FRRR to hold grant seeker workshops in the central west

Photo: Neville Owen
Photo: Neville Owen

Community groups in drought affected towns of New South Wales are encouraged to come along to free grant seeker workshops.

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is holding the workshops in Wellington, Walgett, Bourke, Gilgandra and Moree over September.

It aims to give community groups within those regions the confidence to apply for its Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program.

Designed specifically for drought-affected communities, FRRR's TTTT program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

The grants support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

Emma Thomas, Disaster Recovery and Resilience Programs Manager said the workshops are aimed at community groups in drought affected towns in order help them run an event which will bring people together.

"To just help support one another. It can be a fun thing or just a get together... there's lots of other options...," she added.

Ms Thomas said the FRRR often find that farmers are members of the chair of these voluntary groups.

She said the program is aimed at communities who are suffering and helps reduce social isolation and opens up opportunities that may otherwise not happen.

They also deliberately stayed away from larger centres that have more community groups and groups with strong governance.

"We're looking at helping those smaller towns with less capacity and community groups," she explained.

The TTTT program offers grants across three tiers - up to $20,000 or up to $60,000 to support locally-led responses to the drought, with a small number of grants of up to $150,000 also available for larger-scale, multi-year projects.

Over 13 rounds to date, the TTTT program has delivered over $6.1 million in grant funding to 305 projects in drought-affected communities.

Previous workshops have had anywhere between 10 to 30 people in attendance and Ms Thomas said both figures are beneficial to communities.

"The larger it is the more organisations you're reaching out to, but the smaller it is the more individual assistance you can offer to that community groups that's got a project.... and you can help them get that project through to completing a grant application and then getting funding," she explained.

"You can see the successes when you've got a small group, to really work on that individual level."

Registrations for the free grant-seeker workshops are available on FRRR's Facebook page and on eventbrite.

Search 'tackling tough times' in your preferred workshop location.

FRRR's grant seeker workshops:

  • Bourke: Bourke Council Chambers, September 11 from 1-2pm
  • Walgett: Country Women's Association of NSW Walgett, September 11 from 6-7:30pm.
  • Moree: Moree Plains Shire Council, September 12 from 12-1pm.
  • Wellington: Wellington Civic Centre, September 17 from 12-1:30pm.
  • Gilgandra: Gilgandra Shire Council. September 17 from 5:30-7pm.