Rural and regional communities across SA have received nearly $1.5-million in funding nationwide for locally-led initiatives that will help build their region's resilience to drought.
Funded by the federal government's Future Drought Fund and a range of other donor partners, the Networks to Build Drought Resilience program, the grants, which range from $10,000 to $139,000 were awarded to local groups to support community groups which bring people together, increase skills, improve infrastructure and enable networking.
Six SA towns and initiatives were awarded funding - of 33 nationwide - including:
In addition to this funding, eight rural towns across SA are set to share in more than $35,000 in funding as part of the first round of the Community Grants Program, which is run by Nutrien Ag Soltuions in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
Nationwide, 57 small grants for projects have been awarded, with funding directed towards projects which will will create long-term positive outcomes that benefit and strengthen local communities.
Nutrien Ag Solutions corporate affairs director Carissa Buckland said the company was proud to support communities that play such a central role in achievements of the agriculture industry.
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"With the ongoing impacts of disasters, including fires, floods and drought, and of course the restrictions of COVID, local fundraising has been a challenge, so we are delighted to be able to fund these important community projects, and help relieve the pressure that many groups are under," Ms Buckland said.
"We know this seed funding will also allow community groups to leverage the grant and attract the additional funding or in-kind contributions they may need," Ms Buckland said.
FRRR chief executive officer Natalie Egleton said that the program was one of the most popular run by the organisation in recent years, due to its wide scope and the strong connections that local Nutrien staff have in their communities.
"Like FRRR, Nutrien recognises the critical role that community-led groups play in ensuring access to vital services and creating dynamic and vibrant places to live and work," she said.
Most of the requests were for infrastructure and equipment, such as mowers and generators, or to upgrade community spaces, and to improve access to services and activities. These things can often be hard to fund, especially in really small communities.
"Thanks to Nutrien's support, we've been able to give some really important community projects the boost they need to address local needs and take advantage of opportunities that will encourage engagement and foster community wellbeing."
Most of the applications for the program came from outer-regional, remote or very remote areas (75 per cent), with about one third of the communities that applied have a population fewer than 500 people.
The average funding requested was just less than $4700 and the smallest request was for just under $1000.
The SA towns which received funding include:
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