Federal Hall
Support bushfire recovery and hall running costs by installing a pergola and water tank in the rear garden of the Araluen Federal hall, creating an outdoor venue for hire and community functions.
Araluen$7,572
Bangalow Men’s Shed IncorporatedConnecting Generations and Communities
Boost bushfire recovery with two inclusive community lunches and weekend gatherings four times a year to connect residents of all generations in a fun and relaxed setting.
Bangalow$4,050
Bega AP & H Society Incorporated2024 Bega Show Talent Festival
Boost the local economy and support bushfire recovery by holding the Bega Talent Festival to showcase local artists, musicians and performers, fostering diversity and connectedness while increasing visitation.
Bega$25,000
Bellingen Community Arts Council Incorporated Bellingen Shire Arts Trail Weekend
Boost arts and culture in the bushfire-affected Bellingen Shire, promote tourism and honour creative workers with an Arts Trail weekend, featuring music, poetry, open studios, galleries and workshops.
Bellingen$2,700
Blicks Community IncorporatedCommunity Connection
Improve community information sharing in Clarence Valley and Bellingen by creating an emergency plan, Facebook page and communication strategy for isolated areas to ensure reliable communication during bushfires.
Hernani$10,000
Caldera Farmers Market Murwillumbah IncVibrant Community Hub and Farmers Market for a Healthier Future
Boost visitation and the local economy in a bushfire impacted area by creating a dining, meeting and entertainment community hub within the farmers market.
Murwillumbah$10,000
Community Power Agency Co-Operative Limited Guide to Biodiversity & Solar
Contribute to bushfire recovery by producing a printed guide for residents and landowners on reducing land-use conflict and enhancing biodiversity and wildlife habitat on solar farm sites.
Armidale$19,030
CWA of NSW Toukley Country Womens Association of NSWToukley Hall Refurbishment
Support bushfire recovery by refurbishing the decaying windows and doors at the Toukley Hall, ensuring its continued availability for community events and gatherings.
Toukley$21,000
Darkwood Disaster Resilience Group (DDRG) Neighbourhood Care Network IncorporatedThe Safer Valley Project
Enhance bushfire preparedness with a community-led Community Disaster Plan (CDP) and cultivate community connectedness by launching the draft CDP at a fun community gathering for feedback and discussion.
Darkwood$9,980
Diamond Women LtdMum2Mum Community and Connection Perinatal Program
Improve support for young and vulnerable women in bushfire impacted Tumbarumba with the monthly Mum2Mum community-based mental health support and wellbeing program.
Tumbarumba$10,000
Disability Club Connections Plus Australia IncorporatedDisability Club
Create and promote a mobile app and upgrade the Disability Club web version to enhance the accessibility of the disability platform, fostering social wellbeing, inclusivity and connections in the bushfire-affected community.
Bega$25,000
Eden Services & Social Club IncStafford McGovern Historic Brickworks Site Rehabilitation
Restore a historic site damaged in the 2019/20 bushfires by restoring the 1890’s mobile brickworks site through removing debris, recovering relics and installing an informative plaque and table with seating for walkers and cyclists.
Eden$6,475
Edith Recreation Reserve Land ManagerEdith Recreational Kitchen and Heater
Enhance disaster preparedness by installing a community kitchen in Edith Hall to serve as a catering facility, marshalling and logistics area and rest space for emergency services.
Edith$9,934
Federal, Goonengerry and Eureka Community Resilience Team Federal Community Centre IncorporatedFederal, Goonengerry and Eureka Hinterland Community Resilience Teams Emergency Communication System
Enhance local disaster readiness and empower the community to manage communication disruptions caused by bushfires and other disasters by purchasing a portable UHF communication system.
Federal$23,230
Forster Neighbourhood Centre IncReturn of Child and Family Support to Vulnerable Families in Outlying Communities
Enhance organisational capacity by purchasing a vehicle to provide support to isolated families and in-home assistance for vulnerable families, facilitating reconnection and rebuilding in bushfire-affected communities.
Forster$25,000
Global Care AustraliaIncrease our Chilled and Frozen Food Capacity
Strengthen organisational capacity to store and distribute chilled, frozen and other perishable food to support disadvantaged people in the bushfire-affected community of South Grafton.
South Grafton$24,987
Iluka Community Organisation Planning for Emergencies (ICOPE) IncBalanced Connections: An Exercise and Social Connections Program for Older Adults
Enhance wellbeing in fire-affected Clarence Valley through a seven week exercise program for residents aged over 55, boosting mental and physical health, strength and balance.
Iluka$8,411
Killabakh Public Hall Land MangerUpgrade of Kitchen Stove
Support bushfire recovery and fundraising efforts by upgrading the gas stove at the Killabakh Hall, improving facilities for volunteers to cater for community events.
Killabakh$5,835
Lanitza / Kungala Community Hall Committee IncorporatedBoredom Relief
Create a vibrant youth centre in bushfire-affected Lanitza, providing essential resources for children to study, unwind, socialise and foster positive mental health and relationships.
Lanitza$6,699
Lions Club of Tea Gardens IncService Community Safe Storage Project
Support bushfire recovery by replacing and upgrading the damaged storage container used by volunteers to ensure safe and secure storage of equipment for community events.
Tea Gardens$23,882
Mongarlowe Volunteer Bushfire BrigadeCompleting the Mongarlowe Fire Shed Kitchen
Enhance bushfire preparedness through the completion of the Mongarlowe Fire Shed kitchen extension to expand capacity for disaster response.
Mongarlowe$12,627
Moruya Antique Tractor and Machinery Association IncorporatedMogo Artisans Project
Rebuild the Mogo museum and workshop destroyed by the 2019 bushfires, replenish lost equipment and incorporate a food bank and pantry, creating a community and visitor space.
Mogo$25,000
Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development IncorporatedSeasonal Gatherings Celebrating Our Community Resilience and Diversity
Enhance resilience, social inclusion, and diversity post-bushfire through quarterly workshops, events and activities celebrating Indigenous culture, diverse communities and environmental education.
