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

Funding to strengthen infrastructure, resilience and communication networks

More than $1.5 million in grants has today been announced for 110 community groups across remote, rural and regional Australia through FRRR’s flagship Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

Group of people standing under a marquee behind a table full of handcrafted wares.
Community groups value the flexibility of the SRC grants, which allow them to come together and respond to local needs, such as this group, which ran creative workshops to support recovery and social wellbeing in their flood-impacted community. 

Awarded via three streams of funding – small and vital projects, COVID recovery and disaster preparedness or recovery – the grants will go toward initiatives that address a variety of diverse needs and local priorities, including infrastructure upgrades, strengthening resilience, addressing service gaps and growing networks.

The projects range from a winter-care program that will see support packs delivered to elderly residents of St Arnaud, VIC and a series of emergency bushfire preparedness workshops for the community of Batlow in NSW, to helping install silo art in Lameroo, SA as a way to reinvigorate tourism and enhance local sense of identity following the pandemic.

Jill Karena, FRRR’s Place Portfolio Lead, says that the diversity of requests once again highlights the importance of having a small grants program like SRC.

“The needs of remote, rural and regional communities differ, so it’s critical to be able to offer flexible funding like we do through this small grants program. It means that local groups can respond to local priorities in their communities.

“This round, projects ranged from domestic violence support and mentoring programs, to food security and tourism initiatives to help rebuild the local economy. There was really strong demand for support to enhance community infrastructure, particularly maintaining meeting places so people can come together and strengthen local connections, but we also saw a significant number of requests relating to increasing the reach and emergency communications capability of groups like community radio stations.

“We also saw a focus on infrastructure in the COVID recovery grants, with groups aiming to enhance community resilience in the face of disruptions, whether they be environmental or health related. Interestingly, we’re also supporting quite a few projects that help to rebuild connections within communities post COVID – especially in places that lots of people moved to during the pandemic. Alongside this, it’s wonderful to see more projects that are engaging Indigenous Australians.

“From a disaster perspective, it’s pleasing to be able to help organisations be proactive about their safety, strengthening communications and adding to the equipment available locally, so they’re not as reliant on SES or Government in the event of a crisis.

“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. To continue to do that, we need funds, 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 FRRR website. 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 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 19 - February 2024
NEW SOUTH WALES
Small & Vital
Camden Haven Historical Society IncCamden Haven Museum Lighting Upgrade
Upgrade museum lighting to enhance visitor experience with improved historical displays, lower energy costs and boost financial sustainability.
Camden Haven$6,903
Caragabal Public School P&C AssociationPurchase of Vermin-Proof Shipping Container to Store Essential School and Community Supplies
Foster community wellbeing and reduce economic losses by purchasing a vermin-proof shipping container to protect stored school and community supplies from damage.
Caragabal$10,000
Coursing Park Tennis and Community CentreKitchen for the Coursing Park Tennis & Community Centre
Install a kitchen for food preparation and storage to support a wider range of community events at the Centre.
Coursing Park$10,000
Deniliquin Community Hub IncDeniliquin Community Hub Project
Alleviate food insecurity by developing a food bank program with food storage, insurance, food stocks and volunteer training.
Deniliquin $7,792
Glen Innes & District Historical SocietyUpgrade of Community Facilities
Install TV monitor, mobile stand and roller-blinds as part of an IT and infrastructure plan to enhance community use of the Potter Memorial building.
Glen Innes$5,179
Home-Start National IncBreathe and Rebuild Project
Provide practical parenting support and family case management by expanding coordinator hours to train additional volunteers, alleviating social isolation and addressing the needs of individuals and families through increased support.
Goulburn$48,076
Moree Cultural Art Foundation LtdCreative Minds Happy Hearts
Encourage new relaxation techniques and art participation by providing free art classes for individuals living with a disability or mental illness.
Moree$10,000
Murrurundi Matters IncProvision of Speech Therapy to Murrurundi Primary School and Preschool Students
Improve preschool and primary school children's speech development with 12 months of essential, otherwise inaccessible speech pathology services.
Murrurundi$9,043
Naradhan Reserves Land ManagerNaradhan Public Hall Upgrade
Improve hall maintenance and usability by sealing the eaves to exclude dust from the building.
Naradhan$6,820
Red Rock Multi Use Centre IncSupply and Installation of External Shade Awnings
Enhance the Centre's usability by installing adjustable exterior shade systems to three rooms on the western side of the building, creating several versatile spaces available for year-round hire.
Red Rock$4,530
Stonewave Taiko IncOkina Mura: Big Village
Develop and stage a musical show as a collaboration of local cultural groups with five free public performances across the Bega Valley.
Bega$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Brunswick Valley Landcare IncJunior Landcare in the Northern Rivers: Rejuvenation, Regeneration, Restoration
Contribute to bushfire recovery by holding a networking event and eight Junior Landcare workshops for schools, fostering ongoing relationships with local Landcare groups.
Mullumbimby$24,713
Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast Inc on behalf of Sapphire Coast Mens Circle Sapphire Coast Men's Circle
Strengthen bushfire recovery and men's mental health by conducting a weekly men's circle program to build healthy resilient relationships between men of all backgrounds.
Candelo$7,800
Snowy Valleys Resilience Hub IncUsing a BIG MAP to Assist Disaster Preparedness in Towns at Risk – Snowy Valleys Pilot
Enhance bushfire preparedness with six interactive workshops, addressing neighbourhood safe places and emergency evacuation routes to support community-centred disaster preparedness.
Batlow$25,000
UCA - Lifeline North Coast (NSW)BBQ Trailer Project
Boost recovery and preparedness in the bushfire-impacted North Coast region by purchasing a BBQ trailer to act as a mobile support unit and enhance annual community mental health engagement events.
Coffs Harbour$25,000
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
Anglican Community ServicesPreparedness Pack Project
Build disaster preparedness capacity and strengthen the resilience of Moree Plains communities through an awareness campaign distributing waterproof preparedness packs at workshops and recovery events across the Shire throughout 2024.
Moree$24,940
Byron Shire Council on behalf of Richmond Tweed Regional Library - Byron Bay LibraryYoung and Connected
Develop the confidence and skills of flood-affected young people and build their leadership capacity by delivering youth led creative art workshops.
Byron Bay$10,000
Container of Dreams LtdCommunity Kitchen, Food Pantry and Wellness Lunch Club Project
Enhance disaster preparedness and bushfire recovery by upgrading kitchen facilities and building a storeroom and an all-weather eating area to support the growth of the Food Pantry and Wellness Lunch Club.
Drake$25,000
Harrington Resilience Association IncHarrington Crowdy Head Neighbours Helping Neighbours
Enhance community resilience and flood preparedness by establishing a network of neighbourhood groups using the Red Cross model for Community-led Resilience Teams.
Harrington $10,000
Lismore City Council on behalf of The Lismore QuadrangleOur Place, Our Species
Enhance flood recovery through a First Nations-led wellbeing program featuring storytelling, education activities and tools for caring for the country during NAIDOC week to engage the community.
Lismore$25,000
Minnie Water Progress AssociationRenovation of Minnie Water Hall Kitchen
Enhance flood recovery and preparedness by upgrading the kitchen of a hall used as a refuge during emergencies and a venue for community functions.
Minnie Water$10,000
Rock Valley Hall IncCommunity Preparedness with Solar Power
Enhance flood preparedness by installing rooftop solar panels and a lithium storage battery in the hall, enabling access to essential power and communication services during an emergency.
Rock Valley$23,726
Stokers Siding / Dunbible Memorial Hall Inc on behalf of Stokers Siding Community Resilience Team (SSCRT)SSCRT Community Connection
Enhance local disaster response during floods and emergencies by purchasing a UHF Repeater station, 10 UHF Portable radios and a backup generator.
Stokers Siding$25,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Murrah Hall Preservation Association IncMurrah Metamorphosis Outdoors: Stage 1 – Mini Amphitheatre
Sustain the operations of the Murrah Hall and encourage community and cultural connection, and economic revitalisation post-pandemic with the construction of a mini amphitheatre.
Murrah$49,372
Our Plan C IncEstablishing a Network of Young Community Carers and Responders
Reduce social isolation and support the wellbeing of young people impacted by COVID-19 by establishing a network of young community carers and responders in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
Lismore$50,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Bellingen Youth Orchestra IncBellingen Youth Orchestra Post-COVID Junior Wind Ensemble
Develop skills and support the post-pandemic creative recovery of young people in a woodwind music program by supporting the employment of a skilled ensemble leader.
Bellingen$10,000
Bowraville Communication Technology Centre IncSecurity for Volunteers and Increased Community Safety
Sustain volunteer capacity and safety post-pandemic by installing a modern security camera system with recording capability at a community technology centre.
Bowraville$5,168
Cooma Pastoral and Agricultural Association IncSecuring the Future of Cooma P&A Association Project
Increase the sustainability of a Show society post-COVID-19 through the purchase of kitchen equipment for events and for hire by other groups.
Cooma$2,500
Equine AngelsHorses 4 Healing Youth Project
Improve self-esteem and social engagement in young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability post-COVID-19 through an award-winning Equine Assisted Learning program.
Byron Bay$9,830
Fling Physical Theatre IncRegional Tour of My Black Dog – Supporting the Mental Health of Regional Youth
Support youth mental health in regional NSW post-pandemic through the delivery of a performance, film and workshop program encouraging constructive discussions about mental and emotional wellbeing.
Bega$10,000
Great Lakes Womens Shelter IncDomestic and Family Violence Outreach Worker
Address an identified community need and support the work of a women's shelter post-pandemic by employing a skilled domestic and family violence outreach worker.
Forster-Tuncurry$10,000
Lions Club of Werris Creek IncRefurbish and Revitalise a Community Street Stall / Kiosk
Enhance recovery from the pandemic and encourage reconnection by refurbishing a popular street stall where residents and community groups can display, sell or donate home-grown produce to locals and tourists.
Werris Creek$4,500
Murwillumbah Community Centre IncMurbah Youth Fest 2024
Foster connections and participation and reduce social isolation in young people after COVID-19 through an inclusive community-led festival to be held in Youth Week.
Murwillumbah$10,000
Namatjira Haven LtdNamatjira Healing and Reinvigoration Day 2024
Encourage healing, boost community connection and celebrate First Nations' culture post-pandemic through an inclusive open day and festival.
Alstonville$10,000
New England Conservatorium of Music LtdNECOM Music Outreach Program
Enhance the COVID-19 recovery of young people attending remote and regional schools through music education and cultural experiences presented by professional musicians.
Armidale$10,000
Riverina Readers Festival IncRiverina Readers Festival
Encourage social connection and reinvigorate cultural interests post-COVID-19 by hosting the inaugural Riverina Readers Festival.
Wagga Wagga$10,000
The Hayland GatheringThe Hayland Gathering
Support community reconnection and economic recovery post-pandemic by holding a community Scottish Highland-themed festival.
Hay$10,000
Wollombi Valley Progress Association Inc on behalf of Greater Wollombi Valley Community Resilience NetworkGWVCRN – Building Community Resilience
Increase resilience and reduce social isolation after COVID-19 through a series of community connection events encouraging community networks, volunteering and capability development.
Wollombi$9,916
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Small & Vital
Middle Point SchoolMindfulness Project – Kitchen & Sensory Garden
Expand hands-on learning and enrichment opportunities for students experiencing educational disparity by building a garden for use as a teaching space.
Middle Point$10,000
MJD Foundation LtdInstallation of Ramp at 'The Bush Shop'
Support dignified independent living for residents with minimal mobility by providing all abilities access to a local supermarket.
Angurugu$10,000
Tarntipi Homelands Aboriginal CorporationFire Management for Tarntipi Bush Camp, Tiwi Islands
Build preparedness of a local social enterprise, improving safety of people and country with the purchase of portable fire-fighting equipment.
Wurrumiyanga$9,715
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Gupulul Marayuwu Aboriginal CorporationGupulul Marayuwu Homeland Commercial Kitchen Facility Project
Set up a commercial kitchen in a remote First Nations community to enhance post-pandemic recovery, improve employment opportunities and provide meals and social connection to vulnerable community members.
Ramingining$50,000
Yuendumu Women's Centre Aboriginal CorporationActive Women's Centre
Increase the capacity of the Women's Centre to service the community post-pandemic through the employment of a short-term project officer to facilitate the organisation's healthy eating program, community laundry and culture and language activities.
Yuendumu$10,000
QUEENSLAND
Small & Vital
Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group IncRestoring and Expanding: Creating Safe Keeping
Promote truth telling and educate visitors by renovating the Boy’s Dormitory for use as a storage space, preserving the heritage building and creating capacity for the museum to rotate displays.
Cherbourg$10,000
Hughenden Show Society Inc2024 Hughenden Show
Improve amenities and volunteer operating conditions at the showground by upgrading cold storage equipment from eskies to a fridge.
Hughenden$5,066
Ironpot Hall Association IncUpgrade of the Ironpot Hall Kitchen and Supper Room
Improve community safety and compliance with food handling regulations by replacing the Hall’s worn vinyl flooring.
Ironpot$10,000
QCWA Branch KillarneyRestoration of the Kitchen
Increase hall use and ease volunteer working conditions with the installation of dishwasher and new oven.
Killarney$2,900
Torres Strait Kaziw Meta IncBright Futures Tutoring Initiative: Empowering Torres Strait Islander Youth
Enhance educational outcomes and promote positive role modeling by piloting an after-hours mentoring / tutoring program for boarding school students.
Thursday Island$10,000
Prepare & Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Baffle Creek Mens Shed IncBaffle Creek Men's Shed Water Assist
Build an off-grid community’s preparedness to fight fires with the purchase of a trailer and pump to transport water.
Baffle Creek$8,849
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
Mary Valley Rail Trail Association IncPurchase of Electric Cargo Trike
Improve volunteers and visitors’ safety by purchasing a trike to transport equipment to undertake flood repairs and mitigation works on the trail.
Imbil$7,520
Tagalaka Aboriginal Corporation RNTBCTagalaka Food Resilience Project
Ensure food security for residents during flood-related isolation by purchasing a trailer-mounted chiller to access more affordable and healthier bulk buying options.
Croydon$16,853
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Grow Glenmorgan IncGlenmorgan Shop Shaded Alfresco Area With Solar
Foster community connection post-pandemic through the construction of outdoor shaded meeting space at the community owned store, along with installing a solar system to reduce costs and sustain its operations.
Glenmorgan$46,432
Hungerford Sports Association IncCampground Amenities at Ross Wallace Sports Ground
Enhance post-pandemic recovery in a remote community by installing tailored amenities at the campground to boost overnight stays, social connections, and tourism
Hungerford$50,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Biggenden and District Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncUp In Lights
Enhance communication and recovery post-pandemic by installing an interactive sign and noticeboard at the showground to promote local information and events.
Biggenden$9,000
Broxburn Music ClubProfessional Sound and Lighting for the Broxburn Talent Quest
Promote social connection and support creative recovery post-pandemic by providing professional standard sound and lighting at a local talent quest.
Broxburn$5,990
Community Support Centre Innisfail IncCommunity Champions
Reignite a volunteer program post-COVID-19 through a series of events, activities, and training sessions to boost participation and build capacity and skills.
Innisfail$8,000
Creative Connections Whitsunday IncProserpine Hinterland Festival
Support community connection and wellbeing post-pandemic by delivering interactive festival activities raising awareness of the iconic and endangered local rock wallaby.
Proserpine$8,257
Goombungee Public Hall IncGoombungee Animals
Foster social connection, reinvigorate a meeting space and aid creative recovery after the pandemic by hosting community art and music workshops to create public art pieces for the venue.
Goombungee$10,000
Herberton Mining Museum History Association IncReviving Heritage, Building Resilience: The Herberton Mining Museum Expo 2024
Revitalise tourism and sustain the museum’s work post-pandemic by obtaining equipment and promotional material to host an immersive local mining era expo.
Herberton$6,800
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Blinman Progress Association IncStorage, Conservation, Supply: Hall Rainwater
Create a functional and welcoming space for the community by installing a new rainwater tank system at Blinman Hall.
Blinman$9,450
Lucindale Community Economic Development Board IncLucindale Community Hub Air Conditioning and Insulation
Support community wellbeing through the installation of air conditioning and ceiling insulation in a new community hub.
Lucindale$9,700
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Edithburgh Football Club and Sports AssociationChair Replacement
Enhance organisational capacity to support bushfire preparedness by providing stackable chairs at an emergency refuge facility.
Edithburgh$25,000
Prospect Hill Community Association IncProspect Hill Assist: Disaster Readiness Communications Project
Support emergency preparedness by purchasing communications and safety equipment to enable outside contact and community information sharing during disaster events.
Prospect Hill$9,195
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Community House Port Lincoln IncShelter from the Storm
Sustain the work of a community house facing increased demand for support from people affected by homelessness post-pandemic by undertaking essential roof repairs on a transitional house.
Port Lincoln$20,000
Lameroo Forward IncEnliven Lameroo – The Lameroo Silo Art Project
Reinvigorate tourism and enhance local sense of identity following the pandemic by installing silo art to create a permanent cultural tourism asset in the heart of town.
Lameroo$50,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Keith Golf Club IncNew Tables and Chairs for Keith Golf Club Community Function Centre
Revitalise opportunities for social connection post-pandemic by providing new seating and tables at a community hub.
Keith$10,000
Paint the Town REaD LtdBooks for Bedtime
Improve language and literacy skills in young children and reinstitute family reading routines post-COVID-19 through a supported Books for Bedtime program.
Murray Bridge$10,000
Riverland Youth TheatreThe Alternative Club
Foster reconnection opportunities for socially isolated young people post-pandemic through the creation of a facilitated safe creative space at a local theatre.
Renmark$10,000
William Creek Gymkhana Committee IncorporatedWilliam Creek Gymkhana Committee Audio Project
Improve safety and reduce the workload of showground volunteers post-pandemic by purchasing a reliable, robust and compact audio system.
William Creek$9,963
TASMANIA
Small & Vital
Turrakana Tasman Arts Inc

