FRRR awards another $1.5M in grants to drought-ravaged communities, more available

Bendigo, 3 May 2019: Sixty-one drought-affected communities in rural, regional and remote Australia will be given a boost, with the latest distributions from the Tackling Tough Times Together grant program valued at over $1.5 million.

Sea Lake Advancement Committee Mural

The majority of grants support projects that help to build local community resilience while residents endure the drought, by investing in infrastructure and equipment.

Successful applications were received from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia across communities ranging in population from a tiny 80 in Kyancutta, SA to nearly 24,000 in Griffith, NSW.

The grants, which are distributed by FRRR, are funded through the collaboration of more than 15 donors from government, philanthropy, business and individuals, including the Australian Government which committed $15M to be distributed over three years. Generous contributions have also been made by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, ANZ, Paul Ramsay Foundation, Sidney Myer Fund, Pratt Foundation, Australia Post, Westpac Group, The Snow Foundation, Stockland CARE Foundation, Santos, Aussie Farmers Foundation, Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation, NRMA, Rex Airlines and private donors from across the nation.

The majority of grants are up to $20,000, which reinforces FRRR’s experience of small grants making a big difference to rural communities, while eight projects range between $30,000 and $60,000. Three large-scale projects will be funded over three years up to $150,000.

FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton, says that many of the projects were about improving spaces that bring communities and visitors together, like public amenities for community halls and kitchen upgrades.

“It’s often the little things that make a really tangible difference and have a ripple effect. What we've seen in this round is a focus on making spaces that little bit more comfortable, safe, accessible and importantly functional, which makes a difference to the time spent using the facility because it makes the spaces more inviting,” said Ms Egleton.

“Additionally, these updates to facilities assist in combating volunteer fatigue. The result is that these communities can now create more opportunities for the future and when you’re experiencing a disaster such as a prolonged drought, it’s vitally important that you can look ahead with optimism.”

The full list of projects funded is on FRRR's website, but some of the grants awarded include:

  • Women across drought-affected regional, remote and rural Queensland will be supported to be resilient and build their capacity and capability by the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network.
  • The Delungra CWA rooms in NSW will have its children’s playground and surrounding fence upgraded to meet safety standards.
  • Police Citizens & Youth Clubs Regional Outreach program will purchase a mobile cinema and trailer for use in areas surrounding Cowra, Greenethorpe, Grenfell, Quandialla, West Wyalong, Condobolin and Canowindra in NSW to deliver a short film festival focused on youth wellbeing and resilience, especially promoting help-seeking behaviours.
  • Enhance and preserve local history and increase social cohesion by expanding Eugowra Promotion and Progress Association's local museum in NSW to cater for new displays and additional storage of local farming and historical artefacts, images and documents.
  • Reduce social isolation and provide mental relief from the stressors of drought through a three-day campdraft event hosted by the Diamantina Rodeo Association in Queensland.
  • Develop organisational resilience, support community infrastructure and promote individual and community health, and social wellbeing by supporting South Australia’s Booleroo Centre and Districts Lions Club to purchase a modern all-purpose catering van.
  • Enhance a popular local attraction and help encourage tourism by creating a shelter at the Murray Memorial Park Wirrabara Silo site in South Australia, employing local tradesmen.
  • An OHS-compliant ambulant toilet and shower will be installed at the Hopetoun and District Neighbourhood House in Western Australia.

Groups in drought-affected areas are encouraged to apply for funding for their community to help people come together to tackle the drought. The cut-off date for the next batch of applications to be considered is 23 July, 2019, but groups can apply at any time. Expressions of interest for the larger-scale grants up to $150,000 must be received by 3 July, 2019.






$150,000 projects

Scripture Union Queensland

Rural and Remote School Chaplaincy Funding relief
Increase support and community connectedness through the delivery of pastoral care conversations and activities that improve the wellbeing of children, parents and teachers in three remote school communities in Queensland.

Charters Towers


Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network Inc.