Mullumbimby$10,000
Music Theatre Projects LimitedFire - Reclaiming Another Forgotten Play by Playwright and Farmer, Millicent Armstrong
Contribute to bushfire recovery by hosting a first reading of Millicent Armstrong's award-winning yet forgotten play "Fire" as part of the Gunning Arts Festival, fostering socialisation and community engagement with the arts.
Gunning$4,800
Neighbourhood Care Network IncorporatedPlan, Connect, Protect - Community Disaster Preparedness Across the Bellingen Shire
Enhance local risk awareness, including bushfires and weather events, and bolster household and neighbourhood disaster preparedness through organising readiness events.
Urunga$24,920
New England Garden Festival IncorporatedNew England Garden Festival
Enhance tourism, community connection and bushfire recovery through educational talks, youth activities, cultural performances and hands-on workshops at the New England Garden Festival celebrating cool climate and high-country gardens.
Armidale$10,000
Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre IncorporatedNimbin Disaster Resilience - Energy Security Project
Enhance bushfire preparedness at the Nimbin Neighbourhood House and Information Centre by upgrading the solar system to ensure uninterrupted delivery of essential services with backup power during emergencies.
Nimbin$25,000
Pambula Beach Surf Life Saving Club IncExpansion of Emergency and Bushfire Response Capabilities
Strengthen emergency and bushfire response capacities at Pambula Beach Surf Life Saving Club by purchasing a 4WD vehicle for lifesaver patrols, search and rescue, and to assist residents and tourists during disasters.
Pambula Beach$25,000
Port of Yamba Historical Society IncStrengthening and Consolidating Our Connection with the Local Yaegl Community
Support Yamba's bushfire recovery and foster a stronger relationship with Yaegl Elders through collaborating to expand the museum timeline with oral history / storytelling and cultural artefact donations.
Yamba$17,000
Rocky Hall Community Association IncorporatedRocky Hall Kitchen Upgrade
Contribute to bushfire recovery by upgrading the Rocky Hall's kitchen, encouraging increased use, fostering community spirit and facilitating gatherings and activities for residents.
Rocky Hall$9,191
Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre IncorporatedArt Trail in Our Garden
Promote community inclusion and creative bushfire recovery with a local workshop on starting a street art business and collaborating on a neighbourhood centre native animal mural.
Scone$6,985
South East Arts (NSW) IncGiiyong Festival 2023
Aid bushfire recovery by assisting local First Nations people to join the Gilyong Festival production team, acquiring event management and production skills while delivering a multi-arts Aboriginal cultural event in Eden.
Eden$25,000
Southcoast Health and Sustainability AllianceHeatwave and Bushfire Haven Priority 1 Anglican Campus Batemans Bay
Contribute to emergency preparedness following the 2019/20 bushfires by establishing a heatwave and bushfire haven community space offering a safe refuge with a focus on helping the most disadvantaged individuals.
Batemans Bay$24,657
Towamba Rural Fire BrigadeEssential Improvements for an Internal Office and a Base Station Communication Room
Enhance bushfire preparedness and organisational capacity at the Towamba Rural Fire Brigade by acquiring and outfitting a stand-alone flat cuby to serve as an office and base station communication room, creating additional space for vehicle parking.
Towamba$16,800
Upper Lansdowne Memorial Hall Committee IncorporatedHardening the Hall Against Bushfires
Enhance bushfire preparedness and protection for the Upper Lansdowne community by upgrading the Hall to transform it into a neighbourhood emergency shelter.
Upper Lansdowne$10,944
Prepare and Recover - 2021 & 2022 Floods
Armidale Family Support Service IncBe Well Tools 4 Us
Strengthen isolated New England towns’ resilience post flooding with after-hours and weekend social BBQs that also offer information about support networks and coping methods to enhance social wellbeing.
Armidale$17,250
Barkers Vale, Lillian Rock, Wadeville & Cawongla-Community-led Resilience Teams Wadeville (R91046) Reserve Land Manager'Bounce Back' Community Communications Network
Enhance flood preparedness with two permanent disaster management hubs for local emergency information sharing, distribution of 60 UHF handsets in high-risk areas, and UHF radio training in Kyogle.
Barkers Vale$24,290
Bugaldie War Memorial Site Land ManagerLet's Light Up the Future
Improve the safety and use of the Bugaldie Hall as an emergency and community gathering place through electrical and lighting upgrades.
Bugaldie$9,345
Cawongla Playhouse IncCawongla Community Centre - Where the 3 Roads Meet - Equipping Our Centre
Upgrade the Cawongla Community Centre’s furnishings and equipment to ensure it continues to be a key community point, aiding post-flood recovery.
Cawongla$8,176
Crabbes Creek Community Hall Inc Crabbes Creek Hall Committee IncCrabbes Creek Community Communications (CCCC)
Enhance flood recovery and preparedness by installing an emergency CB repeater covering Crabbes Creek, Wooyung and Yelgun, ensuring isolated community members can communicate during emergencies.
Crabbes creek$23,500
Eugowra Community Children's Centre IncorporatedSupporting Superheros to Learn and Grow
Support flood recovery by purchasing equipment for the Eugowra Community Children's Centre, fostering children's learning, wellbeing, social development and resilience-building.
Eugowra$25,000
Eugowra Promotion and Progress Association IncorporatedShipping Containers for Storage
Support flood recovery by purchasing three shipping containers to store community assets from local organisations that have lost storage space due to water-damaged buildings.
Eugowra$12,540
Murwillumbah CORE Hub 2484 Murwillumbah Core IncorporatedM|CORE Connecting Community Grill
Foster recovery and social connectedness post-flood with a purpose-built BBQ / kitchen and trailer to offer meals to vulnerable residents.
Murwillumbah$10,000
Parkes Community Arts IncWho Is Parkes?
Aid flood recovery via tourism and community engagement with a shire-wide photography project displaying resident portraits and stories in a gallery and on large buildings, showcasing community diversity at Parkes' 150-year naming anniversary.
Parkes$9,845
Raise the Heart LtdHere for heART - A Free Mental Health Education and Wellbeing Project for the Northern Rivers
Connect wellbeing providers and community agencies to host a depression-comedy theatre show and wellbeing forum to support flood recovery and provide mental health education on suicide prevention.
