Grants available to tackle the impacts of drought on every-day life in Queensland

Tackling Tough Times Together LogoBendigo, 24 October 2017: The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced that grants are now available for community groups across Queensland who are who are still experiencing the effects of drought.

For the second time this year, FRRR’s Tackling Tough Times Together program is offering grants for community projects that help people connect, build their resilience and plan for the future in Shires in Queensland that are currently - and have been previously - drought declared.

The grants are designed to support and encourage community connectivity, wellbeing and resilience; build community capacity to cope now and in future droughts; or support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training

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.

During a visit to Longreach, FRRR’s CEO Natalie Egleton explained that the Tackling Tough Times Together program is deliberately flexible and enables local leaders to determine what is most appropriate for their communities.

“Visiting the communities affected by drought, it quite quickly becomes obvious that challenges, issues and priorities vary greatly. This program has the flexibility for community leaders to decide what is going to make the biggest difference. It is often the simple things that many of us take for granted that can have the biggest impact.

“Funds can go to almost anything such as providing leadership development, music lessons or supporting a local or social group; a shade for a local school; a fitness program; or even towards a community event providing the opportunity to come together to simply have a laugh and relieve some stress is incredibly important in difficult times.

“Here in Longreach, for example, we supported the Longreach Pastoral College Past Students & Staff Association Inc with a $15,000 grant to hire security and equipment for their 50th Anniversary Reunion. This helped enhance accessibility and ensure the safety of participants. The event, which was run by 10 volunteers, generated great connections and conversation, as well as over $3m in economic activity for the region.

“Despite flooding in some areas earlier this year, there are still vast areas of Queensland that are suffering from the long-term impacts of drought and I am pleased that we can continue to support them with the support of our donor partners.”

Tackling Tough Times Together is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, individual donors and Qantas Foundation.

Detailed program guidelines and an application form are available here. This is the first time that applications will be submitted online, via FRRR’s Grants Gateway. For the larger grants, groups should review the guidelines before contacting the Program Manager Jacki Dimond to discuss their idea. The team can be reached on 1800 170 020 or via toughtimes@frrr.org.au. Applications close Friday 5th January 2018.

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