Thriving Women, Thriving Communities
Support resilience and recovery, targeting women from communities across Queensland to build the capacity, capability and sustainability of QRRRWN network that supports drought affected rural Queensland communities in regional and remote locations.



$60,000 projects

Karoonda Districts Football Club Inc.

A Jump Start for Karoonda's Heart
Increase amenity and functionality through upgrade of local meeting facility at the Karoonda Districts Football Club.



$20,000 projects

Blackall Cultural Association Incorporated

Preserving our Paper Heritage
Support the preservation of local history through the installation of new fire proof filing cabinets in the new premises of the Blackall Historical Society.



Dalrymple Landcare Committee Incorporated

Repainting our Picture
Increase support and community connectedness through delivery of a series of facilitated art workshops on stations in the Charters Towers Region.

Charters Towers


Desert Uplands Build-Up & Development Strategy Committee Inc.

Getting Rain Ready in the Desert
Increase direction and capacity to communicate for the Desert Uplands Committee through development of new website and strategic plan, and delivery of training in internet technology.



Diamantina Rodeo Association

Diamantina Rodeo & Campdraft Association Tackling Tough Times Funding
Reduce social isolation and provide mental relief from the stressors of drought through a three day Campdraft event.



Inglewood & District Historical Society Inc.

"The Golden Leaf" Information Panels
Support community connectedness and sense of place, by producing aluminum composite panels for a longer lasting and visually appealing display of the towns history/industry.



Life Care Mundubbera Ltd

Equipment Expansion Project
Improve operational efficiencies through provision of a catering trailer, freezer and fridges and to support food deliveries for drought affected community.



Tambo Emergency Services Unit
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Vehicle Canopy Upgrade
Strengthen emergency response and preparedness through the upgrade of the SES vehicle tray.



Stanthorpe and District Men's Shed Incorporated

Stanthorpe Community Suicide Prevention Strategy
Increase awareness of, and support for people with mental health issues through delivery of Mental Health First Aid training course for the Stanthorpe community.



The Isisford Industry and Recreation Development Association Inc.

Finding the Barcoo Way
Build economic renewal though the installation of distance and way-finding signage for the Barcoo Way Tourist Drive that includes the townships of Tambo, Blackall, Windorah and Yaraka – Isisford.



New South Wales
$150,000 projects

CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes Limited

Wellbeing Mobile
Promoting individual and community health and social wellbeing through the provision of a mobile wellbeing service for adults.



$60,000 projects

Country Women’s Association of NSW - Collie Branch

Keep us Cosy
Support social cohesion at only publicly owned building in the community through refurbishment of the Collie CWA Hall.



Country Women’s Association of NSW - Gwydir Branch

Upgrade Playground and Fencing to meet safety standards
Increase safety and amenity for local families that access the Delungra CWA rooms for early childhood programs, through upgrade of outdoor area.



Eugowra Promotion and Progress Association Incorporated

Eugowra Museum Expansion Project
Enhance preserve local history and increase social cohesion by expanding the local museum to cater for new displays and additional storage of local farming and historical artefacts, images and documents.



Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW Ltd

PCYC Regional Outreach Trailer
Increase engagement of youth through the purchase of a mobile cinema and trailer to be used at film festivals delivered across multiple communities.



Peak Hill Golf Club Co-op. Ltd.

Peak Hill Golf Club Refurbishment – New Life
Support social connectedness through external repairs and painting of a valued community meeting space.

Peak Hill


Tullamore P A and H Association Incorporated

Tullamore Showground Spruce Up (Stage 1)
Build community resilience and provide opportunities for social and community engagement by improving facilities at the Tullamore Showground.



Bland Shire Council

Bland Flavour Fest
Facilitate community connection and stimulate the local economy through supporting the establishment of an annual festival called ‘Bland Flavour Fest’ in West Wyalong.

West Wyalong



Barham Pre School Association Inc.

Barham Preschool Long Day Care Project
Increase the availability of early year’s childcare through modifications to the Barham pre-school facility.



Bonalbo & District Community Hall Association Incorporated

Bonalbo Memorial Hall Kitchen Renovation
Reduce social isolation, build community connectivity and capacity and support economic development through the renovation of the Bonalbo Memorial Hall Kitchen.