Mullumbimby$17,000
Richmond Landcare IncorporatedGarden Habitat Heroes: Restoring Hope, Wildlife and Community Resilience
Support Lismore's flood recovery with workshops for self-healing, garden restoration, wildlife-friendly habitats and biodiversity to reconnect communities and bring back joy to gardeners.
Lismore$24,450
Save Nambucca River OZ Green-Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (Australia) IncorporatedNambucca Riverwatch - Citizen Science Water Testing
Boost flood recovery and preparedness with a Nambucca River Riverwatch project, conducting monthly water monitoring and sharing change-driven data with the community through two workshops.
Nambucca Heads$22,942
The Bridge Art Project IncActivation of 17ha of Bridge Art Project Rrecinct - Developing a Community Resource
Enhance community involvement and gallery fundraising by clearing flood debris and vegetation from a designated bush block for the upcoming art gallery.
Moama$10,000
Wardell Community Organised Resilience Effort IncHelp Them Home - Wardell Recovery
Boost community resilience by equipping locals with skills, resources, networks and project management to restore their flood-damaged homes.
Wardell$10,000
Whian Whian Memorial Hall IncorporatedMore Solar, Better Prepared for Future Disasters and Making us More Power Efficient
Enhance flood recovery and preparedness, and organisational sustainability by reducing operational costs through installing additional solar panels, battery system and solar hot water in the Whian Whian Memorial Hall.
Whian Whian$24,275
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Bathurst Information and Neighbourhood Centre IncorporatedRebuilding Oberon Community's Volunteer Base
Sustain Oberon organisations post-pandemic by reinstating a volunteer program with a dedicated support worker recruiting, training and matching volunteers with community roles.
Oberon$7,000
Bellinger Valley Historical Society Bellingen Shire CouncilImproving Ventilation in the Urunga Museum
Sustain the historic Urunga Museum and their work post-pandemic and improve safety and amenity by replacing old windows.
Urunga$9,096
Carries Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services IncorporatedTherapeutic and Wellbeing Group-work Sessions
Facilitate healing and recovery from domestic and family violence exacerbated by the pandemic, reduce social isolation and foster resilience through therapeutic wellbeing sessions for women.
Cessnock$9,860
Coonamble Neighbourhood CentreCoonamble Womens Paint, Play and Bend - Women's Wellness Event to Reengage after COVID
Rebuild connections, reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient Coonamble region after COVID-19 through women's yoga, music and mental wellbeing events.
Coonamble$10,000
Hay Mardi GrasLGBTQIA+ Flag Interactive Exhibition
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient community by encouraging acceptance, diversity and inclusion through an LGBTQIA+ Interactive Flag Exhibition as an extension of the Hay Rainbow on the Plains Festival.
Hay$10,000
Murravale Retirement Home LtdReconnecting Murravale with the Community
Foster reconnection, boost volunteerism and decrease post-pandemic social isolation via networking events uniting local interest groups to enhance community resilience and organisational capacity.
Murrurundi$9,800
NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)Multilingual Info Co-Op (MICO)
Enhance emergency response, public safety and social connectedness post-COVID-19 by engaging bi-cultural volunteers to offer in-language information and resources to CALD refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
Coffs Harbour $8,195
Queer Family IncThe Sign Project
Encourage connection, reduce social isolation and increase inclusion post-pandemic through a series of art workshops to create emblematic signage for a new LGBTQIA+ community space.
Mullumbimby$9,843
St Vincent De Paul Society NSWVinnies Wagga Wagga - Connect and Play Playgroup
Enhance the recovery of socially isolated refugees, asylum seekers and disadvantaged residents post-pandemic by enabling an inclusive playgroup to provide weekly sessions with free transport for participants.
Wagga Wagga$10,000
Tantrum Youth Arts Co-op LtdOutpost Singleton
Increase equity of access and reduce social isolation post-pandemic by facilitating a series of free weekly creative arts workshops aimed at disadvantaged young people.
Singleton$10,000
The Black Stump Craft Shop Coolah Craft Shop Proposed Alternations - Kitchen and Bathroom Areas
Rebuild connections, reduce social isolation and foster a stronger community post-COVID-19 with kitchen and bathroom upgrades at a community hub.
Coolah$9,963
The Mend & Make Do Crew IncThriving Together: Building Capacity for Sustainable Communities
Ameliorate effects of COVID-19 on a community arts hub and sustain their work through training and support to build organisational and volunteer capacity, skills and governance.
Grafton$8,662
Tullamore IncNew Vinyl - Fresh Look - Safe Environment
Increase safety, amenity and hygiene and sustain the work of the Tullamore Preschool post-pandemic by installing new vinyl floorcoverings.
Tullamore$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Broken Hill Community FM Association IncUpgrading Broken Hill's Community Radio Studio
Expand the capacity of 2DRY FM to continue providing an inclusive community media platform and sustain the work of volunteers post-pandemic through accessible studio upgrades.
Broken Hill$30,000
Northern Gomeroi Aboriginal CorporationFacilities for Boggabilla Men's Shed
Support mental health and wellbeing, reduce social isolation in a regional border community post-pandemic, and provide an inclusive, safe place for men to gather and learn new skills by connecting utilities to a Men's Shed site.
Boggabilla$50,000
The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation LimitedThe Early Language and Literacy (EL&L) Far West Project
Address educational disparity and aid post-COVID-19 recovery of children in a remote region with an innovative adult upskilling program, empowering them to boost early language and literacy skills.
Wilcannia$50,000
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Small & Vital
Mataranka Primary SchoolMataranka School - Outdoor Learning and Cultural Engagement Space
Increase the community’s involvement in their children’s education by developing an outdoor classroom for cultural activities and intergenerational transfer of knowledge.
Mataranka$7,873
Remote and Isolated Support in Education LtdAccessible Early Education Experiences for Rural & Remote Families - Pilot Project
Help families living remotely to engage with their peers while accessing early childhood educational resources and specialists by creating an interactive website and online playgroup.
Jervois Homestead, Anatye$10,000
Tangentyere Council Aboriginal CorporationHeart of Akngwertnarre
Support residents to connect and encourage children's learning and development through play by revitalising the Town Camp’s playground.