Turrakana Stories
Enhance community connection through collecting and illustrating local stories, transforming them into digital animations with the help of local artists for future generations.

Nubeena$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
ACTS Community Care Network Ltd on behalf of Copping Community CareThe Haven Project – Stage 1 Storage & Distribution Shed
Support the construction of a distribution and storage shed for bulk food handling to sustain the work of an organisation facing a 625% increase in demand on their food relief services since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Copping$49,540
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Derwent Valley and Central Highlands Tourism Association IncTasmanian Autumn Festival
Support community reconnection, tourism and economic recovery post-pandemic by holding an Autumn festival.
New Norfolk$10,000
VICTORIA
Small & Vital
Ballan & District Community House & Adult Education Centre IncBallan Sustainable Food Hub
Enhance organisational capacity to provide food relief to elderly residents through purchasing kitchen equipment and groceries for a community pantry.
Ballan$10,000
Committee for MaryboroughGoldfields Community Festival 2024
Encourage awareness of available support and boost connections between under-served community members and social service providers in an isolated township by supporting a community festival in Maryborough.
Maryborough$5,000
Euroa Historical & Genealogical Society IncPurchase Computers, Monitor and Uninterrupted Power Supply for Euroa Farmers Arm Museum
Support the work of older volunteers by updating the IT equipment in a community museum.
Euroa$2,461
Inglewood Community Neighbourhood House IncComputer Cafe Upgrade of Six Computers
Strengthen operational capacity while supporting community members' education and employment opportunities by updating IT equipment for a community library.
Inglewood$8,482
NCN HealthSocial Prescribing Project Pilot
Support mental and physical wellbeing by engaging a coordinator to establish a social prescribing pilot program, complementing clinical health activities though encouraging participation in a range of community sport and social activities.
Numurkah$10,000
North East Multicultural Association IncConnecting Cultures
Enhance wellbeing of CALD community members in Benalla by engaging a facilitator to link people to health services and social programs.
Benalla$9,902
St Arnaud Neighbourhood House IncWinter Warmers Essentials Parcels
Provide connection to service providers, cost of living relief and protection from a cold climate by delivering support packs to elderly residents through a winter-care initiative.
St Arnaud$7,000
Prepare & Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Blue Light Victoria IncDASH (Dynamic, Active, Safe and Healthy) Program for Remote Gippsland Schools and Community
Support community recovery from bushfires and connect students to emergency support services through a school-based learning program focusing on community participation.
Tambo Upper$24,485
Cassilis Recreation Reserve Committee of ManagementMaintaining the Cassilis Recreation Reserve and Cassilis Cemetery
Boost volunteer capacity and strengthen bushfire preparedness by purchasing a tractor to maintain a large recreation and memorial reserve.
Cassilis$25,000
Longwood East Landcare Group IncBuild Resilience, Support Volunteers with Safe Operating Equipment
Enhance volunteer capacity to support bushfire preparedness by purchasing a ride on mower to maintain grassland.
Longwood East$7,400
Towong Soldiers Memorial Hall Reserve Committee on behalf of Towong Community Recovery CommitteeThe Towong Wetlands Improvement Project
Strengthen community connection to the environment and enhance bushfire recovery efforts through a weed eradication and earthworks project.
Towong$9,000
Wodonga Institute of TAFECommunity Garden
Boost health outcomes of a community recovering from bushfires and enhance student education in growing and cooking nutritious food through developing a community garden.
Wodonga$13,475
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
Castlemaine District Radio IncMainFM Community Resilience Project
Strengthen community engagement and improve disaster preparedness through emergency media training and external broadcast programs.
Castlemaine$21,220
Echuca Moama Broadcast Service IncMove Radio Antenna to EMFM 104.7
Enhance flood preparedness and strengthen emergency communication capacity by relocating a community radio station transmitter to the new station premises.
Echuca$15,000
Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad IncComputer Equipment Upgrade - Training Room & Divisional Command Point
Enhance disaster readiness in a flood-affected shire and improve volunteer support by upgrading IT and communications equipment for the disaster operations unit.
Shepparton$10,500
Wangaratta Landcare and Sustainability IncMaintaining Mullinmur Billabongs and the Education Hub
Purchase tools and equipment to sustain a school education program and aid volunteers in restoring a flood-damaged wetland.
Wangaratta$5,900
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Ensay Mechanics Institute Reserve IncEnsay Hall – Community Cafe Bathroom Upgrade
Upgrade the bathroom facilities at a community hub to develop a welcoming, accessible and financially sustainable venue for events and activities and encourage post-pandemic reconnection.
Ensay$49,750
Jamieson Community Group and Associated Bodies IncJamieson Autumn Festival Revitalisation
Expand a community Autumn festival to include evening events to encourage longer visitor stays, benefit local businesses and enhance post-pandemic economic growth and recovery.
Jamieson$30,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Autistic-led Regional Culture Arts Neurodiversity Education and Employment IncNeurokin Tour: Silent Disco & Access Mapping
Reduce social isolation of people living with autism and neurodivergence that was heightened by the pandemic through a series of silent disco events across nine regional locations.
Yea$10,000
Boolarra Folk Festival CommitteeOld Boolarra Post Office Restoration Project
Enhance post-pandemic organisational recovery and improve community access to the arts by upgrading and reconnecting electrical services in a restored community music venue.
Boolarra$9,900
Forrest Primary SchoolForrest Kitchen Garden Project
Build community connections and improve resilience post-COVID-19 through establishing an inclusive kitchen facility and cooking program to complement an existing community garden.
Forrest$5,046
G.R.A.I.N. IncThe Things We Do For Love
Enhance post-pandemic recovery and access to the arts by creating an interactive art-trail through Nathalia, culminating with an exhibition and community celebration event.
Nathalia$10,000
Girgarre Development Group IncRhythmic Resurgence: Girgarre Junkestra's Encore Performance
Reconnect the community post-COVID-19 by revitalising the Girgarre Junkestra through a collaboration between renowned musician Graeme Leak and community members, culminating in a performance using ‘upcycled’ instruments created with local artisans.
Girgarre$10,000
Hamilton-Coleraine Rail Reserve Committee IncMove, Saw and Wayfind – Improving Access, Maintenence and Safety on the Redgum Track
Improve the productivity, safety and experience of reserve volunteers post-pandemic by purchasing a trailer, battery-powered chainsaw and signage for maintenance activities.
Hamilton$8,066
Healesville Community Garden IncInfrastructure Improvements
Build social connections and increase opportunities for engagement after COVID-19 by improving facilities at a community garden to increase amenity and accessibility.
Healesville$10,000
Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups IncKiewa-Duduroa Dhargal Connection Through Traditional Practices Project
Promote social connection, enhance community recovery and support cultural engagement after the pandemic by holding traditional practices workshops led by local First Nations Elders.
Mount Beauty$10,000
Paynesville Business and Tourism Association IncFIRE and WATER – Our Place in the East Gippsland Winter Festival
Boost economic and cultural recovery after COVID-19 by holding a winter festival showcasing lighting installations along the waterfront and community-made decorative lanterns.
Paynesville$6,070
Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre IncCaring and Connected Communities: A Whole Community Approach
Foster community resilience and cohesion through social support and a series of community connection activities including a sustainable cooking program and waste reduction workshops.
Paynesville$9,003
Rosehaven Hospice LtdRosehaven Hospice Volunteer Training
Sustain the organisation’s capacity to provide palliative care support post-COVID-19 by upskilling volunteers through accredited training courses.
Mansfield$8,825
Stuart Mill Progress AssociationBlinds to Complete Hall Renovations
Encourage community reconnection post-COVID-19 by installing new blinds at a local hall to improve user comfort and encourage more community events.
Stuart Mill$1,540
Swan Hill Woodworkers Club IncSwan Hill Woodworkers Club Equipment Purchase
Strengthen volunteer capacity and expand opportunities for social connection post-pandemic with a new laser cutting machine to bolster activities at a woodworkers’ club.
Swan Hill$8,580
Yea & District Memorial HospitalPhysical Footpaths
Foster opportunities for community connection post-pandemic and enhance health and wellbeing by placing inspirational exercise signage with interpretive QR codes on pathways in Yea and Alexandra.
Yea$9,214
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Lake Grace Community Men's Shed Youth Mentoring
Promote positive role modelling and intergenerational connections for disengaged youth via welding classes, while building a local employment pathway.
Lake Grace$6,500
Napier Progress Association IncRepairs to Napier Hall Roof
Help locals stay connected by restoring the community hall’s roof.
Napier$6,259
The Moore Catchment Council IncImproving the Capacity to Deliver Natural Resource Management Projects
Improve the council’s ability to support citizen science projects and services for the community through the purchase of new laptops.
Moora & Moore River Catchment (eight shires)$9,700
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Boyup Brook Community Mental Health Action Team IncRural Men's Resilience Project
Engage and support rural men and teenage boys’ recovery post-pandemic through a series of mental health events to build resilience, connection and capacity.
Boyup Brook$10,000
CWA WalkawayRenovation Stage 5 – Patio & Paving
Create additional activity space to promote social connection and sustain the work of volunteers post-pandemic by rebuilding the patio at a community venue.
Walkaway$10,000
Yawuru Jarndu Aboriginal CorporationNagula Jarndu (Saltwater Woman) Couture Wedding Collection
Enhance the recovery of First Nations women from COVID-19 by strengthening garment making skills and creating a wedding collection for unveiling at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’s Country to Couture showcase.
Broome$10,000

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

By Nina O’Brien, Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead

The call to action at this year’s Australian Disaster Resilience Conference is deeply apparent and has been reflected in most of the presentations, including my own – we must expand our understanding, balance investment, and elevate the voice of community, particularly First Nations people, to reduce the risks and impacts of a changing climate, and build collective resilience towards the increasing severity and frequency of disasters.

FRRR’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead, Nina O’Brien, presenting at ADRC23

At FRRR, we are addressing this call to action by working deeply with local groups that are on the ground, working to enhance the preparedness and resilience of their remote, rural and regional communities. Programs like Disaster Resilient: Future Ready, as well as the thousands of grassroots, community-based projects we support through small grants like SRC Prepare and Recover , and others such as Rebuilding Futures, allow us to learn from local leaders about the needs and priorities of their communities, and how we can best support them to build local resilience and disaster recovery.

My presentation spoke of the importance of balanced investment in people and processes, not just products and ‘things’ across the entire disaster cycle, with a specific focus on preparedness. Social, cultural, political, and human capital are equally as vital as built, financial and natural capital in bolstering resilience. This approach takes a holistic view that acknowledges the interconnectedness of all these facets of community life.

This is why I advocate that we must shift our focus from (often) the disproportionate investing in products and things (hard infrastructure, as we often refer to it) to prioritising people and processes (or the soft infrastructure).

Ultimately, it is the people and processes that really make communities tick and make a difference in effective disaster response, recovery, and preparedness.

This is reinforced by the findings of ongoing research that FRRR has commissioned alongside our learning partner, University of Sydney.

