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Applications are now open for the 2016-17 Summer Fire Safety Local Initiatives Grants Program.
As part of the 2016-17 Summer Fire Campaign, CFA is once again running the Summer Fire Safety Local Initiatives Program, which offers one-off funding grants to brigades and community organisations to enable the delivery of summer fire safety activities.
Last year CFA funded 20 local initiatives, all of which successfully contributed to building and empowering local community leadership, and developing awareness, shared responsibility and self-reliance among local residents.
These initiatives included:
- Establishment of the Firewise and Bushfire Memorial Garden at the Cockatoo Ash Wednesday Memorial (which included an example of plants and mulches that residents can use to reduce their bushfire risk)
- Organisation of eight drama and music workshops for Bruthen Primary School students, engaging them in fire safety messages with a final production for the community
- Development of a National Equine Database that links horse owners prior to an emergency, to enable better preparation and information sharing
- Hosting of the Stoneyford Multi-brigade Open Day, supported by the region, local market, local vets, Victoria Police and SES. A championship event showcasing pre-season drills offered brigades the opportunity to come together, try different appliances and put on a show for the public
- Community forums focussed on supporting kids in emergencies, building resilience and implementing disaster recovery at a local level
- Funding for the Upwey Brigade's digital sign, which provides relevant fire safety updates to the community and visiting tourists.
The 2016/17 program will be looking to fund a range of new and innovative initiatives that seek to empower community leadership, increase fire awareness, promote shared responsibility and self-reliance, and ultimately strengthen community resilience within Victoria.
The focus for this year is to:
- Enhance connections with community leaders
- Promote community-led projects
- Work in partnership with other stakeholders
- Encourage planning and preparation that incorporates a broader focus, such as heat health.