Thirty-three projects receive culture, arts, tourism and cultural heritage grants

Bendigo 11 August, 2014: Communities across rural, regional and remote Australia will be culturally richer after sharing nearly $300,000 in grants from FRRR.

Thirty-three projects from QLD, NSW, NT and WA have received funding, thanks to generous donations from The McCusker Foundation, The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, The Julian Flett Endowment, managed by Perpetual Trustees, and a private donor, all of whom support FRRR’s Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage (CATCH) grants program.

The not-for-profit community groups receiving the grants are investing in a wide range of initiatives, from upgrading community facilities and creating signage for heritage sites, to hosting diverse community events, accessing conservation expertise, publishing stories from the past and running workshops (from leadership skills to creative arts).

The program offers grants of up to $20,000, providing the funding that many communities struggle to raise locally.

FRRR’s CEO, Alexandra Gartmann, says that this program continues to experience high demand with more than 180 applications received for a broad range of projects, requesting over $2.6 million in funds.

“A very diverse range of community groups applied for funding under this program but we can only fund 33 out of the 188 requests,” she explained. “We continue to seek new donors for this program to help us meet this unmet demand for funding,” Ms Gartmann said.

"Philanthropy plays an important role by funding these kinds of programs, especially in the face of declining funding from alternative sources. In our experience, opportunities for artistic expression and experiences in rural and remote Australia are critical for diverse and vibrant communities," Ms Gartmann said. 

“We are delighted to be able to help these 33 community groups bring their visions to fruition and look forward to hearing about the impact of these grants.”

The 33 projects funded in 2014 are listed below.

 

Organisation

Project

Town

Amount Awarded

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

1 Arts Margaret River Inc

We want to be heard Loud and CLEAR!

Upgrad current sound technology to ensure quality audio during theatre productions and presentations

Margaret River $6,450
2 Bindoon Arts & Crafts Centre

Inside Out

Installation of external blinds to allow expansion of exhibition space and seating area for visitors.

Bindoon $3,984

3

Carnarvon Heritage Group Inc 

 

Kimberley Steam Train Conservation Works   

Enhance current tourism activities, by enabling essential repairs and maintenance works to a heritage steam locomotive.

Carnarvon

$18,873

4

Chapman Valley Agricultural Society Inc 

 

Valley Funk Factory

Running an interactive workshop for young people, developing skills by turning waste into art and musical instruments, and thereby promoting recycling.

Nanson

$3,700

5

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council 

Heritage Restoration

Conserving a significant historical area and preparing the area for community use.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

$20,000

6

Coorow Community Resource Centre Incorporated  (CCRCI)

Arts Program 2014 - 50s Rockabilly

Creating an opportunity for the community to participate in an inclusive dance and nostalgia project.

Coorow

$4,086

7

Gwalia Reference Group

(Shire of Leonora) 
 

Leonora Heritage Trails

Improving community and visitor experience of historical sites and the stories of the early development of Leonora through the installation of interpretive signage.

Leonora

$7,678

8

Northcliffe Pioneer Museum 

 

Northcliffe's 90th Birthday Yarn Spinners and Poets Breakfast - A Morning Full of Memories

Supporting the Yarn Spinners and Poets Breakfast community members to hear and share stories of the early Group Settlement Scheme.

Northcliffe

$1,025

9

Serpentine Jarrahdale Business & Tourism Association 

Unite & Conquer

Running courses to develop economic development skills of local businesses, tourism operators and general community group members to stimulate the local economy.

Mundijong

$5,984

10

Shire of Dundas 

 

Norseman Gold Fever Festival

Creating a new tourism event to attract visitors to the town and to engage local residents.

Norseman

$13,578

11

The Goldfields Repertory Club

A Gala Night with the Duchess

Upgrading technical equipment to support local theatre productions.

Kalgoorlie

$10,000

12

Wellstead Community Resource Centre Inc  
 

Wellstead Tourist Information Board

Providing a tourist information shelter to present local historical, environmental and other attractions of Wellstead.

Wellstead

$3,812

13

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation 

 

Ngurra Story Cloth

Establishing a line of products featuring unique mud cloth designs, telling Yindjibarndi stories, to help strengthen the local economy.