“Working in a community led way to build local resilience means that local community members act as equal decision makers with a range of other stakeholders (local government, emergency services, service providers, business) to address issues which are priorities for that community. Rather than a top-down approach, where decisions are made outside a community or are made by government or other formal authorities, community led resilience building starts and continues with listening and collaborating on the priorities of community members. Genuine ownership by the local community requires their active involvement in all aspects of resilience building, not merely consultation.”

Howard, A., Rawsthorne, M. and Joseph, P. (2022) Critical Dimensions in Community Disaster Resilience [FactSheet], University of Sydney for the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

The formal study has reinforced our anecdotal observations that when communities take the lead in driving resilience-building efforts, remarkable things happen. Whether tackling natural disasters like cyclones, bushfires, floods, or adapting to community shocks such as the loss of major services or industries, community-led initiatives tend to persist longer and have ongoing positive impacts. They foster local strengths that can adapt to a wide range of challenges over time.

This work provides an important formal evidence base for supporting grassroots not-for-profit organisations that are critical to nurturing the vitality of regional communities.

It also validates FRRR’s preferred approach of working alongside communities, mapping their assets and systems of interconnectivity, understanding their particular strengths and nuances, and viewing community life through resilience dimensions that help to identify and craft locally driven resilience initiatives.

Through diverse funding mechanisms that prioritise people and processes, we’ve seen tangible dividends in increased resilience. These include support for locally conceived projects and initiatives; building volunteer capacity and strengthening networks; resilience coaching, mentoring and support; strengthening internal organisational capacity; and fostering long-term project delivery capability through sustainable local partnerships.

FRRR’s Caroline Larcher, Brooke Williams and Nina O’Brien at ADRC23
FRRR team with Red Earth Community Foundation at ADRC23

And as a side note from ADRC23; the feedback from communities is clear. They want flexible funding criteria, longer timelines, negotiated measures of success, simpler forms and reporting – and patience from funders. As a mechanism to deliver support to approximately 1000 small projects per year; with around half of those related to disaster impacts; FRRR is working hard to meet these requests with flexible guidelines, negotiated timelines where possible, agile timing, and a streamlined approach to applying and reporting.

Without deliberate, balanced investment in social, cultural, political and human capital, alongside traditional capital, the impacts and harm from disasters will continue to escalate in our communities. We need a systems-based lens that prioritises people and processes to meet future community needs and challenges effectively.

The long-term benefits of this shift are significant; capable local individuals, agile community-based networks, strong not-for-profit organisations and ultimately resilient remote, rural and regional communities become the norm. This paves the way for a future where communities can thrive, adapt and face the uncertainties of a changing climate, with resilience and hope.

FRRR has awarded $1,340,387 in grants to 131 local groups across remote, rural and regional Australia for projects that support small yet vital community needs, disaster resilience and recovery and COVID-19 recovery initiatives.

The Geeveston Community Centre in Tasmania, received a $9,419 SRC grant in early 2022 to support the development of a micro-farm project.

The grants are awarded through FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program, via one of three streams of funding: Small & Vital (S&V), Prepare & Recover (P&R), or the Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC).

Collaboratively funded by donors ranging from private individuals to larger foundations, the SRC program supports a diverse range of initiatives across remote, rural and regional Australia. While each of the 131 awarded projects meets a unique local need, all funded initiatives have one thing in common – they each have a clear and direct benefit to the community and to those living locally.

Jill Karena, Place Portfolio Lead at FRRR, said it is truly inspiring to see the determination and resilience of community groups and local leaders, who continue to front up and strive for a stronger, and sustainable, rural Australia.

“In this round of SRC grants, we’ve seen a shift in project focus, with a significant increase in initiatives that address the wellbeing and sustainability of community organisations. The majority of these grants are for practical, infrastructure-related projects that will enable local groups in rural places to continue to provide vital services, and ensure community spaces are safe, secure and welcoming.

“Our RRC team continues to coordinate the new webinar series to support applicants called, ‘The Know and The How’. Clearly there’s a strong community appetite for topics that address fundamental issues for the not-for-profit sector, as the third session, focusing on strategic planning for community organisations, has already been booked out twice!” Ms Karena said.

“This is why we continue to see new, and returning, not-for-profits and community groups from remote, rural and regional communities across Australia applying for these grants. In fact, for nearly one third of recipients, in just this round of funding alone, this is the first time that they’ve applied for an FRRR grant.

“For those organisations that are previous grant recipients, the SRC program’s straight-forward application process, and the flexibility of the grants to fund local needs, are just some of the reasons they continue to apply for SRC grants.

“These grants may be relatively small, but they can make a mighty difference to a rural community! That’s why the focus of our end of year fundraising campaign is on small grants. All donations are gratefully received, no matter how small, as this program is needed more than ever,” Ms Karena explained.

Small & Vital

The S&V stream offers grants up to $10,000 for projects that strengthen community connections and meet local priorities.

In total, this round sees $380,177 in grants awarded to 48 local groups and NFPs through the S&V stream.

Three of the 48 projects funded through the S&V stream include:

  • St John Ambulance Australia NT Inc – Wurrumiyanga, NT – Increase access to life-saving equipment by providing defibrillators in three remote communities across the Tiwi Islands. $9,518
  • Nuriootpa War Memorial Swimming Pool Working Group (auspiced by Nuriootpa Futures Association) – Nuriootpa, SA – Expand opportunities for social connection and access for all-abilities through the installation of accessibility steps at a community pool. $10,000
  • Kilcunda Community Development Association Incorporated – Kilcunda, VIC – Improve access at a community gathering space and provide a safe, inclusive venue for older citizens by upgrading the entrance and deck at the Kilcunda Hall. $10,000

Prepare & Recover

In this round, 40 community organisations are sharing $627,307 in grants through the P&R stream. These funds will support rural communities impacted by climate-related disasters including the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires and the 2021-22 East Coast Australia flooding, plus other storm events.

The P&R stream awards grants up to $25,000 for local preparedness, recovery and resilience-building initiatives.

Three of the 40 projects funded through the P&R stream include:

  • St Helens Neighbourhood House Association Inc – St Helens, TAS – Improve the mental, physical and social health of a community recovering from bushfire and flood disasters through community garden activities and workshops. $25,000
  • Positive Change for Marine Life Limited – Brunswick Heads, NSW – Prepare for future climate-related impacts by delivering a community-led riparian restoration program in the flood-impacted Brunswick River to stabilise riverbanks and restore wetland vegetation. $24,941
  • Kalbarri Development Association Incorporated – Kalbarri, WA – Strengthen peoples’ connections and support SES volunteers to recover from the impacts of Cyclone Seroja by holding an event celebrating the community’s resilience. $22,500

Rebuilding Regional Communities – supporting COVID-19 recovery

Funded by the Australian Government, the RRC stream supports remote, rural and regional communities as they continue their COVID-19 recovery journey. This round, grants up to $10,000 were on offer, with $332,903 awarded to 43 local organisations, including:

  • MultiSkill Centre Ltd – Cloncurry, QLD – Provide mental health training to staff to enable them to better support disengaged young people accessing services after COVID-19. $9,316
  • Bellingen Youth Orchestra Incorporated – Bellingen, NSW – Rebuild connections, reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient community after COVID-19 by purchasing musical instruments and making them available to disadvantaged young people. $10,000
  • Warrnambool & District Community Hospice Inc – Warrnambool, VIC – Sustain the work of volunteers after COVID-19 through the development of a volunteer education and engagement program. $5,000

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by many generous donors, 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/.

A full list of grant recipients is detailed below.

