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
27 Sep 2017 Bellata's 'Film Society' a boost for all

At the heart of the small community of Bellata NSW is the Bellata War Memorial Hall. As part of a plan to develop a funding model to support the hall's maintenance requirements, the Committee introduced the Film Society - membership of which gives entry access to regular movie nights.

27 Sep 2017 Saving seaside stories

Thirty years ago, the community of Queenscliffe opened its Maritime Museum. The Queenscliffe Maritime Museum Inc. group strive to tell the story of a seaside town which began with ships, travel and maritime safety, and the museum welcomes over 10,000 visitors each year. To remain accredited by Museums Australia, the control of light exposure across exhibition spaces needed to be addressed.

27 Sep 2017 Puppetry of the farm

A series of puppetry workshops have brought the community of Merridin in WA's Wheatbelt together to creatively explore the unique sense of place and identity attached to living within a regional community. Funded by the McCusker Charitable Foundation via a CATCH grant, the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre succeeded once again in using puppetry to share stories that connect audiences across generations.

11 Sep 2017 Grant recipients showcase building stronger communities together

FRRR welcomes the announcement, from Hon. Christian Porter where 21 community groups from across Australia will receive grants to help celebrate Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (20-24 November). Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR says there are many great examples among this year's recipients of groups that are doing fantastic work coming together to address needs within their community.

30 Aug 2017 Narrabri youth 'Work it out'

The Narrabri Shire Youth Centre received a $5,000 grant from the Domino's Good to Give grant program to deliver two four-day leadership courses for 17–25 year olds. The courses covered topics such as goal setting, health and wellbeing, financial planning, job preparation, resume writing and interview skills, personal image and branding.

30 Aug 2017 Virtual classroom kicks off rural women-led projects

The National Rural Women's Coalition's (NRWC) virtual classroom has helped to upskill 220 rural women since 2011. In September 2016, 18 more embarked on a journey of growth and development with the e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain program, which saw them running sustainability management projects in parallel to the program in the Northern Territory. Their projects are community focussed and many raise awareness about important agricultural issues in a positive context.

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.

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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