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RASF Community Futures Grants program offers funding for regional projects

Posted on : 01 February 2021

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) will once again provide an opportunity for regional communities to bring their bright ideas to life, with the RASF Community Futures Grants program calling for applications.

The program, which has been supporting local projects that provide long-term social or economic benefit to regional areas since 2013, will focus on initiatives that assist bush fire or drought recovery efforts.

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

“A good idea and a little support can go a long way in a regional town, and the RASF Community Futures Grant aims to be that helping hand by funding projects that deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes,” Mrs Logan said.

“There is no doubt the past 12 months have been incredibly difficult for the community and in particularly our regional towns who have also endured the devastating bush fires last summer and numerous years of drought. In response to this, we decided to extend our focus on regional community programs in areas that have been directly affected by bush fires and drought, as we did in 2020.

“It may be a shed to arm locals with the ability to build tiny homes following devastating bush fires or some extra funding to rebuild a community hall or showground; every project is unique to each community, so I urge anyone interested to apply for the 2021 Community Futures Program.”

2020 Community Futures Grant recipient, Clare Urquhart, CEO of the community-based charity Container of Dreams says many homeowners had inadequate insurance when the bush fires came through and had 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 bush fire 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 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.”

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

Application for the 2021 RASF Community Futures Grant Program closed February 7, 2021. The RASF urges interested individuals and communities to visit rasf.org.au to find out more and apply.

 

 

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

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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