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Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) Kinglake Ranges 

The GR&W Kinglake Ranges program will distribute the Kinglake Ranges Community Planning Fund to community-based organisations in the Kinglake Ranges. The communities of Kinglake, Kinglake Central, Kinglake West, Pheasant Creek, Toolangi and Flowerdale are eligible for the program.

The funds are a result of the 2016 decision by the VBAF Panel to withdraw funding allocated to the Kinglake Multipurpose Facility project. Initial rounds of the GR&W Kinglake program prioritised organisations and project ideas raised through a community consultation process conducted in 2017. Round 3 of Kinglake GR&W is open to all community groups and not for profit organisations in the Kinglake Ranges. 

The GR&W Kinglake Ranges program has a specific focus on providing assistance towards community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for communities in the Kinglake Ranges that were affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

It recognises that while the fires were in 2009, recovery takes time and an important part of community recovery is having opportunities to connect, share experiences, enhance individual and community wellbeing and resilience, and to build strength and capacity for the future.

Project Focus Areas

Applications must clearly demonstrate a focus on one project activity area from FRRR's Project Activity Tree. Click on the activity to reveal examples of what could be funded. These are indicative only of the types of projects that can be supported. Applicants are encouraged to ensure project applications suit their local community’s needs, priorities and interests.

1. Building community resilience

For example, projects that:

  • Support community information sharing, media and communications including communication mediums such as community radio, UHF networks, community newsletters (electronic/hard copy), community noticeboards.
  • Support community based skill / capability development including developing leadership capacity within the community.
  • Invest in community assets / infrastructure such as improving minor community infrastructure and meeting places.
  • Strengthen local resourcing / delivery capacity  through the purchase of tools and equipment such as trailers, emergency services, training, signage, water tanks, and BBQ’s.
  • Support community planning or management that increases community preparedness for natural disasters.
  • Support the development or operation of local community networks or coordinating alliances that help link things up within the community.
2. Building organisational resilience & capacity

For example, projects that:

  • Build Organisational Capacity through:
    • Training NFP committees / boards in governance, planning, financial management, human resource management, risk management,  asset management.
    • Developing and embedding policies / procedures, financial systems & processes, evaluation frameworks and processes: positions need to leave a legacy within the organisation.
  • Increase Viability and Sustainability through:
    • Engaging skilled support to assist with strategic planning, business planning and implementation support, financial analysis & planning for sustainability, shared back office services across similar geographic or service boundaries, exploring collective impact approaches to key social issues, legal support for mergers, community engagement.
  • Increase Cost Efficiencies for Community Infrastructure through installing solar panels or water tanks.
3. Enhancing environmental sustainability

For example, projects that:

  • Increase awareness of local environmental issues caused by the recent disaster.
  • Provide opportunities for local residents to care for the local environment.
  • Work to restore the local natural environment.
4. Fostering cultural vibrancy

For example, projects that:

  • Support community recovery through the arts.
  • Provide opportunities for self-expression of primary school-aged children and adolescent youth.
  • Celebrate local culture & identity i.e. support place making and identity making.
5. Lifelong learning and education

For example, projects that:

  • Provide local residents with skills or training opportunities that support volunteer capacity and reduce volunteer fatigue related to disaster recovery.
  • Increase community preparedness for future disasters.
  • Support school engagement and student wellbeing.
6. Economic strength

For example, projects that:

  • Drive local economic recovery and renewal post disaster.
  • Promote local tourism.
  • Promote agricultural industry sustainability /development.
7. Improving community health and social wellbeing

For example, projects that:

  • Promote mental health and psychological wellbeing of disaster-affected residents.
  • Promote or improve community safety.
  • Increase community cohesion and engagement.
  • Increase inclusiveness and participation of disadvantaged, marginalised or at-risk members of the impacted community.
  • Support the physical and mental health of primary school-aged children and adolescent youth.

Funding Rounds

Applications Due



Round 2

Community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for communities in the Kinglake Ranges affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.


Round 3
Community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for communities in the Kinglake Ranges affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
Funds awarded early December 2020 for applications received by 5pm AEST, 23 September 2020. 

Projects must directly assist those individuals and communities in the Kinglake Ranges that have been affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires:

  • The project must identify a specific distress / hardship caused by the bushfires which the activity intends to relieve.
  • Projects must be for a charitable purpose (benefit the wider community: not an individual, business, or members of particular groups).
  • Projects must be able to demonstrate wide community support and involvement of a range of community groups / representatives.
  • The project must not duplicate an existing project or service.
  • Applicant organisations must have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.

Applications will be considered by an Advisory Committee and recommendations will then be approved by the FRRR Board.  Outcomes will be provided to applicant organisations in writing.


Round 3 of GR&W Kinglake Ranges is now closed.

Before applying, please read the Guidelines carefully and speak to FRRR Disaster Recovery and Resilience team members. Please note, no specific tax status is required.

FRRR uses an online grants administration system. All applications for the Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) Kinglake Ranges program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.
Please download and save the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to your desktop, and read through them thoroughly to help get you started. You may need to refer to them during the application process. We also encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the Activity Tree, which you'll need to understand to apply.
To begin your application, click on the Apply Now button below after the program opens.

PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - i.e. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers.

Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing

For more information on this process, please read the following documents:

Grants Gateway Apply Now
Grants Gateway Return to applications

Further information

If you have any queries, please contact the Grant Coordinator Hannah Jakab by telephone on freecall 1800 170 020 or by email.

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