A new round of funding has been opened for communities impacted by the 2009 bushfires.
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal says money donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund in the immediate aftermath of the fires continues to support community-led recovery from the catastrophic events.
Overall, 173 people lost their lives across Victoria, including one in Bendigo, with many more losing their homes.
The latest round of funding would support a wide range of programs, with this round also open to support commemoration activities for next year’s 10th anniversary.
Two programs are currently accepting applications:
- Grants for Resilience and Wellness, which provide assistance for community-strengthening and resilience-building projects
- Community Group Futures, which helps not-for-profit organisations to think beyond day to day operations and look ahead to ensure they can meet ongoing community needs.
FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton said the fires changed the lives of families and whole communities forever.
“The impact of a natural disaster affects communities and people in many different ways, but the common factor is that recovery takes time. The aftermath of the fires continues to be felt more than nine years on,” she said.
“The two grant programs are purposefully flexible to meet the evolving needs of the fire-affected communities.”
Applications for both GR&W and CGF close at 5 pm on Monday 17 September 2018.
For more information, visit www.frrr.org.au
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