More communities tackling tough times together

7 January 2019: Another 12 community groups now have the resources they need to implement projects they have identified as important to

Previous recipients of a TTTT grant

support one another through the ongoing drought.

The 12 grants, totalling just over $133,000 are the first since the Tackling Tough Times Together program expanded nationally following a $15M injection from the Australian Government and contributions from many corporations, foundations and individual donors. This is another great example of the collaboration that was envisaged when FRRR was formed 18 years ago.

The program will operate for the next three years, helping to bridge the gap local fundraising would normally cover.

FRRR's CEO, Natalie Egleton says that the Tackling Tough Times Together program is all about helping communities fund whatever it is they determine is most important to support their community.

"When farmers are doing it tough, the whole community feels the effects. Money and volunteer effort often dry up for the things that keep community members connected and supported – just when they need it most. These kinds of flexible grants become really important," Ms Egleton explained.

"As you can see from the breadth of initiatives that have been funded, the needs vary enormously. For some groups, the support they need is infrastructure, such as solar panels to reduce their operating costs (and therefore the pressure on local fundraising). In other towns, it's a fitness program or mental health workshops, and in others, the development of alternative industries, such as tourism."

Tackling Tough Times Together is a rolling grant program with quarterly assessments. Its aim is to strengthen the capacity and capability of grassroots non-profit organisations in rural, regional and remote drought declared areas of Australia. Funding is available to help communities to adapt to changing contexts, harness opportunities, survive and/or thrive – whatever they decide is appropriate for their communities during the drought.

Grants are available in three different tiers – up to $20,000; up to $60,000; and up to $150,000 (by expression of interest). Further information is available at FRRR is currently assessing another 91 applications, the outcomes of which will be advised in late January 2019.





Alpha District Tourism & Development Assoc. Inc.

Shelving for our Museum

Improve cataloguing and display, thereby increasing educational opportunities for locals and increasing visitors to Trivoli Museum items by purchasing shelves.

Alpha, QLD


Bland Shire Council

Bland yet Bold and Beautiful

Enhance the economic resilience of Mirrool and West Wyalong by encouraging tourism through creation of an Arts Trail.

West Wyalong, NSW


Creatives Collective ARI Inc

Mind the Art

Reduce social isolation and increase accessibility to mental health professionals by holding 12, monthly, art skills workshops in Coonabarabran.

Coonabarabran, NSW


Eurobodalla Access Radio Inc

Solar for Social Good in Moruya

Improve the capacity of 2EAR FM through the purchase and installation of a solar power system.

Moruya, NSW


Gloucester Sports and Recreation Association Inc.

Being more prepared / resilient in Disasters / Severe Weather Events

Support volunteer capacity and protection of disaster equipment through the construction of secure equipment storage area.

Hideaway Bay, QLD


Granite Borders Landcare Committee Incorporated

Building Social Connections to Improve Health and Well Being for Isolated Women - Tenterfield

Improve social connections and reduce drought-related isolation for women in the Tenterfield region through the delivery of up to 14 workshops.

Tenterfield, NSW


Hillston Creative Arts Council Incorporated

Solar Energy Project

Support community connection through the purchase and installation of a solar system on the Red Dust and Paddy Melons Gallery and Information Centre, reducing its environmental impacts and electricity costs.

Hillston, NSW


North Coast Regional Landcare Network Inc

Building for Change: Tree-change consultancy services -
We have land capability!

Build organisational and environmental sustainability through the establishment of a social enterprise service that assists prospective landholders in the North Coast region to sustainably manage their properties.

Lismore, NSW


Port Neill Progress Association Inc

Kick Start Our Community

Improve individual health and enhance community cohesion through the operation of a weekly fitness program throughout 2019.

Port Neill, SA


Red Bend Catholic College

Drought Relief

Support industry focussed learning by maintaining the school’s agricultural program with added hay to support the ongoing wellbeing of livestock through the drought.

Forbes, NSW


Rhythm n Rail Incorporated

Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival

Strengthen economic diversity and support cultural engagement through purchase of sandwich board signs and tablecloths for large weekend festival held across many locations.

Junee, NSW


South Burnett Woodcrafters Incorporated

Kingaroy Woodworkers – all-purpose community workshop and facility

Enhance community cohesion, increase tourism and develop individual skills through the renovation and expansion of the former Queensland Rail buildings into a purpose-built facility for the Kingaroy community.

Kingaroy, QLD



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