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
SRC Round 16 - June 2023
NEW SOUTH WALES
Small & Vital
Clifton Community Food Garden IncorporatedHealthy Cooking for One
Provide a series of weekly, simple, healthy and affordable cooking workshops to build social connections and cooking skills to support people struggling with the increasing cost of living.
Sanctuary Point$4,570
CWA of NSW Collie Day
Evening Branches Country Women's Association of NSW
Collie CWA Cultivating Community Connections
Create a functional and welcoming space for the community by installing a shade structure and plumbing to supply rainwater at the Collie CWA Hall.
Collie$10,000
Dunedoo Historical Museum IncDigitising of Museum Catalogue
Digitise all items in the Dunedoo Museum to provide an accurate, easily shared catalogue, expanding its use and value to the community.
Dunedoo$3,758
Murrin Bridge Preschool Association Keeping Our Kids Safe
Contribute to the renovation of the Murrin Bridge preschool by installing a fence around the new playground, keeping the children safe and creating an inclusive community space.
Murrin Bridge$10,000
Nambucca Valley Phoenix LimitedPhoenix Work Crew
Purchase equipment for the Phoenix Work Crew to support the employment of people with disabilities.
Bowraville$10,000
The Colony Bees Association IncPollinate Country
Collaborate with community members, schools, local and Indigenous councils to establish a natural beekeeper education program to improve the local environment's resilience.
Lennox Head$10,000
Western Landcare NSW Incorporated2023 Western Warriors
Engage primary school children from Far West NSW in environmental conservation activities building their awareness and skills.
Broken Hill$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Bermagui Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism IncReBoot ReStart
Increase tourism and social wellbeing to support bushfire recovery in Bermagui by supporting a ReBoot fun run.
Bermagui$4,400
Inverell Community Youth CentreFloods and Fire Youth Resilience Program
Enhance the ability of the Inverell Community Youth Centre to support bushfire recovery by employing a therapeutic youth worker to run a youth resilience program and mentor volunteers.
Inverell$25,000
Milton-Ulladulla Youth Driver Education Program
Rotary Club of Milton Ulladulla Incorporated
Milton Ulladulla Youth Driver Education Program
Reduce vehicle-related fatality and injury rates of bushfire impacted young people through a Driver Education Program.
Marulan$10,000
Mission Australia HousingResilient Communities Project - MNC
Empower social housing tenants in the Mid North Coast to co-lead community planning for disaster preparation, response and recovery in partnership with key non-government partners.
Taree$24,960
Murramarang Community Garden IncMowbility
Support bushfire preparedness by purchasing an electric ride-on mower to increase volunteer participation in garden maintenance, regardless of physical abilities.
Bawley Point$10,000
Stokers Siding Dunbible Memorial Hall IncCommunity Hall Kitchen Upgrade
Upgrade the kitchen appliances in the Community Hall to meet Council regulations, cater to more community events and ensure organisational sustainability.
Stokers Siding$10,000
Surf Life Saving Far North Coast Branch IncDevelop Disaster Emergency Response Capability
Build capability and preparedness of emergency response groups by providing them with the necessary equipment to be able to respond to bushfires and other disasters.
Ballina$19,601
TenterLIFE Suicide Prevention Network IncTenterLIFE Suicide Prevention Network Inc
Boost community knowledge of suicide prevention through a series of Mental Health awareness events supporting ongoing bushfire recovery.
Tenterfield$6,070
Tweed Coast Youth Service IncorporatedMomentum Youth Festival 2023
Celebrate local youth for their resilience after bushfire and their achievements and passions by hosting the Momentum Youth Festival to encourage self-expression and socialisation.
Bogangar$10,000
WhereFishSing OZ Green-Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (Australia) IncorporatedCreating Resources to Build Future Food Resilience in and around Bellingen Shire
Prepare for future disasters after the 2019/20 bushfires by creating a climate specific food gardening resource to build food resilience in the Bellingen Shire.
Bellingen$9,766
Prepare and Recover - 2022 Floods
Eugowra Promotion and Progress Association IncorporatedPurchase Necessary Equipment to Renew and Re-establish the Eugowra Historical Museum
Contribute to disaster recovery by replacing office equipment and supplies at the Eugowra Historical Museum and Bushranger Centre that were destroyed in the 2022 floods to continue to share the rich stories of Eugowra and district.
Eugowra$16,320
Human Nature Adventure Therapy LtdConnected communities: Resilience Activities for Regional Young People
Support disadvantaged young people to contribute to their flood-affected communities by connecting them to volunteering in disaster response / resilience initiatives such as SES and the local Men’s Shed.
Ballina$20,000
Iluka Community Organisation Planning for Emergencies (ICOPE) IncHub ICOPE: Iluka Village Community Hub and Community Managed Evacuation Centre (CMEC) Equipment and Education Project
Improve emergency response and preparedness for natural disasters by equipping the Iluka Village Hub with resources and educational material to create an evacuation and information centre.
Iluka$14,495
Lithgow Environment Group IncorporatedCommunity Engagement for Pest Species (Indian Myna) Invasion Control and for Habitat Restoration for Native Fauna, with Social Impacts
Develop a community-led Indian Myna bird reduction program across Lithgow to help native flora and fauna recover after the floods and prevent future impacts.
Lithgow$20,040
Lower Lachlan Community Services IncFestival of the Lakes 2023
Boost social cohesion and connectedness in Lake Cargelligo to support flood recovery by hosting the Festival of the Lakes.
Lake Cargelligo$10,000
Positive Change for Marine Life LimitedRiver Warriors - A Community Driven Approach to Capacity and Resilience Building of the Brunswick River Catchment
Prepare for future climate-related impacts by delivering a community-led riparian restoration program in the flood-impacted Brunswick River to stabilise riverbanks and restore wetland vegetation.
Brunswick Heads$24,941
Rural Financial Counselling Service, NSW - Southern Region LimitedRecovery & Resilience Forums
Support recovery in the significantly flood-affected Central West and Riverina NSW by holding three workshops that provide financial advice and mental health information.
Parkes$11,094
Welfare Rights Centre LtdNorthern Rivers Communities: Ensuring Economic Safety for those in Crisis
Provide legal support to people in flood-affected Northern Rivers communities who are struggling to access Centrelink payments and dealing with unjust debts.
Lismore$25,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Bellingen Youth Orchestra IncorporatedBellingen Youth Orchestra Post-COVID Junior Woodwind and Brass Ensemble Initiative
Rebuild connections, reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient community after COVID-19 by purchasing musical instruments and making them available to disadvantaged young people.
Bellingen$10,000
Coolah Historical and Tourism Society Coolah District Development Group IncorporatedCunningham 200 Year Celebration
Reconnect residents, reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient Coolah community after COVID-19 by hosting an historical festival on the 200th anniversary of Cunningham exploring the Liverpool Plains.
Coolah$10,000
Hill End Arts Council IncHill End Analogue
Establish a unique biennial festival reflecting Hill End's contribution to the history of Australian photography to reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient community and enhance destination and cultural tourism after COVID-19.
Hill End$5,000
Kangaroo Valley Historical Society IncorporatedKangaroo Valley Historical Society Celebrates 70+ Years
Attract new volunteers, promote cultural heritage and engage with the community to enhance recovery from the pandemic through a presentation day celebrating 70+ years of the Kangaroo Valley Historical Society.
Kangaroo Valley$1,600
Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services IncVolunteering for Change
Increase interest in volunteering to sustain community organisations and their work after COVID-19 through an open day with entertainment and markets.
Wingham$8,300
Neighbourhood Centres of Bellingen Shire IncSMART Recovery Meetings - Life Beyond Addiction
Enhance the process of recovery from addiction that was exacerbated by COVID-19 through SMART Recovery meetings in Bellingen neighbourhood centres.
Bellingen$3,768
New England Garden Festival IncorporatedNew England Garden Festival
Enhance the process of social and economic recovery of Armidale and the New England region from the COVID-19 pandemic through the inaugural New England Garden Festival.
Armidale$6,000
Nowra Youth Services IncorporatedNYC Frequency Program
Create opportunities for COVID-19-impacted young people to gain new vocational skills and the ability to produce music in a recording studio through training a facilitator in sound production.
Nowra$7,150
Oriscon IncorporatedFestival of Colors 2024
Reunite residents, reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient community after COVID-19 through a free secular Festival of Colours, including a bonfire, performances and the sharing of international food.
Dubbo$5,000
Roseberry Creek Landcare IncValley Voices One
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient community after COVID-19 through a skill building and entertaining singing workshop.
The Risk$1,120
Tactile Arts Group at Kendall IncorporatedAcquisition of New Electric Ceramic / Pottery Kiln
Sustain the work of the TAG group and enhance their capacity for creative community engagement post COVID-19 by purchasing a larger, fit-for-purpose ceramics kiln.
Kendall$10,000
Tender Funerals Mid North Coast LimitedIncrease the Social and Economic Strength of the Kempsey Shire by Providing Affordable Funeral Services and After Death Care
Enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic for disadvantaged residents of the Kempsey Shire through offering affordable and culturally sensitive funeral services and after death care.
Kempsey$10,000
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Small & Vital
Careflight LimitedBuilding Resilience in the Community of Borroloola
Strengthen life-saving skills and abilities of first responders to assist critically ill or injured individuals in a very remote community by providing trauma first aid training.
Borroloola$8,560
St John Ambulance Australia NT IncTiwi Islands AED Project
Increase access to life-saving equipment by providing defibrillators in three remote communities across the Tiwi Islands.
Wurrumiyanga$9,518
QUEENSLAND
Small & Vital
Alpha District Tourism & Development Assoc IncDefibrillators for Alpha
Strengthen the lifesaving capacity of the community by purchasing and installing three defibrillators in publicly accessible locations.
Alpha$8,154
Back to the Bush Festival IncRegional Men's Health Initiative
Support men's mental and physical wellbeing by providing access to innovative and engaging health checks and educational sessions at the festival and associated car show.
Miles$6,974
CPL-Choice, Passion, LifeWheelchair Scales and Cordless Power Tools for People with Disability
Help people in wheelchairs to have better access to accurate medical advice with the purchase of OH&S-appropriate weighing equipment.
Toowoomba$4,413
Happy Valley Community Association IncHappy Valley Wildfire Preparedness Project
Improve the community’s capacity to respond to bushfires by purchasing two portable water tanks, suitable for use by waterbombing helicopters.
Fraser Island$10,000
LifeFlight Foundation Ltd'First Minute Matters' - Community Trauma Training Workshops
Strengthen local community’s ability to respond to medical emergencies by providing trauma first aid training to residences in Surat, St George and Condamine.
Surat$3,680
Malanda Community Kindergarten Assoc IncMalanda Community Kindergarten Major Playground Upgrade
Encourage children’s learning and development through play by installing a new all-abilities swing.
Malanda$10,000
Myall Park Botanic Garden LimitedUpgrading and Improving Social Media Platforms
Develop volunteers’ skills to digitally connect with their community and other special interest groups by purchasing and recording a series of virtual coaching sessions.
Glenmorgan$3,999
Ravenshoe Men's Shed IncNew Machinery to Provide Further Services to the Community
Improve the men’s shed’s ability to support and service the community through the purchase of new machining tools.
Ravenshoe$10,000
Riding for Disabled Association Maryborough IncPurchase of New / Replacement Horses for Maryborough RDA Herd
Improve the association’s ability to support and service the community thought the purchase of replacement horses.
Maryborough$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Amiens History Association IncAmiens History Association Shop Fit-out
Increase tourism, commemorate history and build the sustainability of the association post-Black Summer fires by outfitting a new retail space.
Amiens$9,557
Curra Country ClubDisaster Ready
Increase community preparedness for future disaster events post Black Summer fires and flood with the acquisition of a defibrillator and shed to storage emergency accommodation supplies.
Curra$16,552
Widgee District Hall & Recreation Association IncPainting of Widgee Memorial Hall
Restore a key community engagement and social connection space, also used as the Black Summer fires staging area by the Rural Fire Service, by repainting the 100-year-old Widgee Hall.
Widgee$10,000
Wild Horse FM IncWild Horse Wellness Project
Improve mental and physical health of community members recovering from Black Summer fires by integrating wellness practices into all station activities including radio broadcasts.
Yarraman$20,000
Prepare and Recover - 2022 Floods
Opera in the Gardens IncOpera in the Gardens Goondiwindi
Stimulate recovery and wellbeing for the flood-effected community by delivering art and cultural performances along with a skills development workshop for young people.
Goondiwindi$25,000
Peachester State School P&C AssociationStuck in the Mud - Oval Remediation Works
Boost the community’s ability to access emergency services during floods and other natural disasters by installing drainage on the oval and providing a safe landing area for rescue helicopters.
Peachester$24,799
Texas Arts Council IncorporatedTexas Has Talent - Community Showcase
Support the community to recover from flood impacts through the creation of a locally produced theatrical performance and people’s participation in the associated arts and wellbeing activities.
Texas$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation Inc Community Shared Working Space Improvement Development
Enhance the process of recovery from COVID-19 by expanding ‘The Platform’ as a place for remote workers to connect with the purchase of a new printer and keypad access locks.
North Burnett$9,362
Kilkivan Veteran's and Community Men's Shed Association IncCommunity Engagement & Rural Assistance
Build the capacity of the Men's Shed to provide services to disadvantaged residents after COVID-19 through the purchase of mowing equipment.
Kilkivan$7,267
MultiSkill Centre LtdHealthy Minds
Provide mental health training to staff to enable them to better support disengaged young people accessing services after COVID-19.
Cloncurry$9,316
Wondai Agricultural Pastoral and Industrial Society IncEnhancing Our Local Show & Christmas Eve Carnival
Enhance the process of social and economic recovery from COVID-19 through purchasing event equipment to enable the running of community festivals.
Wondai$4,699
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Australian Dental Foundation IncorporatedHealthy Smiles for Life Project
Enhance access for disadvantaged communities to vital health services by investing in equipment for a mobile dental clinic.
Peterborough$9,826
Foodbank of South Australia IncorporatedBuilding a Bridge of Hope: Upgrading the Food Hub in Murray Bridge
Boost organisational capacity to support disadvantaged community members through food relief service infrastructure upgrades to create a comfortable and dignified shopping space.
Murray Bridge$5,060
Kalangadoo & District Lions ClubDefibrillator for Kalangadoo Institute Memorial Hall
Support local capacity to provide emergency first aid and improve health outcomes by installing a defibrillator in a central location.
Kalangadoo$2,700
Nuriootpa War Memorial Swimming Pool Working Group
Nuriootpa Futures Association
Installation of Accessibility Stairs at Nuriootpa War Memorial Swimming Pool
Expand opportunities for social connection and access for all-abilities through the installation of accessibility steps at a community pool.
Nuriootpa$10,000
Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society IncPurchase of New Defibrillator
