The Repair-Restore-Renew (RRR) Natural Disaster Community Grants Program was established in response to the need to provide ongoing assistance to natural disaster-affected communities through the medium to long-term.

Once immediate assistance from government and relief agencies has drawn to a close and moved on to the next disaster, the community's journey to recovery is often only just beginning. Planning to rebuild, strengthen and improve community infrastructure can take months or even years. For this reason, we raise funds from the time of a natural disaster, yet only open the RRR grant program 12 months after the event. This allows time for communities to give thought to their priorities and direction for recovery and renewal projects.

In 2012/13, FRRR ran two major grant rounds for the RRR program – for communities affected by flood events and Cyclone Yasi in Queensland, as well as floods in New South Wales and Victoria in 2011.

We also made the final distribution of $54,800 for the RRR 2009 program. These were final payments on two previously-approved projects in bushfire affected communities, where the projects had been modified in response to changing community needs. FRRR's granting programs allow flexibility to cater to such circumstances, as we know that community needs can change during the course of long-term recovery.

Recognising the importance of responding both to community needs and the needs of donors, we made an early grant via the RRR 2013 program. John T Reid Charitable Trust wanted to help both the immediate and long-term recovery, as well as help community members feel more safe. As a result, $5,000 went towards a radio-transmitter so a community previously in a radio "blackspot" could hear emergency warnings; $5,000 went towards safety equipment for volunteers cleaning up in Bundaberg; and $20,000 to setting up camps and purchasing tools and equipment for the volunteers helping the immediate recovery effort in fire-affected parts of Tasmania and the flood affected Burnett region of Queensland.

The projects funded through RRR have been varied, from the physical and material - such as repairs to community halls, installation of shade covers over park areas, new lawn mowers, air conditioners, communication equipment, and generators - to the creative and emotional, including community events and arts-based recovery programs.

The projects profiled in this report are a great example of this diversity - building a new home for school chooks, helping to attract visitors back to town after a flood and funding a Small Farms Advisory Centre at a field day.

Another story show-cases the long-term impact of the program following the 2009 Repair-Restore-Renew program, through a positive-thinking program for school children affected by the Victorian bushfires.


This chart shows the funding distributed through the RRR 2011 program only.

The chart above shows the grants distributed via the RRR 2011 program. As noted above, in the course of the year grants were also made via RRR 2009 and RRR 2013.