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FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants
FRRR and our donor partners collaborate with Heywire to help communities take action on the ideas generated by young Australians who attend the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit.
FRRR joined forces with the ABC in 2013 and the positive impact of the grants is being felt in 36 communities around Australia. This short video showcases how some of the ideas have been implemented to create real change.
In 2015, FRRR granted $125,394 to assist 15 not-for-profit organisations in regional Australia adopt and act on one of eight innovative Heywire project ideas. The communities selected to pilot the programs will implement their projects over the next 12 months.
Community groups are still encouraged to adapt and adopt one of these innovative ideas. If you decide to adopt an idea, please let us know, so we can share it with other groups.
The next FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants Program will open in May 2016, to bring to life the ideas developed at the 2016 Regional Youth Summit, which will be held in Canberra in February. Program Donor Partners, or prospective partners, are encouraged to join us in Canberra to meet these young people and hear first-hand about the issues that they face and the ideas they have to address these issues.
Heywire participant Kelly Brebner, from Sarina in Queensland explains, the impact of this program is far more than just the project ideas themselves: it’s also encourages young people to speak up.
“We had all noticed a void in our communities – a lack of information, activities, opportunities or events – and wanted to be a catalyst for change. If adopting one of these ideas could benefit your community, don’t hesitate to apply for a grant. Be a catalyst for change, just as we are. Let’s work together toward a future where rural and regional young people can say with the utmost pride that they are from Bendigo, Barnawartha, Bundaberg, Beacon, Ngukurr or Nguiu and everywhere in between.”
Kelly Brebner, Heywire Winner from Sarina, QLD
For further information or to support the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program, speak with Program Manager, Sophie Burke on 1800 170 020.