Strengthen volunteer capacity to deliver effective emergency first aid for people travelling through an isolated region by installing a defibrillator.
Quorn$2,700
Tintinara Playgroup Lion Club of TintinaraTintinara Early Childhood Learning Program
Support childhood learning and social wellbeing by engaging a coordinator to deliver an early-years program in a disadvantaged region.
Tintinara$8,000
University of South AustraliaRadical Rest: How do we Sustain Energy and Resilience in a Turbulent World?
Build young people’s resilience and wellbeing in a disadvantaged region through an immersive arts and science program.
Mt Gambier$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Coffin Bay Progress Association IncCBPA Community Hall Roof Restoration and Insulation Project
Support community bushfire preparedness by ensuring a pivotal hub is fit-for-purpose and energy efficient through insulating and reroofing the Coffin Bay Hall.
Coffin Bay$10,000
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network IncorporatedKangaroo Island Wildlife Carnival "Australian Sea Lions" 2023
Support economic recovery after bushfires and strengthen community connection to the natural environment through holding a festival showcasing a local wildlife species.
Cygnet River$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2022 Floods
Sammy D Foundation IncorporatedExpansion of Community Youth Mentoring to Murray Bridge
Boost organisational capacity to support mental health and wellbeing of young people impacted by flood events through access to a youth employment and mentoring program.
Murray Bridge$22,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Advancing Whyalla IncGarden Art and Colour
Reduce social isolation and foster a more resilient community after the impacts of COVID-19 through the delivery of outdoor art classes facilitated by a First Nations artist.
Whyalla$2,815
SA RWG - Clare Branch SA Rural Women's Gathering Association IncSA Rural Women's Gathering Clare 2023
Enhance opportunities for community connection and skill-building after COVID-19 through the delivery of a rural women's weekend event in Clare.
Clare$10,000
The Culburra and District Soldiers' War Memorial Hall IncorporatedCulburra Hall Toilet Facilities Upgrade
Sustain the Culburra Hall and the work of its volunteers after the pandemic by upgrading the toilet amenities to increase safety and hygiene for locals and visitors.
Culburra$9,114
TASMANIA
Small & Vital
Karinya Young Women's Service IncKYWS Workforce Engagement Project
Boost organisational practice and capability to meet the needs of young people at risk through staff attending two national conferences to build knowledge and networks.
Launceston$10,000
Lilydale Online IncorporatedLilydale Online Access Centre Technology Update
Strengthen the delivery of numeracy and literacy programs to improve employment opportunities through the purchase of IT equipment.
Lilydale$6,260
Nubeena Bee Festival Committee Rotary Club of Tasman Peninsula IncNubeena Bee Festival
Generate visitation and economic growth in Nubeena by delivering an educational festival celebrating the importance of bees and the environment.
Nubeena$6,820
Rocky Cape Public Hall IncorporationRocky Cape Community Hall Solar PV System Install
Enhance social wellbeing and improve environmental sustainability by installing a solar PV system at a community hall.
Rocky Cape$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
St Helens Neighbourhood House Association IncLocals Growing Locally
Improve the mental, physical and social health of a community recovering from bushfire and flood disasters through community garden activities and workshops.
St Helens$25,000
VICTORIA
Small & Vital
Avoca Friends of the Pool IncPool Lift
Enhance older people’s physical health and social wellbeing by installing an assistance lift to improve accessibility at the Avoca Pool.
Avoca$4,650
Casterton Memorial HospitalPathways to a Healthy Mind Workshop
Strengthen social inclusion and community wellbeing for disadvantaged people through the delivery of a facilitated mental health support program.
Casterton$5,240
Euroa Arboretum Committee of Management IncorporatedImproving Access to Horticultural Therapy in the Plant Nursery
Enhance volunteer capacity and retain ageing volunteers by providing mobile benches, stools and anti-fatigue mats to create a safe and inclusive workplace.
Euroa$10,000
Girgarre Community Group IncGirgarre Community Garden
Promote social connection and enhance food security by repurposing a neighbourhood house's ornamental front-yard into an edible community garden.
Girgarre$9,217
Goldfields Employment and Learning Centre IncFriday Feast @ Mill House
Boost social networks and improve nutritional health outcomes for vulnerable people, by holding free community lunches at a neighbourhood house.
Maryborough$10,000
Great Ocean Road HealthApollo Bay Youth Art Group
Support mental health and wellbeing of young people living in an isolated region by engaging a facilitator to deliver an arts therapy program.
Apollo Bay$10,000
Heyfield Community Resource Centre IncSupporting Seniors - Getting Out and About in Heyfield
Enhance social connections and wellbeing for senior citizens by delivering facilitated social activities and educational programs.
Heyfield$5,175
Kerang and District Community Centre IncEmergency / Food Assistance Program Development
Enhance health and wellbeing outcomes and empower community members to access nutritious food by expanding an emergency food relief program.
Kerang$7,100
Kilcunda Community Development Association IncorporatedReplace External Decking & Improve Disabled Access
Improve access at a community gathering space and provide a safe, inclusive venue for older citizens by upgrading the entrance and deck at the Kilcunda Hall.
Kilcunda$10,000
North East Support and Action for Youth IncorporatedWicking Garden Beds
Support disadvantaged young people experiencing hardship by developing a garden project to build social skills and improve health outcomes.
Wangaratta$9,418
Tatura Community House IncFood Relief
Revitalise volunteer engagement and boost a food relief program for disadvantaged residents by refurbishing a kitchen workspace.
Tatura$10,000
Venus Bay Tarwin Lower and District Men's Shed IncorporatedShed Educational and Modernisation Scheme
Contribute to life-long learning and provide a safe environment for older people participating in Men's Shed activities by upgrading tools and equipment.
Venus Bay$10,000
Whittlesea Men's Shed IncorporatedWomen’s Basic Woodwork Course
Increase volunteer membership and create opportunities for skills development and connection for older women by conducting a woodwork program.
Whittlesea$1,720
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Regional Arts Victoria BAD KIDS
Support bushfire recovery of young people in East Gippsland and foster connections across generations, through the delivery of a school-centred creative arts program at the invitation of the local community.
Mallacoota$25,000
Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia LtdEstablishing Permanent Capacity for Food Relief and Disaster Preparedness in East Gippsland
Improve health and wellbeing outcomes for vulnerable community members impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires through the construction of a food relief distribution facility.
Bairnsdale$25,000
Avenel Fire Brigade Country Fire AuthorityInforming and Strengthening the Avenel Community
Enhance bushfire preparedness through the display of emergency and safety information by installing an LED sign at the Avenel Fire Station.
Avenel$16,192
Bonnie Doon Community Group IncBilly's House: A Home for Bonnie Doon's History
Support connection to place and community recovery from the impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires and boost visitation by relocating an historic house to a prominent community precinct to become a local museum.
Bonnie Doon$20,000
Gippsland Lakes Complete Health Limited"The Rainbow Ball”
Foster mental health and provide opportunities for marginalised young people to connect and recover from the 2019/20 bushfires through the delivery of a community ball.
Buchan$10,000
Mansfield Autism Statewide ServicesTransport Connections Supporting Operation Gamechanger
Provide therapeutic care and emergency evacuation support for autistic children and young people living in a region impacted by bushfires, through the purchase of a 12-seater bus.
Mansfield$25,000
Tallangatta Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncorporatedConnection of Power & Water to our Recently Acquired Buildings
Support community preparedness for future emergency bushfire events by upgrading buildings at the Tallangatta showgrounds.
Tallangatta$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2022 Floods
Goorambat-Stewarton Fire Brigade Country Fire AuthorityChainsaw Electrification Project
Enhance organisational capacity and support flood recovery and preparedness volunteers by purchasing battery-operated chainsaw equipment.
Goorambat$4,335
Seymour District Arts Society Incorporated"Building Creative Communities"
Support community recovery and connection after devastating floods by providing shared lighting and other equipment for creative arts events.
Seymour$9,900
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Threatened Species Conservancy IncBringing Bird-Lovers Together: Building Post COVID Community Connections through Birds
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger community after COVID-19 through the establishment of a facilitated birdwatching group and citizen science activities.
Apollo Bay$10,000
Apex Club of Traralgon IncApex Park Traralgon
Reduce social isolation and enhance wellbeing after COVID-19 by installing fencing at a public play space to improve safety.
Traralgon$9,500
C-Doc LtdClub CDoc Creative Community Collaborations
Sustain and enhance organisational capacity post-COVID-19 via project management support to improve the delivery of community events and workshops.
Castlemaine$10,000
Colour Terang Festival Terang & District Progress AssociationMusic and Dance Stage at Colour Terang Festival
Celebrate local identity and reduce social isolation after COVID-19 by enhancing the staging of music and dance performances at a community festival.
Terang$7,706
Committee 4 Warrenheip IncWarrenheip Reflection Trail
Encourage access to nature activities to reduce social isolation and boost mental health post-pandemic by revegetating habitat surrounding new walking tracks.
Warrenheip$10,000
Cornishtown Hall Reserve Committee of ManagementCornishtown Hall Restoration Project
Increase community use of the local hall and boost social connection to enhance recovery from the pandemic through vital upgrades and repairs to the hall.
Cornishtown$10,000
Dunolly and District IncDunolly Gold Rush Festival
Strengthen and enhance economic and cultural recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by staging a community festival.
Dunolly $5,000
Everton Tennis Club IncSustainable Water Solutions at Everton Sports Complex
Foster a more resilient, socially connected community following the pandemic by upgrading facilities at an outdoor community gathering space.
Everton$8,275
Food for All - Swan Hill Region Swan Hill District HealthFood for All Edible Garden Expo 2023
Enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic through hosting an Edible Garden Expo to increase knowledge and skills.
Swan Hill$6,188
Horsham Arts Council IncReplace the Horsham Arts Council Building Roof
Sustain the work of volunteers and enhance access to social and creative activities post-pandemic through repairing the roof at a community arts building.
Horsham$10,000
Inverleigh Playgroup IncEnhancing Early Years Learning Experiences Through Playground Upgrade and Improvement
Reduce social isolation of young children and their families after COVID-19 by purchasing play equipment for a community playgroup.
Inverleigh$8,400
Jindivick Mechanics Institute IncorporatedSwitch on Cinema for Jindivick Community Hall
Foster vibrant community connections post-COVID-19 by installing AV equipment to enhance social and community activities at a local hall.
Jindivick$10,000
Living Well Yallourn North IncMental Health First Aid Training - Empowering Our Community
Reduce social isolation and foster recovery post-pandemic by providing mental health first aid training for volunteers to support the broader community.
Yallourn North$8,460
Mace IncorporatedCommunity Shed Climate Control
Increase the safety and amenity of a community shed and the work of volunteers after COVID-19 through installing a drop ceiling and split systems.
Mansfield$10,000
Mansfield Let's Talk IncMansfield Let's Talk Mental Health Training
Enhance mental wellbeing and foster a more resilient community after COVID-19 impacts by equipping 20 community members with mental health first aid training.
Mansfield$2,500
Mitchell Shire Concert BandBringing Music into the Community
Strengthen community connection and access to the arts post-pandemic by increasing the capacity of a concert band to perform at outdoor venues.
Seymour$5,145
Murrayville VFF / Landcare Group Landcare Victoria IncMurrayville Wetlands - Creating a Space to Invigorate and Invest in our Community!
Enhance access to nature and improve wellbeing after COVID-19 by installing recycled outdoor seating and tables at a nature reserve.
Murrayville$10,000
Ouyen Roxy Theatre IncorporatedDeveloping a Community Garden and Outdoor Space
Enhance community connection and reduce social isolation after COVID-19 by creating a community garden and outdoor space for gatherings.
Ouyen$10,000
Port Albert Water Sports and Safety Centre Inc A0013133GSafe, Clean and Thermally Effective Flooring
Increase opportunities for community connection post-pandemic by upgrading the safety of floor coverings at a key community hub.
Port Albert$10,000
Seed Lakeside Community Garden IncorporatedExpanding Boundaries - Seed Garden
Create opportunities for social connection and skill development to support recovery from the pandemic through installing fences to expand the use of a community garden.
Sale$10,000
The Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club IncorporatedUpgrade of PCSLSC Function Centre AV System
Encourage social connection and foster a stronger, more resilient community after the impacts of COVID-19 by upgrading AV equipment at a community hub.
Port Campbell$10,000
Warrnambool & District Community Hospice IncVolunteer Education & Engagement Program
Sustain the work volunteers after COVID-19 through the development of a volunteer education and engagement program.
Warrnambool$5,000
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Aldersyde Agricultural Hall IncorporatedOutside / Roadside Toilets
Improve visitation at the community precinct and enhance services by building an ablutions block for use by locals and tourists.
Aldersyde$10,000
Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre Aboriginal CorporationWarburton Women's Rockholes Project
Support the continuation of First Nations culture by recording important stories and knowledge of birthing traditions practiced by central desert communities.
Warburton$10,000
Quairading Community Resource Centre IncCreating Connections
Strengthen social connections and wellbeing by holding community market days, and yoga, craft and First Nations language classes.
Quairading$10,000
Shire of LeonoraLeonora Arts Program
Encourage more local involvement in the creative community by holding monthly arts and cultural activities.
Leonora$10,000
Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation IncStrong Law, Two-Way for Kutjungka Artists and Art Centres
Boost an art centre’s ability to support First Nations artists’ legal rights and responsibilities with access to legal advice on copyright, intellectual property and inheritance issues.
Tanami$10,000
Welbungin Sports and Progress Association IncWelbungin Centenary Celebration
Encourage people to come together to enhance a sense of community by holding dance and exhibition celebrating 100 years of settlement.
Welbungin$2,665
Prepare and Recover - Tropical Cyclone Seroja 2021
Kalbarri Development Association IncorporatedRebuild Kalbarri Community Hall - Celebrate the Volunteers who Returned Kalbarri to Normal after Cyclone Seroja
Strengthen peoples’ connections and support SES volunteers to recover from the impacts of Cyclone Seroja by holding an event celebrating the community's resilience.
Kalbarri$22,500
Mullewa Sports Club IncorporatedShade Sail Replacement
Provide protection from the elements with replacement of the playground shade sails damaged during Cyclone Seroja.
Mullewa$4,785
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Pinjarra Bowling and Recreation Club IncorporatedCooking for the Community
Sustain the community work of the club after COVID-19 by purchasing a commercial oven to increase their capability to host community events.
Pinjarra$9,910
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Harvey IncTo Update and Obtain Correct Equipment to Support Volunteers’ Wellbeing
Sustain the work of the Association and support RDA volunteers post-COVID-19 through the purchase of appropriate office and safety equipment to increase the ease of tasks.
Harvey$6,308

