2022/2023 Community Grant Recipients, Donors & Northern Rivers Community Foundation Staff
2022/23 Flood Relief Grant Recipients
Flood Relief funding stream $642,382
Flood Relief Fund Capacity Building
Projects in this stream are funded by the Flood Relief Fund. Grants will support the ongoing and significant recovery work being undertaken in the aftermath of the February and March 2022 flooding events which impacted the Northern Rivers. This is the first time the Northern Rivers Community Foundation has granted up to $50,000 grants, in direct response to the increased need from community organisations impacted from natural disaster.
Flood Relief Grants address the priority areas of:
• Mental health and community wellbeing programs
• Housing and homeless programs
• Disaster coordination including community resilience projects
• Disaster mitigation and community preparedness
These projects were funded by the generosity of the NRCF Disaster Recovery Fund funding partners.
Including: The Flood Relief Fund; The George Lewin Foundation, Australian Communities Foundation, The Wolf Foundation & The River Birch Foundation.
LOCAL CONNECTS TO GLOBAL
The United Nations has adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by 2030. Each project in our 2022/23 Community Grants round is relevant to at least two of the goals as outlined below.
88.9fm Community Radio Coraki Association Incorporated
RADIO BROADCASTING NB - FAIL AND MAINS POWER PROTECTION
All radio stations - big and small - create live programs at studios in urban areas. The produced audio signal is then transferred via a special radio signal to a very elevated transmission facility for processing and then community consumption. This project is to defeat NBN and/or Mains Power failure at the studio during a disaster by DIRECTLY connecting a caravan-studio (with accommodation) to our existing community transmitter and solar power system at the elevated transmission facility.
Anglicare North Coast
NORTHERN RIVERS FOOD AND GOODS SUPPLY CHAIN
Improve our capacity to receive, store and deliver items including perishable food from Foodbank NSW, new bulk clothing from Thread Together, as well as furniture and whitegoods donations, to community-based distribution hubs in Chinderah, Wardell, Murwillumbah, Coraki, Lismore, Casino and Woodburn.
Bundjalung Tribal Society Ltd.
NGULUNG BUGALWEHN - GARIHMA BUNDJALUNG JUGUN
‘Ngulungmal Bugalwehn - Garihma Bundjalung Jugun’ (Leaders of Recovery: Caring for Bundjalung Country) will enable Bundjalung leaders/elders to work with non-Indigenous trainers/leadership experts, to situate Bundjalung concepts of Ngulungmal/Bugalwehn alongside Leadership and Recovery/Resilience, to inform Community Events (incl workshops on: placemaking, wellbeing/resilience, and On-country ecosystem conservation), Leadership Mentoring for BTS staff, and a Strategic Recovery Planning Process.
Daisi Services Limited
REACHING OUR COMMUNITIES | MOBILE COUNSELLING SERVICE
DAISI proposes to expand their Mobile Counselling community service by engaging additional staff into a wider geographic area that will support an increased number of people in need.
HUB 2484 FLOOD RECOVERY & REBUILD
The project will assist flood impacted households who have had difficulty accessing funds and supplies to improve the habitability of their home. We connect those in need with providers (ITAT and other funding sources) and provide access to financial and material support through a needs assessment process to accurately distribute support where it is most needed.
Human Nature Adventure Therapy
BRIDGE TO HEALING | THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT FOR FLOOD TRAUMATISED YOUNG PEOPLE
This project removes barriers to accessing targeted therapeutic support for flood-impacted young people with persistent trauma symptoms. We will offer over 150 sessions of evidence based, individualised support delivered by our team of mental health professionals through a combination of individual and group therapy.
Iluka Emporium Incorporated
STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY FRIENDSHIPS AND RESILIENCE THROUGH THE ARTS
Nine free workshops will be provided to the community in 2023 a month apart. Each workshop will be led by an experienced facilitator often in their home studio. The workshops are designed to be relaxed, enjoyable and flexible for the benefit of small groups of people of different ages. Connecting with others in this way will encourage friendships and wellbeing.
