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Communities tackling drought share funding to support recovery projects

August 20th, 2021

​Recipients of our Best Grant Program Award 2020, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal's long-running Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program, has awarded over $1 million in grants to 35 NFPs to support drought recovery projects in remote, rural and regional communities across Australia.

Now in its eighth year, the award-winning and collaboratively funded TTTT program supports drought-affected communities to undertake a broad range of grassroots initiatives that help locals access the resources needed to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. To date, thanks to the support of FRRR’s donor partners, the program has granted out more than $17.3 million.

“Programs like Tackling Tough Times Together are an important source of funding, as it means community groups can continue to run programs and events that help to reduce feelings of social isolation. The grants also help alleviate volunteer fatigue, as community-minded people are so often very stretched and stressed by not being able to offer the services they know are so valuable to their community,” Nina O’Brien, FRRR’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead, said. 

Successful projects include the Warramboo Community Club’s playground replacement on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Like many remote areas, the Community Club is a focal point of the district for events, sports, celebrations, training and information days. They are receiving a $25,000 grant to encourage children’s learning and development by replacing the deteriorated playground on the grounds. This creates a key meeting point for the important social contact that binds isolated farming families together.

The Tackling Tough Times Together program is possible thanks to the collaborative support of several donors, including the Australian Government which committed $15M to be distributed from 2019-2021. Generous contributions have also been made by The Pratt Foundation, Stockland CARE Foundation, Paul Ramsay Foundation, The Snow Foundation, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Henroth Group and private donors from across the nation. 

Applications are currently open for Round 22 of TTTT and groups in areas experiencing prolonged dry conditions are encouraged to apply for funding to help their community support one another. Applications close 24 August 2021.

  • More information on the Tackling Tough Times Together grant program is available here.
  • The full list of grant recipients and their projects are available here.
  • Watch the TTTP Award case study video here

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