Community-strengthening and resilience-building grants for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires

Community-strengthening and resilience-building grants for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires

Bendigo, 15 August 2016: The Foundation for Rural and Regional renewal today announced the opening of two grant programs to support the ongoing recovery of communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires, thanks to funding from the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF).

FRRR’s CEO, Natalie Egleton, says that FRRR and VBAF work collaboratively with communities impacted by natural disaster, and with those organisations that work with the community in the recovery process, to provide support and assistance for medium-to-long term recovery.

“We know that recovery doesn’t happen overnight. Needs change and new challenges emerge. Both of these programs have been specifically created to respond to those needs,” Ms Egleton explained.

Grants for Resilience and Wellness

The Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) program recognises that an important part of long-term community recovery is having opportunities to connect, share experiences, enhance individual and community wellbeing and resilience, and to build strengths and capacities for the future.

The aim of these grants is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, to strengthen community connectedness, sense of place and identity, and to increase community capacity in preparedness for future disasters.

Projects have supported a wide range of community recovery needs and priorities including youth and early years’ engagement and support, mental health and wellbeing, arts programs and events, community infrastructure, environmental recovery, and community disaster preparedness.

Since the opening of the GR&W program in 2012 there have been nine rounds of grants with $1,638,414 awarded to 111 projects across 2009 Victorian fire-affected communities.

Community Group Futures

The Community Group Futures program is specifically for non-profit organisations working in and for the benefit of communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. It recognises that many organisations in bushfire-affected communities continue to experience particular challenges in supporting their communities, and are operating in environment’s that are very different to before the bushfires.

The program provides support for these organisations to consider their viability, sustainability and future roles in their communities, and to strengthen their capabilities to achieve their aspirations.

This current grant round is offering funds in three program streams:

  1. Organisational Capability – This could be training for NFP committees / boards, or a paid position to develop policies, procedures, financial processes, or evaluation frameworks.
  2. Viability & Sustainability – This could be skilled support such as strategic or business planning, legal support or community engagement.
  3. Cost Efficiencies for Community Infrastructure – This could be things like solar panels or water tanks.

Organisations that may apply include Neighborhood Houses and Learning Centers, community arts organisations, leadership programs, community groups (such as Landcare groups & Men’s Sheds), progress associations, committees of management of hall and recreation reserves and other community owned or operated facilities, and youth groups.

To date, the Community Group Futures program has awarded $200,000 to 21 projects across 2009 Victorian fire-affected communities.

Applications for both programs open Monday August 15th and close Monday 17th October, 2016.

Potential applicants should visit the FRRR website – – and review the guidelines and application form carefully.



For comment, contact Janet Phillips or Natalie Egleton on 03 5430 2399 or email
About FRRR
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) was established in 2000. Its mission is to champion the economic and social strength of Australia’s regional, rural and remote communities through partnerships with the private sectors, philanthropy and governments. Since inception, FRRR has managed the distribution of more than $66 million in grants to over 8,000 community groups and provided substantial capacity building support across the nation. To find out more about FRRR, visit