Supporting bushfire-affected communities

Bushfire-affected communities across Australia need your help now.

More than 8 million hectares have been burnt in the devastating bushfires, affecting hundreds of rural communities. We are yet to see the full extent of the damage.

The road to recovery for these communities is long, with varied and complex challenges unique to each town. These communities will need your support long after the smoke clears, and the emergency relief money is expended.

That’s where FRRR comes in. FRRR makes grants to local not-for-profit groups for community-led projects that address the most pressing needs that emerge 12-18 months after a disaster event.

We are urging those wanting to support the affected communities to consider donating to our Disaster Resilience
and Recovery Fund
. Grants from the Fund will be able to support community leaders to implement what they need in their community. It could be support for fatigued volunteer leaders, repairing vital community infrastructure or ensuring psychological support is available when it is most needed.

FRRR will be offering a special stream through its flexible Strengthening Rural Communities program for communities that identify more immediate needs and for donors wishing for their funds to be used in full in the medium term recovery. 

We will also provide additional Back to School vouchers to support impacted children and families to have the uniform and stationery supplies needed for their schooling. As the current relief efforts are still very much under way, we will offer this additional support via a bushfire relief round, which will be distributed by May 2020.

Your contribution will make a real difference

Local leaders know what will make the biggest difference at times like these. But their isolation and small size make it hard for communities to raise the funds they need at the best of times, let alone in the worst of times, like now.

Our special tax status means funds reach grassroots community organisations in country Australia who often miss out on support.

FRRR has a long history of supporting disaster preparedness and assisting affected communities to recover. Since 2006, FRRR has distributed more than $19 million in grants to communities amidst their recovery from natural disasters.

Donate Now National Bushfire Map National Bushfire map
10 Jan, 2020

Read about some
projects we've supported

Post-traumatic Growth Workshops

West Gippsland Library Corporation, $1,257
A series of workshops to help residents in two communities affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires learn about the role of Post-traumatic Growth in their recovery journey, was funded with a grant from the Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) program, thanks to VBAF.

'More Than a Fire' workshops in the Blue Mountains

Mountain Communities Resource Network, $15,000
MCRN received a 2013 Repair-Restore-Renew grant, funded by ING Direct Foundation, to run workshops to build community resilience by tackling both the practical and mental / emotional aspects of household preparedness in the lead up to the 2016/17 fire season in the Blue Mountains, NSW. 

Practical skills workshops aided recovery and resilience following the 2009 Victorian Bushfires

Boolarra Community Development Group, $19,950
A $19,950 grant from the Grants for Resilience & Wellness grant program, funded by VBAF, enabled the Boolarra Community Development Group to run practical skills and knowledge workshops to increase local capacity and resilience following the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Re-roofing the VMR Whitsunday headquarters

Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday, $15,000
A Repair-Restore-Renew grant from John T Reid Charitable Trusts funded repairs to the roof and ceiling of the building that headquarters the Whitsunday's only deep water rescue service. The building was ravaged by severe weather during Cyclone Debbie in 2017.

Cyclone Yasi devastated the Cardwell Museum

Cyclone Yasi Recovery Grants - Various Donors and Amounts
On 3 February 2011, Cyclone Yasi made landfall in northern Queensland. The costliest tropical Cyclone to ever hit Australia caused devastation in the region. Five years on, we revisited some of the recovery projects funded through FRRR's disaster recovery grant programs.

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Contact Sarah Matthee, Partnerships & Services Manager on
1800 170 020 or via email to make a lasting difference and provide a helping hand in times of need.

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