The latest round of Tackling Tough Times Together grants from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal have been released, with seven grants awarded to SA recipients.
The TTTT program is now in its eighth year, and supports drought-affected communities to undertake a wide range of grassroots initiatives. So far, more than $17.3 million has been dished out as part of the scheme.
FRRR's Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead Nina O'Brien said drought is still "very real and significant" in many communities.
"Capacity within rural communities has been significantly hampered by both the long-running drought, and more recently, the uncertainty of COVID-19," she said.
"Fundraising is a real challenge, and volunteers are really fatigued. However, they remain committed to bringing people together to support one another at a time when doing so is perhaps more important than ever.
"So, programs like Tackling Tough Times Together are an important source of funding, as it means community groups can continue to run programs and events that help to reduce feelings of social isolation.
"The grants also help alleviate volunteer fatigue, as community-minded people are so often very stretched and stressed by not being able to offer the services they know are so valuable to their community."
A total of 35 projects have been awarded funding nation-wide as part of the latest round of funding, with details of the SA projects as follows:
- Brinkworth Management Committee: $87,600 to buy a community bus to facilitate strong social cohesion and connection.
- Pinnaroo Community: $59,880 to boost and strengthen health and wellbeing with an arts initiative in the Pinnaroo community.
- The Flinders Ranges Council: $42,000 to support economic growth and community connection through the Fringe in the Flinders event in Quorn, SA.
- Peterborough Art Prize Committee: $33,336 to strengthen economic recovery and renewal through improvements to the Peterborough Art Centre garden.
- Warramboo Community Club: $25,000 to encourage children's learning and development though play by installing playground equipment at the Warramboo Community Club.
- Minnipa and Districts Swimming Pool: $10,000 to support the longevity of the Minnipa community pool with infrastructure works.
- Wudinna Play Gym: $5500 to support opportunities for development and learning with a play gym in Wudinna.
Applications are open for Round 22 of the TTTT program, and close 5pm August 24. For more information, or to apply, click here.
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