Alice Springs$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Dundee Beach School CouncilEnhance Community Playgroup - Early Learning Equipment
Enhance the process of recovery of an isolated community post-pandemic by purchasing age-appropriate play-based resources and equipment for a community playgroup to ameliorate educational and social disadvantages.
Dundee Beach$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Jilamara Arts and Crafts AssociationLegally Strong Tiwi Artists and Art Centres
Enhance the process of recovery for Tiwi Island communities post-COVID-19 and strengthen the local economy by boosting the ability and skills of three local art centres to provide high quality legal advice.
Milikapiti, Melville Island$20,000
Wanta Aboriginal CorporationNgukurr Bagai Barista Social Enterprise Cafe
Create a community gathering space to reduce social isolation and foster resilience in the southern Arnhem Land community of Ngukurr post-pandemic through the fit-out of a café to be used as a vocational teaching site.
Ngukurr$47,075
QUEENSLAND
Small & Vital
Blackbutt & Benarkin Aged Care Assoc IncFeasibility of Building Independent Living Units for Aged Care Residents
Strengthen social connection for aged residents by exploring opportunities to develop custom-built housing within the community.
Blackbutt$10,000
Burke Shire CouncilStage 1 - Community Garden for Burketown Residents
Help the community reconnect following significant flooding and enhance food security during the wet season by establishing a community garden.
Burketown$25,000
Butchers Creek Hall Association IncorporatedReplace Incorrect Old Signage
Celebrate and build community spirit by replacing inaccurate hall establishment signage for the centenary event.
Butchers Creek$973
Cairns Region Toy Library IncDigitisation of Services and New Toys
Build volunteer capacity by digitising the toy catalogue and borrowing process to increase children's access to high quality toys and learning aids.
Atherton$10,000
Canungra Men's ShedShipping Container for Safety
Improve the experience of shed members by improving the working and storage areas through installing a shipping container.
Canungra$4,000
Disability Matters IncSoundplay Expansion
Enable all community members to participate in creative and musical activities by building a wheelchair accessible performance space.
Atherton$9,751
Kumbia Neighbourhood Watch - Rural Association IncorporatedMulti-Purpose Facility Upgrade
Expand the use of Kumbia Memorial Hall through purchasing new chairs and tables to make the community’s meeting space more functional.
Kumbia$9,420
Maryborough and District Animal Refuge Society IncWaterproof Shade Cloth for Volunteer Area
Support volunteers by providing an undercover space to use during rest breaks.
Maryborough$2,592
Mundubbera Show Society IncSupporting our Country and Community
Improve the organisation’s ability to hold community events by purchasing IT, kitchen and storage equipment to support volunteer roles.
Mundubbera$9,500
Napranum Aboriginal Shire CouncilNapranum Early Childhood Centre - Edible Garden
Enhance First Nations children’s health and wellbeing outcomes and build cultural connections with community Elders through establishing an edible garden.
Napranum$6,020
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Esk Sub Branch IncEsk RSL Sub Branch Refrigerator
Provide a safer environment for social connection by replacing the old fridge to improve food safety.
Esk$3,354
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Tiaro Sub Branch IncTiaro RSL Sub Branch New Front Stairs
Rejuvenate the 1930’s building by replacing the front stairs to make the community meeting space safer and more welcoming.
Tiaro$10,000
Roadvale School of Arts IncPurchase of Two Fridges to Support Community Activity at the Roadvale Hall
Enhance community hall use by upgrading fridges to improve food safety.
Roadvale$9,996
Stanthorpe International ClubInstallation of Solar Panels
Improve the Club's financial capacity to support the community with power cost savings created by installing a solar system.
Stanthorpe$10,000
The Townsville Toy Library Association IncTownsville Toy Library Solar Installation
Enhance the library’s ability to support the flood-impacted community by installing a solar system to reduce operational costs.
Townsville$10,000
Westmar State School P&C AssociationEnhance Inquiry-Based Learning at Westmar State School with STEM Resources
Foster students’ curiosity and lifelong learning by purchasing a STEM activity cart and engaging critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Westmar$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
A-Choired TasteScenic Rim Sings 2023
Boost spirits and help recovery of bushfire-impacted community by hosting a public singing workshop.
Beaudesert$3,715
Canungra Sports and Recreation Reserve Grounds IncUpgrade Driveway to our Creek Camping Area and Holding Yards
Improve emergency services access and livestock evacuation during disasters by sealing the driveway at a Black Summer Bushfires staging area.
Canungra$22,731
Tarome Rural Fire Brigade Queensland Fire and Rescue AuthorityFire Fighting Accessories & Upgrades for Buggy
Strengthen the community’s fire-fighting ability with the purchase and fit out of an all terrain buggy and buggy trailer for transporting equipment.
Tarome$17,935
The Yoga Partnership LtdYoga for Granite Belt Support Services
Strengthen mental and physical health of the bushfire-impacted community with fortnightly yoga and mindfulness classes for all ages and all abilities.
Stanthorpe$3,000
Prepare and Recover - 2022 Floods
Burdekin Singers & Theatre Company IncReplacing 'The Lighthouse' Roof
Create a safe environment for the community to come together for social and creative activities post flooding by repairing the aged theatre roof.
Ayr$25,000
Forest Hill School of ArtsForest Hill Floor Treatment and Repairs
Ensure the continued use of the hall for community gatherings and as an evacuation centre by re-sealing the floor, which was damaged during the last flooding event.
Forest Hill$7,500
Greenup Events Group Inglewood Lions Club IncShowcase at Greenup
Nurture recovery and social wellbeing for a flood-impacted community by offering creative workshops at the local arts festival.
Inglewood$3,000
Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival IncBoredom Relief
Enhance young people's wellbeing and career opportunities in a flood-impacted community by sharing their creative works at a local film festival.
Gympie$22,300
Lanescape Goondiwindi IncIlluminate the Flow
Provide an opportunity for the flood-impacted community to reconnect, strengthen their resilience and boost tourism through creating a mural illustrating the community’s ability to overcome adversity.
