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RASF backs much-need community projects in bushfire and drought affected towns

Posted on : 01 July 2020

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) has provided over $100,000 worth of funding to eight regional and rural NSW communities affected by bushfire and drought as the recipients of its 2020 RASF Community Futures Grant Program.

Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Sydney Royal Easter Show, the RASF has stood by its commitment, delivering grants to support micro-housing for fire-affected families, showground funding for damaged amenities and kitchen or equipment upgrades to rural communities.

RASF Manager Cecilia Logan, says she is proud the RASF could provide much needed support to regional and rural communities in NSW.

“The RASF Community Futures Grant provides funding for projects that deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes,” Mrs Logan said.

“This year we made it our mission to provide support for communities affected by the early Summer bushfires and the on-going drought. Each project selected has been able to demonstrate a strong community focus and ability to help their town rebuild or grow.”

Clare Urquhart, CEO of the community-based charity Container of Dreams says many home owners had inadequate insurance when the bushfires came through and have no way of rebuilding their houses.

“The Container of Dreams was created in 2014 to provide tools and training opportunities to those in the New England region of Drake,” Dr Urquhart said.

“By arming locals with the equipment and knowledge to build tiny houses for bushfire victims and become more self-sufficient with repairs and construction work, the workshop not only benefits those at risks of homelessness but creates work opportunities for local residents through newly acquired skills and builds a stronger community.

“Thanks to the RASF Community Futures grant, we will be able to fill our workshop with $5000 worth of tools that will help us to continue our mission to provide affordable housing to those in our community who need it most.”

The RASF Community Futures Grant program is funded by donations and the sale of the RASF Ag Bag at the Sydney Royal Easter Show - sold online in 2020 following the cancellation of the Show.


For further information, including high resolution images, please contact:

Nicola Dalby

Communications Manager

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

M: 0434 579 906 | E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au

 

About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF):

The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships.

Visit www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation.

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