Free grant-seeker workshops help NSW towns tackle tough times

Bendigo, 20 August 2019: The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) will be holding free grant-seeker workshops next month, so that community groups in drought-affected NSW regions are more confident in applying for FRRR's Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program.

Tackling Tough Times Together

FRRR’s disaster resilience team will be holding the free grant-seeker workshops in Bourke, Gilgandra, Moree, Walgett and Wellington.

Designed specifically for drought-affected communities, FRRR's TTTT program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. The grants support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

Communities in these areas of NSW have not experienced a drought of this magnitude since records began 120 years ago. That means that the severity of the current conditions has surpassed those of the Federation drought, the World War II drought and the Millennium drought.

Emma Thomas, Disaster Recovery & Resilience Programs Manager, explains that smaller rural communities can struggle to raise the funds for projects that will help them address the challenges they are facing.  

"Grant-funding can be a catalyst for change and Tackling Tough Times Together grants in particular can be a real lifeline for communities when spirits need a lift, so we're thrilled to share our tips and tricks for preparing successful applications. The workshops are free to attend and can be a great way to translate ideas into compelling applications and to get immediate feedback.

"What you will learn can be applied to any grant application or funding request."

Registrations for the free grant-seeker workshops are available on FRRR's Facebook page and on eventbrite. Search 'tackling tough times' in your preferred workshop location.

The TTTT program offers grants across three tiers – up to $20,000 or up to $60,000 to support locally-led responses to the drought, with a small number of grants of up to $150,000 also available for larger-scale, multi-year projects.

Over 13 rounds to date, the TTTT program has delivered over $6.1 million in grant funding to 305 projects in drought-affected communities.

The Guyra Show Society was recently awarded a $57,260 grant as part of the TTTT program to enhance community connectivity by upgrading the existing BBQ and bar pavilion at the Guyra showgrounds, incorporating a canteen and kitchen with cooking facilities. The 120-year-old showground's current canteen facilities require two groups of volunteers to run during events, as they aren't co-located, which according to Richard Post, local beef cattle stud owner and Guyra Show Society President, is a "huge strain" when the community is already under considerable pressure. The bar area needs better lighting and safety improvements.

"The grant from FRRR is such a positive news story for the town," says Richard. "The bulk of work is going to local businesses, and that keeps the economy moving. It allows us to do everything in one go; the tradies are lined up, so it's timely."

Local leaders should note that if funding is required for projects to be delivered in the first quarter of 2020, applications need to be received by 24 October.  More information on the Tackling Tough Times Together grant program is available on FRRR's website.

FRRR's grant seeker workshop details:

 

Town

LGA

Time

Venue

Wednesday,
11 September 2019

Bourke

Bourke Shire Council

2–3 pm

Council Chambers, 29 Mitchell Street, Bourke

Walgett

Walgett Shire Council

6.00-7:30 pm

Country Women’s Association of NSW Walgett, 32 Pitt St, Walgett

Thursday,
12 September 2019

Moree

Moree Plains Shire Council

12–1 pm

Committee Room, Level 1, Max Centre, 30 Herber Street, Moree

Tuesday,
17 September 2019

Wellington

Dubbo Regional Council

12-1:30 pm

Wellington Civic Centre - Swift Street, Wellington

Gilgandra

Gilgandra Shire Council

5:30-7:00 pm

Council Chambers, 15 Warren Road, Gilgandra

 

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