The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is examining how well rural community groups are coping with successive natural disasters.
According to the FRRR, there is anecdotal evidence that many groups working in the social, economic, cultural, and environmental resilience space are feeling overwhelmed by the wave of disasters, including Covid-19, that have swept much of regional Australia since 2018-19.
To better understand and support what these organisations do, FRRR has commissioned a study to quantify their work in building resilience in remote, rural and regional communities.
The FRRR is a national charity that supports the social and economic strength of rural, regional and remote communities, and has granted out more than $115 million to more than 10,000 community projects since it was established in 2001.
The foundation says it will share the findings of the Heartbeat of Rural Australia study with the communities that elect to take part. The study concludes on 30 September.