The NRCF has announced $236,000 in funding to help 35 local community organisations recover from recent crises and build resilience in the face of future disasters, through our Recovery and Resilience Grants Program.
“Our small grants help to bridge gaps in Government funding and support their operations by funding essential and innovative projects and critical pieces of infrastructure, that will help communities across all seven local government areas of the Northern Rivers,” said NRCF Chair John Callanan.
“A heartfelt thank you to all our donors – and importantly – to these incredible organisations who are doing the critical work on the ground,” he said.
When the NRCF called on the collective generosity of our community to support those in need, the response was remarkable.
Nearly one third of all grants given through this program has come from the support of our local community of donors – including donors to the Resilience and Regeneration Fund and those who have donated to the NRCF over many years, by contributing to one of our various Sub Funds.
Significant funds have also been contributed by our major funding partners, The James Frizelle Charitable Foundation, Portland House Foundation, Yulgilbar Foundation and international fundraising body, Global Giving. The program has also been supported by long term partners, the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), who helped facilitate funding from private and public foundations.
The NRCF continues to expand our reach right across the Norther Rivers. From Coaldale to Kyogle, Murwillumbah to Byron Bay, funding will help community groups on the ground, who are responding directly to community need.
Nearly 60 community groups applied to this Grants Round. Of the 35 successful applicants, 22 of these organisations have never previously received funding from the NRCF. Each grant ranges in value from $816 to $10,000, with an average grant amount of $6,763.
The areas of need are diverse. Projects span across Health & Wellbeing, Aged Services, Employment & Training, Arts and Culture, as well as Disaster Recovery, Preparedness & the Environment, with each project addressing a specific issue within each local community.
A strong sense of connection was clear when the NRCF gathered grant recipients, donors, funding bodies and community members to announce the full list of inspiring projects at the Brunswick Picture House. To view photos from the Grant Giving Ceremony held on 2 December 2020, click here.