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A key part of FRRR's role is sharing - sharing details of grant programs, successes and great ideas. 

Stories about connecting communities, showing local leaders how others have solved a particular issue, and highlighting the needs and gaps in rural and regional Australia.

If you have a local success story and you'd like to be in the news, we'd love to hear from you! If you're looking for particular stories from our programs, explore these links:

  • Enable & Engage stories - Programs that help communities to help themselves. This includes Small Grants for Rural Communities, CATCH, CARA, ANZ Seeds of Renewal, Community and Philanthropy Partnership Week (CPPW), and our Heywire Youth Innovation grants programs.
  • Educate stories - Helping children and adult learners enjoy educational equality, from cradle to career, through REAPing Rewards, Seeds of Renewal and the Back to School Program.
  • Recover & Strengthen stories - Helping communities affected by disaster events through medium to long-term recovery through the Tackling Tough Times Together program, and the VBAF-funded 2009 Victorian Bushfire grants program.
  • Industries & Places stories - Local or industry programs that encourage communities to be self-sustaining, resilient and adaptable, including the Social Innovation Fund, Innovation for Community Impact, Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities, Fast-Track Ag Innovation, and the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Working in Dairy Communities grants programs.

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Date Story heading Story summary
27 Apr 2017 Words of wisdom on community recovery from a local leader

Ann Bichel is from Forest Hill in southern Queensland. In 2011, this community was hit by floods, resulting from Cyclone Yasi. Ann hit the soggy ground running to get her family home safe again and to help the community to rebuild and support the local needs.With Queensland and NSW towns now in the initial recovery stage following Cyclone Debbie, we asked Ann to share some of her personal learnings on recovering from a natural disaster.

26 Apr 2017 Blackall-Tambo get going online

Through a $7,500 grant from the Tackling Tough Times Together program, thanks to support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, local leaders were able to run marketing and digital training workshops. These enabled at least eight small businesses to strengthen their online presence and alleviate the impact of drought and the economic downturn.

26 Apr 2017 The revival of Dorrigo's moo-ral

Members of the Arts Council of the Dorrigo Visual Arts Group Sub-Committee (NSW) used a $900 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by the Bertalli Family Foundation, to restore the community's cow-themed mural, which was badly damaged due to the effects of weather and mould.

12 Apr 2017 Grants support innovative projects in Eden

Eight projects share in $270,000 from the Eden Futures Program created by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and the Foundation of Rural and Regional Renewal to support innovative and community-led responses to issues identified in Eden. All projects are designed to improve opportunities for Eden's young people.

10 Apr 2017 $100,000 available to implement youth-developed projects in rural and regional Australia

FRRR is inviting applications from communities to implement one of seven great ideas developed by young people at the annual Heywire Regional Summit. The ideas address issues that are important to young people. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to help adapt, adopt and implement the idea.

5 Apr 2017 Make your post-disaster donation count in the long-run

FRRR's CEO, Natalie Egleton, has urged people making donations to support recovery following Cyclone Debbie and subsequent floods to consider splitting their donations between immediate and longer-term recovery.

5 Apr 2017 Grants showcase community groups working in partnership with philanthropy for the benefit of current and future generations

Philanthropy Australia and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) welcomed today's announcement from the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP of a further $160,000 in grants to help showcase grassroots philanthropy during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW), which is to be held from 20–26 November 2017.

4 Apr 2017 Four reasons why collaboration is crucial

FRRR's CEO Natalie Egleton says that following a natural disaster, collaboration is critical. It needs to happen at the community level, and importantly, among all those who seek to support affected communities.

3 Apr 2017 Bright Minds provides shining light for youth across the Lake Macquarie region

Youth Mental Health is an issue that affects every community member in some way, with one in four young people experiencing a mental illness and 75% of all adult mental illness beginning in the teenage years. These figures show this issue is too big to continue sweeping it under the carpet.Community Activities Lake Macquarie (CALM) Inc received a $10,000 grant from the Innovation for Community Impact program to kick start The Bright Minds Project.

3 Apr 2017 Places available in Mitchell&Murrindindi Shires for a free social enterprise training program

FRRR today invited people in Murrinidindi and Mitchell Shires who have an idea for a social enterprise that will enhance their local community to participate in the free Social Change 101 program, funded by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.

3 Apr 2017 Grants available to tackle key social issues

Grants available to community groups in 10 NSW local government areas. Grants to support innovative and effective responses to issues including domestic and family violence, education disengagement, criminal behaviour and unemployment.

