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
14 Aug 2017 A new gateway to small grants for rural communities

FRRR's flagship Small Grants for Rural Communities program opened today, with applications invited from community groups for grants of up to $5,000. In total, there is $380,000 available. This is FRRR's broadest program, reflecting the diversity of needs in rural, regional and remote communities.

8 Aug 2017 Seed-funding available to improve education, training and employment opportunities

Youth in Tolland, Kooringal or Ashmont Estates in Wagga Wagga are set to have access to a range of new education, training and job opportunities, thanks to funding from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).

8 Aug 2017 Grants set to help address biggest challenges facing rural youth

Rural youth and their mentors in 35 rural and regional communities will soon be implementing projects to address some of the biggest issues facing young Australians, thanks to the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program.

31 Jul 2017 Wired for sound

The Esk Community Choir has come a long way since it began as an enthusiastic little singing group of just six ladies in 1978. A CARA grant has helped enhance the performances of the 50 member choir, with the addition of new microphones and associated audio equipment.

31 Jul 2017 Kitchen Rules comes to Titjikala

A cooking program for local men in the remote Indigenous community of Titjikala, 1,600 km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory, has provided a platform to support healthy eating and encourage self-sufficiency. Judging of the 'Titjikala Kitchen Rules' was a tense affair, with the competition eventually ending in a draw!

17 Jul 2017 Grants for good now available

The Domino's Give for Good grants program opened today offering grants of up to $5,000 to not-for-profit initiatives to support youth issues, education and training, leadership development and disaster preparedness and recovery.A total of $150,000 is available this year for projects in rural, regional and remote communities. This is the second year of the program, which is administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

14 Jul 2017 Youth voice takes to the Tassie airways

With a $1,859 grant from Domino's Give for Good program, Coast FM purchased outside broadcasting equipment to both reach and teach local youth. Two new programs have been established and have weekly timeslots, and the outside broadcasting equipment is regularly used to live broadcast local football matches, which attracts a lot of younger listeners.

14 Jul 2017 Over 100 community projects funded in latest round of FRRR's flagship grant program

FRRR today announced the 103 community groups that will share in grants totalling $410,763 through Round 31 of the Small Grants for Rural Communities program.

5 Jul 2017 Applications open for Scholarships to the 2017 National Community Foundation Forum

FRRR is inviting applications from Community Foundation leaders to support their attendance at the annual Community Foundations Forum.

28 Jun 2017 Art and Dementia Outreach Program travels from Canberra to Geraldton

With a $5,450 grant from FRRR's Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) program, funded by the McCusker Charitable Foundation, three regional galleries in Western Australia participated in a hands-on workshop designed and run by the National Gallery of Australia to prepare participants to deliver art and dementia tours for people living with dementia in the community.

28 Jun 2017 Creating the Oodnadatta Arts and Crafts Collective

Volunteering SA and NT received a $10,000 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant to develop a women-led arts and crafts social enterprise, through research, the creation of an action plan, provision of training and materials to set up the business at the newly renovated Women's Shed in Oodnadatta.

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.

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.

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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