Strengthening connected communities
Groups is where belonging, connection and community thrive on Facebook and where Aussies connect with a larger community around issues and topics important to them. Connection is strongest when people connect through Groups both online and in the real world, strengthening the social fabric of our communities.
Facebook Australia 2020 Groups Fund
To help support Australian communities through the challenges of 2020, we created the Facebook Australia Groups Fund, a $500,000 fund designed to support Groups who are leading grassroots community relief or recovery efforts and building resilience in communities who have been affected by crisis. We know that Facebook Groups play a key role in disaster response as 91% of Australian respondents in a recent survey* said they have given some form of support to others during the COVID-19 pandemic through their preferred Facebook Group; whether it was helping local vulnerable residents with their groceries during lockdown, sharing vital information from health authorities, or providing financial support to local business.
* YouGov (2020) Facebook Community Insights Survey
Love the Bay
“This grant means Love the Bay BB can continue to help build community resilience post-bushfires and through this pandemic, instilling community pride, and encouraging a new kind of connectedness.”
– Marieke Janssen, Group Admin.
Facebook Communities Insights Survey
An important part of Facebook’s mission is to support community leaders and to bring the world closer together. The 2020 global survey illustrates how communities are thriving in the digital age and how important community leadership is to successful communities.