16 June 2021

Funds reinvigorate a range of rural projects

| Edwina Mason
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Outward Bound's Tharwa site

The firefighting capabilities of Outward Bound’s Tharwa site will be strengthened by a $22,367 grant to give new life to aged firefighting and maintenance equipment. Photo: Outward Bound.

Australian Outward Bound’s Tharwa site is on the up and up thanks to a $22,367 grant set to provide a new lease on life to aged firefighting and maintenance equipment.

The project is expected to improve the program’s preparedness for future disasters and is just one of over 100 projects throughout Australia to receive financial support from the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR).

Cooma Chamber of Commerce

Love is the key to Cooma Chamber of Commerce’s new campaign which received a $25,000 boost from the Strengthening Rural Communities program. Photo: Supplied.

The Cobargo Wellness Group is another, having received $25,000 to enhance the recovery of youth and families in remote areas of Bega Valley and Eurobodalla Shires, through a therapeutic arts program called Ginger The Frog Community and Professional Arts Project – A Children’s’ Bushfire Recovery Project.

The FRRR have announced $1,589,612 in grants for 112 projects geared to help build the resilience and long-term vitality of smaller remote, rural and regional communities, through its Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

The SRC program is collaboratively funded, its broad scope enabling smaller remote, rural and regional communities to receive funding for a wide range of initiatives led by local people and addressing local needs.

Spreading the love as a result of the funding will be Cooma Chamber of Commerce Inc which will use $25,000 for the development and delivery of the “So Much to Love” social and paid media campaign.

With an eye to the sky during National Science Week 2021 in August, the Australian Agricultural Centre will host STEMConnect 2021 at Crookwell. They have received $9556 in funds to host an educational event for up to 1000 people, highlighting the links between agriculture, culture and astronomy.

And it will be a capable Coota once the Cootamundra Development Corporation is able to use its $3000 in funding to help volunteer organisations in the town attract high-quality executive members by providing governance training.

FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton said this round of SRC had seen rural communities across Australia seek funding for inspiring initiatives that build community resilience and support individual and community health and wellbeing at a local level.

“Many communities have been impacted by multiple disasters, including the recent flooding in New South Wales and parts of Queensland,” she said.

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“For these regions, economic recovery from the disasters has been severely challenged by COVID-19 and for community organisations, the pandemic has hampered fundraising efforts and their capacity to provide services.

“Understandably, local volunteers are pretty worn out,” she explained.

In response, Ms Egleton said, FRRR awarded a number of grants for projects that will relieve volunteer-fatigue and alleviate the pressures that many volunteer-led groups are dealing with.

“Rural communities gain strength and vitality when locals have places to gather and connect, so it’s not surprising that we continue to see strong demand for projects that build community resilience by investing in local community assets and infrastructure, particularly the maintenance of community halls,” she added.

The current round is accepting applications until 24 August 2021 with funds to be awarded in December 2021.

For more information go to: https://frrr.org.au/funding/

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