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NRCF grant recipients in 2019. Photo supplied.

Community groups that are looking to help support people and communities recovering from the recent swathe of crisis that have confronted Australian’s can now apply for grants through the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF).

‘Many small groups fall through the funding gaps. Funds will flow through to a Recovery and Resilience Grants program, focused on supporting crisis recovery, and building resilience within organisations and communities,’ said NRCF executive officer Emily Berry.

They are looking to support organisations that have been impacted by a recent disaster, such as a flood, bushfire, or COVID-19.

‘Our role is not only to support these organisations to survive as they recover from recent crises, but also to thrive,’ said Ms Berry.

Not for profit groups across the seven Local government areas (LGAs) of the Northern Rivers are encouraged to apply for grants of $2k to $10k. Community groups or organisations may work in a number of impact areas, such as health and wellbeing, youth programs, family support, aged services or homelessness, through to conservation and environment.

‘Whilst NRCF cannot address all the issues, we continue to build supportive and lasting relationships with community organisations across our region,’ said NRCF Chair John Callanan.

The NRCF has a 15 year history of supporting small community groups and organisations that are doing inspiring work across the Northern Rivers, granting over $1.9 million to over 300 organisations and projects since 2005.

Applications close midnight 17 August 2020. The Application Form will be available to download from NRCF website from Tuesday 7 July. To download the program guidelines, go to nrcf.org.au/grants/recovery-resilience-grants-program.

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