FRRR to host free information and grant seeker workshops in Cyclone Debbie affected areas

Supporting communities in ongoing disaster recovery

Bendigo, 8 March, 2018: The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is hosting four free information and grant seeeker workshops in northern New South Wales and Queensland, ahead of inviting applications for the Repair-Restore-Renew grant program, which will open in May to support ongoing recovery from Cyclone Debbie.

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NSW workshops:
  • Mullumbimby on Tuesday, 13 March from 6pm - 7.30pm - Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Dalley St, Mullumbimby, NSW.
  • Lismore on Wednesday, 14 March from 10am - 11.30am - Lismore City Hall, Fountain Room - 1 Bounty Street, Lismore, NSW.
Queensland workshops:
  • Proserpine on Thursday, 15 March from 10am - 11.30am at the Proserpine Community Centre, 36 Gardenia St, Proserpine QLD.
  • Mackay on Thursday, 15 March from 6pm - 7.30pm at the Jubilee Community Centre - RM 4 Mackay Meeting Room, Cnr Alfred and Wellington Streets, Mackay Qld.

The free workshops, which are supported by Australia Post, will provide practical tips on applying for grants and include:

  • Repair-Restore-Renew program information
  • Project planning and preparation
  • Identifying funding opportunities
  • Writing a great grant application
  • Reporting project outcomes
  • Free resources available to support applicants

Janet Phillips, FRRR Disaster Recovery & Resilience Manager, says the sessions will be especially relevant to applicants to the soon-to-open Repair-Restore-Renew grant program, and will also benefit all community groups.

“Last year when Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent flooding was impacting Queensland and northern New South Wales, FRRR launched a recovery appeal so that there would be support available to communities for medium to long-term recovery needs.

“Australia Post and ANZ, together with many other generous donors supported our appeal. As a result, we will soon be inviting applications for funding to help local community groups address some of the outstanding community needs.

“The workshops will be a great opportunity to hear more detail about the Repair-Restore-Renew program which will open in May, as well as get practical tips on writing strong grant applications,” said Ms Phillips.

“Local groups can directly seek feedback on their ideas and learn how best to present local solutions to local issues. This could prove a great advantage when applying for grants, both through FRRR and other funding organisations,” Ms Phillips explained.

All local community groups are encouraged to send a representative along. To book a place, groups are asked to register online:

The Repair-Restore-Renew grants will be available to community organisations in the Queensland Shires of Mackay, Isaac, Livingstone, Rockhampton, Whitsunday, Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim, and NSW shires of Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield and Tweed.

The aim of the grants is to to support recovery from the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Debbie; increase the resilience and capacity of community groups; and create new opportunities for partnership, enterprise and leadership.

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