Grants to connect and support locals

With drought gripping a record 87% of Queensland and large parts of northern New South Wales, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced that up to $250,000 is available in grants to help bring people together to support one another through the drought.

In its third year, FRRR’s Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program is offering grants for not-for-profit initiatives located in drought declared shires in Queensland and NSW.

Projects should support and encourage community connectivity, wellbeing and resilience, build community capacity to cope now and in future droughts, or enhance community infrastructure to support mental health, social and/or emotional wellbeing.

Most grants will be capped at a maximum of $15,000, but there is discretion to award up to $50,000 for larger-scale and/or multi-year projects that have a broader impact.

FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton explained that Tackling Tough Times Together is designed to enable local communities to do whatever they feel is needed to support one another through the drought, which in some places is now entering its sixth year.

“Providing opportunities for community members to connect, share their issues and concerns, have a laugh and relieve some stress is incredibly important in difficult times. But in other communities, it may be a higher priority to determine how to diversify the economy, or provide opportunities for children to experience activities that their parents may no longer be able to afford to fund, such as music lessons, or team sports, or there might be a community meeting place that needs repairs,” explained Ms Egleton.

“That’s why the program is deliberately flexible. It enables local leaders to determine what is most appropriate for their communities,” she said.

Tackling Tough Times Together is funded through a collaboration of donors, namely the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation (for Queensland projects), The Yulgilbar Foundation (for NSW projects), and Qantas Foundation.

Detailed program guidelines and an application form are available on FRRR’s website. For the larger grants, groups should review the guidelines before contacting the Program Manager Jacki Dimond to discuss the idea. The team can be reached on 1800 170 020 or via

Applications close 28 May 2017.

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