Communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires are still recovering, and more than ten years on, young people affected by the fires have emerged as some of the most vulnerable and at-risk in our communities.
Recognising this, the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund allocated $550,000 for a program developed by FRRR, called School and Beyond.
The program is particularly aimed at keeping students in school or engaged in vocational education training and ultimately employment. It has been designed to ensure those in greatest need receive support, but with the minimum amount of bureaucracy.
Funding will be provided to services rather than directly to individuals, ensuring support can be directed to those most in need as identified by those working closely with them and in a timely way.
It is projected that the program will close by the end of 2019, or earlier if funds are expended.
The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs. This program is an evolution of the long-running Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program that FRRR ran for 34 rounds over a 16-year period.
The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.
The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.
Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.