31 Mar 2017 ANZ donates to FRRR's Cyclone Debbie recovery fund

FRRR has welcomed ANZ Banking Group's $50,000 contribution to recovery in rural, regional and remote areas impacted by Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent floods.

30 Mar 2017 Resilience in rural Australia is becoming a core competency

FRRR's CEO Natalie Egleton writes that it's timely to reflect on resilience, the challenges for communities and the need to develop a skillset that promotes greater collaboration and capacity building, especially as Queensland looks to its recovery from Cyclone Debbie.

30 Mar 2017 FRRR launches Cyclone Debbie recovery fund

FRRR has established a fund to support the medium to long-term recovery of communities impacted by Cyclone Debbie, and the subsequent flooding.

30 Mar 2017 March eNews out now

In this edition of our March eNews, we give you a full update on our grant programs, share information on our recent road trips, and preview CPPW 2017. As usual, we also profile several grants in action from Cohuna and Moyhu in Vic, to Toowoomba and Emerald in Qld, Renmark in SA, Kellerberrin in WA, and the Hunter / New England region in NSW. There's also a handy tip on evaluating the success of your project, including links to more information.

29 Mar 2017 'E-race'-ing racism in Renmark

The Riverland Youth Theatre in Renmark, SA, used a Heywire Youth Innovation Grant to develop their community's understanding of different cultures through a series of performances.

29 Mar 2017 Moving Forward with a plan, self-confidence and mentor support

This I4CI grant funding covered a project manager and mentor trainer, program establishment costs, a graduation event, promotion, travel and more for the Hunter Region's Working Women's Group Ltd.They ran a course 30 women and their families affected by domestic violence, allowing them to focus on their future and how to manage financially through paid work.

29 Mar 2017 Country Road science show hits the road

The Central Highlands Science Centre used a $10,000 TTTT grant funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation to develop the Country Road science show, which involved creating mobile educational resources that could be exhibited in rural and remote areas.

29 Mar 2017 Playing, laughing and learning with toys

The Kellerberrin Community Resource Centre in the wheat belt region of Western Australia created a resource for borrowing educational toys, puzzles and games when they received a $1,020 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by the SBA Foundation, managed by Perpetual.

27 Mar 2017 Drought stricken Qld&NSW communities to benefit from grants to connect and support locals

$250,000 in grants is available to support drought affected communities in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Community groups can apply for up to $15,000 to implement initiatives that support and encourage community connectivity, wellbeing and resilience; build community capacity to cope now and in future droughts; or enhance community infrastructure to support mental health, social and/or emotional wellbeing.

8 Mar 2017 FRRR's all-female team recognises 2017 International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, we thought it would be good to hear from one of FRRR's all-female team about what it's like to work for FRRR, and how she's found the move to working in philanthropy.

24 Feb 2017 February eNews out now

This month's newsletter has all of the usual updates on our grant programs and funding available, and we also recap the great week we had at the 2017 Heywire Summit. On the partnerships front, we highlight our exciting new venture with the Regional Australia Institute and Prime 7 / GWN7, and our CEO shares her thoughts on disaster recovery. We have also managed to squeeze in some inspiring Grants in Action stories, from Cunnamulla in western Queensland to Dungog in New South Wales, Mt Liebig in the NT and Gippsland in Victoria. Enjoy!

23 Feb 2017 Eight years on, grants still supporting recovery from Black Saturday

Twenty-four community groups impacted by the 2009 Victorian bushfires have received funding to support the community needs that continue to emerge post the devastating disaster, thanks to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund. There 15 GR&W grants, and 9 Community Group Futures grants.

23 Feb 2017 Pathways program targets Aboriginal youth for health careers

The Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal Health in East Gippsland (CEAHEG) in Victoria received a grant of $4,000 from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by the R.E. Ross Trust, to run two camps aimed at bringing together the young Aboriginal people from the area with their Elders to explore careers in health.

23 Feb 2017 Cunnamulla dreams up a creative future

The Cunnamulla P-12 State School P&C was awarded a $10,000 grant from FRRR's CATCH grant program, thanks to support from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation. The funds were put towards artist fees, travel, car hire and accommodation, enabling the engagement of two artist facilitators to conduct dance and drama workshops for students to develop confidence and performance skills.

23 Feb 2017 Dungog learns from the past in preparing for the future

Dungog Information&Neighbourhood Service Inc. initiated Project Bounce Forwards to encourage and support disaster preparedness and resilience capacity building in Dungog and surrounds.To help bring this important project to life, the Dungog Information&Neighbourhood Service received a $14,200 grant from the Domino's Give for Good program.