Goondiwindi$25,000
Mulgowie Public Hall Association IncorporatedRepairs to Grounds
Revitalise the hall’s flood-damaged outdoor space by replacing playground softfall and concreting below seating.
Mulgowie$10,000
Mungindi Community Preschool IncCelebrating 50 Years of the Mungindi Community Preschool
Reconnect residents and provide a sense of identity and belonging post floods by holding a community fair.
Mungindi$5,893
Neighbourhood Centre Maryborough IncOut & About
Help young people impacted by flooding learn about and connect to support services by holding an informal youth day in the ‘skate’ park event.
Maryborough$10,000
Theebine Memorial Recreational Centre IncorporatedCommunity Safety and Wellbeing
Boost the community's ability to respond to future floods by purchasing a generator and installing communication and security equipment at the hall, which is used as a recovery centre.
Theebine$9,427
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Biloela State High SchoolEasy Access
Support young people and enhance recovery post-pandemic by creating a labyrinth as a safe space for students to engage with others and to conduct psychosocial support activities.
Biloela$10,000
Kuranda Amphitheatre Society IncAmphitheatre Enquiry-by-Design
Re-energise the community venue post-pandemic by facilitating an inclusive, community-based design process for an updated facility master plan and maintenance schedule.
Kuranda$10,000
Mapleton State School P&C AssociationRhythm to Recovery: Building Resilience and Social Connectedness Through African Drumming
Improve social connectedness, reduce levels of anxiety and enhance the process of recovery for young people from the pandemic by establishing a therapeutic drumming program.
Mapleton$6,588
North Burnett Community Service IncBorn To Play
Support a new regional playgroup and sustain their work to encourage social connection and improve educational outcomes after COVID-19 through purchasing activity resources and play equipment.
Mundubbera$9,920
Steaming on the Downs IncCommunity Lost Trade Skills Workshop & Demonstrations - Container for Transport
Boost pandemic recovery and social connectedness through procuring a shipping container to transport metalworking equipment by rail to use in skill building workshops with young people.
Oakey$4,180
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Binthi Land Holding Group Aboriginal CorporationMt Baird Station Homestead Water Infrastructure
Enhance post-pandemic recovery and improved economic opportunities, health conditions and morale of a remote First Nations community by providing a potable water supply.
Hopevale$35,008
Ingham Meals On Wheels IncMaking Meals and Making Connections
Sustain the work of volunteers post-pandemic to provide meals and essential social connections to vulnerable residents through the purchase of a commercial dishwasher.
Ingham$22,403
Kalbar School of Arts & Memorial Hall IncUpgrading the Kalbar School of Arts Memorial Hall to Promote a Vibrant Rural Community
Enhance the process of recovery for the Kalbar community post-pandemic and provide a safe and inclusive community hub by undertaking essential hall repairs and preserving its all-ability access.
Kalbar$37,570
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Cradock Heritage Group The Flinders Ranges CouncilRe-print of the Cradock Heritage Trail Booklet
Boost visitation to a historic township and enhance community pride by updating a walking trail guide that celebrates local heritage.
Cradock$2,430
Glendambo District Sports Club IncorporatedSecretary's/ R FDS Shed and Kids' Play Container
Enhance wellbeing outcomes and sustain organisational capacity by installing a shipping container to provide storage and a space for pop up RFDS health clinics at community events.
Glendambo$10,000
Quorn Mercury Association IncorporatedNew Computers for the Quorn Mercury
Build connections and keep the community informed by updating IT equipment for the publication of a monthly community newsletter.
Quorn$5,337
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Art Museum of Kangaroo Island Establishment Association IncorporatedEquipment and Storage for Planning Stage of AMKI Project
Increase volunteer and organisational capacity and support community recovery after bushfires by providing storage and digital equipment for an art gallery.
Penneshaw$1,444
Edithburgh Museum IncEdithburgh Jetty 150th Anniversary Celebration
Support recovery from bushfires and boost community connections by commemorating local history through a photographic exhibition and book publication.
Edithburgh$10,000
Palmer Collier Park Community Association Davenport Rest Stop & Historical Landmarks Trail
Enhance connection to place and boost visitation in a bushfire-impacted region through installing signage for a historic trail.
Palmer$7,633
Stansbury Sports and Community Club IncInternal Salt Damp Repairs
Provide a safe and comfortable facility for senior citizens and enhance social connections to support bushfire recovery by repairing salt damaged walls at a community hub.
Stansbury$10,000
The Warooka Progress AsscnMoving Murals: Augmented Reality
Strengthen cultural connection and encourage tourism in a bushfire-impacted region through the installation of an innovative mural trail.
Warooka$25,000
TULKA Progress AssociationSecurity for New Infrastructure and Increase Water Harvesting Capacity
Strengthen bushfire preparedness and organisational capacity at a community hub by upgrading facilities and water storage for firefighting.
Tulka$10,585
Unity College IncPlayground Shade Structure
Rejuvenate a place to gather and support bushfire recovery of young people in a disadvantaged community by installing a shade structure in a play area.
Murray Bridge$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2022 Floods
Mid Murray Support Service IncorporatedWelcome to The HUB
Strengthen community recovery in a flood-impacted region and sustain organisational capacity by upgrading the reception area at a support service to create a welcoming and inclusive space for community members.
Mannum$22,695
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Bay Town Group Association IncorporatedChris Blowes - Motivational Speaker
Strengthen social connections and foster resilience in young people following the pandemic by holding an event with a motivational speaker.
Port MacDonnell$1,600
Lipson Progress AssociationPreserving the Past, Preserving the Future
Encourage social connection at a key community hub following the pandemic by repainting the interior spaces of the historic Lipson Big and Small Halls.
Lipson$8,300
Sandalwood Recreation Association IncorporatedEase of Access for All
Enhance community connection after COVID-19 by installing a ramp and new doors to improve access for all abilities at a community hall.
Sandalwood$9,618
West Coast Youth and Community Support IncorporatedSecure, Safe and Vibrant Youth Hub
Improve safety and amenity and boost opportunities for social connection after COVID-19 by upgrading facilities and furniture at a youth hub.
