Grants support community recovery after Black Saturday

Bendigo, 4 July 2016:  Twenty-three community groups impacted by the 2009 Victorian bushfires have received grants to support their long term recovery following the disaster. Thanks to FRRR’s funding partner, the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, these community groups will share in $287,716 from two grant programs to implement locally led projects.

  • Fourteen community groups are sharing in $181,682 via the Grants for Resilience and Wellness (GR&W) program. To date the GR&W program has funded 110 projects, valued at $1,638,414
  • Nine community groups are receiving grants of $106,034 from the Community Group Futures (CGF) program. To date, CGF has funded 15 projects, valued at $197,469.

Recovery from a natural disaster takes years and the impacts of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires are ongoing. FRRR’s CEO, Natalie Egleton, said that the projects in both the GR&W and CGF programs reflect the need to facilitate long term recovery and to continue to build resilience through community identified solutions.

“FRRR’s grant programs allow communities to identify and implement responses that are community-driven and specific to their local context. The grants we’ve made today recognise the different needs of communities after a disaster and the importance of tailored, long-term support for different population groups,” Ms Egleton said.

The Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) program recognises that an important part of community recovery is having opportunities to connect, share experiences, enhance individual and community wellbeing and resilience and provides project funding to addresses these needs.

In many of the projects funded in this GR&W round, there was a common need for strengthening community connectedness, sense of place and community identity. The successful projects included disaster preparedness programs, resilience education, reducing isolation for seniors and a number of school based programs encouraging children to rebuild a positive relationship with the local environment following the trauma caused by the fires. 

The Community Group Futures (CGF) program was developed by FRRR to support community groups that continue to experience particular operational and service delivery challenges in very different environments than prior to the bushfires. The two most common projects funded this round were solar panel installation to reduce energy costs and paid positions to increase community awareness, engagement and participation.

More funding available

Ms Egleton noted that there is still funding available for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires and encouraged groups in those areas to apply for funds in future rounds. For more details on FRRR’s Grants for Resilience and Wellness program (GR&W) or Community Group Futures program, visit our website.

The projects funded in this round are detailed below:

Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) program recipients




Auspicious Arts Projects Inc

Toolangi Sculpture Trail 2016:

Students and youth will be supported to re-engage with the local environment.


Beechworth Health Service

Yackandandah District & Healthy and Resilient Together (HART):

An extension of a resilience education pilot program, HART is aimed at improving mental health and disaster preparedness.


Christmas Hills Primary School

Nourishing Numeracy:

Enhanced garden infrastructure and understanding numeracy through hands on activity.


Churchill Community Garden (Churchill Neighbourhood House Inc)

Churchill Community Garden - Completion of Stage 1:

Completing the first stage of a community garden to increase community connectedness and improve local facilities.


Coleraine & District Development Assoc Inc

Monument Walk:
Developing a walking trail for tourist and locals, while working together to increase local wellbeing and connectedness.


Foggy Mountain Inc

Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival:

Increasing engagement with learning and connection to the community via a cultural activity for six local schools.


Gippsland Employment Skills Training Inc

Coder Dojo:

Coordination, administration, promotion and facilitation of a community-based computer coding club for 7-17 year olds.


Hidden Valley Residents Inc

Making the Valley Safer:

Disaster preparedness information and planning to increase the safety of Hidden Valley residents.


Longwarry Pre-school Assoc Inc

Healthy Kids are Happy Kids:

Integrated health promotion project for preschool children and parents.


Neerim & District Senior Citizens Club Inc

Seniors on the Move:

Outings for local seniors to reduce social isolation and improve mental health.


St Andrews Primary School

Nature Play:

Establishing a nature play space on school grounds, supporting childhood development and complementing the new playground.


West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation

Black Saturday and Posttraumatic Growth – What’s the Story: Delivering therapeutic intervention, increasing awareness and understanding of long-term responses to trauma.


Whittlesea Community Garden (Whittlesea Community House Inc)

Recycled Gardening:

Workshop series to increase local participation and interest in community garden program.


Yarra Glen Living & Learning Centre

Keeping Our Community Connected:

Group activities and educational classes, connecting the community and bridging intergenerational gaps.



Community Group Futures (CGF) program grant recipients




Healesville Living & Learning Centre Inc

Community Engagement Officer:
Employ a Community Engagement Officer to increase community consultation and participation in activities.


Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House Inc

Volunteer Murrindindi:

Paid position to support an online website for volunteers and community groups, linking groups and willing volunteers together.


Men's Shed at
St Andrews

Solar Panels and Battery-Ready Capability for the Men's Shed:

Solar panel installation to reduce energy costs and increase financial viability of the Men’s Shed.


Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program (TTF MCRAG)

RRCLP Donor and Stakeholder Relationship Project:

Paid position to establish Marketing & Promotions, Communications, Stakeholder Management and Donor Relationships for the Community Leadership Program.


Saltbush Community Initiatives Inc

Water for the Future - Community Garden:

Purchase and install two water tank to increase viability of community garden.


St Andrew’s Community Centre Inc

Solar Panels for St Andrews Community Centre:

Solar panel installation to reduce energy costs and increase organisation viability.


St Andrew’s Primary School

Playgroup Coordinator and Facilitator:

Paid playgroup coordinator and facilitator to focus on the early years and improve long term educational outcomes.


Yarra Valley Regional Tourism Assoc Inc

Strengthening and Future Sustainability for Tourism Networks:

Develop a Strategic Action Plan to increase the viability and sustainability of Tourism Networks Yarra Valley.


Yinnar and District Memorial Hall

Solar for All:

Installation of solar panels and a grid connected system to reduce energy bills and make the hall a carbon neutral power user.



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