23 Feb 2017 Demystifying boarding school for the Mount Liebig community

Mount Liebig is a small community located 10 hours west of Alice Springs. English is the third or fourth language for most community members. High school aged students need to move away to boarding school to continue their education, which can be daunting.Waltja Tjutangku Playapayi Corp received $12,033 through the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program to launch Tjunguringanyi (Joining Together), a project to help demystify boarding school.

17 Feb 2017 Bushfires... the damage is lasting

Eight years on from the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, and at a time when much of New South Wales is being ravaged by bushfires, CEO Natalie Egleton reflects on the long road to recovery as communities continue to rebuild and adapt. FRRR's Natural Disaster Response Framework supports the medium to long term recovery of rural and regional communities affected by declared natural disasters.Eight years down the track, we continue to work with the communities in Victoria impacted by Black Saturday to build capacity and resilience, and address local issues that have arisen from the disaster.

15 Feb 2017 Grants support drought affected communities, but more needed

FRRR today announced that thirteen community groups in parts of Queensland and New South Wales will share in $222,284 in grants for projects to help local groups tackle local issues caused by the ongoing drought conditions in these regions.

8 Feb 2017 School year off to a positive start for students affected by 2009 Victorian bushfires

School students affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria are continuing to receive the support they need to remain engaged with learning and prepare for post-secondary education or work, with five more groups sharing $92,000 in funding. The program is particularly aimed at keeping students in school or engaged in vocational education training, and ultimately employment.

2 Feb 2017 FRRR&Gardiner Dairy Foundation open 15th round of small grants program

$100,000 is available for community groups to apply for grants of up to $5,000 in all three Victorian Dairy Regions: Gippsland, Northern Victoria and South West Victoria. Grants to fund grass-roots community projects that strengthen small dairy communities, build their capacity to deal with local issues and enhance community infrastructure.

24 Jan 2017 FRRR&Gardiner Dairy Foundation to host three free grant-seeker workshops

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) are hosting a free grant-seeker workshops in Tatura, Camperdown and Wonthaggi. The workshops offer local community members the opportunity to get practical tips on writing strong grant applications.

23 Jan 2017 Domino's Give for Good program makes initial grants

Twenty community groups will receive grants in the first round of the Domino's Give for Good grants. Domino's worked with FRRR to distribute the grants, which are designed to help create strong regional communities. Projects range from seed funding for a community-owned micro business, to leadership training and creating employment readiness.

18 Jan 2017 Clowning around in Mt Magnet

A Small Grant of $4,000 was used by the WA Centre for Rural Health to enable the community of Mt Magnet to host the Carnival of Clowns, brining the community together and boosting spirits.

18 Jan 2017 Robinvale reggae students go national

Robinvale P-12 College in north west Victoria received a REAPing Rewards grant for $9,942, thanks to the Yulgilbar Foundation, to help them implement the 'Youth Speak' program, which was developed to provide a platform for young Indigenous and Polynesian students attending the College to communicate to their respective communities and the broader community.

18 Jan 2017 Hallett's future is what we make it!

In the final granting round before the CATCH program went into hiatus in the middle of last year, the Hallett Community and Sports Association (HCSA) received funding to implement a project that epitomises the essence of this valuable granting program.They received a $15,000 CATCH grant to design and install a Yellaka, a traditional Wodli shelter for the 21st Century to generate interest and bring visitors to the area to appreciate the Njadjuri heritage in an interactive, respectful and exciting way.

18 Jan 2017 Fish Creek's Community Garden

The Great Southern Rail Trail Committee of Management in Victoria received a $5,000 grant from the Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation to employ a facilitator to turn the Fish Creek community garden into a buzzing social centre.

18 Jan 2017 A little grant can make a big difference

The 31st round of Small Grants for Rural Communities is open. More than $300,000 in grants is available to enable communities to implement projects and activities that offer a clear public benefit to rural, regional and remote communities.

16 Jan 2017 Ninety community groups receive Small Grants to welcome the New Year

The grant recipients of the 30th round of Small Grants for Rural Communties were announced today. More than $360,000 will be distributed to ninety community groups across regional, rural and remote Australian communities.

15 Dec 2016 Campania students building for success

Student at Campania High School in Tasmania developed practical construction skills, thanks to a $1,600 grant from the REAPing Rewards program, funded by the Caledonia Foundation.

15 Dec 2016 Garah reading program supports whole community

An Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities Grant has had broad benefits for the community of Garah. While the focus was on improving the reading skills of students, it has had a broad benefit across the community.

15 Dec 2016 Jumpstarting micro-enterprise in WA

An ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant is helping jumpstart new business opportunities for people with a disability in southwest WA.

