Recover and Strengthen

preparedness and evolving long term recovery

We know that communities that build their capacity are better able to respond to the impacts of natural disasters. That is why we have developed the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program - a multi-stage program that will ultimately develop a practical, whole-of-community evidence-based approach that communities can adopt to enable them to be well prepared before, and respond stronger and better, after a disaster.

We also know that natural disasters have a devastating impact. Long term community recovery takes time - time to conduct adequate research and planning to ensure that social and physical infrastructure is appropriate, sustainable and meets the future needs of the community. For this reason, our natural disaster recovery programs typically begin 12 months after an initial disaster and, depending on available funding, last for several years afterwards.

Our Natural Disaster Response Framework details how we coordinate our response and collaborate with others when natural disasters strike. It has been developed based on our experience in helping communities to recover from a wide range of disaster events across rural and regional communities over the last ten years.

We typically offer a range of programs tailored to the needs of communities affected by individual disasters, which evolve over time to ensure the emerging needs are met. Some programs will operate over multiple rounds, across several years. The funds available and the length of time each program runs depends on the funding we receive from our partners.

Our Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Grant programs include:

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is a leader in medium to long-term recovery. Having supported recovering communities since 2006, they know a lot about what works and what doesn’t.

FRRR has harnessed all these lessons into an integrated, well-structured and well executed natural disaster recovery program that supports communities and helps them recover at their own pace.

Dr Wendy Scaife - Senior Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies 

Grant Program Summary Status Key dates
School and Beyond

School and Beyond is designed to help young people affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Organisations that work with young people from fire-affected communities are encouraged to register as School and Beyond program partners.

OPEN EOI's open; R2 grant recipients announced
Community Group Futures

The Community Group Futures program is aimed at helping not-for-profit organisations affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires to think beyond day to day operations and look ahead to ensure they can meet ongoing community needs.

CLOSED Applications being assessed
Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) - Round 12

Program with the specific focus of providing assistance towards community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires to build strength and capacity for the future.

CLOSED Applications being assessed
Tackling Tough Times Together - Round 9

The Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the drought. This round features grants up to $15,000, with EOIs invited for grants up to $50,000.

OPEN Applications close 5 Jan 2018


Case studies

These are some examples of how other communities have used these grants to enhance their community.

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