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

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

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

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

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

Small & Vital stream

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

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

Prepare & Recover grants

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

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

Rebuilding Regional Communities – supporting COVID-19 recovery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some more of the 176 projects funded include:

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

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

This program always accepts applications. Local NFPs and community groups are encouraged to review the program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at 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
NEW SOUTH WALES
Small & Vital
Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society - Narrabri North West District IncLecturer Fee Contributions
Sustain the capacity of the organisation to deliver accessible arts activities for the whole community by contributing to lecturer fees.
Narrabri$5,000
Carcoar Community AssociationRiver Yarn Fibre Festival
Provide opportunities for social connection and cultural enrichment by supporting the inaugural River Yarn Fibre Festival.
Carcoar$3,466
GRASP - Goulburn Regional Association of Sustainable ProducersGrowing the GRASP Hub on the Open Food Network
Support a community-owned online produce shop to provide access to healthy local produce and promote sustainable agricultural practices through purchasing equipment, recruiting / training volunteers and holding events.
Goulburn$9,919
Henty Public School Parents and Citizens AssociationBush Tucker Precinct
Enhance the thriving community garden by linking it to the Wiradjuri Bush Tucker and Yarning Circle cultural area to increase community knowledge of local Aboriginal traditions.
Henty$10,000
Inverell Art Society IncorporatedInverell Art Gallery - Supporting, Engaging and Developing Local Ceramic Artists
Foster skill development for local and emerging ceramic artists in Inverell by purchasing a new kiln and reference books.
Inverell$10,000
Lansdowne Public Hall Reserve Land ManagerInstallation of Security Cameras and Solar Security Lights to the Outside of the Lansdowne Community Hall
Enhance security for valuable historical works and items displayed at the Lansdowne Community Hall by installing solar powered external lighting and cameras.
Lansdowne$8,950
Parkes Bowling and Sports Club LimitedParkes Bowling and Sports Club Kitchen Oven Upgrade
Enhance the Parkes Bowling and Sports Club kitchen by removing the current industrial gas oven and installing a new one to increase the safety and capacity for use by the many non-sporting community groups that use the facilities.
Parkes$7,346
Peak Hill Preschool Kindergarten IncPeak Hill Preschool Expansion
Improve day care access for disadvantaged families by contributing to the development of a community-run long day care facility and community room in Peak Hill.
Peak Hill$10,000
Riding for the Disabled Assoc (NSW) - The Coonabarabran CentreFacilities Maintenance Program - Stage One
Enable programs to continue running by addressing safety issues at riding centre through repairs to the training hall.
Coonabarabran$10,000
Warren Chamber Music Festival IncorporatedBetter with Age!
Provide opportunities for social connection and cultural enrichment by holding a "Better with Age" event for the elderly, featuring a shared meal, live musical performances and poetry readings.
Gilgandra$8,079
Prepare & Recover
Adavale Lane Community Centre IncorporatedBuild Up the Grounds Around our Community Hall to Stop Flooding
Contribute to recovery and disaster preparedness by raising the ground level around Adavale Lane Community Centre to stop the hall flooding, ensuring community events can continue and enhancing community connectedness.
Goonumbla$24,250
Arts North West IncNew England North West Creative Flood Response Project - 'A Letter to My Returning...'
Engage artists from flood-affected communities to create artwork that responds to their flood experiences and interpretations for a public exhibition that will support community recovery.
Wee Waa$24,752
Bay FM Community Radio IncBroadcast Equipment Replacement to Build Organisational and Community Resilience
Build organisational capacity and bushfire resilience by upgrading the ageing broadcasting equipment, ensuring a reliable broadcast transmission service, particularly in the event of an emergency.
Byron Shire$24,920
Bombala Preschool IncBombala's Ngulla Garden Project
Support recovery from the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires and unprecedented rain by establishing a food forest garden, restoring the community and Indigenous gardens, and engaging experts to educate preschool families and community about food sustainability.
Bombala$25,000
Bowraville Arts Council IncBowraville Theatre Equipment and Technology Upgrade
Enhance Bowraville Theatre and contribute to bushfire recovery by investing in up-to-date equipment and technology, allowing a broader scope of events for the community, and encouraging new arts, performances and productions.
Bowraville$10,000
Broke Residents Community Association IncorporatedBroke Wellbeing Program 2023
Support the recovery of Broke residents after flooding through an ongoing well-being program to improve the mental health and resilience of community members.
Broke$24,800
Burringbar School of ArtsReplacement Roof for Burringbar Hall Disaster Distribution Centre
Enhance the Burringbar School of Arts Heritage Hall by replacing the rusted roof, ensuring the hall can continue to be used by the community for events and as a distribution centre for those in need during natural disasters such as bushfires.
Burringbar$25,000
Circartus Incorporated Reaching for Solid Ground
Increase organisational capacity by establishing a new position to support organisation sustainability and provide inclusive, healing, creative and fun circus skills opportunities for young people in the Manning Valley who are recovering from the impact of bushfires.
Wingham$24,050
Connecting Communities Australia LtdMogo - Aboriginal Lands Council Storage Shed
Contribute to the recovery of Mogo after losing several buildings in the devastating Black Summer bushfires by constructing a storage shed for the Aboriginal Lands Council to store essential documents.
Mogo$24,895
Deniliquin Business Chamber Incorporated Do it in Deni Street Bazaar
Strengthen community connections and boost tourism after the flood with 'The Deni Street Bazaar' a family-friendly event, celebrating the rural culture and lifestyle.
Deniliquin$10,000
Drake Village Women's Shed IncorporatedTrailer
Increase disaster resilience in the Drake community that was impacted and often isolated after the 2019/20 bushfires through purchasing and fitting out a trailer to provide residents and their livestock access to food and water in emergencies.
Drake$15,825
Early Links Inclusion Support Service IncorporatedPhysiotherapy Equipment
Address increased demand for therapeutic support since the 2019/20 bushfires and increase social inclusion and support for people with disabilities and developmental delays through additional physiotherapy treatment and equipment.
Kurri Kurri$10,000
Eden Community Access Centre IncEnabling Conversations That Matter: A Prepared Community
Provide an online resource to enable ongoing community conversations that support disaster resilience in Eden and surrounding villages after the 2020 bushfires.
Eden$5,400
Emerald Beach Fair IncEmerald Beach Fair
Strengthen community connectedness and recovery from the bushfires, floods and COVID through restarting the Emerald Beach Fair.
Emerald Beach$10,000
Granite Borders Landcare Committee IncorporatedStrengthening Rural Communities - Diverse Workshops that Educate, Engage and Improve Social Connectedness
Build community resilience, social connectivity, and environmental improvements through a series of free, landscape regenerative workshops for bushfire-affected residents in remote communities around Tenterfield.
Tenterfield$24,000
Kangaroo Valley Historical Society IncorporatedPreservation of Kangaroo Valley's History and Heritage through Quality Photographs
Support community resilience by purchasing a camera and macro lens used to capture Kangaroo Valley's bushfire recovery for local historical records.
Kangaroo Valley$1,650
Kempsey Showground Association IncorporatedLighting Upgrade
Upgrade to LED lighting in the hall to reduce operating costs and foster opportunities for people in West Kempsey to come together and support their bushfire recovery.
West Kempsey$6,836
Marine Rescue NSW - Kioloa Unit Volunteer Marine Rescue NSWAir Conditioner for Kioloa Unit
Support bushfire recovery and build organisational capacity by replacing or adding air conditioners to ensure the comfort of volunteers all year round.
Kioloa$6,150
Narooma Men's ShedMetalworking Safety Initiative and Activity Enhancement
Purchase appropriate lifting equipment and tools for the Narooma Men's Shed to reduce the risk of injury for members and enhance organisational capacity to support bushfire recovery projects for the community.
Narooma$7,137
Narooma Surf Life Saving Club IncProvision of Storage for Emergency Search, Rescue and Disaster Response Equipment at Narooma Surf Life Saving Club
Building preparedness in the event of a bushfire through the installation of mobile, modular storage cabinets enabling safe and organised storage of the club's 24/7 emergency response equipment, ensuring the club is rescue ready.
Narooma$1,799
Northern Rivers Food Incorporated2023 Harvest Food Trail
Enhance recovery of the flood-impacted Northern Rivers by supporting the Harvest Food Trail event, which brings the community together to socialise and enjoy local produce whilst supporting local businesses.
Tweed Heads$10,000
Resilient Lismore IncorporatedResilient Lismore Impact Measurement and Organisational Sustainability
Enhance the recovery process in flood-impacted Lismore by periodically collecting community recovery data through surveys to measure the impact of Resilient Lismore's work and inform new projects and sustainability planning.
Lismore$25,000
Resilient MurwillumbahMurwillumbah Get Ready
Support the flood-impacted Murwillumbah community to be more disaster ready by establishing a tools and equipment library for community-led disaster clean up and recovery.
Murwillumbah$25,000
River of Art IncorporatedMunggara-dha / My Home
Support community recovery and foster leadership and social connection after the devastating Black Summer bushfires by combining Aboriginal dance storytelling with contemporary art forms in a community driven process that will culminate in a live performance.
Mogo Village $23,100
Southcoast Health and Sustainability AllianceBrightening Batemans Bay Heritage Museum's Future Stage One
Support bushfire preparedness and enhance the viability of the Heritage Museum by installing solar panels that will provide energy to stabilise environmental conditions for the preservation of museum collections, reduce operating costs and enable the museum's continued operation in a power outage.
Batemans Bay$22,578
Twofold Aboriginal CorpThe Twofold / Jigamy Cultural Gardens & Syntropic Food Forestry Project (Stage Two & Three)
Develop a series of intergenerational and cross-cultural initiatives through creation of climate-resilient cultural food gardens to foster collaboration in mitigating the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires and future climate changes.
Eden$25,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Contact Inc Gainmara Birrilee Preschool Association IncMurra in Murra (Hand in Hand) Brewarrina - Planning for a Stronger Future
Enhance the COVID-19 recovery of 117 Brewarrina Aboriginal families by providing practical assistance, building social connections and cultural identity, wellness activities and a community garden.
Brewarrina$46,092
Contact IncorporatedBuilding Foundations for a Stronger Future
Build organisational sustainability through a series of professional development workshops facilitated by a skilled expert to support Contact's work to reduce negative impacts of isolation during COVID-19 for children and families.
Cootamundra$35,871
Gilgandra Community Garden Network Gilgandra CouncilGilgandra Cultural Precinct > Community Garden
Support COVID-19 recovery by establishing a community garden to reduce social isolation, providing an inclusive, tranquil setting that supports active and passive recreation for local children, youth, seniors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people culturally and linguistically diverse, those living with disability, and LGBTQIA+ community members.
Gilgandra$33,684
Turbans 4 AustraliaLismore Resilience Project
Enhance the process of COVID-19 recovery of disadvantaged members of the Lismore regional community through delivering food and personal care hampers with a new mobile food trailer and pantry, which will support and expand the organisation's outreach services.
Lismore$27,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Blue Mountains Artists CompanyLithgow Lowdown - Reimagining and Reinvigorating Community
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient community after COVID-19 by staging a live music and poetry slam / dance competition to bring together and reinvigorate youth and families through the arts.
Lithgow$10,000
Carries Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services IncorporatedStrengthening Service Delivery through Secure and Innovative IT Solutions
Sustain and enhance Carries Place's work with increased IT support over six months to improve internal capability and enable provision of reliable and secure remote services to vulnerable clients hesitant to engage face-to-face due to COVID-19 impacts.
Dungog$4,620
Creative Gunning IncCrafting Connections
Support Gunning's community and economic recovery from COVID-19 by delivering a series of art workshops and exhibitions to increase community connections, build volunteer skills, and increase visitation.
Gunning$9,901
Kempsey Flying Club LtdRural Community's Amenities Upgrade
Support COVID-19 recovery and sustain the activities of a range of community groups that use the Kempsey Flying Club facility by upgrading the space and purchasing a fridge, commercial vacuum, BBQ and projector equipment.
Kempsey$9,750
Manning & Great Lakes Early Intervention IncEarly Connections Playgroup
Re-establish a playgroup closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic to enhance the process of recovery for young children.
Taree$9,087
Nimmitabel Show Society IncUrgently Needed Equipment
Support community connection after COVID-19 by replacing damaged and ageing seating and purchase new equipment to sustain the work of the Show Society and enable the smooth running of the Nimmitabel Show and other community events into the future.
Nimmitabel$9,929
Sanctuary Point Public SchoolSing and Grow Singing Therapy Group
Enhance social and developmental recovery from COVID-19 for Sanctuary Point children and their families through establishing a singing therapy group.
Sanctuary Point$9,020
The Showground Workshop IncorporatedTaree Showground Mens' Shed COVID-19 Recovery
Boost the Men's Shed membership after COVID-19 by developing a new website.
Taree$2,000
Wentworth Area Landcare IncorporatedTrees for Pomona
Enhance COVID-19 recovery of the Pomona community by bringing residents together for a native tree-planting event to increase their feeling of belonging and community pride.
Pomona$10,000
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Small & Vital
MacDonnell Regional CouncilEmpowering Indigenous Youth Leaders to be Tomorrow's Community Leaders
Prepare youth for leadership roles through the expansion of the council's youth App to include governance and project management information and functions.
MacDonnell Regional Council's 12 communities$9,702
NT Writers' Centre IncRemote Writers' Development Workshops
Support new and established writers living in remote parts of the state by running satellite events and online workshops as part of the 2023 Northern Territory Writers' Festival.
Katherine$9,456
Victoria Daly Regional CouncilNoise Reduction at the Pine Creek Multi Resource Community Centre
Enhance public participation at meetings in a remote and under-resourced community by improving the acoustics at the community centre with the installation of heavy echo-reducing curtains.
Pine Creek$9,973
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Brown's Mart Arts LimitedConnecting Communities at Brown's Mart
Sustain Brown's Mart and their work through improved connections with the COVID-19 impacted community by upgrading communication technologies and increasing First Nation peoples' engagement and participation in the performing arts.
Darwin$38,652
The YMCA of the Northern Territory Youth & Community Services LtdCommunity Hub Project
Create a safe, welcoming community space at the Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) swimming pool for children, young people and families to re-connect after social isolation experienced during COVID-19, improving the community's physical and social health and fostering a stronger and more resilient community.
Santa Teresa$20,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Gupulul Marayuwu Aboriginal CorporationGupulul Community Homeland - Food Storage, Access and Security Project
Address food security challenges exacerbated by COVID-19 and sustain the work of the corporation through the installation of a commercial cool room storage unit on the community homeland.
Gupulul Homeland$10,000
QUEENSLAND
Small & Vital
Blackall Cultural Association IncorporatedBushman's Gallery Electrical Upgrade
Boost and strengthen the local economy by upgrading electrical wiring for better lighting at the Bushman's Art Gallery to increase engagement with, and acquisition of, local art.
Blackall$10,000
Border District EisteddfodBorder District Eisteddfod 2023
Cultivate young people's confidence, artistic endeavours and public performing capabilities by providing a local Eisteddfod.
Stanthorpe$9,605
FNQ Aviation Museum LtdMultipurpose Aviation Museum Hangar - Celebrating 80 Years of Mareeba Airport
Build young people's job readiness for careers in engineering industries by constructing a new hangar at the aeronautical museum to run a program with students restoring vintage airplanes.
Mareeba$10,000
Gold City Country Music Club IncBose Amplifier Tower
Improve the club's ability to provide free community entertainment by upgrading sound equipment.
Charters Towers$4,160
Gordonbrook Rural Fire BrigadeGordonbrook Rural Fire Brigade Station (Stage Two)
Improve comfort and amenity of the facility for emergency volunteers and community gatherings by installing floor coverings and painting internal walls.
Gordonbrook$9,332
Hillview Memorial Hall and Recreation Grounds IncLawn Mower Purchase
Support volunteer ability to maintain a welcoming community space by purchasing a ride-on mower to care for the grounds.
Hillview$7,730
Ingham Coast Guard - The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association IncorporatedImproving Access
Improve the Coast Guard's ability to support and service the community by building an accessible ramp and handrails.
Lucinda$10,000
Julatten State School Parents and Citizens AssociationCelebrating 100 Years Julatten / Bushy Creek / Euluma Creek State Schools Centenary 1923-2023
Encourage new community members and past students to come together to foster a sense of identity and community connection by jointly celebrating the schools' centenary anniversaries.
Julatten$5,650
Low Isles Preservation Society IncorporatedSupporting Local Student Visitation to the Low Isles Education Centre
Support students from disadvantaged outer regional schools to take part in a citizen science project and experience the Great Barrier Reef firsthand, integrating environmental awareness and STEM learning into the curriculum.
Port Douglas$10,000
Mount Morgan Citizens Club IncKitchen Compliance
Improve functionality of club's workspace for social connection and community gatherings by modernising the kitchen by adding stainless-steel bench tops and energy efficient appliances.
Mount Morgan$10,000
QCWA Branch CliftonInstallation of Air Conditioning to CWA Clifton Hall
Expand the use of the CWA hall by installing a heating and cooling system to make the community meeting space more comfortable and welcoming.
Clifton$3,990
Retreat Creek Campdraft Association IncConnecting Power to the Community Shed at Roy Day Park, Sapphire
Help locals come together and connect by installing electricity at the park's community shed to provide the first 'powered' public meeting space in Sapphire.
Sapphire$10,000
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch)
Emu Park Sub-Branch Inc
Emu Park RSL Mural
Creating a commemorative mural to help residents and visitors better understand the impacts of past conflicts on returned service people.
Emu Park$4,500
Roma Historical Precincts IncRoma Butter Factory - Workshop Building Upgrade
Improve volunteer experience and safety by installing accessible roller doors that enable local artisans to demonstrate old time trades and skills more easily for an interactive visitor experience.
Roma$10,000
U3A Cairns IncorporatedHealth, Wellbeing and Social Interaction through Low Impact Sports
Enhance older people's wellbeing through supporting physical activity and social connection by purchasing low impact activity equipment.
Mossman$5,205
University of Southern QueenslandAllora and the Australian Silo Art Trail: Enhancing Community Wellbeing
Boost tourism, amenity and community engagement in Allora through the co-design and installation of a mural representing important stories of the town.
Allora$10,000
Prepare & Recover
Mulgowie Public Hall Association IncorporatedLets Get it Happening at Mulgowie!
Strengthen the lifesaving capacity of a bushfire-impacted community by purchasing a defibrillator to enhance preparedness.
Mulgowie$2,950
Withcott & District Progress Association IncKitchen Renovation & Storage for the Community Hall
Improve functionality of volunteers' catering and working spaces, and comfort of users with renovations to an 88-year-old hall in a community impacted by bushfires and floods.
Postmans Ridge$21,150
Community Information and Resource Service Association IncorporatedCoolaFlix
Build community resilience and foster social connectedness after flooding in Rainbow Beach through the purchase of cinema equipment and film licensing fees to facilitate a series of community fundraising movie nights.
Rainbow Beach$17,510
Goomeri Pumpkin Festival IncPumpkin to Power Economic Recovery in Gympie Region!
Stimulate the community and economy post-flooding by hiring equipment to re-start the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.
Goomeri$15,000
Murgon Primary P&C AssociationMurgon Community Fair
Encourage people to come together and celebrate for mental wellbeing after the floods by establishing the Murgon Community Fair.
Murgon$10,792
North East Downs Landcare Group IncRehydrating to Regenerate the Landscape
Build environmental resilience to flood through encouraging the restoration of landscape hydrology cycles by providing 'natural sequence' education workshops in the communities of Peranga, Brymaroo and Maclagan.
Peranga$9,855
Tamrookum Memorial Hall IncorporatedRoof Repairs
Enhance the recovery of the Tamrookum community by providing a safe and dry community space through repairing the hall's roof damaged during a flooding event.
Tamrookum$24,420
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Boulia Camel Races IncorporatedLegacy - Boulia
Enhance the process of COVID-19 recovery, reconnect residents, reignite tourism and stimulate the economy in Boulia through the establishment of a community cooperative.
Boulia$50,000
Bundaberg Regional CouncilIntegrated Pathways at Kepnock (IP@K)
Enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic for disengaged youth in the Bundaberg area by facilitating work placement with the local agricultural industry and facilitating reengagement with educational activities and the broader community.
Bundaberg$50,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Cape York InstituteMayi Market COVID-19 Resilience Project
Sustain the work of the Mayi (food) Market by purchasing and installing freezers in four remote Cape York communities to boost food security in the event of future isolation such as that experienced during the pandemic.
Coen$9,592
Innisfail Community Band IncorporatedEnhancing Performance Capability at Outdoor and Large Open Space Community Cultural Events
Improve the band's capability to perform in a COVID-safe outdoor environment and sustain their work through the purchase of foldback speakers and the provision of appropriate sheet music.
Innisfail$3,000
Mossman State School P&C AssociationCommunity Navigator - Douglas Community Early Childhood Hub