15 Dec 2016 Powering a bright future in Narooma

A CATCH grant has helped keep the cinema operating in Narooma, after solar panels were installed thanks to a grant funded by VFFF.

14 Dec 2016 Repair-Restore-Renew grants support ongoing recovery

FRRR has awarded grants to seven community groups in NSW and TAS that are continuing to support the ongoing recovery of their communities, following natural disasters in 2013.

2 Dec 2016 DIY community resilience

More than ever before, there's an expectation that rural, regional and remote communities should be self-sufficient. Their strength and sustainability often comes down to the ability of locals to come together, gather resources, be adaptive and be responsive.So how do small communities do it? It takes community philanthropy, community partnerships and community resilience working hand in hand. But how do you build resilience? CEO Natalie Egleton shares her views in the face of the increasing number of factors that make life challenging in rural, regional and remote Australia.

1 Dec 2016 CEO video summary of FRRR's performance in 2015/16

There is simply no organisation that does what FRRR does.Watch Natalie Egleton talk about the impact FRRR has had during her first year as CEO.

9 Sep 2016 Through Fire and Flood: Q&A with Natalie Egleton, FRRR CEO

FRRR's work around Australia has earned it plenty of respect, with its presence in - and support for - communities affected by natural disasters well known.The AIGM recently chatted with FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton about disaster recovery grantmaking, helping communities affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, and what the organisation has learned through working in communities hit by natural disaster.

6 Jun 2016 Young people driving strong communities

Prue Pateras has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 10 years and has seen firsthand the benefits philanthropic support can bring to youth-led programs in small rural, regional and remote Australian communities. Recently she spoke with Generosity magazine - here's a summary of what she had to say.

16 May 2016 Helping local people implement local solutions

There are so many ways that philanthropy can help to build adaptive, sustainable, vibrant rural, regional and remote communities. Ultimately, it comes back to understanding context, which we believe is best done through consultation, and then collaborating to determine the best solutions. After all, the locals know best.

8 Feb 2016 The enabler: Natalie Egleton's vision for FRRR

CEO Natalie Egleton spoke with Generosity Magazine on identifying impact; the importance of conduits and consolidation; and why 'unsexy' air conditioners are game changers for many rural, remote and regional communities.

1 Oct 2015 Over and out: FRRR's Alexandra Gartmann bids the sector a fond farewell

After four and a half years in the philanthropic sector, CEO Alexandra Gartmann is moving on. She spoke with Generosity Magazine, reflecting on her time in philanthropy, how it has changed and what is left to do.

7 Sep 2015 Small grants offer big insight: Tackling Tough Times Together in Qld

Journalist Cameron Wilson joined us on a recent trip to visit 12 rural towns across Queensland. His take on what we learnt from the communities we met is featured in the latest Generosity Magazine.The whirlwind five day trip was all about meeting with Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant recipients to see first-hand how this program is helping drought-affected communities recover and become more resilient.This article highlights that incredible things are possible when 'the right money is connected with the right people for the right cause.'

31 Jul 2015 Generosity Mag, July 2015: Small is in the eye of the beholder

All grant makers have enormous power - our responsibility is to listen to local needs, understand the scale of the impact a grant can achieve, and 'walk in their shoes'. So don't dismiss small grants–they can deliver value and make a tangible difference, especially in rural, regional and remote Australia.

6 Jul 2015 'Small' is in the Eye of the Beholder

July's Generosity magazine focuses on philanthropy in rural, regional and remote Australia, and FRRR and our donor partners feature heavily.In an opinion piece from our CEO Alexandra Gartmann, 'Small is in the Eye of the Beholder', she highlights the limited capacity of regional and rural communities to raise funds, either due to population, economic wealth, limited access to resources and /or a limited knowledge of, and access to, philanthropy. But she points out that it isn't all about size; it is also about the impact.

24 Mar 2014 Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal: Use us

This article with the Generosity Magazine explores FRRR's role as a 'philanthropic toothbrush': designed to get to those hard-to-reach places.-Increasingly, philanthropists and PAFs are coming to understand what we can offer, but our message is always going to be Use Us,- Gartmann says. -Partner with us, use us as we were intended–as a conduit for philanthropic and other funding to get to regional, rural, and remote communities.-

17 Mar 2014 Generosity Mag, March 2014: FRRR - Use Us

The potential of FRRR's regional penetration to have significant social impact is far from tapped.-There are still philanthropists, PAFs, and trustees out there who want to work in regional Australia, but who don't know we're already here–ready to help.-

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