Port Lincoln$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Kyancutta Community Club IncorporatedNew Outdoor Area for the Kyancutta Community Club
Reduce social isolation and foster resilience post-pandemic in a very remote community through developing a family-friendly outdoor play space at a community hub.
Kyancutta$30,000
TASMANIA
Small & Vital
Great Lake Community Centre IncGreat Lake Community Centre Extension Project
Expand skills to provide locally grown food for people living in a remote, high-altitude township by purchasing a trailer and building materials for a community greenhouse garden.
Miena$10,000
Queenstown Community Men's Shed West Coast CouncilQueenstown Community Permaculture Garden
Build social connections and skills to 'grow your own food' through the establishment of a community garden in an isolated and under-served region.
Queenstown$10,000
The Circular Head Aboriginal CorporationCommunity Mural Project
Celebrate First Nations history by creating a storytelling mural depicting Aboriginal heritage, culture and identity significant to the Circular Head district.
Smithton$10,000
Youth Family and Community Connections IncorporatedARVOs Program - Activity Costs
Reduce social isolation and strengthen connections between young people by supporting an out of school activity program to deliver workshops and excursions.
Burnie$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Seymour Community Action Group IncSeymour Community - Wetlands Restoration Project
Strengthen community bushfire recovery activities to restore natural habitat and enhance community connection to the environment through a weed eradication project.
Seymour$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2022 Floods
Meander Valley Connect IncMeander Valley Connecting Up
Foster social connection and skill development by delivering digital training and outreach for seniors and under-served community members in a flood-impacted region.
Deloraine$24,917
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Rural Alive & Well IncCountry Outreach - King Island Connection
Strengthen mental health and wellbeing after the pandemic in a remote island community by delivering in-person mental health and suicide prevention outreach services.
Pegarah$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Rural Health Tasmania IncEmbracing Community
Rebuild social connections and enhance wellbeing following the impacts of COVID-19 by delivering a facilitated social inclusion program and activities in partnership with a community house.
Smithton$44,600
VICTORIA
Small & Vital
Alexandra Primary SchoolAlexandra Primary School Sensory and Nature Play Garden
Expand educational enrichment opportunities and create a space for school children to connect with the natural environment by installing a sensory and nature play garden.
Alexandra$10,000
Arapiles Historical Society Inc No A0037695MCommunity and Infrastructure Protection
Sustain the work of older volunteers to collect, preserve and celebrate local history by repairing a damaged roof of an historic building.
Natimuk$10,000
BCYF – Bethany LimitedAgeless Connections
Support relationship building and provide a social outlet for older people through the delivery of an intergenerational activity program at a local kindergarten.
Colac$9,901
Callignee and Traralgon South Emergency CommitteeRaising Awareness Program 2023
Augment community knowledge and strengthen disaster response by distributing a free emergency services brochure to residents living in a bushfire prone district.
Callignee$465
Foster Primary SchoolReinvigorating our Kitchen Garden Program Equipment
Boost health outcomes and student knowledge in growing and cooking nutritious food from the school's garden by upgrading kitchen equipment.
Foster$4,850
Grants Only Group IncDigital Solutions
Sustain community groups in South Gippsland and strengthen volunteer capacity to seek grants through upgrading IT equipment.
Venus Bay$2,423
Leongatha Childrens Centre IncShade Umbrellas Encourage play-based learning by providing sun protection at a new community-run childcare and kindergarten centre.Leongatha$6,497
Murray Valley Aboriginal Co-operative LimitedMVAC Bush Kinder
Enhance access to First Nations cultural practices and nature-based play by installing a dual toilet / wash basin facility for a new bush kinder program.
Robinvale$10,000
Noojee Parks & Reserve Committee of ManagementMeet & Move for Health
Enhance older people’s health and social wellbeing by delivering a weekly exercise class at Noojee Hall.
Noojee$6,568
Rupanyup Primary SchoolShade Protection for our Outdoor Inclusive Learning, Sensory & Play Space
Improve health, safety and comfort of school children by providing protection from UV exposure through installing shade sails.
Rupanyup$10,000
St Arnaud Community Resource Centre IncFoodShare and Volunteer Kitchen Completion
Enhance food security and wellbeing outcomes for under-served community members and sustain the work of volunteers by upgrading a kitchen to meet health regulations.
St Arnaud$5,000
Surf Lifesaving Lakes Entrance IncUpgrade of First Aid Facilities
Improve volunteer safety and emergency response capability by upgrading training and medical equipment at a surf lifesaving club.
Lakes Entrance$5,522
Tarwin Lower Primary SchoolPlayground Revival
Create a safe environment and foster greater school engagement by replacing an aged and unsafe playground with new play equipment for the school, playgroup and wider community use.
Tarwin Lower$10,000
Venus Bay and District Community Emergency Response Team IncAdvanced Medical Manikins Training Equipment
Build capability of emergency first aid volunteers and strengthen community health and safety outcomes by purchasing CPR training equipment.
Venus Bay$9,751
Yea & District Historical Society IncPrinter / Scanner for Yea Historical Society
Enhance volunteer capacity to preserve and catalogue historic data and contribute to local cultural celebrations by purchasing compatible digital equipment.
Yea$498
Zoe Support AustraliaUpgrading our Centre for Learning
Encourage young mothers and their children to participate in programs and access support services by installing a shade sail to improve safety and comfort.
Mildura$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Bairnsdale Chamber of Commerce and Industry IncBairnsdale Laneway 3875 Festivals
Encourage people to come together and enhance economic recovery of a community impacted by bushfires, by hiring entertainment for four seasonal festival events.
Bairnsdale$10,000
Bemm River Mens Shed Bemm River Progress and Improvement Association IncorporatedSmart TV for Educational and Instructional U-tube and for Relaxation
Increase volunteer skills and reduce social isolation in a community impacted by Black Summer bushfires through purchasing IT equipment for training and community activities.
Bemm River$3,222
Branjee Fire Brigade Country Fire AuthorityThermal Imaging Camera
Boost volunteer emergency services capacity and increase community safety in a bushfire-impacted region through purchasing a thermal imaging camera to detect fire threats.
