Flood Recovery Appeal
Supporting flood-affected remote, rural & regional communities
FRRR is preparing to support the recovery of flood-affected communities in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania, as well as communities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory affected by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie and associated flooding, as the situation continues to unfold.
With flooding at record levels in many areas, and several communities evacuated, the social and economic impact on many rural communities will be severe and the recovery will be long, with varied and complex challenges unique to each town.
These communities will need our support. With your help, we will be there, beside them, in their recovery.
Supporting community-led recovery
Local context matters and investment in the recovery and resilience of people and delivery organisations makes the biggest difference. That’s why FRRR provides grants to local not-for-profits and community groups for community-led recovery and resilience.
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. If you donate to FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities program for flood recovery, we’ll utilise this in our collaboratively funded program to make grants with your donation, and others. This program is broad and flexible, open all year round and announced quarterly – its ready to support community organisations as and when they need.
You can also give to our Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund. By contributing to this fund, we will invest and draw earnings annually from your contribution to support these communities, and others affected by future disasters, through our grants and support programs in the years to come. It is a gift that will keep on giving.
FRRR also holds a fund specific Central Victoria Fund – where any money donated will be specifically set aside for and directed to Central Victoria recovery projects and grants.
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.
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.
Keeping Wallaby Joe RFS dry
Wallaby Joe RFS, in Wingham, NSW, received a grant of $7,213 from the Volunteer Emergency Services Fund (VESF) grant program to boost volunteer vitality with the provision of operations equipment.
“The new wet weather gear complements the Eflares and helmet torches already acquired with your assistance and greatly adds to the safety and comfort of our volunteers. The brigade is most grateful for your generous support.”
– Gary Cox, Wallaby Joe RFS Development Project Coordinator
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
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
- 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, have trouble accessing philanthropic support.
- We rigorously assess the organisations and projects that receive grants.
- All grant recipients have to report back on how they used the money, and what they achieved.
- FRRR’s administration costs are low.
- 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.
Contact our Partnerships & Services team 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.