Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) is a program focusing on the long term needs of bushfire affected communities in Victoria. The aim is to help them adjust to the "new normal" and learn to cope with the long-lasting effects of trauma, as well as reconnect with members of their own and surrounding communities.
The launch of the GR&W program, made possible by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, recognises that, more than four years on, an important part of community recovery is having opportunities to share and learn from their experiences, engage in positive, forward-thinking activities and build strengths and capacity for the future.
The program is open to all communities impacted by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
In the 2012/13 financial year, 12 projects to the value of $192,224 were funded in the inaugural round of GR&W.
The majority of successful applications fell into the categories of community facilities, especially community gardens and cooking programs; and youth engagement and wellbeing activities. These included community events and inclusive programs such as art therapy, as in the Upcycling Project in Marysville.