Bugaldie Recreation Reserve Trust and Bulgadie War Memorial Site Trust

Something To Keep The Rain Off (When It Comes)
Strengthen social fabric and community capacity and reduce volunteer fatigue by erecting an awning between the Hall and BBQ area.



Carinda Public School P&C Association

Assisting with the educational opportunities of rural, remote and isolated school children affected by drought at Carinda Public School.
Increase access to educational opportunities and workshops, through educational excursions to Canberra and Dubbo and school resources and workshops for Carinda Public School students.



Cookamidgera Community Landcare Inc.

Cookamidgera Community Hall Restoration.
Reduce social isolation, build community connectivity and capacity and support economic development through the purchase and installation of a new kitchen, including appliances, and the building of a compliant disabled access ramp at the Cookamidgera Community Hall.



Country Womens Association of NSW- Coonabarabran Branch

Coonabarabran CWA Hall Kitchen Upgrade
Reduce social isolation, build community connectivity and capacity and support economic development through the renovation of a shared kitchen and storeroom at the community hall to a commercial quality.



Country Womens Association of NSW- Rylstone Branch

Roll up blinds for windows
Improve local meeting space through the upgrade of blinds at the Rylstone CWA building.



Cumnock Mens Shed
Cumnock and District Progress Association Inc.

Play Lunch Room
Reduce social isolation and support community engagement through refurbishment of fire shed for new Mens Shed activities.



Delungra Memorial Bowling and Recreation Club Ltd

Refuel and Rejuvenate
Increased amenity and capacity for local meeting venue through upgrade and volunteer training.



Gravesend Parents and Citizens Association

Canberra Whole School Excursion
Enable social connection among students of the Gravesend Public School by proving funding for a whole school excursion to Canberra.



Griffith Shed for Men Inc.

Skillion Roof Shed for new work spaces and storage area
Strengthen the capacity of the Griffith Shed for Men Inc by the construction of a skillion roof shed and storage area



Gwymac Incorporated

Drought Coordination Effort - Additional Coordinator Hours
Strengthen the community of Inverell and support organisational capacity by funding additional hours for a part-time Landcare Coordinator to assist with drought related efforts in four communities in the Inverell Shire.



Hartbeat of the Bush Inc.

Beat of the Bush Tenterfield
Support opportunities for social and educational participation for children and young people through providing transportation for students to attend a seven day music program.



Lions Club of Mudgee Incorporated

Mudgee Lions Club - Showground Project
Support opportunities for social and community engagement by the construction of a community facility at the Mudgee showgrounds.



Liston Hall Committee Incorporated

Replica Cobb and Co Coach Display Building
Strengthened connection to place in Liston through development of historical display due to donation of historic replica of a Cobb & Co Coach.



Menindee Regional Tourist Association Incorporated

Dancing on the Darling Festival
Provide relief from the effects of drought by hosting "Dancing on the Darling Festival", a weekend event to come together



Millthorpe Village Committee

Event Storage and Equipment to support Volunteers.
Increase organisational capacity and reduce volunteer fatigue by supplying additional storage space and equipment for the community.



National Rural Women's Coalition Limited

Pilot Program - Learn, Grow, Lead
Increased resilience, skills and capacity for local women through delivery of leadership training course for Gunnedah community and surrounds.



Orange Men's Shed Inc.

Installation of Solar
Strengthen operating viability and capacity through the purchase and installation of a solar system on the Orange Men's Shed workshop, located in Lucknow.



Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten Incorporated

Our worn-out Carpet needs a new lease of life
Increase inclusion and improve amenity in Quirindi Preschool Kindergarten Inc. through installing new carpet throughout their centre.



Sofala Progress Association

Sofala Community Hall Restoration
Build community connectivity and capacity through restoration of the Sofala Community Hall.



South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

Kareela Ngura - Country of trees and water
Combat drought and promote sustainable lifestyle choices by developing the community garden space and hosting food-growing and bush tucker workshops at Waminda - South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation.



