The MCRAG Foundation was formed to continue the Community recovery process after the 2009 bushfires as the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority (VBRRA) was wound up in June 2011.
The Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF) raised $395 million, including interest, with approximately 80 per cent allocated to individuals and families and 20 per cent assigned to Community recovery projects.
In October 2011 Community groups and individuals were invited to participate in an extensive community consultation process and put forward proposals for the use of unallocated funds still held with VBAF. There was a public meeting held at Broadford RSL Hall. A number of initiatives were presented, with a large majority accepting the establishment of a Community Foundation that would provide continued assistance for the recovery of the area.
MCRAG has worked closely with the VBAF to form the MCRAG Foundation, which is now registered and was established using $874,000 of the donated funds held with VBAF.
MCRAG is providing benefits for the Mitchell and surrounding area, by delivering services, making grants and undertaking Community leadership and partnership activities.
To date we have seen the running of the hugely successful Community Medium to Long Term Recovery grant round - successful projects are listed here