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FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

FRRR is passionate about helping young people in rural, regional and remote areas to have their voices heard and to implement changes beneficial to their communities.

In 2012 we began a partnership with ABC Heywire to offer Youth Innovation Grants, a catalytic program that works to turn youth voices into reality.

Since 1998, ABC Radio, in partnership with the Australian Government, has facilitated an annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit, that involves young people living in rural and regional Australia in a national conversation about the issues that matter to them.

FRRR attended the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Summits to hear first-hand the broad range of great ideas aimed at improving life for young people living in rural, regional and remote parts of Australia. We worked with the youth summit participants as they refined ideas around key issues such as mental health, body image, racism, drink driving, economic opportunity, farm sustainability, careers in agriculture, and support for diversity and equality. They believed these ideas would make a significant difference and have a positive impact on Australian communities.

The FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program enables these ideas to become a reality: with our donor partners, we put forward $100,000 as grants of up to $10,000 to enable communities to adopt, adapt and implement the ideas to achieve real, positive, youth-led change in regional Australia.

It's an incredible feeling. It changes your life knowing that even as a teenager from the country you can make a real difference.

Dayna Duncan, Heywire Winner from Arno Bay, SA

2015 will be the third year the grant program operates, and we are looking forward to seeing what great ideas the Heywire Regional Youth Summit participants develop in Canberra this coming February. 

If you are a donor partner interested in working with us on this unique enabler of youth ideas in rural Australia we invite you to be in touch and consider joining us at the 2015 Youth Summit on Thursday, 12 February 2015. 

The 2015 FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program opens on the 1st of May.

FRRR and ABC Heywire will launch the 2015 ideas at the end of April 2015. Grant applications will open on 1 May, 2015 and close on 12 June, 2015. Not-for-Profit community groups with an ABN or incorporation certificate can apply to adopt, adapt and implement the ideas. Preference will be given to projects that involve local youth in their implementation and management. Projects must be undertaken in rural, regional and remote Australia as defined by ABC Heywire - projects which are located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth are not eligible.


The positive impact of the inaugural 2013 grants are already being felt. Watch this short video on the 2013 program’s impact to see how three ideas have been implemented to create real change. You can also find out more about the nine 2013 grant recipients.

In 2014, FRRR granted $100,000 to assist 12 not-for-profit organisations in regional Australian communities to ‘adopt’ and act on the innovative Heywire project ideas. This video provides a brief overview of the original ideas that were the focus of the 2014 grant program. The communities selected to pilot the programs are announced on our website, and we will profile them in our eNews as their projects come to life.

Further information

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

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