Wakool Pre School Incorporated

Wakool Pre School Solar Power Installation
Support community connection and capacity through the purchase and installation of a solar system at the Wakool Pre-School Incorporated.



Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Services Incorporated

Water and Solar for WINS
Increase organisational capacity and social enterprise by installing a water tank, pump and solar panel system on the neighbourhood house.



$20,000 projects

Hopetoun & District Neighbourhood House Inc.

New Futures for the Hopetoun and District Neighbourhood House Communities
Improve facility access and social participation by installing an OHS compliant ambulant toilet and shower in the Hopetoun and District Neighbourhood House.



Lockington & District Living Heritage Complex Inc.

Heritage Complex Preserving through Solar Installation
Support community connection and capacity through the purchase and installation of a solar system on the Lockington & District Living Heritage Complex Inc.



Woomelang and District Bush Nursing Centre Incorporated

Woomelang's 'Meet, Eat and Play '
Reduce social isolation by hosting monthly “Meet, Eat and Play” sessions for the Woomelang community.



South Australia

Booleroo Centre and Districts Lions Club

Booleroo Centre & Districts Lions Club Inc. Catering Van Replacement
Develop organisational resilience, support community infrastructure and promote individual and community health, and social wellbeing by a supporting the purchase of a modern all-purpose catering van.

Booleroo Centre


Cowell Area School

Cowell Area School Middle School Canberra and Snow Experience 2019
Enhance school engagement and learning opportunities for Cowell Middle School students with educational school camp to Canberra.



District Council of Orroroo Carrieton

Black Rock Wool Press
Stimulate new economic activity by planning and developing a Heritage Hub in Orroroo.



Franklin Harbour Community Development Group

Paint Cowell's Silo
Link into the Eyre Peninsula Silo Art trail to drive local tourism through enhancing the streetscape with the painting of a mural on the Viterra Cowell Silos



Kimba Area School P&C Association
Kimba Area School

Dream Big - Weave Big
Encourage social and educational participation and community engagement at Kimba Area School by conducting art workshops using recycled materials



Kyancutta Community Club Incorporated

Upgrade Electrical board
Improve local meeting space through the upgrade of existing electrical power board at the Kyancutta Community Club.



Mantung Institute Inc.

The Mantung Hall - A place to go (when you need to go)
Increase inclusion and improve amenity in Mantung through extension and upgrade of the public hall toilet block.



Marree Sports Club Inc.

The Marree Rain Dance
Build community connectedness and support resilience through the drought with community ‘Rain Dance’ ball held in Marree.



Orroroo Golf Club Incorporated

Encouraging community interaction during tough times with improved facilities at the Orroroo Golf Clubhouse
Enhance and strengthen community resilience through upgrade of community assets, including air conditioning, a public address system and acoustic ceiling panels.



500 Miles of Music Organising committee
The Flinders Ranges Council

500 Miles of Music
Increase access to social activities that bring the community together through delivery of music roadshow to drought affected communities of Wombat Flat, Blinman, William Creek, and Quorn.



The Terowie Citizens Association Inc.

Networking for the future
The provision of computer hard / software; to facilitate the ongoing management of community programs and projects managed by the Terowie Citizens Association Inc volunteers, for benefit of the local community.
Increase organisational capacity by purchasing computers, monitors, a printer and supporting software.



Wirrabara Progress Association Inc.

Murray Memorial Park Shelter
Enhance a popular local attraction by creating a shaded resting place at the Murray Memorial Park Wirrabara Silo site.



Youth Opportunities Association (SA)

 Wellbeing and Resilience Support for Young People Across SA's Eyre Peninsula
Develop leadership capacity and resilience of all year 10 students at the Tumby Bay High School, Cummins Area School and Port Lincoln High School, through participation in a ten-week leadership program.

Port Lincoln


Western Australia

Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show Inc.

Coordinating the Community
Strengthen coordination capacity and foster economic development through promotion of, and activities during fortnight of Spring Events at the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show and Festival.




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