Grants enable education equality for country kids

FRRR has announced the recipients for the inaugural round of the Rural Education Australia Program (REAPing Rewards) - an accessible national small grants program which provides funding for locally driven projects and programs that directly benefit children and youth (0 - 18 years) and their educators in rural and remote communities.

The grant recipients are spread fairly evenly across the three target service provision areas – Early Childhood Centres, Primary & Secondary Schools and other community education providers, covering projects in the areas of technology, outdoor enhancement and infrastructure including playgrounds and repairs, curriculum extension activities such as music programs and camps, and staff development.

REAPing Rewards seeks to reduce the barriers to quality education for children and students in rural and remote communities, responding to the constant challenges to deliver educational support in rural Australia that are brought about by factors such as economic restructure and decline, isolation, student and family engagement and adverse climatic events. Funding for the program is provided by the Ian Potter Foundation, The Yulgibar Foundation, Third Link Investment and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

See below for the full list of recipients for Round 1, 2013.

Rural Education Australia Program (REAPing Rewards) 2013
Successful Projects

  Organisation Project Town Grant
1 Central West Lachlan Landcare Incorporated Landcare Learning
Providing environmental education resources for use in preschools, primary and secondary schools
Parkes, NSW  $6,500
2 Crookwell Neighbourhood Centre Inc FRRR - Funky Rural Remote Revamp
Enhancing the mobile day care and preschool programs in Binda, Bigga, Laggan, Rye Park and Collector
Crookwell, NSW $8,500
3 Forbes Childcare Centre Inc Connecting Up and Exploring with our sensory seekers
Enhancing educational resources to support quality curriculum delivery
Forbes, NSW $10,000
4 Hermidale Parents & Citizens Association Community Kitchen Capers
Improving the school kitchen to support student and community activities
Hermidale, NSW $4,213
5 Karingal Preschool Nelson Bay Inc Raise the Roof
Providing urgent upgrades to the preschool infrastructure
Nelson Bay, NSW $10,000
6 Lake Cargelligo Community Children's Centre Assoc Inc
(Lake Cargelligo District Community)
Lake Cargelligo Long Day Care - Toys for Tots
Developing educational resources for the new long day care facility
 
Lake Cargelligo, NSW $10,000
7 Yarrabin Outreach Inc Garden of Learning
Creating a functional outdoor play and learning area as part of the establishment of the new site
Nyngan, NSW $10,000
8 Parkes Shire Library
(Parkes Shire Council)
REaDTEMBER
Increasing community literacy participation through a series of activities and workshops which promote reading in a fun and engaging way
Parkes, NSW $10,000
9 Mataranka School Council Moving Learning Along
Supporting access for remote students to educational and sporting opportunities.
Mataranka, NT $10,000
10 Bloomfield River State School Talk Like an Egyptian
Enhancing classroom learning through the  installation of fixed sound field systems in two classrooms and the Wujal Wujal kindergarten
Cooktown, Qld $8,500
11 C&K Walkerston Community Kindergarden Out with the Old, In with the New!
Boosting educational resources for early years learning
Newmarket, Qld $5,000
12 Emerald State School P&C Association Emerald State "E-School", Bringing technology to bush kids
Enhancing educational and technology resources in the class room for all students
Emerald, Qld $6,303
13 Jandowae Kindergarten Assoc. Inc.
 
The Gift of Music
Providing outdoor musical instruments to enhance the outdoor area and provide cultural experiences for students
Jandowae, Qld $8,000
14 Longreach State High School Outback Art Attack
Boosting the music and drama programs through the provision of additional equipment
Longreach, Qld $10,000
15 Talwood Primary P&C Association Surviving a Different Way of Life - Understanding City Life from a Bush Child's Perspective
Providing an opportunity for remote students to experience urban transport systems and living in an urban context
Talwood, Qld $10,000
16 Tannum Sands State High School P&C Association Teach the Teachers - You Make The Difference
Professional development for teachers to develop literacy and numeracy strategies and enhance student learning 
 
Tannum Sands, Qld $9,750
17 Happy Valley Community Kindergarten Association Inc WOW… Was that Really Me!!
Enhancing the newly developed jungle and fairy gardens with the addition of outdoor musical instruments to encourage discovery and imagination.
Mount Isa, Qld $5,000
18 Puuya Foundation Lockhart River - Education Learning Circles
Supporting the continuation of Learning Circles to enhance educational outcomes for local students
Lockhart River, Qld $9,930
19 Quorn Area School Council Inc.
 
