Latest Enable and Engage stories

Read stories about some of the projects FRRR funded to enable and engage communities in rural and regional communities.

This covers grants made via the Small Grants for Rural Communities; Caring for Ageing Rural Australians; Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage, and the Heywire programs.

Date Story heading Story summary
7 Jun 2017 Deeply disadvantaged communities share $60,000 in grants

Twenty-three projects across Australia will share $61,843 from the 2017 Addressing Deep&Persistent Disadvantage Small Grants Program supported by the John Wallis Foundation and the Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal (FRRR). The aim of the funding is to support capacity building within communities to be better able to deal with disadvantage and to strengthen leadership.

31 May 2017 Printmaking from the ground up

The $3,528 Small Grants for Rural Communities grant, which was funded by the R.E. Ross Trust, went towards the purchase of materials and equipment to establish the Castlemaine Press' printmaking studio, and they then relied on volunteer labour to construct the facilities within the space. An acid bath was purchased, trestle tables, floor sealer, materials for wooden bench construction, drying racks, and part payment for the creation of a website.

31 May 2017 Presenting the Ration Shed

The Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group, who is responsible for running the Ration Shed Museum in south-east Queensland, was granted a $9,240 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant to train their volunteers to use the educational resources and materials and present them in a way that makes them accessible to various groups.

31 May 2017 Hot spot snapshots - Tasmanian Midlands biodiversity

A $4,000 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by the Yulgilbar Foundation saw Greening Australia run two activity field days at Cressy and Campbell Town, south of Launceston in Tasmania, for their 'Hot Spot Snapshot' program.

26 Apr 2017 The revival of Dorrigo's moo-ral

Members of the Arts Council of the Dorrigo Visual Arts Group Sub-Committee (NSW) used a $900 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by the Bertalli Family Foundation, to restore the community's cow-themed mural, which was badly damaged due to the effects of weather and mould.

10 Apr 2017 $100,000 available to implement youth-developed projects in rural and regional Australia

FRRR is inviting applications from communities to implement one of seven great ideas developed by young people at the annual Heywire Regional Summit. The ideas address issues that are important to young people. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to help adapt, adopt and implement the idea.

5 Apr 2017 Grants showcase community groups working in partnership with philanthropy for the benefit of current and future generations

Philanthropy Australia and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) welcomed today's announcement from the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP of a further $160,000 in grants to help showcase grassroots philanthropy during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW), which is to be held from 20–26 November 2017.

29 Mar 2017 'E-race'-ing racism in Renmark

The Riverland Youth Theatre in Renmark, SA, used a Heywire Youth Innovation Grant to develop their community's understanding of different cultures through a series of performances.

29 Mar 2017 Country Road science show hits the road

The Central Highlands Science Centre used a $10,000 TTTT grant funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation to develop the Country Road science show, which involved creating mobile educational resources that could be exhibited in rural and remote areas.

29 Mar 2017 Playing, laughing and learning with toys

The Kellerberrin Community Resource Centre in the wheat belt region of Western Australia created a resource for borrowing educational toys, puzzles and games when they received a $1,020 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by the SBA Foundation, managed by Perpetual.

23 Jan 2017 Domino's Give for Good program makes initial grants

Twenty community groups will receive grants in the first round of the Domino's Give for Good grants. Domino's worked with FRRR to distribute the grants, which are designed to help create strong regional communities. Projects range from seed funding for a community-owned micro business, to leadership training and creating employment readiness.

18 Jan 2017 A little grant can make a big difference

The 31st round of Small Grants for Rural Communities is open. More than $300,000 in grants is available to enable communities to implement projects and activities that offer a clear public benefit to rural, regional and remote communities.

16 Jan 2017 Ninety community groups receive Small Grants to welcome the New Year

The grant recipients of the 30th round of Small Grants for Rural Communties were announced today. More than $360,000 will be distributed to ninety community groups across regional, rural and remote Australian communities.

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