As our beautiful Northern Rivers region struggled with the devastation brought by two flooding events in quick succession, it has been grassroots, community-lead response that has risen to the challenge.
Northern Rivers Community Foundation, in partnership with the Byron Community Centre, launched the Flood Relief Fund to offer quick response grants of up to $10,000 to community organisations to provide flood relief and recovery for the Northern Rivers.
As of 11 May, 2022 an incredible $1,308,655 had been raised and 103 Quick Response Grants had been funded, for community organisations who are already imbedded, connected and trusted to provide disaster recovery support.
The project is inspired by the words of Bernard Williams:
“Humans have never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”
The 103 projects so far funded span the seven Local Government Areas of the Northern Rivers.
Grants have already gone out, thanks to the efficient work of a Grants Committee, chaired by Byron’s Citizen of the Year for 2020, Helen Hamilton. The committee has identified local needs based on research by NRCF to distribute the funds for the quickest and most effective support.