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Canopy Communities

We're on a mission to activate and empower 500 Canopy Communities across Australia to begin their resilience building journey.

We’re building a nation-wide community of practice to achieve this mission.

Each Canopy Community member will continue to teach and share their resilience building knowledge and skills within their own communities, passing on wisdom to equip future generations to better deal with unexpected natural events and challenges.  

Our first 25 Canopy Communities will be practical examples of ‘how to build resilience’, providing guidance, learnings and inspiration to other communities.

2000 trained community resilience practitioners  will be able to lead conversations and guide their communities towards resilient futures.

Become a practitioner.

200 partners from across the business, government and non-profit sector will support community actions by providing their time, donations or expertise.

Contact us if you can help.

The Resilience Canopy is open to all Australian communities to:

Take part in training and become part of the practitioner network - the Canopy Collective 

Use the resources and learnings to undergo the six-step community resilience building process 

Connect with business, government and other partners to help match their goals with the right cash or in-kind support

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Is Your Community Ready?

All communities are vulnerable to shocks and stresses, but some more so than others. Some communities experience a range of social or environmental disadvantages that need a guiding hand to build resilience to future challenges. 

We’re looking for communities to join us who need help to build their social connections and identify how they can better withstand future challenges.

Fire and flood affected towns are welcome to join the movement. We strongly suggest that communities that are still in active disaster recovery may not yet be ready to embark on long term resilience building.  

Our training program will help you to assess community readiness for resilience building by guiding you through the theory.

Get in touch with us by registering as a Canopy Community and together we can assess their suitability for the program. 

When are grants open? 

There are four funding rounds per year.  

Future grant rounds will be announced quarterly or as required through our website and Newsletters. 


Round 1 – Closed.    Announcing recipients March-April 2024 

Round 2 – Opening    2 April, 2024 


What can I do now? 

Register to become a Canopy Community and we will be in touch with further information on how you can become involved in the Program. 

Subscribe to our Newsletter to get reminders and updates about our grants. 

 Seed funding is available for communities to deliver on their resilience plan actions when applying the Six-Step Future Ready Communities Engagement Model.


Activation grants of up to $25,000 are available.

 Who can apply? 

Any Australian community within a sponsored Local Government Area that meets the eligibility criteria below and is ready to engage is ideally suited for this Activation Grant. 


Your community must:  

  • be located in a sponsored Local Government Area*

  • have a Resilience Canopy trained Practitioner**

  • be able to accept and manage grant funds

  • demonstrate a commitment to applying the Six-Step Future Ready Communities Engagement process


*This funding has been donated by Minderoo Foundation to support communities in identified high-risk Local Government Areas across Australia.

Under special circumstances, communities that are not located in a sponsored Local Government area may be eligible for consideration.  Contact our team to discuss your community further. 

**Completing the training or connecting with a Canopy trained Practitioner is a pre-requisite to apply for an Activation Grant.

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Community Activation Grants

Resilience in Action

Resilience in Action

The Millgrove Story

The Millgrove community in Victoria’s Yarra Valley  is just one community using the Six Step Future Ready Communities Model to success. 

With a little support to guide them through the engagement process, Millgrove turned their own ideas about a stronger future, into key plan of activities and actions.  

As a project with ResilientCo, AIDR and the Minderoo Foundation, they activated their community to develop a community resilience plan.

It's now being put into action as their big thinking projects have sparked interest by philanthropic and corporate organisations keen to support.  


View Millgrove's Resilient Community Plan 

Our Canopy Communities


VIC (and Indigenous community name)


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NSW (and Indigenous community name)


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WA (and Indigenous community name)


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VIC (Wurundjeri Country)


On the Yarra River, surrounded by mountains, Millgrove's small but active community have been working closely together for many years bringing their vision of a safe, vibrant and welcoming community to life.

Recognising the threats posed by fire and flood, residents group MRAG led the community in developing their first Community Resilience Plan - with initiatives they believe will make the most difference to their community in being prepared and connected.


At the centre of a Resilient Community

What characteristics does a resilient Canopy Community have in common? 
Connection, respect, empowerment, and wisdom, also known as CREW. 


Social connection has a critical role in creating communities that are resilient to shocks and stresses - with neighbors and friends, and also people with influence.


Along with Inclusion, we give respect and receive respect, to ensure everyone is listening to all those involved.


Create the space and opportunities for community to step up to the plate and solve their own challenges.


Beyond knowledge, wisdom is 
the communities’ capacity to act with insight and experience. 

  • Going through the Resilience Canopy process is a long-term journey.  The six-step engagement process can take some communities two or more years.  Continued relationships inside the community and with partners should be developed to be enduring, so that if a disaster strikes, that community is challenge-ready.

  • There is no defined end-point for communities striving to live more safely with natural disasters or stresses.  Our communities are always changing: new residents are moving in, economic drivers ebb and flow, and natural vegetation continues to grow.  


    The traits that determine a resilient community in the face of hardship are based on the CREW principles  

    • Connections 

    • Respect  

    • Empowerment  

    • Wisdom 


    Collaboration with local partners (including residents, community organisations, agency partners and more) often helps communities identify and mitigate their changing risks. 


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