MORE RELIEF: Kingaroy is one of 12 towns to benefit from drought grants.
MORE RELIEF: Kingaroy is one of 12 towns to benefit from drought grants. Matt Collins

Drought-relief grants come to Kingaroy's aid

THE Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) are issuing more grants to help improve and support drought-stricken communities.

Another 12 grants have been supplied to community groups across Australia, including Kingaroy, with the collective total of over $133,000.

Other towns in Queensland receiving grants are Alpha and Hideaway Bay.

These grants are the first following a national expansion of the Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program, after receiving a $15M boost from the Australian Government and other donors.

FRRR's CEO Natalie Egleton informs how the TTTT program was created to help communities fund what they believe is most necessary.

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The program is set to run over the next three years, working together with other local fundraisers.

"When farmers are doing it tough, the whole community feels the effects," Ms Egleton said.

"Money and volunteer effort often dry up for the things that keep community members connected and supported - just when they need it most. These kinds of flexible grants become really important.

"As you can see from the breadth of initiatives that have been funded, the needs vary enormously. For some groups, the support they need is infrastructure, such as solar panels to reduce their operating costs (and therefore the pressure on local fundraising).

"In other towns, it's a fitness program or mental health workshops, and in others, the development of alternative industries, such as tourism."

For other communities interested in applying for TTTT's grants, they are available in three different tiers: up to $20,000, up to $60,000 and up to $150,000.

More grant receivers will be announced in late January 2019.

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