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Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W)

The Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) program has a specific focus on providing assistance towards community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for communities 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.

This program will run until funds are expended, recognising that it takes time for communities to recover from such natural events and that individuals and communities recover in different ways. It also acknowledges that 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 activity from FRRR's Project Activity Tree. Click on the activity to reveal examples of what could be funded.

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 (not available via this program)

Community groups seeking funding for projects that focus on Building organisational resilience & capacity should apply via the Community Group Futures program, which provides resources for organisations to consider their viability, sustainability and future roles in their communities, and to strengthen organisational capabilities to achieve their aspirations.

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.

Community groups seeking funding for projects that focus on Building organisational resilience & capacity should apply via the Community Group Futures program, which provides resources for organisations to consider their viability, sustainability and future roles in their communities, and to strengthen organisational capabilities to achieve their aspirations.

Funding Rounds

Applications Due Focus Status
April 2019
Community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
Now Open - Closes 9 April
Round 14 Twenty-seven community groups received more than $425,000 in funding to support long-term recovery and resilience-building projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Grant recipients announced

 

Projects must directly assist those individuals and communities 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.

Applying

The Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) program is now open and closes at 5pm AEST on Tuesday, 9 April 2019.

Before applying, please read the Guidelines carefully and speak to the Grant Coordinator. Please note, no specific tax status is required.

FRRR uses an online grants administration system. All applications for Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) 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.

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 info@frrr.org.au.

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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