Community support

Community grants and programs

A range of measures and programs to support farmers and rural communities in drought-affected regions in South Australia are available.

More help for farmers and farming families, including financial, health and wellbeing and farming advice, can be found on the South Australian Guide for Drought Assistance (PDF 1.7 MB) or on the following pages:

Empowering our Communities Grants – Country SA Primary Health Network

Country SA PHN has been granted funding under the Australian Government’s Empowering our Communities initiative to facilitate community-led projects to support mental health, social and emotional well-being and suicide prevention initiatives for people living in drought affected areas.

Funding is available for individuals, organisations and/or community groups who are interested in hosting community-led well-being events or activities in drought affected communities in South Australia.

Small grants  – up to $20,0000, are available for communities to develop wellbeing activities and interventions that facilitate community engagement and participation in regions impacted due to dry conditions and drought.

Activities may include:

  • community education on topics such as managing stress, anxiety, depression and stigma, mental health first aid and suicide prevention
  • complementary and lifestyle interventions that promote individual and/or community wellbeing, such as exercise classes, relaxation and yoga classes, mindfulness meditation classes
  • other community engagement and wellness events that promote access to these types of non-traditional mental health therapies.

More information on how to apply and previous grants.

This grant is currently closed but Round 2 is expected to open soon.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal - Tackling Tough Times Grants

Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) is a rolling grants program run by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal that helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the drought.

The program aims to strengthen the capacity and capability of grassroots non-profit organisations in rural, regional and remote drought declared areas of Australia. It supports locally-led responses based on a shared belief that local leaders are best placed to know what is going to make the biggest difference in their community.

Grants are available for projects that directly benefit the immediate and medium-term needs of drought affected communities. Three streams of grants are available – up to $20,000; up to $60,000 and up to $150,000.

FRRR welcomes the opportunity to discuss project concepts, so please don't hesitate to get in touch with the office once you’ve read the program guidelines and associated documents, and reviewed our grant writing resources.

For more, go to frrr.org.au/grants/TTTT

Drought donations

SA Country Women’s Association

The South Australian Country Women’s Association (SACWA) is working with Australian Red Cross and Rural Business Support to provide financial assistance of up to $3,000 to farmers in drought affected regions of the state.

The SACWA Emergency Aid Fund has previously received generous drought donations from:

  • Dick Smith Foods – as part of the $1,000,000 donation given to CWA Associations across Australia.
  • Coles Supermarkets – through their current initiatives 'in-store' across Australia. These funds will also be allocated to CWA Associations across Australia.
  • ‘Parma For A Farmer' – the Australian Hotel’s Association in South Australia are fundraising through their hotels for the current rural crisis. These funds are also being allocated to SACWA Emergency Aid Fund for distribution.

Donate to SACWA

To support the SA CWA efforts you can donate via:

  • SACWA website
  • cheque/money order – please provide address for receipt
  • cash at SACWA State Office, Mary Walker House, 30 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town SA 5067
  • EFT Bank SA: BSB 105 010, Account 108099140, SACWA Emergency Aid Fund.

Get SACWA assistance

Any farming or rural families in South Australia, seeking assistance can discuss eligibility and the application process by calling Rural Business Support or email admin@ruralbusinesssupport.org.au.

Buy a Bale and Rural Aid

Rural Aid and Buy a Bale are now delivering much-welcomed support in the form of hay and fodder drops, as well as financial assistance to drought-affected farmers and communities in South Australia.

Donate to Buy a Bale

To support the work Buy a Bale and Rural Aid are providing to farmers and farming families in drought-affected regions across Australia go to:

Account Name: Rural Aid Ltd
St George BSB: 114 879
Account Number: 439 938 530

Register for Buy a Bale assistance

If you would like to register to receive support from Buy a Bale, go to the Buy a Bale website and/or reach out to the SA Livestock Register (see below), who can help connect you to an organised fodder drop or other fodder donations, if available.

Livestock SA is maintaining a fodder register to help connect farmers to fodder donations. Further information about the register is available by calling John Sharp on (08) 8297 2299 or emailing ruralc@internode.on.net.

Page Last Reviewed: 22 Jul 2019
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