Ngurrawaana Community

$5,830

Northern Territory

14

Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct Limited 
 

WOW Katherine Festival

Supporting the Women of the World Festival - celebrating achievements and examining obstacles for women in this community. 

Katherine

$10,000

15

Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Corporation

 

Coming To Voice! The 2014 Barkly Literary Camp for Regional Youth

Strengthening literary skills and shaping literary voices through a Writer's Camp for youth.

Tennant Creek

$11,200

16

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Assoc (Aboriginal Corporation) 

Keeping Culture Connected

Replenishing the Outside Broadcasting truck with updated equipment, to allow the organisation to continue to provide an outdoor broadcasting service to remote Aboriginal  communities.

Alice Springs

$8,500

Queensland

17

Outback Gondwana Foundation Limited

An Untold Story - Australia's Largest Dinosaur "Cooper" the Titanosaur

Highlighting the discovery of a new Australian dinosaur genus through publishing a book.

Eromanga

$10,000

18

Surat & District Development Association Incorporated 

Cobb & Co's last run in Australia re-enacted: beware the bushrangers!

Establishing a Cobb & Co memorial event, celebrating the last coach run in Australia, to help attract visitors to Surat and surrounding areas.

Surat & Yuleba

$11,000

19

John Flynn Place Trust Fund 

John Flynn's Magic Lantern Slideshow

Enabling the creation of an interactive slideshow for the John Flynn Place Museum to educate visitors to the centre about the early work and photography of John Flynn.

Cloncurry

$13,500

20

The Texas Historical Society Inc 

Cover our Collection!

Supporting significant repairs at the museum to protect the collection.

Texas

$10,000

21

Winton District Historical Society and Museum Incorporated 

Winton - Digital Tourism Town

Supporting community skill development workshops to enhance visitor experiences at multiple locations around Winton.

Winton

$12,036

New South Wales

22

Bega Chamber Orchestra
 

South Coast Music Camp 2014

Supporting professional tuition for young people attending the music camp.

Bega

$10,000

23

Bogan Shire Council

Let's Get Digital!

Improving access to historical records by digitising the materials.

Nyngan

$10,000

24

Denman & District Heritage Village Incorporated 

Denman Heritage Village Museum

Providing exhibition space for larger historical items, as a first step in establishing a heritage village precinct.

Denman

$13,000

25

Hillston Show Society Inc

Aboriginal Culture in Country

Incorporating Indigenous culture into broader activities through a community cultural arts project.

Hillston

$3,500

26

Macquarie Valley Landcare Group Inc
 

AugmentArt: Spotlight on Macquarie Marshes

Enabling an innovative 3D virtual artwork project for students with an environmental focus.

Warren

$14,500

27

Morundah Bush Entertainment Committee Inc 

The Paradise Palladium Theatre

Expanding the stage area by purchasing additional stage components for use in the new theatre complex.

Morundah

$12,800

28

Nambucca Heads Chamber of Commerce

Un-Prosaic Mosaics

Celebrating identity through the creation of unique community mosaics.

Nambucca Heads

$7,500

29

RiverSmart Australia Limited 

River Care through River Art

Establishing a new community arts space as a “Window to the Wetlands”, exploring the unique aspects of the Macquarie Marshes.

Warren

$12,500

30

Tyalgum Community Hall Association Incorporated 

Light up the Hall

Regenerating the community hall through upgraded theatre lighting.

Tyalgum

$4,000

31

West Wyalong Regional Music Incorporated 
 

264 Keys to Musical Success!

Providing students from six primary schools with access to three digital pianos, helping them to explore, create and achieve success in middle school music studies.

West Wyalong

$2,500

32

White Cliffs Music Festival

(White Cliffs Opal Fields Tourist Association Inc) 

Loud and Clear

Enhancing the sustainability and production of a successful music festival, attracting more visitors to the  event.

White Cliffs

$3,464

33

Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Inc 
 

Make us Irresistible!

Improving the sustainability of a community driven music festival through enhanced digital profile.

Wingham

$5,295

 

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