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FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

FRRR and our donor partners collaborate with ABC Heywire to help communities take action on the ideas generated by young Australians who attend the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit.

Heywire engages rural youth in the national conversation, and selected regional youth converged on Canberra in February to meet with His Excellency the Governor-General, MPs including the Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce, representatives from government departments, philanthropists, business and community leaders and youth mentors to develop practical solutions to improve the lives of young people.

FRRR first joined forces with the ABC in 2013 and the positive impact of the grants we've awarded so far is being felt in 55 communities around Australia. This short video showcases how some of the ideas have been implemented to create real change.

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In 2017, FRRR and our donor partners are again offering $100,000 in seed funding to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia adopt and act on one of the seven innovative Heywire project ideas. The communities selected to pilot the programs will implement their projects in the next 12 months from September 2017.

Community groups are encouraged to apply to the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants Program to bring to life the ideas developed at the 2017 Regional Youth Summit. The seven ideas are:

  1. Need a Nanna Network (NANN) – keeping young people out of detention
  2. Dear CRIS – a pen-pal program to connect rural and international students and address racism
  3. Tech Hub in the Scrub – creating better access to technology in rural and remote Australia
  4. Ag Boom – getting more youth into agriculture
  5. One Drop – supporting people affected by substance abuse and creating resilient communities
  6. LGBTQ&A – empowering young LGBTQI+ people and creating equality
  7. Common Connections – encouraging mental wellbeing and building resilient communities


What can be funded?

  • Funds are available to implement or pilot one of the seven 2017 Heywire ideas.
  • Projects must be undertaken between September 2017 to September 2018.
  • Projects must take place in regional Australia – they must be outside of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Who can apply?

  • All not-for-profit community based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.
  • We’d prefer to receive one application per community – so ask around and see if you can work with other local groups.
  • Please submit only one application per organisation.
  • Note that groups that have overdue final reports for projects previously funded via FRRR are not eligible to apply.
  • Councils are eligible to apply, although we would favour the application being led by / from the youth council or having strong evidence of youth support and engagement or that you work with a youth organisation to create one strong application from your community.
  • Schools are eligible to apply, although we would favour the application being led by / from the student council or having strong evidence of youth support and engagement.

Check with FRRR if you are unsure about your eligibility.


The 2017 FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program is now closed.

Before applying, please read the 2017 Heywire Information Booklet, Guidelines and Application Form carefully. You can contact the Program Manager on 1800 170 020 or via email with any questions or areas of clarification.

Complete and return the application form, along with all the requested supporting documentation, by no later than 5pm on Monday, 15 May 2017.

Email: (Word document preferred to PDF)

Post:  FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants
            PO Box 41, Bendigo, VIC, 3552

The Information Booklet, Guidelines and Application Form will be available for download when the program opens on 10 April.

Further information

For further information or to support the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program, speak with the Program Manager on 1800 170 020.

To learn more about our program partners and where the ideas come from, visit ABC Heywire online at

“I'd like to convey the great thanks of Barossa YAC and of our community for the FRRR ABC Heywire program support which was fundamental in organising RACE - a Racial and Cultural Event. Our day began with a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony and the message was one of unity and that today, this land is one that is open to all cultures. It was a very special moment. This atmosphere of openness continued throughout the day with a broad cross section of our community participating in workshops and cultural challenges, as well as creating an anti-racism mural.

Our YAC cannot thank you enough for your support. Being a part of an event like this was an experience none of our committee will forget anytime soon. The opportunities for personal development and the planning of a long-term project were plentiful. Thank you for your support and for helping us make the Barossa a better place.”

Nathalie Johnstone - Barossa Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) - Heywire  2015

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