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FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

FRRR and Heywire are proud to again collaborate to help communities take action on the great ideas generated by the 38 young Australians who attended the 2015 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. Check out this short video on the program’s impact to see how a number of ideas have been implemented to create real change.

FRRR and our donor partners, including The Sally Foundation, are providing up to $100,000 to assist not-for-profit organisations in rural, regional and remote Australian communities to ‘adopt’ and act on one of this year’s eight Heywire innovative project ideas as listed below and profiled in this video - a quick overview of 2015's eight ideas.

Applications that tap into the strengths of young people and adapt the idea to their own local situation are encouraged. Successful grant applicants will have control over how the project is implemented in their community, but will be encouraged to make contact with the young people who initially developed the idea (facilitated by Heywire).

Can you adapt and adopt one of these innovative ideas in your community?
  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

NB The encouragement or advancement of sport, recreation and social activities is not considered a charitable activity by the Australian Taxation Office. Applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate a benefit to the wider community.

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 is now open, and closes 12 June 2015.

There is up to $10,000 available to pilot one Heywire project idea in at least eight communities. 

How to apply

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Make sure you read the Heywire Youth Summit Report and Grant Guidelines before beginning your application.

We strongly recommend that you also review the Heywire website to see more information on the project idea your community is thinking about adopting before applying.

Projects must be implemented in rural, regional or remote Australia as defined by ABC Heywire (projects located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney are not eligible.)

Preference will be given to projects that involve local youth in their implementation.

Applications that demonstrate community partnerships will be preferred. Letters of support / partnership clearly strengthen your application, as does the inclusion of quotes, in-kind  support and other sources of funding in your project  budget. We highly recommend you include these.

Applications can be sent by post or email

They must be submitted or postmarked by the closing date 5pm, Friday 12 June 2015.

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

The completed forms, and all supporting material, should be emailed to FRRR.

The communities selected to pilot the programs will be announced mid-late August.

Further information

If you have questions about the grants, don't hesitate to get in touch with the FRRR team. We're happy to discuss your project idea.

Freecall: 1800 170 020
Twitter: @FRRR_Oz
Facebook: /followFRRR

You can also look at FRRR’s grant seeker FAQ’s and application top tips!

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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