$1m to keep grassroots organisations afloat to do more disaster recovery work

The Northern Rivers Flood Action Group has been helping with the flood recovery in Woodburn and surrounds. One of the groups projects was giving free trees to residents to restore damaged gardens and bring hope after the 2022 floods. Photo: Susanna Freymark

The State Government announced $1million to support grassroots organisations in disaster recovery.

The Community Resilience Grants Program includes organisations across seven Local Government Areas including Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Lismore and Clarence Valley.

Applications are open until December 4. The money will be distributed by the end of December.

The assessment of who gets a share of the $1million will be done by Northern Rivers Community Foundation.

So who can apply?

Incorporated organisations, not-for-profits and Local Aboriginal Land Councils can apply. The organisation must have an ABN and must not bring in more than $5million a year.

Those that can’t apply include schools, universities,local councils and individuals.

The grants will support organisations with a range of community led recovery assistance such as support for legal and mental health referrals, help organising renovations, the provision of personal protective equipment and connecting communities with charitable organisations.

Projects funded under this grant need to:

• Enhance community-based recovery for the region

• Build on the community recovery and resilience support services being provided

Grant funds can also be used to strengthen and build capacity of recovery and resilience organisations to develop longer-term operating models.

Types of projects that will not be funded:

• Flood mitigation and future preparedness projects

• One-off Emergency Relief Response

• Provision of emergency housing and temporary accommodation

The funding comes in the wake of the devastating floods of 2022 and an earlier than expected start to the fire season. 

Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib said, “the community has told us loud and clear they want to be a part of the recovery process and these grants will go a long way to help achieve that.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin said the money will help keep many community groups afloat.

The Community Resilience Grants Program is open until 4 December 4. Apply here.

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