The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Prepare & Recover program supports communities in remote, rural and regional communities across Australia to implement initiatives that prevent and prepare for future climate related impacts, or recover from existing disasters through the medium to long term process.
Grants up to $25,000 are available for a broad range of initiatives to strengthen the capacity and capability of local people, organisations, networks, and systems that help communities to be informed, skilled, connected and resourced for the future.
Specifically, SRC Prepare & Recover will support communities impacted by the following disasters:
- 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires;
- 2021 QLD floods;
- 2021 NSW floods;
- 2021 WA Tropical Cyclone Seroja; and
- 2022 flood events across NSW, QLD, SA, TAS and VIC.
SRC Prepare & Recover aims to support projects that:
- Assist communities prevent and prepare for, respond to, or recover from disasters, weather events or climate impacts;
- Demonstrate broad community benefit, are locally determined, support collaboration and build capacity for the future;
- Build networks or resources so that local communities can share information, increase climate related knowledge, and strengthen social connection;
- Aim to ‘build back better’ infrastructure following a disaster event, accounting for historical and future climate risks;
- Recognise First Nations knowledge and strengthen cultural practices to foster healing, connection and care for Country; and
- Have limited ability to attract funds from other donors or government.
How much funding is available? Are there priority areas?
These grants are available thanks to the generous support of the donors listed at the bottom of this page.
Organisations can request up to $25,000 per round in the SRC Prepare & Recover program for projects that relate to the following disasters:
- 2019/20 Black Summer Bushfires (LGAs declared fire affected);
- QLD Rainfall and Flooding (Local Government Areas listed on Disaster Assist reference AGRN 1011, 1019 & 1020);
- NSW Severe Weather and Flooding (Local Government Areas listed on Disaster Assist reference AGRN 960, 1012, 1025 and 1,034);
- TAS Severe Weather (Local Government Areas listed on Disaster Assist reference AGRN 1,038);
- VIC Floods (Local Government Areas listed on Disaster Assist reference AGRN 1,037); and
- WA Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja (Local Government Areas listed on Disaster Assist reference AGRN 965).
While all requests will be considered, priorities for funding are outlined below:
- Projects that support communities in remote, rural or regional Australia with fewer than 15,000 people;
- Projects initiated and delivered by local community groups and not-for profits;
- Organisations that do not have DGR status; and
- Applications that demonstrate clear community centred recovery, preparedness or resilience building focus will be prioritised.