RACQ Foundation there when disaster strikes
RACQ Foundation has been helping Queensland communities affected by natural disasters and drought get back on their feet for 10 years.
This week we sat down with RACQ Foundation Co-ordinator Bridgette Muller to talk about how you can access much-needed support during times of disaster.
Designed to give back
Ms Muller said the organisation, which was established in 2011 following the devastating Queensland floods, was designed to give back to community organisations impacted by natural disasters.
“Following disaster, there is often a lot of assistance offered to individuals and businesses, but we noticed community groups were falling through the gaps,” Ms Muller said.
“Especially in rural and regional Queensland where these groups are often the lifeblood of their communities.
“Since the Foundation launched, we’ve distributed more than $9.24 million in funding for community groups and clubs across Queensland. Initially, a lot of funding went to helping communities recover from the 2011 Floods and Cyclone Yasi.
“More recently we’ve also helped groups recover from the severe drought facing Queensland and the aftermath of the 2019 floods in Townsville.
“From funding to help local groups and clubs recover from disaster and drought, to sending volunteers to provide practical support to remote, drought affected farmers – we know the work RACQ Foundation does has been invaluable.”
Ms Muller said Queensland community organisations, charities and human service providers which have been significantly affected by cyclones, severe storms, bushfires and drought or were providing assistance to people affected by a natural disaster could apply for funding of up to $50,000 and in exceptional circumstances of up to $100,000.
“There are a number of ways we support community groups. If your organisation has been affected, we can help you get back on your feet by assisting with building repairs, replacing equipment or the reimbursement of costs associated with short term office space,” she said.
“Otherwise, if you have a specific service or project related to a natural disaster we can help you to deliver that.”
Ms Muller said one example of this was the Townsville Girl Guides who lost equipment in the 2019 floods.
“We were able to give them more than $6,000 in funding to replace the kayaking and archery equipment that was lost or damaged during the floods,” she said.
“For the Club, it was a huge relief to know the equipment would be replaced and the girls could get back to doing the activities they loved.”
Ms Muller said another recipient was the Hear and Say Foundation, who used a $20,000 grant to purchase new technology to help regional Queenslanders with hearing impairments have their cochlear implants program and adjusted remotely.
“Many regional Queenslanders who had been affected by drought or floods were having to travel hours for regular check-ups, which was an added stress they didn’t need. Now this technology means commuting is no longer necessary and check-ups can now be done from the comfort of their own home.”
Applications for the next round of funding close on 2 August 2021. More information about RACQ Foundation can be found here.
Please contact the Foundation Coordinator at [email protected] if you would like to discuss your application or if you have any questions about RACQ Foundation.