Volunteer Emergency Services Fund

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grant Background: The Volunteer Emergency Services Fund Grant Program aims to support the needs of local volunteer emergency services and first responders supporting communities affected by the 2019/20 bushfires.

Grants are available for disaster preparedness and response activities that may include rebuilding or upgrading emergency services infrastructure and replacing or upgrading emergency services equipment; enabling the support and management of an emergency services volunteer workforce through recruitment and training; and programs to support volunteer mental health and wellbeing.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery

Funder:  Federal – National Recovery & Resilience Agency

Grant Background: The Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program will support the recovery efforts of communities in eligible Local Government Areas affected by the 2019-20 bushfires and enables them to apply for projects that address community recovery needs within their own timeframes.

The Australian Government will directly fund successful applicants to conduct a range of projects designed to support the social and economic recovery, and restoration of the built environment in those communities.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • support recovery and resilience of communities impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires, and
  • build stronger communities by supporting social, economic and built environment recovery.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are to:

  • empower local communities to address bushfire recovery priorities, including through creation of jobs, sustainable infrastructure and community investment targeted at the specific needs of the community, and
  • rebuild and grow the economy of the local communities impacted by the bushfires.

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Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program – Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications to deliver services under the Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program – Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs (Hubs).

This program will establish eight regionally-focused Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs. The Hubs will be located in regional areas that reflect the key agricultural and climatic zones across the country. The regions targeted are:

  • Southern NSW
  • Southern QLD/Northern NSW
  • South-West WA
  • Victoria
  • Top End NT/WA
  • Tropical North Queensland
  • South Australia

The Hubs will be multidisciplinary and inclusive ensuring that the focus of the Hubs is to support agricultural industries and communities to adapt, reorganise and transform so that they are more resilient to future droughts.

The Hubs will support networks of key stakeholders to work together, including primary producers, grower and community groups, industry, researchers, entrepreneurs, education institutions and governments to:

  • provide extension, adoption and commercialisation support
  • plan co-designed and demand driven drought resilience research, development, extension, adoption and commercialisation (RDEA&C).

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Agriculture, Business, Rural & Regional

Rural Financial Counselling Service Programme

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open and competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Rural Financial Counselling Services Program in the 12 predefined service regions from 2021–22 to 2023–24. Applicants may apply for more than one service region, including across different states.

The RFCS Program is an Australian Government initiative that provides free and independent financial counselling to eligible farmers, fishers, foresters and small related enterprises who are experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship.

The vision for the 2021 to 2024 RFCS Program is to empower clients to take control of their financial situation and cultivate financially capable primary producers that are profitable, self-reliant and resilient.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Strengthening Rural Communities – Small & Vital

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Grant Background: The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs.  Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and designed to be able to help communities address different needs and opportunities, as and when they emerge. Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.

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Community, Rural & Regional

Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund

Funder:  NSW – Resilience NSW

Grant Background:  Phase Two of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF) will promote community well-being, social and broader recovery and future disaster resilience following the bushfires. Stream 2 will involve allocation of grants to medium and long-term community projects.

Phase Two Stream 2 funding is focused on delivering projects that support sustained community recovery and improved community resilience in bushfire impacted areas. Projects can be aligned to local, regional or across multiple Local Government Areas. Projects will need to contribute to one or more of the following Disaster Recovery Outcomes:

  • The needs of vulnerable groups are addressed in disaster recovery
  • The community is aware of the disaster recovery processes
  • The community can express its changing disaster recovery needs
  • Community members are aware of the risks of future disasters
  • The community has improved capacity and capability to respond to future disasters
  • Business and not-for-profits have in place adequate mitigation practices for risks and threats
  • Government, private sector, civil society and organisations are engaged in plans for preparedness and management of the recovery

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Community, Rural & Regional

Mazda Foundation Grants

Funder:  Mazda Foundation

Grant Background: The MAZDA Foundation is dedicated to enriching Australian communities and fostering a spirit of community involvement. The Mazda aims to provide financial aid for community advancement, such as the improvement of education and employment skills, development of technology and the protection of the environment.

The current Foundation priority is Primary Producers facing hardship.

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