Applications open for natural disaster funding

Applications are open for organisations and community groups to support people in the Hume electorate with the uncertainty, stress and anxiety of drought conditions, or to recover from the effects of the recent bushfires.

COORDINARE CEO Dianne Kitcher said the organisation ran a successful grants program last year in response to the drought with more than $385,000 provided to 33 organisations and community groups. Additional funding has been made available by the federal government as part of their support for bushfire affected regions.

"Given the devastating impact of ongoing drought conditions as well as the effects of recent bushfires on communities across our region, we will be running another round of funding for drought affected communities, in conjunction with the new bushfire grants," Ms Kitcher said.

"Funding of up to $10,000 is available for small to medium community groups/organisations to provide free community and group-based activities that deliver mental health and wellbeing benefits to people who live in drought and bushfire affected areas in our region.

"The types of activities that will be considered include events or social gatherings which support individuals and/or communities, help strengthen community connectedness and friendships, build on resilience, and promote help seeking to improve health and wellbeing.

"There may also be community education sessions which provide practical advice and skills development, or activities known to improve physical and mental health."

Organisations and community groups that are based within a drought or bushfire affected area within the Hume electorate are eligible to apply.

Hume federal member Angus Taylor MP said it had been a tough time for regional communities in the electorate, with prolonged drought conditions and recent bushfires affecting many people and businesses.

"This natural disaster community grants program will provide much needed support to those struggling with the drought or recovering from fire. I strongly encourage all eligible organisations to put forward their applications," he said.

Head to www.communitygrants.info to apply for a South Eastern NSW PHN natural disaster community grant.

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