Pranjip$3,722
Buchan Mechanics Institute and Free Library ReserveImprove Community Wellbeing and Social Development Through Improving Infrastructure
Enhance a community gathering place and strengthen disaster preparedness in a bushfire-impacted region by upgrading the Buchan Hall kitchen.
Buchan$9,310
Dartmouth Community Progress AssociationLighting Dartmouth in Dark Times
Provide a safe environment and enhance bushfire preparedness by installing a generator at a public hall for power back-up during outages.
Dartmouth$10,000
Euroa Community Action GroupMosaic Display
Support health and wellbeing of a community impacted by bushfires through the development of a recovery arts program to beautify a community garden.
Euroa$2,568
Leneva Fire Brigade Country Fire AuthorityLeneva Fire Station Improvements
Improve safety and access for volunteers and community members at the Leneva Fire Station by installing fencing and paths to rejuvenate the outdoor space.
Leneva$11,264
Line Wangaratta IncStrong Communities: LGBTQIA+ in the North-East
Enhance resilience and recovery of LGBTQIA+ people in bushfire-impacted regions through the delivery of programs, events and activities to build connections, confidence and emotional wellbeing.
Wangaratta$25,000
Mallacoota and District Historical Society IncMallacoota Bunker Museum Bush Food Walk (Stage 2)
Strengthen economic recovery and boost connection to nature in a bushfire impacted region by developing a self-guided bushfood walk at the Mallacoota Bunker Museum.
Mallacoota$25,000
Myrrhee Soldiers Memorial Hall Committee of Management King Valley Arts IncVoyage Musical
Stimulate recovery and wellbeing for a Black Summer bushfire-impacted community by delivering a creative arts performance.
Myrrhee$3,000
Myrtleford Toy Library IncLittle Learners
Foster social connections and early childhood learning in a bushfire-affected community by purchasing educational play resources for a playgroup.
Myrtleford$5,773
Newlands Arm Landcare Coastcare GroupWalk the Wonderous Waterway
Expand opportunities for community recovery, connection to place and First Nation’s culture in a bushfire impacted-region through the installation of signage along the Dinni Birraark Walk.
Newlands Arm$3,904
Omeo and District Agricultural & Pastoral Society IncOmeo & District Show 2023 Family Entertainment, Skills and Training
Boost social connection and skills in a region impacted by the Black Summer bushfires and floods by providing children’s activities and delivering training opportunities for local show judges and volunteers.
Omeo$10,315
Swan Reach Recreation Reserve IncStorage Shed
Strengthen organisational capacity of community groups in a bushfire-fire impacted town through purchasing a storage shed for community assets.
Swan Reach$10,000
The Wangaratta Kennel and Obedience Dog Club IncExtension and Refurbishment of Kitchen
Strengthen community resources to support bushfire relief and recovery through upgrading a community kitchen at the Wangaratta Showgrounds.
Wangaratta$25,000
Prepare and Recover - 2022 Floods
Cosgrove and Pine Lodge Fire Brigade Country Fire AuthorityHose Drying Facilities Increase the safety and capacity of volunteers to respond to flood and disaster events by installing hose drying facilities at the fire station.Cosgrove$8,279
Echuca Neighbourhood House IncENH Flood Recovery Expansion Project
Strengthen a neighbourhood house's capacity to support ongoing community recovery by extending the delivery of activities and programs for flood-impacted community members.
Echuca$25,000
Rochester & Elmore District Health ServiceDisability Accessible Commuter Bus to Support Community Transport
Expand access to health care access and reduce social isolation in a significantly flood-impacted community by purchasing a vehicle to transport vulnerable community members.
Rochester$25,000
Victorian SES - Castlemaine Unit Victoria State Emergency Service AuthorityThe Emergency Essentials Guide (Mt Alexander Shire)
Elevate community knowledge and disaster readiness in a flood-affected shire through disseminating a free emergency information handbook.
Castlemaine$13,056
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Arapiles Community Theatre IncCircus Jam
Bolster wellbeing and reduce social isolation after the effects of COVID-19 through a series of whole-of-community circus arts workshops.
Natimuk$8,162
Barwon Downs Community GroupOutdoor Seating & Kitchen Upgrade
Strengthen social connection and volunteer capacity after the pandemic through upgrading outdoor seating and kitchen facilities at a community hall.
Barwon Downs$7,090
Bellarine Historical Society Incorporated (INC. NO. A 0015326L)Creating Stories Through Visual Displays
Sustain the work of a historical society and enhance community engagement post-COVID-19 through the purchase of portable display cases.
Drysdale$3,440
Beulah Historic Learning and Progress Association IncHoof & Harvest Festival
Enhance the process of recovery of Beulah and surrounding regional communities from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging reconnection through staging an inclusive community festival.
Beulah$10,000
Camperdown and District Community HouseGrowing Community: Public Art and Spaces Bringing People Together
Increase community connection and enhance recovery post-COVID-19 through art workshops to create art pavers capturing individual’s stories for display at the local community garden.
Camperdown$8,100
Christmas Hills Mechanics' Institute Hall Committee of Management IncEmergency Power Connector
Foster opportunities for social connection after COVID-19 through electrical upgrades at a local hall.
Christmas Hills$2,450
EACHRural Rainbows
Strengthen social connection and leadership of LGBTQIA+ young people after the pandemic by establishing a peer-led social support group.
Healesville$10,000
Heyfield & District Vintage Machinery Group IncMulti Purpose Shed - Concrete Floor
Sustain the work of volunteers and enhance opportunities for social connection following the pandemic by upgrading flooring at a multipurpose community hub.
Heyfield$10,000
Lockington & District Living Heritage Complex IncEnergy Efficient Heating and Cooling
Increase opportunities for community connection and enhance the process of recovery after COVID-19 by installing air conditioning to improve the comfort and amenity of a community venue.
Lockington$9,500
Mount Korong Eco WatchCommunity Connection at the Fiery Flat Bushland Reserve
Sustain the work of volunteers and commence restoration of a community reserve through fencing a gathering site for community connection and recovery from the effects of COVID-19.
