We partner with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) to support regional and remote communities in Queensland to plan their response to future disasters and put in place mitigations that will reduce the impact if disaster strikes.
We are one of over 40 funders supporting the Strengthening Rural Communities grants program administered by FRRR for local community organisations.
Last year Hand Heart Pocket donated $112,500 towards this program, which will be distributed throughout the year.
Applications to FRRR are taken year-round and community organisations can apply for grants of up to $25,000 to bring community-led initiatives to fruition like:
– building community capability through first aid training, disaster management arrangements training, leadership in disasters etc
– making sure generator or battery power is available during evacuations
– encouraging tourism back to areas recently recovered from a disaster
Two of the most recent grant recipients include Thallon State School P&C Association and Rock FM Association Inc in Moranbah.
Thallon State School P&C Association will receive $8,577 for event shade structures damaged during the mouse plague. The rural school situated in the Balonne Shire currently has 17 students enrolled and two teachers.
Rock FM Association Inc in Moranbah will receive $9,995 for repairs to the 4RFM transmission tower following lightening damage. The repairs include mitigation measures to prevent further damage. The community radio station keeps residents informed and entertained.
For more information and to apply for a Strengthening Rural Communities grant go to frrr.org.au/funding/place/src-prepare-recover/
If you’re a Member living in regional, rural or remote Queensland, please let local community organisations know about the Strengthening Rural Communities grants program administered by FRRR.