Twelve SA community-led projects are recipients of the latest bout of funding from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal's Tackling Tough Times Together program.
The program, which aims to provide support for drought-affected rural communities, has given awarded four grants of up to $60,000, to projects in Greenock, Lucky Bay, Parachilna and Port Vincent, with a grants of up to $20,000 also given to projects in Arno Bay, the Barossa region, Carrieton, Eudunda, Kadina, Oodnadatta, Beltana and Cambrai.
FRRR chief executive officer Natalie Egleton said the grants would be of particular help in a difficult year.
"We know that large parts of the country are still in drought, and coupled with the impacts of COVID-19, and for many the bushfires too, this is a particularly challenging time," she said.
"Keeping money flowing into rural areas is a priority for FRRR, so that these communities can continue to work at building capacity and long-term resilience."
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Federal member for Barker Tony Pasin said projects supported through the program help rural communities cope with the stress of drought, while contributing to the local economy and infrastructure renewal.
"Many projects funded this round will help reduce volunteer fatigue, enhance social participation and boost the operations of local not-for-profit organisations, which are all crucial to drought-affected regional communities," he said.
Federal member for Grey Rowan Ramsey was also pleased with the new grant recipients.
"A variety of projects have been successful in Grey ranging from installing an airstrip at a remote community, running activities for school children, a playground and art-focused projects," he said
"I was really pleased to see the innovation shown by these communities in Grey in creating such diverse opportunities to participate in."
Cut-off dates for further applications to receive FRRR grants are:
- 28 May - outcomes to be advised late August
- 27 August - outcomes to be advised late November. Expressions of interest for the $150,000 tier must be received by 16 July 2020.
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