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Applications now open for summer community grants
Throughout summer government, emergency services and CFA work hard to deliver many activities to increase community preparedness both in the lead-up to and during the Fire Danger Period.
The Summer Local Initiatives (SLI) Grants Program is an opportunity to secure one-off funding to develop and trial locally-led and innovative engagement initiatives which extend beyond the existing planned delivery of bushfire and grassfire safety education and engagement activities.
The SLI Grants Program aims to empower community leadership, create awareness, shared responsibility and self-reliance, with the ultimate goal of creating communities that are more resilient.
In 2017-18 the SLI Grants Program will fund up to 10 innovative and well-planned initiatives from across the state. Priority will be given to initiatives that increase connections with community leaders, are community-led and encourage the community to understand their bushfire/grassfire risk and undertake planning and preparation action to reduce their risk.
Initiatives could incorporate a broader focus than just fire safety (for example heat health) and initiatives delivered in high-risk areas or support vulnerable groups are strongly encouraged.
The SLI Grants Program is open to CFA brigades, districts and regions, Neighbourhood Houses, local government, community service organisations, community health organisations and other emergency service organisations.
Previous successful initiatives include:
- Designing the Emergency Ready Mansfield Trivia Game.The trivia game includes a database of 150+ questions relating to overall emergency readiness, bushfire, flood, storm and heatwave and includes professionally designed supporting documentation.
- Bolder Bush Beats: Delivery of eight drama and music workshops to Bruthen Primary School (2015/16) and Toora Primary School (2016/17) students, engaging them in fire safety messages with a final production for the community
- Swan Hill Neighbourhood House – Beat the Heat – designed to provide and promote welcoming and cool public access locations such as the local library, swimming pool and museum. They also developed a guide on ‘How to stay safe and cool in summer’
- CFA Multi-Brigade, Multi-Agency Open Day: as part of CFA’s open day program, 22 brigades joined forces with SES, DELWP and Victoria Police at Camperdown Showgrounds in mid-October. The event provided an opportunity to deliver fire safety messages to the community in addition to undertaking pre-season drills and sharing knowledge and experience across agencies.