Kyogle Together Incorporated
FAIR SHARE KITCHEN | EMERGENCY RELIEF EXTENSION | FLOOD RECOVERY
This project will enhance a currently over-subscribed program delivered by the Fair Share Kitchen. An Emergency Relief worker will increase hours for the duration of the initiative. The role will build partnerships and collaborate with flood support specialists working in or outreaching to the LGA to build connections and optimise outcomes for clients.
CONNECTING AND RECOVERING TOGETHER | A TRAUMA INFORMED APPROACH TO FLOOD RECOVERY AND DISASTER RESILIENCE
Create a trauma-informed flood recovery community events team to organise nine trauma-informed social events in six shires of the Northern Rivers that will support 30 community-led trauma-informed recovery and resilience-building activities.
Resilient Lismore Incorporated
RESILIENT LISMORE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS
Resilient Lismore Incorporated offer a range of practical workshops for the community of Lismore and surrounds alongside the significant recovery work we have underway. Workshops will be developed according to emerging needs and will include the following topics: Power tools for women; Putting up walls; Using flood resilient materials; House painting; Garden care and restoration.
EMERGENCY CACHE GREATER UKI
Create a secure and centralised housing of resources that can be accessed and utilised in the initial response to emergency situations such as fire and flood. This will enable the community to better respond to, and recover from, various climate-related crises and other emergency situations that may emerge which leave us isolated and vulnerable
Shara Community Gardens
EQUIP, PREPARE AND EMPOWER SOUTH GOLDEN BEACH COMMUNITY RESIDENTS FOR FUTURE DISASTERS
This project is to support our flood affected South Golden Beach community from the events of 2022 and to equip, prepare and empower them for future disasters.
1. A comprehensive preparedness kit in a shipping container for when we are isolated
2. Community safety and awareness raising (defibs, first aid, sign board)
3. Supportive workshops to provide space for reflection and healing and tools for coherence
We are 3 villages South Golden Beach (SGB), New Brighton (NB) and Ocean Shores (OS).
The Community Transport Company Ltd
COMMUNITY TRANSPORT VEHICLE
Community Transport is assisting flood affected communities after so many people lost their vehicles in the floods and are unable to access public transport in our regional areas. We are supporting displaced residents, by providing transport for people living in temporary accommodation and pods across the Tweed, Byron and Ballina LGAs.
The Northern Rivers Conservatorium Arts Centre Inc
KITCHEN REPLACEMENT POST FLOOD
The kitchen space is a vital space for all our staff and students at the Conservatorium. The replacement of the kitchen following the 2022 floods will support all those involved with the Arts Centre.
The Shed Of Hope Incorporated
RESILIENCE AND DISASTER MITIGATION THROUGH PROPERTY ACCESS
Providing all weather property access devastated by 2022 flooding to low income, disadvantaged community members that do not have funds to rebuild damages incurred and do not meet eligibility criteria for government grant assistance. This will improve community connectedness, resilience, mental health and wellbeing.
Supported by James Frizelle Charitable Foundation
NORTHERN RIVERS COMMUNITY HEALING HUB
We will introduce a Mobile outreach program in partnership with services. Together with Space-holders and Weavers, provide non-clinical/informal soft places to land, connect, and yarn through therapeutic support, yarning circles, trauma stabilisation activities especially through the creative arts - weaving, clay therapy, bodywork, access to children’s play therapists with the provision of food and warm beverages.
Supported by The CAGES Foundation
Windara Communities Limited
WINDARA WATERBIRD RECOVERY
We currently have a dam as a centrepiece of our cafe and function centre. It is the view from our fenced playground with a partial walkway around the dam. There is a wetland area on the southern side of the dam where vegetation has been damaged due to the February and March 2022 flood. The funding would purchase flora and materials to begin the restoration of our wetland conservation area to attract our native birdlife back to our wetlands.