The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is hosting free information and grant seeeker workshops in north Queensland, ahead of inviting applications for the Repair-Restore-Renew grant program, which will open in May 2018 to support ongoing recovery from Cyclone Debbie.
- Proserpine on Thursday, 15 March 2018 from 10.00am – 11.30am at the Proserpine Community Centre, 36 Gardenia St, Proserpine QLD.
- Mackay on Thursday, 15 March 2018 from 6.00pm – 7.30pm at the Jubilee Community Centre – RM 4 Mackay Meeting Room, Cnr Alfred and Wellington Streets, Mackay Qld.
The free workshops, which are supported by Australia Post, will provide practical tips on applying for grants and include:
- Repair-Restore-Renew program information
- Project planning and preparation
- Identifying funding opportunities
- Writing a great grant application
- Reporting project outcomes
- Free resources available to support applicants
Janet Phillips, FRRR Disaster Recovery & Resilience Manager, says the sessions will be especially relevant to applicants to the soon-to-open Repair-Restore-Renew grant program, and will also benefit all community groups.
“In 2017 when Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent flooding was impacting Queensland and northern New South Wales, FRRR launched a recovery appeal so that there would be support available to communities for medium to long-term recovery needs.
“Australia Post and ANZ, together with many other generous donors supported our appeal, and as a result, we will soon be inviting applications for funding to help local community groups address some of the outstanding community needs.
“The workshops will be a great opportunity to hear more detail about the Repair-Restore-Renew program which will open in May, as well as get practical tips on writing strong grant applications,” said Ms Phillips.
“Local groups can directly seek feedback on their ideas and learn how best to present local solutions to local issues. This could prove a great advantage when applying for grants, both through FRRR and other funding organisations,” Ms Phillips explained.
All local community groups are encouraged to send a representative along.
The Repair-Restore-Renew grants will be available to community organisations in the Queensland Shires of Mackay, Isaac, Livingstone, Rockhampton, Whitsunday, Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim.
The aim of the grants is to to support recovery from the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Debbie; increase the resilience and capacity of community groups; and create new opportunities for partnership, enterprise and leadership.