Strengthening Rural Communities – Prepare & Recover

Date/Deadline: 29 Nov, 2022

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
• February to May 2022 Rainfall and Flooding in South East, Northern and Central Queensland
• February onwards 2022 Severe Weather and Flooding in New South Wales, and
• 11-12 April 2021 Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja Western Australia

Program Objectives

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.


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.

The total funding pool includes:

• 2019/20 Black Summer Bushfires: $650,000;
• February 2022 Flooding (QLD and NSW): $150,000;
• WA’s Cyclone Seroja: $60,000.

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.

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