A total of 7,452 grants of up to $3,000 were distributed and they have helped farming families relieve financial stress caused by the drought.
Families used these grants to pay for essentials such as household bills and rates, to cover school fees and vehicle costs and to pay for groceries.
Grants were provided through our distribution partners: the Country Women’s Association (NSW, Qld and SA), Rural Business Support (SA) and Rural Financial Counselling Service (Vic).
Though the appeal may be over, Red Cross continues to work with farming communities, helping them cope and recover. We are running drought-specific recovery programs in NSW and Queensland, including Let’s Talk, which brings rural communities together to stay connected and support each other. Let’s Talk has supported events like sheepdog schools, ‘pamper days’, charity bike rides, trade and social media workshops and family fun days.
Red Cross continues to help communities across Australia prepare for and respond to disasters. In the last 12 months we responded to 48 emergencies, from drought to bushfires and house fires, floods, cyclones and acts of violence.
We’ve helped more than 64,000 Australians in that time, providing psychological first aid, a warm welcome at evacuation centres, information and referrals, recovery check-ins, and community events to restore spirit and hope.
Drought assistance is available through the National Farmers Federation. Farmers are encouraged to visit farmhub.org.au for more information.
Donate to our Disaster Relief and Recovery work online or by calling 1800 RED CROSS (733 276).