Tackling Tough Times Together
Recognising that there are many areas significantly impacted by 2013/14 drought in Queensland and New South Wales, a new grant program was launched in June 2014. The Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program, which was initiated and funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation to support Queensland communities and the Yulgilbar Foundation to support New South Wales, was designed to provide relief and support to drought affected communities.
The TTTT grant program has a specific focus on funding grassroots, community-led projects that enable communities to access the resources they need to support one another through the tough times.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available across most of Queensland and selected shires in the New South Wales Northern Tablelands. A small number of grants valued at up to $50,000 are also available for larger-scale projects that have a broader, more medium term impact.
Long-term support for disaster-affected communities
Funding through this program will support community based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms of the drought but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Projects can address one or more of the program objectives for example:
- Enhance the mental health and wellbeing of drought-stressed rural and remote communities by hosting workshops that provide practical ways to cope, group fitness and relaxation programs or mental health resources for community groups to share.
- Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection by creating community gardens, hosting a cultural festival or providing creative workshops that allow people to express their experiences and emotions.
- Build community capacity to cope now and in future droughts by supporting small scale community infrastructure that enhances local meeting places, purchasing tools and equipment to boost a community’s capacity to fundraise or provide suicide intervention training to local volunteers.
The TTTT program is an open grant program, with no fixed deadlines, however assessments will be conducted quarterly and will conclude once all funds have been expended We are actively seeking contributions from other donors to this program, as we know the need is ongoing.