FRRR response to COVID-19

Covid-19 address

A message from FRRR's CEO

In recent days, the team at FRRR has been working through our processes and protocols to ensure that we can continue to provide support to rural, regional and remote communities, as the impacts of COVID-19 unfold.

Support for current grantees

The evolving situation, including the recent restriction on public gatherings of more than 100 people, will have a direct impact on many of the grants that FRRR has awarded. This may mean that some grants cannot be used for the original purpose within the previously approved timeframes.

We know just how important it is during times of crisis to keep funds flowing in communities, so we want to do everything we can to ensure you are still able to use your funds.

FRRR has a grants variations policy to respond to special circumstances, so if something has changed in your community, we encourage you to get in touch with us. We are keen to work with you to identify how the funds can best be used.

We would appreciate you emailing us in the first instance, explaining the situation, so we can ensure that we have the project details to hand before we call you back.

Applications being assessed

At present, our team members are all still operating from their normal places of work. However, like everyone, we continue to monitor this daily. We have reminded the team about the importance of maintaining good hygiene, and of being conscious of their health, and taking a cautious approach if in doubt.

We know it is important that we continue to support community groups in rural, regional and remote areas. Accordingly, we are preparing for the team to work remotely, given that it is a highly likely scenario.

This means that we will be able to continue to assess the grant applications we have received and to open new grant rounds, as planned. Like everyone, we will monitor the situation and let you know if something changes.

Community outreach

We have asked all staff to avoid non-essential travel. That means that for now, we will undertake limited face to face community outreach. However, as we remain committed to continuing to support communities, we are working on alternative ways of sharing insights and continuing to support you.

If you aren't already on FRRR's eNews mailing list, please do ensure you subscribe. I also encourage you to follow our social channels – especially Facebook and Twitter, as we use those to provide updates.

As ever, if you have any questions, please do get in touch. However, for now, we encourage you to ensure that you too are preparing as best you can, following the advice of authorities and taking care of yourself and your loved ones.

Warm regards,

Natalie Egleton
18 March 2020

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