Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage
Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage (CATCH) is a targeted grants program that supports unique and valuable projects that enrich and preserve local culture and heritage.
The program, launched in 2009, grew from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program where a high proportion of applications fell into the categories that are now embraced by CATCH. The program was on hiatus during 2012 while FRRR sought funding partners to ensure the program could be operated on a national scale.
There is an obvious continued need for such a program - the graphic below represents a sample of the projects FRRR supported in the 2012/13 financial year that would have been granted via the CATCH program had it been running (these projects were instead funded under the Small Grants for Rural Communities program). Thankfully, the program is up and running again for the second half of 2013, although we are still seeking new partners to ensure it is sustained.
Grants of up to $20,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations in small rural, regional and remote communities for projects of a cultural, historical or public tourism nature, assisting in providing community renewal through economic stimulus.
A great example of what can be achieved via CATCH funding is the story of capturing valuable historical stories in Woodanilling in Western Australia.