The Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience Program is designed to build community capacity by strengthening social and community networking, support, engagement and wellbeing. The aim is to build an enduring resilience to the impacts of climate change, drought, and enhance the public good in agriculture-dependent communities.
The Networks to Build Drought Resilience program will support the community organisations, networks and infrastructure that help people and communities prepare for, and live through, times of drought. The program will fund events, activities, training and small-scale infrastructure that assist communities to build their capacity.
Through the Networks to Build Resilience program, the Australian Government’s investment of $3.375m, together with a $1.125m contribution from Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR), will enable $4.5 million to be available for on-ground community capacity building projects, across two funding rounds.
The Build Drought Resilience program offers three tiers of grants to not-for-profit organisations totalling $4.5 million over an 18-month period. Round 1 (of 2) aims to fund approximately 50 projects.
- $10,000 to $20,000; (approximately 26 projects, events, or activities will be funded per round)
- $20,000 to $50,000; (approximately 17 projects, events, or activities will be funded per round)
- $50,000 to $150,000; (approximately 6 projects, events, or activities will be funded per round)
What can be funded?
The Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience Program will fund events, projects, activities, training, and small-scale infrastructure that assist communities to build their capacity by strengthening social and community networking, support, engagement, and wellbeing to be more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought under four opportunity types:
- Projects that strengthen the capacity, capability, and coordination of professional, social or community networks in agriculture-dependent communities to build drought resilience.
- Events that facilitate professional, social and community connection to build understanding of risks posed by drought and climate change in agriculture-dependent communities throughout Australia.
- Training to improve the skills, understanding and capacity of community network members to participate in community risk management, planning and community driven projects that build drought resilience.
- Small-scale community infrastructure projects to foster connectedness, improve wellbeing and make community facilities resilient to the impacts of drought.
Read the full guidelines to understand criteria that each opportunity must address in order to qualify for consideration.
To apply, you must meet the following criteria:
- Applicant organisation must be a not-for-profit organisation with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.
- The proposed project must be for charitable purposes and offer clear public benefit.
- Organisations can submit one application per grant round.
- Projects must benefit communities in remote, rural, or regional Australia that are agriculture-dependent.
NOTE: Applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate charitable outcomes and benefit to the wider community that are above and beyond the sporting activities of the club, and demonstrate a clear linkage to drought resilience.
FRRR, in partnership with the Australian Government, are hosting two Grant Seeker Workshops for the Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program.
The workshops will provide practical grant writing tips to help you become more confident in applying for the grants.
It is strongly recommended that any organisation considering applying for the Build Drought Resilience grant should attend a workshop.
Both sessions will be via Zoom and will contain the same material — simply choose the session time that suits you best.
Monday, June 7, 2021
11:00am — 12:00pm
7:30pm — 8:30pm
Apply for Build Drought Resilience program
Applications for Round One of the Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program close 5pm AEST, July 5, 2021. Outcomes will be announced in October 2021.
ps: Round Two, which will fund activities that take place between February 28, 2022 and June 27, 2022, will open on September 20, 2021 and applications will close November 1, 2021.