By: Alexandra Gartmann | CEO, Foundation For Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)
2015 has begun with devastation for hundreds of Adelaide Hills residents. The damage and loss of homes, property, livestock and wildlife is significant.
The physical recovery and rebuilding will take a long time and the emotional and psychological recovery of the people impacted, will take even longer. The trauma of such an event can’t be underestimated.
Following the 2009 Victorian bushfires for example, mental health and wellbeing and support for children and young people are among the highest categories of grant requests to FRRR’s long-term recovery program – six years’ on from the disaster.
There are a number of ways to support the recovery, of which the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) is one with deep and highly respected experience in supporting medium-to-long term community recovery.
Below we highlight some key points on good practice in natural disaster funding that we recommend anyone thinking about making a donation towards the recovery consider:
FRRR offers a collaborative grants program called Repair Restore Renew (RRR) which enables other philanthropic organisations to utilise FRRR’s unique tax status and deep experience supporting medium-to-long term recovery through one grants program.
The RRR program helps to minimise the level of complexity for local community organisations coordinating recovery projects by reducing the potential number of granting organisations they need to apply to. It also means that FRRR can manage the administrative side of the program whilst enabling donor interests, such as environmental recovery or youth issues, to be supported, simplifying the process for donors. We have launched an appeal to raise funds for a 2015 RRR program and invite any interested philanthropic organisations to join the collaboration.
FRRR is also available to advise on how best to direct funds to recovery needs and can assist in sharing projects that may align with particular areas of interest. We have recently provided this type of consultancy support to Westpac and Australia Post.
The Natural Disaster Response Framework further outlines FRRR’s approach to supporting recovery.
Jan. 15, 2015
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