On Friday 21 September the Drought Relief Appeal Fund announced $1,932,600 in their third round of funding, which will be directed to charities who are already making a difference on the ground.
The recent funding is in addition to the $2.5 million directed to assist charities such as Need for Feed, CWA, Salvation Army, Drought Angels and multiple Rotary Clubs.
National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) in partnership with the TODAY Show and Rotary Australia, has raised more than $10 million for the appeal, demonstrating the generosity of all Australians.
Thanks to your generous donations, our Drought Relief Fund has raised over $10 MILLION for Aussie farmers. We can promise you that 100% of the proceeds are going directly where they're needed, and are pleased to announce exactly where the next chunk of money is going. #9Today pic.twitter.com/cY86FldbNY
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) September 20, 2018
Recent funding recipients:
|Salvation Army||Financial and pastoral support for farm households, including gift cards for use in local shops.||$500,000|
|Eyre Peninsular Charity Initiative||Harvesting, baling and transport of 5000 bales of donated Barley Straw for delivery to affected farms in the northern regions of the Eyre Peninsula||$100,000|
|Rotary Project – District 9650||Help with bill payments, education costs, mental health support, water, fodder and stock water||$250,000|
|Rotary Project 18/2018-19 (Rotary Club of Narrabri, Neighbours in Need):||Household assistance packages, convene a community bbq to help with mental health and to avoid social isolation and home visits||$100,000|
|Rotary Project 28/2018-19 (District 9800||Grocery vouchers and wellness kits.
|Rotary Project 33/2018-19 (District 9670)||Household bills, household water, assistance with education costs, fodder, stock water and mental health support||$250,000|
|Rotary Project 37/2018-19 (District 9550):||Household bills, assistance with education costs and mental health support||$250,000|
|Blaze Aid||Organises volunteer workers that go on property to assist farmers, also provides grants of up to $4000||$250,000|
|University of Canberra||Mobile mental health support unit||$32,600|
Thanks to the previous funding allocations both the CWA NSW & CWA QLD are assisting eligible farmers with grants – either in the forms of cash, vouchers or direct bill payment.
Need for Feed, operated by our wonderful Lions, continues to source hay from across Australia and take it to where farmers need it most.
Drought Angels in Queensland continue to provide stock feed, financial support via pre-paid visas and local produce vouchers from within communities, as well as morale support through their army of volunteers.
100% of funds to reach farmers in need
One hundred percent of the funds from the appeal will find their way to drought affected farmers through charities that have proven processes to check eligibility and distribute funds. Each of these charities is passing on the full amount of our donations to farmers.
The Appeal is approaching this as a sprint not a marathon as there is no end to the drought in the foreseeable future. The only solution is rain.
The NFF is continuing to evaluate applications for funds and will have more money distributed very soon.
How can farmers apply for these funds?
The process for applying for funding varies for each organisation.
For Blaze Aid assistance, CWA, Need for Feed and Drought Angels farmers can apply online, while the help from Eyre Peninsula is localised project so volunteers themselves will be making sure those who need the hay will get it.
The University of Canberra’s mobile mental health unit will soon advise of what towns they’ll be visiting and as for the Rotary Clubs, farmers should make contact with their local Rotary Club.
For more drought assistance information and applications visit: farmers.org.au/campaign/drought-2018/.
The Appeal is still accepting donation. For more information visit: donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectID=1190&ReturnTo=4