Networks to Build Drought Resilience

With a changing climate, future droughts are likely to be longer and more severe. Your contribution will assist agriculture-dependent communities to take proactive steps to prepare and respond to future challenges.

Future Drought Fund

Preparedness and resilience to drought are fundamentally influenced by the strength of social networks and place-based knowledge and capability.

Investing in this capacity is where FRRR does its best work, which is why we were delighted to be selected as the delivery partner for the Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program, an Australian Government initiative.

The Government is providing $3.75 million for the first year of the Networks to Build Drought Resilience program. FRRR needs to raise a further $1.125 million in co-funding. We have raised $900,000 of this target to date, and we would greatly appreciate your support to raise the balance. Your contribution will make up 30% of each dollar granted out through the program, leveraging your philanthropic reach nearly three times.

Current Partners

About Networks to Build Drought Resilience

The Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program will help communities to better prepare for, and become resilient to, the impacts of drought. Through a targeted grant program over the next 18 months, our dedicated team will work alongside agriculture-dependent communities to activate locally-led initiatives.

The grants will enable local people to enhance the capacity of their community networks, facilitate professional networking events, participate in training such as community risk management or regional drought resilience planning, and upgrade small-scale community infrastructure projects that make community facilities more drought resilient.

This program will build resilience to the impacts of climate change, including drought, and prepare for the future. It will be open to all agriculture-dependent communities across Australia that are not currently experiencing drought.

There will be three tiers of funding available:

  • From $10,000 and up to $20,000 for small or low risk activities.
  • Between $20,001 and up to $50,000 for broader medium-term impact activities.
  • $50,001 and $150,000 for broader large scale short or medium-term impact activities.

In all, we anticipate supporting around 96 projects, over two rounds during 2021-2022.

Will you join us to increase community resilience to drought?


To secure the Government’s commitment of $3.75 million, FRRR needs to raise $1.125 million by 30 September 2021.

Your support will ensure we can fully leverage the Australian Government’s commitment, and every dollar you contribute will be leveraged three times over. By partnering with us, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Participate on Grants Advisory Committee meetings alongside Government representatives;
  • Feature your brand on communication materials;
  • Attend grantseeker workshops.

The impact of investing in resilience

Below, you can read about a project that we’ve previously funded through another FRRR program to see how this kind of funding can help drought-prone communities thrive.

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
BeefUp 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.