Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience

Two men watching a boy riding a horse, drought grants

The Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund provides a sustainable source of funding to help remote, rural and regional communities, and farmers, become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought. The Fund is part of the Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan.

The Networks to Build Drought Resilience Program is one of the Fund’s foundation programs. It is designed to build community capacity by strengthening social and community networking, support, engagement and wellbeing.

The aim is to build an enduring resilience to the impacts of climate change, drought, and enhance the public good in agriculture-dependent communities.

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Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Activities funded must be completed by 29 August 2022

All activities that receive funding must be completed by 29 August 2022, and fully acquitted no later than 03 October 2022.

How to apply

Please read the information on each of the three tabs below to make sure this is the right grant for your project.

I have a question, who can I talk to?

Jane Crane
Email: futuredrought@frrr.org.au
Phone: 1800 170 020

Please note the following definitions for this program:

  • Drought resilience means the ability to adapt, reorganise or transform in response to changing temperature, increasing variability and scarcity of rainfall and changed seasonality of rainfall, for improved economic, environmental and social wellbeing.
  • Agriculture-dependent communities refer to remote, rural, and regional communities vulnerable to the impacts of drought.
  • Networks are informal or established groups of people that meet to facilitate professional, social and community connection, resulting in improved community wellbeing over time.
  • Not-for-profit refers to an organisation that does not operate for the profit, personal gain or other benefit of particular people (for example, its members, the people who run it or their friends or relatives).

If you want to explore other grant options, please go to Find Funding Now.

Confirm you are eligible to apply for this grant

To make sure this is the right grant for your community, please read the grant information below carefully. Click on each headline to reveal the detail.

Gather information to support your grant application

Please read the information below to plan and prepare your project. The information below sets out what you MUST include for your project to be considered. There are plenty of helpful resources to support you along the way.

Please contact FRRR if you have any questions about the following information.

Your grant application MUST include:

Need some more help?

We have a large selection of resources on our Grantseeker Resources Page to help you along the way.

Submit your grant application via the Grants Gateway.

Please contact FRRR if you have questions about any aspect of the Grants Gateway online application form.

Before you submit your application via the online Grants Gateway, please ensure you have:

  • confirmed you are eligible to apply for this grant
  • provided clear information about your project
  • checked that you are an eligible legal entity
  • provided the financial information required
  • created a budget for the project
  • gathered supporting materials
  • spoken to an FRRR contact person where you were unsure of any requirement
  • gathered community support for the project
  • checked the information you are providing to make sure it is clear and relevant to the project

Helpful resources:

It is time to submit your application. If it is helpful, you can download a copy of the application form.

Please read the instructions on how to use the Grants Gateway How-to Guide and have your questions answered with our Grants Gateway FAQs.

If you have significant issues accessing a stable internet connection, please contact our team to discuss an alternative way of applying:
Ph: 1800 170 020 or Email: info@frrr.org.au

Networks to Build Drought Resilience: Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the information below to help you learn more about the program.

If you have any further questions, please contact Kristy Shay, Future Drought Fund Program Manager, by emailing futuredrought@frrr.org.au or free call 1800 170 020.

“I think it’s a real positive to the area to bring people together more regularly, share similar challenges and successes. They can get together more regularly than they otherwise would with this facility here, which I think is important on two fronts; socially, and the potential to bring industry forums to the actual doorstep.”
John Frith, President, Roughlie Community Centre

Inspiration – Past projects

Below, you can read about projects that we’ve previously funded through other FRRR programs to see how this kind of funding can help communities that are vulnerable to drought.

Managing the dry times in Hovells Creek

Hovells Creek Landcare, NSW received an FRRR grant to support a series of workshops to increase land management knowledge and strategies, at the same time as strengthening community and social connections and wellbeing.

TTTT Roughlie Community Centre

Shed helps create a community and strengthen networks

The Roughlie Community Centre was borne from seed funding received from an FRRR grant in 2016 to build a Shed for the community to come together to fundraise and plan the centre. Five years on, the Community Centre is a thriving hub providing an essential meeting place for the local community.

Gulf Graziers
Beef Up Showcase

Beef Up Karumba brought together beef industry and supply chain experts to a small number of people who feed a large group of people, and presented an opportunity for participants to socialise with a Gala Ball held at the end of the two days. It was supported through FRRR’s TTTT program.