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Networks and Groups

A response to various disasters has seen some organisations develop or take on specialised roles in disaster recovery. These provide a wide range of case studies and advice that may be applicable to artists and communities into the future.

Creative Recovery Network.
The most specialised group in Australia is the Creative Recovery Network which is a service provider and advocate for culture and the arts within the emergency management sector. It partners with government, community service, and private sector providers who work in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. It has a broad role advocating for the arts in disaster management, training artists and working with affected communities. Its resources section summaries a number of case studies and its website is a mine of information.

Blue Shield Australia
Blue Shield is an international organisation, working to protect the world’s cultural heritage threatened by armed conflict and natural disasters. Blue Shield Australia (BSA) is one of the national committees of the international Blue Shield. Blue Shield Australia encourages Australian GLAM institutions and Heritage Places and Historical Societies to review their disaster preparedness plans and resources.

Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is a charitable foundation, built on partnerships between philanthropy, community, government and business. Their mission is to champion the economic and social strength of Australia’s regional, rural and remote communities through partnerships with the private sector, philanthropy and governments.

FRRR also has a strong reputation as a leader in Natural Disaster Recovery grant-making and community led philanthropic practice. This experience within rural and regional communities has provided FRRR with a solid grounding and level of maturity across their grant making approaches.

A major grant stream is the Targeted Impact stream which provides for projects that respond to and address issues causing or influencing disadvantage and inequity in rural, regional and remote communities across Australia. Examples of the focus of targeted impact programs include supporting communities to adapt and recover from the impacts of drought and natural disasters such as flooding and bush fires. These grants respond to issues as they arise and a limited in time rather than ongoing. Check for available grants at

FRRR also published useful Resources and other information at

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