Supporting medium to long-term disaster recovery

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Natural disasters have a devastating impact and it can take many years for communities to get back on their feet. Long-term community recovery takes time, with differing needs emerging once the early recovery phase is complete, and funding avenues are limited. 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 gained in more than a decade of helping communities to recover from a wide range of disaster events across rural and regional communities.

FRRR offers grants to disaster impacted communities through the Strengthening Rural Communities program, which provides grants to communities quarterly for a broad range of project activities to respond to their needs. In some cases, FRRR will design a range of programs tailored to the needs of communities affected by individual disasters. The funds available and the length of time each program runs depends on the funding we receive from our partners.

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.

We also 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.

Read about some
projects we've supported

Community rebuilding together

Combined Churches of Bundaberg, $5,000
An immediate disaster relief donation from the John T Reid Charitable Trusts provided subsidised funding for a group of volunteers who helped to rebuild Bundaberg and other areas within the Burnett ravaged by severe weather and flooding in 2013.

Dungog Project Bounce Forwards

Dungog Information & Neighbourhood Service Inc., $14,200
Dungog Information & Neighbourhood Service Inc. initiated Project Bounce Forwards to encourage and support disaster preparedness and resilience capacity building in Dungog and surrounds, with the help of a $14,200 grant from the Domino’s Give for Good program.

Yellow Rock: RRR Mural

Blue Mountains City Council, $15,000
The Blue Mountains City Council undertook a significant project to develop a new community space within Yellow Rock with the objective to both strengthen and rebuild community networks following the devastating bushfires in this district of October 2013.

Alpine Radio Transmission Tower

Alpine Radio, $5,000
Alpine Radio installed new transmission equipment to ensure that emergency broadcast warnings and advice from the CFA and SES in relation to bushfires can be clearly heard across most of its catchment area.

If you want to support disaster recovery in rural, regional and remote communities, please donate now.

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"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 

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