Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry says expressions of interest are open for the Community Impact Program under the Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative.
The Australian Government has confirmed there will be continued funding for drought resilience support across Australia, which will bring welcome relief for rural communities that are most at risk of drought.
The support will be delivered by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) on behalf of the Australian Government.
The Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative, focus is on drought resilience support through strengthening drought preparedness. The opening of the Community Impact Programme under the Initiative will be available across 35 regions Australia wide, including Capricornia.
Over the next three years, $29.6 million will be invested in regional communities through the initiative. The initiative seeks to improve the social resilience of agricultural communities to drought.
Community-based organisations will be eligible to apply for a grant of between $200,000 and $500,000. These grants provide support to strengthen community networks, capabilities and facilities that support drought preparedness.
Successful applicants will also be able to access tailored leadership development support for their communities.
“This is a terrific initiative providing much needed funds to those living in remote and regional Australia who are vulnerable to the impacts of drought. I encourage any organisation who are an agriculture-dependant community to apply for these grants.
“This funding will go a long way in contributing to our regional and rural area’s ability to prepare for the devastating impact of drought,” Ms Landry said.
Expressions of Interest are due by 5:00pm on 26th September 2022.
More information can be found here: https://frrr.org.au/funding/disaster-resilience-and-climate-solutions/impact-program/