Flood Recovery Appeal

Supporting flood-affected rural communities in NSW and QLD

FRRR stands ready to support the recovery from devastating floods impacting rural NSW and parts of QLD.
The compounding impacts of drought, bushfires, COVID restrictions, and now once-in-a-century-floods mean the recovery will be long, with varied and complex challenges unique to each town.
These communities will need our support long after the water recedes.

Supporting community-led recovery

FRRR has supported communities affected by natural disasters since 2006. We provide grants to local non-profits and community groups for community-led recovery and resilience, because local context matters and investment in the recovery and resilience of people and delivery organisations makes the biggest localised difference.

We are connected and networked at the grassroots level of remote, rural, and regional communities and take a long-term approach to our support, listening and providing targeted funding as needs emerge and phases of recovery evolve.

We invite you to join FRRR in getting support where and when it is needed by giving to any of the following programs:

Can you lend your support? If so, please donate now.

Donations can be allocated to all rural, regional, and remote communities, or for specific regions or communities.

Your support could fund projects like these …

The kinds of things that can be funded are diverse and reflect the needs the community identifies, but it could include rebuilding infrastructure, supporting vulnerable community members and the overall mental health of locals, providing opportunities for locals to reconnect and share their experiences, as well as looking at ways of improving resilience and how the community can prepare for future disasters.

Below are a snapshot of a few projects FRRR has previously funded in other disaster recovery programs. Get in touch if you’d like to know more about how other organisations have recovered from disaster events.

Gracemere SES

One less dilemma for Gracemere’s SES

In 2017, the Gracemere SES received a $5,000 grant from FRRR to fit out a second SES vehicle with a purpose-built storm and rescue tray. With this new vehicle, Gracemere SES increased its operational response by 26% to achieve over 750 hours of response to the community, including sand bagging, debris clean up, flood boat rescue and temporary repairs.

REDinc Art Trail

Art trail in Lismore helps regenerate CBD

Local disability support organisation, REDinc, received a $15,000 grant from FRRR to contribute to Lismore’s ongoing revitalisation since it was devastated by flooding following Cyclone Debbie in 2017. The initiative was designed to increase re-engagement with the flood-damaged central business district, through the delivery of cultural activities and events.

Dungog Bounce Forward

Dungog learns from the past in preparing for the future

Following a devastating storm event, Dungog Information & Neighbourhood Service received a $14,200 grant from FRRR to run a series of community preparedness expos and distribute preparedness kits, reaching more than 350 households within the Dungog and Stroud areas, as well as a further 42 homes from neighbouring communities.

Your contribution will make a real difference

Local people are best placed to know what they need.
Our role is to trust them, to mentor and support them – especially in times of disaster.

With strong local networks, FRRR can make sure funding reaches those who really know what is needed, and when their community is ready.

Our special tax status also means funds reach grassroots community organisations – the backbone of their communities, who will drive local recovery efforts.

Five reasons to support FRRR’s Flood Recovery Appeal

  1. FRRR can reach community groups in remote, rural and regional Australia that often don’t have the capacity to fundraise locally, and due to their tax status, can’t access philanthropic support.
  2. We rigorously assess the organisations and projects that receive grants.
  3. All grant recipients have to report back on how they used the money, and what they achieved.
  4. FRRR’s administration costs are low.
  5. FRRR is trusted, known, respected, enduring, and well governed. You can be assured that your donations will be managed with care and directed to local community groups and not-for-profit organisations, for local projects, supporting local people.

Further information

Contact Sarah Matthee, General Manager, Partnerships & Services on 1800 170 020 or via email to make a lasting difference by joining with other donors who are passionate about rural communities and provide a helping hand in times of need.