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient Mossman community after COVID-19 by engaging a 'Community Navigator' to support families to learn about and access early years services and learning pathways.
Mossman$10,000
Rockhampton Women's Shed IncTool Kits
Reduce social isolation following COVID-19 and foster a stronger, more resilient community by providing basic start-up tool kits to establish the women's shed as a place of connection, and for developing skills and capabilities.
Rockhampton$9,979
Tully Nursing Home IncOutdoor Area Improvements
Encourage the COVID-safe reconnection of nursing home residents with family and friends through the purchase of outdoor furniture for visitation, reducing social isolation and fostering a stronger, more resilient community.
Tully$4,960
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Orroroo Regional Tourism Group - District Council of Orroroo CarrietonChats Over Charcoal
Enhance a men's support program and strengthen community wellbeing by providing a facilitated mental health and wellbeing workshop.
Orroroo$5,585
The Beltana Progress Association IncorporatedBeltana 150 Years On - A Celebration of Our Township
Boost local economy by increasing visitation to a remote location and support local cultural connections by engaging a bush band to perform at the Beltana 150-year milestone event.
Beltana$6,725
Yorke and Northern Local Health Network IncorporatedAboriginal 715 Health Check Incentive Shirts
Improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal people living in rural and remote regions by providing Aboriginal designed polo shirts to connect community members to a vital health check program.
Maitland$10,000
Prepare & Recover
American River Buick Orchard Reserve (ARBOR) - American River Progress Association IncAmerican River Community Garden
Support bushfire recovery on Kangaroo Island by enhancing a culturally significant orchard garden for broader community access.
American River$10,000
Berri Barmera LandcareThe Environmental Connection
Strengthen community connections and engagement to the local environment in a region severely impacted by recent floods, by holding six biodiversity education workshops.
Berri$10,000
Friends of Port Moorowie IncPurchase of a Ride-on Mower
Increase the capacity of volunteers to support bushfire preparedness and safeguard Port Moorowie by purchasing a ride-on mower.
Port Moorowie$5,000
Hardwicke Bay & District Progress AssociationProviding Cooking Facilities at Our Planned Beach Shelter / Lookout
Support community to live well in a remote place and strengthen recovery post-bushfires by installing a barbeque at an outdoor recreation shelter.
Hardwicke Bay$5,000
Marble Range Community & Sports Centre IncMarble Range Community and Sports Centre - Playground
Develop a safe space for children's play and provide a health and wellbeing activity to enhance community recovery from bushfires, through the development of a playground.
Wangary$10,000
Rotary Club of Onkaparinga IncOnkaparinga Rotary Fencing Project
Boost volunteer capacity to support community recovery post-bushfires through purchasing equipment to rebuild damaged fencing.
Lobethal$24,317
The Pine Village Land & Services Management Association IncorporatedImprove Access to Life Saving Equipment: Installation of a Defibrillator at Pine Village
Provide emergency first aid equipment to strengthen community recovery and support health outcomes for the Murray River flood-affected region by installing an external automatic defibrillator system.
Murbko$3,704
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
District Council of Tumby BayYouth Empowerment and Skate Activation Program (YESAP)
Reduce social isolation and build young people's resilience in a remote community impacted by COVID-19 by establishing a sustainable skate program designed to empower and connect young people.
Tumby Bay$39,820
Pine Point Progress Association IncorporatedConstruction and Establishment of a Community Shed to be Primarily Used for Storing Equipment and Undertaking the Sorting of Recyclable Deposit Containers and Modifying an Existing Shed for Cooking of BBQ's
Reduce social isolation and foster a more resilient regional community post-pandemic through establishing a community shed for community gatherings and storage of community assets.
Pine Point$17,321
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
BMW Football Club IncBuilding Successful and Resilient Leaders in the Upper North Community through a Champions Academy
Sustain the work of community organisations across the region and reinvigorate volunteering after COVID-19 through community-wide volunteer engagement and skill-building workshops.
Melrose$7,000
Bridge to Nowhere Arts Association IncorporationBTNArts Community Infrastructure Project: Enhancing Creative Space Usability Year Round
Enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a comfortable environment for seniors and encourage greater participation in activities at a local community arts facility through heating and cooling upgrades.
Warnertown$7,405
Community Care and Transport IncorporatedMelrose Office Upgrade
Sustain the work of the organisation post COVID-19 and improve amenity and comfort for volunteers through the purchase of new fit-for-purpose office furniture.
Blinman$2,670
Orroroo Recreation Group - Orroroo Football Club IncorporatedRoasting in the Roo - Camp Oven Cook Off 2023
Enhance the social and economic recovery of the Orroroo community from the COVID-19 pandemic by staging a two-day family-friendly festival.
Orroroo$10,000
Southern Yorke Peninsula Agricultural Society IncorporatedSYP Show Pavilion Salt Damp Project
Sustain the organisation and its work following the pandemic through building repairs to a local heritage building to provide a safe, fit-for-use community meeting place.
Minlaton$10,000
The Booleroo and Districts Men's Shed IncorporatedInstallation of Reverse Cycle Air-Conditioning to Meeting Area of Facility
Sustain the Men's Shed and its work after COVID-19 by improving conditions in the facility through the purchase and installation of air conditioners.
Booleroo Centre$10,000
TASMANIA
Small & Vital
Central Coast Marine Rescue and Training - Surf Life Saving in Tasmania IncAquatic Emergency Preparedness for Volunteers at Central Coast Volunteer Marine Rescue
Enhance community safety and boost volunteer capacity through expansion of training and lifesaving equipment.
Ulverstone$9,383
St Helens Online IncSafety and Training for Volunteers at St Helens Online Access Centre
Support and boost volunteer participation through the delivery of appropriate IT training and security upgrades to provide a safe work environment.
St Helens$1,459
Turrakana Tasman Arts IncLightwave Festival 2023
Boost community social wellbeing and foster increased visitation to Nubeena by supporting community workshops and musical performances at a mid-winter creative arts festival.
Nubeena$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Launceston City Mission IncThe Ark - Youth and Community Hub Outdoor Area
Reduce isolation and foster a more resilient community post-pandemic through developing of a community youth hub for disadvantaged young people.
St Leonards$45,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Motherland LtdMotherland Village - Reducing Crippling Social Isolation & Connecting Rural Mums
Reduce social isolation after the pandemic for new mothers and foster stronger, more resilient regional communities through the creation of an innovative online rural mother's group.
Dunorlan$10,000
Mount Roland Land Care IncReconnecting with Community and the Mount Roland Environment - Part Two
Reduce social isolation in Mount Roland by facilitating a public tree planting festival, creating new connections to foster a stronger, more resilient community after COVID-19.
Sheffield$3,489
VICTORIA
Small & Vital
Bendigo Science and Technology Museum IncThe New Bendigo Planetarium
Enable rural and regional school students to access a science education program that will feature Djaara First Nations astronomy knowledge, through the development of a new planetarium.
Bendigo$10,000
Cowwarr Recreation Reserve Committee of Management IncorporatedCowwarr People's Shed
Boost social engagement activities and support capacity of volunteers to maintain a community space through the purchase of a storage shed.
Cowwarr$9,624
Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre IncCommunity Co-Working Spaces
Expand organisational capacity of a Neighbourhood House to support community members working remotely, through the establishment of a co-working office space.
Daylesford$10,000
Donald 2000 IncDonald Social Housing Strategic Plan
Engage with community and stakeholders to develop a social housing strategic plan for social and affordable housing solutions for disadvantaged people in the community of Donald.
Donald$10,000
Fairfax Youth Initiative
Swan Hill Rural City Council
The Marruk Project
Support youth and First Nations people's engagement in the creative arts and promote wider community connection to local culture through the development of a theatre program.
Swan Hill$10,000
Fishy Stories Fabelo IncorporatedFishy Stories: The Fish Creek Children's Festival of Stories
Engage young people in a creative writing and skill development program and improve literacy outcomes through the delivery of a children's storytelling festival.
Fish Creek$10,000
Golden and Paradise Beach Ratepayers and Residents Association IncorporatedGolden Paradise Beach Community Tourist Park (Facilities Toilet Block)
Increase visitation to a community precinct and improve access and inclusion for all-abilities through an upgrade of toilets to meet disability standards.
Golden Beach$8,336
Grampians HealthEssential Aids and Equipment Loan Service
Empower older people in the West Wimmera district to live safely and independently at home through access to a disability equipment loan program.
Edenhope$9,975
Loch & District Bowling Club IncAll Welcome @ Loch
Improve access to social activities for all abilities by upgrading a bathroom to current disability standards at a key community venue.
Loch$9,683
Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre IncCommunity Social Space
Provide a comfortable environment for older people participating in wellbeing activities by providing accessible furniture and a smart TV to engage in online group sessions.
Gisborne$8,759
Minyip Progress Association IncWest Wall Repairs to Emma's Building
Foster connection to place and opportunities for social engagement by repairing a salt-damaged wall in an iconic community-owned building.
Minyip$10,000
Morwell Historical Society IncImprovements to Upgrade a 70-year-old Kitchen - Stage Two
Provide a fit-for-purpose venue for older participants and volunteers by upgrading the 70-year-old kitchen.
Morwell$10,000
Next Gen Theatrical IncNext Gen Presents...
Provide a social wellbeing program to support marginalised communities in Gippsland and enhance the creativity of a theatre company through the provision of performance venue hire.
Traralgon$10,000
Numurkah Toy LibraryNumurkah Toy Library Building Capacity Project
Support children's early education and development by providing a safe and efficient storage area for toys and equipment.
Numurkah$9,612
Pomonal Men's Shed IncorporatedBetter Access and Storage
Support men's health and wellbeing activities by constructing a slip-resistant pathway and storage area to enhance the maintenance workshop.
Pomonal$8,659
Pomonal Progress Association IncorporatedCommunicating, Our way Forward
Strengthen capacity of the Pomonal community to collectively support each other, particularly during community emergencies, by engaging a consultant to facilitate a community resilience workshop.
Pomonal$1,290
Stanhope & District Development Committee IncRSL Seating and Montevideo Mural All Weather Shelters
Encourage visitation and community engagement by installing shelters at two outdoor gathering spaces in Stanhope.
Stanhope$10,000
Tarrangower Village IncVillage Living
Improve access to affordable housing for older people by engaging a consultant to develop a financially sustainable masterplan for a community-owned and managed retirement village.
Maldon$10,000
The Patch Community Garden
The Trustee for The Salvation Army (Victoria) Property Trust
Enhancing our Community Space
Encourage participant engagement and promote greater nutritional health outcomes for disadvantaged community members, by providing a rotunda to shelter volunteers from weather extremes at a community garden.
Horsham$10,000
Wodonga Senior Secondary CollegeCommunity Pathways Connections
Foster lifelong learning and promote community connections through the establishment of an arts and vocational skills project to support disengaged school students.
Tatura$10,000
Yea Community Service Group IncThe Community Sufficiency Project
Educate community members in self-sufficiency skills and build resilience to climate challenges through the facilitation of 12 workshops.
Yea$7,183
Prepare & Recover
Alpine Multi Skill GroupUpskill Community Workshops
Support recovery from bushfires and develop networks between community groups through the provision of craft and skills workshops.
Bright$8,430
Ardoch LimitedSupporting the Wellbeing of Children in Regional Victoria through the Arts
Support the mental health and wellbeing of children impacted by bushfires through the development of a creative arts program.
Wangaratta$10,000
Arts Council of MansfieldMansfield Arts Collective Studios (MACS) Future Proofing Upgrade
Support recovery from the impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires through upgrades to a community facility to provide a fit-for-purpose and comfortable arts activity centre.
Mansfield$9,859
Boort Resource and Information CentreBoort Meet and Eat
Support flood recovery and boost local connections by bringing the people of Boort together at a free shared community meal event.
Boort$9,090
Committee for Echuca Moama IncorporatedLet's Get Connected
Build group connections and support social and economic recovery of flood-impacted communities by providing a business networking event for women.
Echuca$10,000
Coonooer Bridge Fire Brigade Country Fire AuthorityCoonooer Bridge Fire Brigade Wildfire Thermal Imaging Camera Project
Enhance volunteer capacity and community safety by providing volunteer fire fighters with vital safety equipment to detect fire hotspots.
Coonooer Bridge$3,614
East Gippsland Festivals LtdOn Foot in the High Country
Support the social and economic recovery of bushfire-impacted communities by providing three curated walks in the Omeo region, as part of the East Gippsland Winter Festival.
Swifts Creek$7,100
Goulburn Valley Sports Assembly IncOn the Front Foot
Enhance the recovery of flood-impacted communities and improve wellbeing outcomes by providing a mental health referral and support program.
Seymour$10,000
Indigo Valley Landcare Group IncConnecting on Country: Building a Relationship Between Landcare and Traditional Custodians through Exploration of the Cultural Landscape
Build First Nations recognition and boost bushfire recovery by filming Duduroa Dhargal workshops to share cultural geography knowledge with Landcare groups and the wider community.
Yackandandah $9,970
Koondrook Development Committee IncorporatedCelebrating the Paddleboat Heritage of Koondrook
Enhance regional recovery and promote community resilience by supporting a paddleboat centenary-heritage project and community festival to bring people together.
Koondrook$24,500
Life! Central Services IncoporatedRural and Remote Digital Suicide Safety Initiative
Enable a suicide safety organisation to expand their reach and support communities recovering from bushfires by providing workshops and an online interactive program.
Corryong$25,000
Mansfield Historical Society IncMansfield Heritage Museum - Mansfield Historical Society - Mansfield Courier Restoration Project
Enhance community connection and celebrate local identity in a bushfire-impacted region by restoring and safeguarding local historical artefacts.
Mansfield$10,000
Meredith Community Centre IncIntergenerational Community Lunch
Provide activities that support bushfire recovery and encourage community engagement by running a series of community lunches to bring different age groups together.
Meredith$6,000
Myrtleford Chamber of Commerce & Industry IncAlpine Outreach Mobile Facility
Provide a mobile health and wellbeing service to support community recovery from bushfires in Victoria's Alpine region through the purchase of a vehicle.
Myrtleford$25,000
Raymond Island Community Association Inc - East Gippsland Shire CouncilDisabled Amenity Upgrade as Part of Raymond Island Hall Extension and Renewal
Provide an inclusive venue for all abilities and enhance bushfire preparedness by improving disability access at a community gathering space.
Raymond Island$25,000
Rochester & District Horse and Pony Club IncRebuilding our Community Kitchen
Boost community wellbeing outcomes and enhance the process of recovery from a flood event by replacing water-damaged kitchen equipment and walls in a key community facility used by a number of organisations.
Rochester$9,037
South West Alternative Medium Project IncTwo Rivers Gallery and Artspace Upgrade Project
Strengthen First Nations Gunditjmara culture and expand opportunities for bushfire-affected community members to participate in art and craft activities to assist their recovery through the repair of a gallery roof.
Tyrendarra$10,000
Startup Shakeup LtdTown Teams for Innovation
Support recovery from the impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires and strengthen community connections by providing an IT training initiative.
Bright$25,000
Up2Us Landcare AllianceNew Volunteering Models to Help Transform Volunteering in Mansfield
Boost Landcare memberships and provide younger participants with training and leadership skills to support bushfire recovery by delivering a two-day leadership and mentoring workshop.
Mansfield$9,500
Upper Murray Performing Arts IncSnowy Mountain Tango Festival 2023
Encourage community connection and generate economic growth by delivering a creative dance festival that will increase tourism in a township recovering from bushfires.
Corryong$10,000
Warracknabeal Action GroupEaster In the Beal
Encourage visitation and support community recovery after devastating floods by expanding the Easter festival to provide additional entertainment and activities.
Warracknabeal$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Regional Community Vet ClinicBuild Our Not-for-Profit Community Vet Clinic
Reduce social isolation, provide volunteer opportunities, and foster resilience post-pandemic through supporting the establishment of a low-cost vet clinic for the companion animals of disadvantaged community members.
Castlemaine$50,000
Regional Food Security Alliance IncGrowing and Strengthening Volunteerism in the Food Relief Sector in Country Victoria
Sustain the work of the Regional Food Security Alliance (RFSA) by developing resources to support volunteer recruitment and retention at food relief agencies across regional Victoria, with demand for services exacerbated by COVID-19.
Mildura$47,050
Tonimbuk East HallReconnecting, Rebuilding and Reimagining our Community
Enhance the process of community recovery from the pandemic by upgrading the outdoor space of a local hall to encourage community re-engagement.
Tonimbuk$50,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Budgeree Hall Reserve Committee Inc- Budgeree Hall ReserveBudgeree Hall Shed
Encourage greater usage of a community hall to reduce social isolation after COVID-19 through the purchase of a shipping container for the safe storage of equipment.
Budgeree$4,500
Destination Phillip Island IncHire an Operations Coordinator to Grow the Island Whale Festival
Revitalise tourism after COVID-19 and inform visitors about sustainable conservation by hiring a coordinator to run a three-day festival during Phillip Island's winter whale migration.
Cowes$10,000
Destination Rupanyup IncorporatedS.A.T Fest Rupanyup (Silo Art Trail Festival)
Collaborate and connect people, community and business to enhance the process of COVID-19 recovery by staging a community festival.
Rupanyup$10,000
Dimboola Town Committee - Hindmarsh Shire CouncilWimmera Steampunk Festival 2023
Strengthen and enhance the economic and cultural recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by staging a community festival.
Dimboola$10,000
Jumbunna Public Hall IncorporatedFix Jumbunna Hall Structural Problems
Ensure the continued use of the community hall following the pandemic through essential structural subfloor repairs.
Jumbunna$10,000
Laharum Public HallSmall Halls Festival
Celebrate community, reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient Laharum after COVID-19 through hosting a Festival of Small Halls event.
Laharum$3,500
Merton Recreation and Memorial Hall Reserves IncorporatedRefurbishment, Repair and Renewal of Merton Recreation Reserve Pavilion
Encourage increased community use of the Reserve building through vital upgrades and repairs, to enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Merton$10,000
Ouyen Festivals Committee IncorporatedMallee Root Festival
Enhance the process of recovery of regional communities from the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging reconnection through staging a community festival.
Ouyen$10,000
Poowong Public Hall IncReplace and Purchase New Chairs for Seating at the Poowong Hall
Enhance the process of recovery of the community from the pandemic by increasing the amenity and capacity of the hall through the purchase of new seating.
Poowong$3,875
Stanley Athenaeum & Public Room Indigo Shire CouncilRevitalise and Reinvigorate
Increase capacity and amenity to sustain the work of the Stanley Athenaeum volunteers after COVID-19 through the construction and installation of new work benches and storage.
Stanley$4,862
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Cervantes Community Men's Shed IncClearing and Fencing, Step One in Building Our Men's Shed
Improve the Men's Shed's ability to support and service the community through the development of the group's new shed site.
Cervantes$10,000
Great Southern Employment Development CommitteeWheels for Work Great Southern
Strengthen employability of disadvantaged job seekers with expansion of a successful driver licensing program into additional outer regional communities and the translations of resources into different languages.
Albany$10,000
Kununurra Agricultural SocietyClowning Around with Science
Cultivate young people's wellbeing and education through play by running a series of free science and circus skills workshops at the 2023 Kununurra Agricultural Show.
Kununurra$10,000
Moore Clothes IncVerandah Curtains / Blinds
Encourage people to come together and connect by creating a space for community gatherings and volunteer events with the addition of outdoor blinds to enclose a verandah.
Gabbadah$9,300
Shire of Mt MarshallMt Marshall Community Gardens
Encourage a healthy lifestyle and promote inclusion for a small remote community struggling with mental health issues through the development of two community gardens.
Bencubbin$10,000
Prepare & Recover
Shire of CarnamahContinued Connectivity
Improve the community's resilience for future emergency responses during cyclones by upgrading the medical centre's electrical switchboard, enabling connection to back up generators during power outages.
Carnamah$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Autism Camp AustraliaHelping Hand WA
Strengthen the skills and abilities of financially disadvantaged and remotely located autistic children and their families, as a vulnerable cohort impacted by COVID-19, to reduce social isolation and foster resilience by attending a strength-based capacity building camp.
Bicton$50,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Harvey Community Resource Centre IncHarvey CRC Outdoor Cooking Adventure
Encourage community groups to have safe outdoor gatherings and enable fundraising activities to sustain the organisation's work following the pandemic through the purchase of an outdoor kitchen that will be available for hire.
Harvey$7,272
Newman Neighbourhood Centre Inc2023 Newman Pride Festival
Reduce social isolation experienced by LGBTQIA+ people following COVID-19 and foster a stronger more resilient and inclusive community through holding a Pride Festival.
Newman$9,350
Teach Learn Grow IncRural Program
Enhance the process of recovery for remote primary students experiencing educational disadvantage exacerbated by the pandemic through providing free one-on-one tutoring and mentoring support.
Kondinin$10,000
Wyalkatchem Community Resource Centre Inc2023 Wylie Arts Expo
Reconnect residents after the pandemic through an inclusive arts expo with a focus on First Nations culture, reducing social isolation and fostering a stronger, more resilient community.
Wyalkatchem$7,004
Yongernow - Ongerup Community Resource Centre IncDon't Lose your Head
Reduce social isolation and foster community resilience after COVID-19 by providing a free program of mental health and wellbeing activities for adults, children and youth.
Ongerup$4,500