Think positive, be positive
Supporting a collaborative arts project based at the school to promote positive attitudes to learning and increase self confidence
Quorn, SA $2,454
20 Tumby Bay Kindergarten Cubby Extension
Enhancing the outdoor learning area by enlarging the popular cubby house and sandpit play areas
Tumby Bay, SA $6,350
21 Waikerie Childrens Centre Incorporated Big Kids Can Learn Too!
Supporting staff professional development to enhance student learning through environmental exploration and experiences 
Waikerie, SA $2,500
22 Riverton and District High School Winging the Wind
Supporting student learning and long term outcomes through direct experience
Riverton, SA $1,500
23 Jordan River Learning Federation Cool Chooks & Crazy Kids - Eggs-traordinary Education
Supporting the development of an alternative learning program and potential employment pathways
Bridgewater, Tas $9,895
24
 
Smithton High School Moooving into Learning - Paddock to Plate
Enriching alternative learning environments by supporting the development of unused land for agricultural learning
Smithton, Tas $10,000
25 Broadford Community Centre Inc. Just Play
Installation of outdoor play equipment to create a welcoming, child-friendly space at the  Community Centre
Broadford, Vic $5,700
26 Cobram Community House Inc Playing to Learn, Learning to Play
Improving the “Kids House” to provide a functional early childhood learning facility
Cobram, Vic $7,000
27 Dunolly Preschool Inc Living with technology
Supporting communication skills at the preschool for children, teachers and parents
Dunolly, Vic $1,356
28 Murrabit Playgroup Inc. Play 4 Life - Murrabit Playgroup Educational Bike/Trike Path
Upgrading the outdoor area at the Murrabit Playgroup to include a bike track
Murrabit, Vic $10,000
29 Ouyen P-12 College To establish, breed, train, prepare and show stock in the Royal Adelaide Show
Developing an animal handling program which supports and enhances student learning and educational outcomes
Ouyen, Vic $10,000
30 Thorpdale and District Kindergarten Inc. Meeting the Needs!
Boosting the educational resources to meet current and future needs
Thorpdale, Vic $5,000
31 Undera Kindergarten Inc. Country Kids Can Cook
Developing a child friendly kitchen area at the kindergarten to support learning and nutrition
Undera, Vic $10,000
32 Underbool Preschool & Playcentre Inc The Future Now
Enriching early childhood curriculum delivery
Underbool, Vic $1,194
33 Wallan Preschool Centre Inc Green Thumb Meets Musical Ear!
Extending and enhancing the outdoor learning area at the Preschool to encourage learning through exploration and sensory experience
Wallan, Vic $5,000
34 Yarrawonga College
P-12 Parents Club
(Yarrawonga College P-12)
Yarrawonga Community Playgroup
Establishing a playgroup in school grounds to support strong community and education connections
Yarrawonga, Vic $4,500
35 Zoe Support Australia (Diggerland Community Services Inc) Great Expectations for Teen Mums to Re-engage in Education
Supporting a collaborative program to support young parents to re-engage with education
Mildura, Vic $4,000
36 Three Springs Childcare Inc. Romp and Chomp: Active Kids means Healthy Kids
Providing essential outdoor play equipment for the new Centre to support physical and social development through play
Three Springs, WA $2,298
37 Wanslea Family Services Inc. PELD Nature-Based Play Space
Supporting the establishment of a nature based play space at the Plantagenet Early Learning Development Centre
Mount Barker, WA $7,000

 

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