Fiery Flat$10,000
Ouyen Community Gym IncOuyen Community Gym Project
Sustain organisational capacity and enhance wellbeing post-COVID-19 by improving access for all abilities through building an accessible path at a community gym.
Ouyen$4,224
Regional Arts Victoria RAV in Residence - Connecting Places
Sustain the work of community arts organisations post-pandemic through facilitated networking events to develop skills, connections and mitigate volunteer burnout.
Tallarook$10,000
Wimmera Women Connect IncWimmera Women Connect: Consolidating the Way Forward
Build organisational capacity by undertaking strategic planning and purchasing resources and equipment to sustain the work of volunteers post-pandemic.
Horsham$7,374
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Baw Baw Food Hub IncCommunity Cafe and Workshop Space for Baw Baw Food Hub
Support COVID-19 recovery and sustain a food and sustainability hub by upgrading the space and purchasing furniture and café appliances to create a welcoming space for community engagement and workshops.
Warragul$34,527
The Trustee for The Salvation Army (Victoria) Property TrustSalvo Connect Centre
Boost confidence and enhance recovery from COVID-19 by creating a safe drop-in space where vulnerable people can access support and resources to help them reconnect with their community.
Portland$38,800
The Warrnambool Theatre Company IncRebuilding Regional Theatre With Sustainable Sound
Cultivate opportunities for cultural enrichment and sustain the work of community theatre groups following COVID-19 by investing in professional audio equipment.
Warrnambool$30,136
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Badgingarra Community Centre AssociationCommunity Centre Heating and Cooling Project
Expand the use of the centre by installing a split system to make the community’s meeting space more comfortable and welcoming.
Badgingarra$10,000
Cranbrook Primary School Parents & Citizens Association IncColour Our School
Provide students with low socio-educational scores access to altenative educational opportunities by painting interactive games around the school grounds.
Cranbrook$10,000
Karri Country Good Food IncorporatedRepair Floors
Make the community-owned grocery store more hygienic, comfortable and welcoming by resealing the concrete floor.
Northcliffe$10,000
Kyloring Housing Co-operative LimitedGovernance Training for Over 55’s in Housing Co-operative
Strengthen social cohesion for low-income disabled residents living in community-managed housing by providing training in communication and decision making.
Witchcliffe$10,000
Suka & Duka - Home Island Craft IncIslands Cultural Exchange
Reduce social isolation for seniors living remotely by supporting a delegation to travel between islands and share their culture with the broader community and tourists during Territory week.
Christmas Island$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Borden Pavilion Committee IncorporatedBorden Touring Arts and Culture Program
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient and connected community after the pandemic through the delivery of an inclusive arts and cultural program.
Borden$10,000
Lake Grace CWARefurbishment of CWA Lake Grace Part 2
Sustain the Lake Grace CWA and their work post-pandemic by refurbishing and modernising the community hall's kitchen.
Lake Grace$10,000
Manjimup Family Centre IncUpgrade of Meeting Rooms at Manjimup Family Centre
Enhance recovery from the pandemic and increase meeting room use by other community groups by upgrading furniture and equipment.
Manjimup$8,957
Meckering Action GroupMeckering Murals
Revitalise the town centre and boost tourism after COVID-19 by creating two murals portraying historically significant local events.
Meckering$9,806
Northcliffe Pioneer MuseumNorthcliffe Townsite Heritage Walk
Strengthen community pride and sense of place while enhancing recovery post-COVID-19 by purchasing and installing 23 interpretive signage plaques along a heritage walkway.
Northcliffe$9,212
Porongurup Community Association IncPorongurup Hall Electrical Upgrade
Undertake electrical upgrades to the local hall to provide a safe, welcoming and functional space for community reconnection after COVID-19.
Porongurup$10,000
Shire of GinginConnecting post-COVID: Flavours of Gingin Festival
Support the rebuilding of community resilience after the pandemic by expanding the festival to include wellbeing activities.
Gingin$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Mindful Margaret River IncCreating Change – Supporting Local Agency Through Community Resilience Building Activities
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger more resilient community post-COVID-19 by employing a project coordinator to deliver a series of wellbeing and resilience activities.
Margaret River$50,000

Yarning and other culturally-informed models of health can support people in the community to explore factors that impinge on social-emotional wellbeing (SEWB) and co-create solutions for individual and family wellbeing, including young people.
(Murrup-Stewart et al, 2021)

The Northern River Community Healing Hub is a network of local Indigenous and non-Indigenous volunteers who practice a range of culturally informed trauma-integrated healing modalities including weaving circles, art therapy and bodywork (massage). The hub was established following the  catastrophic 2022 flood event in the Northern Rivers.  

People sitting on the ground with a sign in front of them.

They received a grant for $24,570 through the Rebuilding Futures program, funded by the Suncorp Group to support the hub practitioners to grow and develop their work through increased service delivery moving from an entirely volunteer model to a hybrid paid / volunteer operation. NRCHH is available to all people, regardless of cultural background with a focus on their target population: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, children and young people, families, including older people. The project also included Mobile Hub operations to enable better access to the service within communities themselves – where they need them most, and in consultation with community.

The healing practice activity funded by the project has directly benefitted 639 people across the community at outreach to the pod villages of Coraki and Lismore, and tents at the Nimbin Aquarius Festival and Murwillumbah Kinship Festival, and workshops for a Queer Flood Recovery Event and an event for school children. In addition there have been weekly sessions at the Healing Hub including: 15 bodywork sessions per week free to the community; free flowing drop in weaving / yarning circle on Wednesdays; and clay art therapy once a week.

The NRCHH has evolved through the project. The paid / volunteer mixed model has been successful and they are now seeking input and collaboration that will deepen partnerships and relationships with the organisations that they currently work with to continue.

Project Manager Ruth Rosenhek said, “At the Healing Hub, we provide a de-clinicalised, informal soft-texture gentle space to support healing for our community that focuses on the whole person including a phenomenally successful bodywork program that runs alongside cultural activities such as weaving and yarning circles, creative arts and community connection. We have found that 18 months past the 2022 flood events, people continue to be managing high levels of stress and trauma. These cultural activities that involve sitting on country, slowing down the pace, connection and belonging are all powerful healing agents.”