Earlier this year, one of FRRR’s long-term supporters, the Pratt Foundation, made a generous $250,000 donation to FRRR’s Flood Recovery Appeal to support Victorian areas affected by the flood.

IMAGE: Community Hall with boxes of food lining the space. HEADING: Vital funding already supporting flood-affected Victorian communities
Rochester Community Hall

Over the last two months, FRRR has leveraged its networks to make ‘quick response’ grants to 23 community groups and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations in flood-affected areas of Victoria. The grants are helping to meet short-term recovery needs and help communities as they begin to get up and running again following the flooding events of this past summer.

Anthony Pratt, Chairman of the Pratt Foundation, said the work of the flood-affected not-for-profit groups is admirable and critical to recovery.

“The organisations that have benefitted from these grants are key to the recovery of these communities following the floods. We are very happy to be able to assist their efforts to provide support to the most vulnerable in the community, by providing the resources they need to start building back,” Mr Pratt said.

Sarah Matthee, FRRR’s Acting CEO, said the projects receiving funding will be crucial to the recovery process in the coming months.

“The Pratt Foundation’s generous support has enabled FRRR to work closely with communities across flood-impacted areas of Victoria to identify organisations who are playing key roles in recovery, by responding to local priorities.

“These grants are supporting a range of projects, including many neighbourhood and community houses, who are acting as key hubs to support community members, particularly vulnerable people. The funding will also help communities to build capacity, through activities such as mental health first aid training, so that they are better able to navigate disaster response and recovery challenges that they are likely to face in the coming months. Other grants focus on the repair of critical infrastructure, such as local community radio facilities, and providing immediate aid, such as distributing insect repellent to reduce the risks of mosquito borne diseases.

“This funding will not only help to address short-term challenges these flood-impacted communities are facing, but will also contribute to the long-term social and economic recovery of these areas,” Ms Matthee said.

Three of the 23 projects funded are listed below:

  • Rochester Community House Inc – Rochester, VIC – Rochester Community Flood Recovery – Boost ability of a community house to provide emergency assistance through additional staffing hours. $10,000.
  • International Association for Psychiatric Nurses – Shepparton, VIC – Mental Health First Aid Training – Support community recovery from flood events with mental health first aid training to build awareness, healing and recovery skills. $10,000.
  • Gnarly Neighbours – Seymour, VIC – Supporting Youth Programs – Boost organisational capacity and support young people impacted by flood events to access youth programs. $10,000.

The full list of projects funded can be accessed on the FRRR website.

The Prepare & Recover stream of the SRC program is accepting applications to support disaster-impacted communities. More information is available at https://frrr.org.au/src-prepare-recover/.

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

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
VICTORIA
Bonnie Doon Football Club Inc

Drainage at the Reserve
Support emergency service response teams and strengthen community safety outcomes after a flood event, by building a drainage outlet.

Bonnie Doon$8,072
Bridgewater Recreation and Public Reserve Committee IncorporatedCleaning after Blaze Aid
Boost volunteer capacity and community recovery through purchasing new equipment and cleaning a BlazeAid staging ground.
Bridgewater$2,157
Cohuna Neighbourhood House IncorporatedFuture Printing Project
Enhance Cohuna Neighbourhood House’s provision of information and support to flood-impacted community members by purchasing a multi-functional printer / photocopier.
Cohuna$10,000
Echuca Historical Society IncorporatedTwo Men in a Boat Exhibition and Riverlife & Romance: a Tribute to "All The Rivers Run" Film
Foster social reconnection and recovery in a flood-impacted region through free community events at the Echuca Museum.
Echuca$2,250
Echuca Neighbourhood House IncENH Flood Recovery Program
Strengthen a Neighbourhood House's capacity to deliver emergency response and support community recovery from floods through the provision of material aid.
Echuca$10,000
Gnarly NeighboursA Roof for Gnarly Neighbours
Boost organisational capacity and support young people impacted by flood events to access youth programs by covering rental costs to temporarily house equipment and provide a space resume regular programs and workshops.
Seymour$10,000
Greater Shepparton Foundation LimitedMosquito Borne Disease Education and Intervention Project
Supporting flood recovery and health promotion in multicultural communities through developing educational material and distributing insect repellent to reduce the risks of mosquito borne diseases.
Shepparton$10,000
Heathcote Community House IncorporatedHeathcote Community Flood Recovery & Support
Boost Heathcote Community House’s capacity to deliver targeted support and programs for flood-impacted community members by funding community mental health programs (particularly for vulnerable and elderly residents) and extended hours to meet community need.
Heathcote$10,000
Indigo Shire CouncilFLOOD RECOVERY EXPO "Are You Bogged Mate!"
Strengthen recovery and wellbeing by holding an information and mental health expo for the agricultural sector in the Indigo Shire.
Rutherglen$7,560
International Association for Psychiatric NursesMental Health First Aid Training
Support community recovery from flood events with mental health first aid training to build awareness, healing and recovery skills.
Shepparton$10,000
Lockington Recreation Reserve IncorporatedLockington and Surrounding Districts: Flood Recovery Assistance
Sustain volunteer capacity and support community recovery through cleaning and covering utility costs at a BlazeAid staging ground.
Rochester$3,000
Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre IncStrengthening Mooroopna Education and Activity (MEAC)
Strengthen community resilience and recovery by extending the delivery of community hub activities and programs for flood-impacted community members.
Mooroopna$10,000
Nathalia & District Community Assoc IncSafe Streetscape
Strengthen Nathalia Community House’s support for flood-impacted community members through upgrades to food relief storage, paths and seating areas.
Nathalia$7,377
Neighbourhood House Murchison (VIC) IncMurchison Flood Recovery Programs and Activities
Foster community connectedness and recovery in flood-impacted Murchison through supporting Murchison Neighbourhood House activities and programs.
Murchison$10,000
Nexus Primary HealthSeymour Food Relief Collaborative
Improve health and wellbeing outcomes for flood-impacted community members by supporting local food relief.
Seymour$10,000
Raywood Recreation Reserve Committee of ManagementReplacement Mower for our Six Acre Recreation Reserve
Increase the capacity and capability of volunteers to support preparedness and recovery from natural disasters through replacing a flood damaged mower.
Raywood$10,000
RDA Seymour Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria IncFeed the RDA Horses
Boost the capacity of a disability organisation impacted by severe flooding by subsidising operational costs for the upkeep of horses for a riding for the disabled program.
Seymour$10,000
Rochester Agricultural and Pastoral Association Inc2023 Rochester Show
Enhance regional recovery and promote community resilience by providing entertainment at the annual agricultural show to bring people together post-disaster.
Rochester$10,000
Rochester Community House IncRochester Community Flood Recovery
Boost ability of a community house to provide emergency assistance through additional staffing hours to support flood recovery.
Rochester$10,000
Rochester Secondary CollegeAnglesea or Bust!
Foster social connection and enhance young people's recovery from flooding events by subsidising a school camp.
Rochester$10,000
Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncorporatedFlood Recovery
Strengthen volunteer capacity to run upcoming annual events and support community recovery from a natural disaster by purchasing furniture and equipment.
Seymour$9,584
Seymour Performers' Workshop IncSeymour Performers Workshop Flood Recovery
Supporting local arts events and community recovery through repairing and replacing flood-damaged sets and equipment at a local performance group.
Seymour$10,000
Seymour Puckapunyal Community Radio IncorporatedFlood Rebuild
Strengthening volunteer capacity and community connection and information sharing through replacing flood-damaged community radio broadcasting equipment.
Seymour$10,000