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FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

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

FRRR joined forces with ABC Radio in 2013 and the positive impact of the previous two years of grants are being felt in 21 communities around Australia. This short video highlights the program’s impact showcasing how some of the ideas have been implemented to create real change.

FRRR and our donor partners, including The Pratt Foundation, The Sally Foundation and The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation provide up to $100,000 to assist not-for-profit organisations in rural, regional and remote Australian communities to ‘adopt’ and act on ideas. In 2015 there were eight Heywire innovative project ideas as listed below and profiled in this video overview.

  1. The Race – Multiculturalism and Diversity
    - combating racism through friendly competition and celebration of diversity
  2. Ag Gap – Pathways to Agriculture
    -a hands-on gap year experience to help young people explore agricultural careers
  3. Don’t Need Drinks to Dance – Alcohol Awareness
    - helping communities comes together to dance, without alcohol
  4. Gen Aware – Healthy Relationships
    - an awareness campaign to spark discussions about healthy relationships
  5. Raise Your Cards – Mental Health
    breaking down the stereotypes of mental illness via social media
  6. Break the Chain – Healthy Lifestyle
    - encouraging healthy living and eating through hands on activities
  7. Hands Up! – Education
    - helping young people to take control of their education
  8. Boots for Change – Family Farms
    - promoting grass roots farming through a day of celebration

As 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

The 2015 FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program has now closed. Applications are being assessed. Grants will be announced in August.

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.

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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