Recover and Strengthen
Natural disasters have a devastating impact. Emergency Services, Governments and relief agencies do an amazing job straight after a disaster, bringing people to safety and ensuring their immediate needs are met.
The broader response is amazing: communities rally together and hearts and pockets typically open wide to support the communities affected. However, disasters have a long-lasting impact and long after emergency relief, government agencies and the media have moved on and initial emergency assistance is dispensed, gaps in community needs usually emerge. Organisations still need rebuilding. People need ongoing support to help them face life again. Community spirit needs restoring.
Our Disaster Recovery Grant programs
At FRRR, we know 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, FRRR’s natural disaster recovery programs typically begin 12 months after an initial disaster and, depending on available funding, last for several years afterwards.
FRRR offers a suite of programs, which are tailored specifically to each natural disaster event, as we know needs differ. 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 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 individual disasters, which evolve over time to ensure the emerging needs are met. This includes:
- Repair-Restore-Renew - infrastructure and medium term community needs
- Tackling Tough Times Together - supporting communities in Qld and NSW through the drought
- 2009 Victorian Bushfires - programs to support community recovery from the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Four programs are currently running:
Social Change 101; Grants for Resilience and Wellness (GR&W); School and Beyond; and Community Group Futures.
|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|
|Tackling Tough Times Together - Round 8||
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.
|CLOSED||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.
|OPEN||Applications close 18 Sept|
|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.
|OPEN||Applications close 18 Sept|
These are some examples of how other communities have used these grants to enhance their community.