July 01st, 2021
The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced the multi-year partnership with the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust (HMSTrust) and the Sidney Myer Fund to build the capacity of local organisations playing a central, coordinating or networking role in the recovery of Victorian communities affected by the 2019/20 bushfires.
FRRRs Bushfire Recovery Fund will award grants of up to $90,000 to community groups and local not-for-profit organisations working in Victorian fire-affected regions, aiming to fund initiatives that enhance, improve or sustain operations of these keystone organisations for up to three years, strengthening community-led recovery over the medium and long-term.
This partnership is a result of a shared vision for aligning funding and support to community-led solutions that build resilience and continued viability and vitality.
“FRRR and our generous donor partners HMSTrust and the Sidney Myer Fund have come together to help local groups to be more viable, resilient, and sustainable. The program is designed to help address organisational needs, and strengthen capacity to adapt and respond to the changing or emerging needs of communities”, Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said.
“By supporting applicants that are deeply engaged with their communities to sustain or adapt their model or way of working, we aim to ensure more viable, resilient and sustainable organisations that can support ongoing recovery efforts,” Lin Bender, HMSTrust Executive Officer, said.
To reduce the burden on potential applicants, a shortlist of organisations from declared fire affected areas in Victoria, identified through broad stakeholder consultation, will be invited to apply for funding. The first successful grantees are expected to be announced in October 2021.
More information about the program can be found on FRRR’s website.