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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
23 Oct 2017 Local Qld leader Bruce Scott OAM to join board of FRRR

The Rt Hon Ian Sinclair AC, Chairman of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced that Bruce Scott OAM will be joining the FRRR Board.

12 Oct 2017 Sally Foundation supports 10 youth-focused projects in Orange, NSW

The Sally Foundation today announced that 10 local community groups will receive grants of up to $3,000 in the Foundation's annual small grants round.

27 Sep 2017 Bellata's 'Film Society' a boost for all

At the heart of the small community of Bellata NSW is the Bellata War Memorial Hall. As part of a plan to develop a funding model to support the hall's maintenance requirements, the Committee introduced the Film Society - membership of which gives entry access to regular movie nights.

27 Sep 2017 One dilemma less for Gracemere's SES

During significant weather events, Gracemere SES in Queensland is faced with the dilemma of which communities get assistance first, with only one of their two vehicles was fitted with a storm and rescue tray.A $5,000 Domino's Give for Good grant got both vehicles on par, and the timing was perfect - the upgrade happened within weeks of Tropical Cyclone Debbie impacting the area.

27 Sep 2017 Saving seaside stories

Thirty years ago, the community of Queenscliffe opened its Maritime Museum. The Queenscliffe Maritime Museum Inc. group strive to tell the story of a seaside town which began with ships, travel and maritime safety, and the museum welcomes over 10,000 visitors each year. To remain accredited by Museums Australia, the control of light exposure across exhibition spaces needed to be addressed.

27 Sep 2017 Puppetry of the farm

A series of puppetry workshops have brought the community of Merridin in WA's Wheatbelt together to creatively explore the unique sense of place and identity attached to living within a regional community. Funded by the McCusker Charitable Foundation via a CATCH grant, the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre succeeded once again in using puppetry to share stories that connect audiences across generations.

27 Sep 2017 Innovative solutions to challenging problems in nine NSW LGAs

The grant recipients for the third and final round of Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) Program have been announced. More than $236,000 in grants will be shared between thirteen community organisations across NSW to support locally-led initiatives addressing pressing social issues.

14 Sep 2017 Small Grants, Big Impact

Genorsity Magazine profiled FRRR's ten years of philanthropic work in a rural Western Australian town, Boyup Brook. The article features how FRRR has supported Boyup Brook through a variety of grant programs and worked with them to help them become a vibrant rural community.

13 Sep 2017 Five tips for effectively managing grants program changes

The Australian Institute of Grants Management featured our CEO Natalie Egleton to discuss the strategies FRRR employs to adapt grant programs for rural and regional Australian communities.

11 Sep 2017 Grant recipients showcase building stronger communities together

FRRR welcomes the announcement, from Hon. Christian Porter where 21 community groups from across Australia will receive grants to help celebrate Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (20-24 November). Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR says there are many great examples among this year's recipients of groups that are doing fantastic work coming together to address needs within their community.

6 Sep 2017 NSW communities Get Ready for natural disasters

FRRR and the NSW Government, through the Get Ready NSW initiative, are collaborating to develop and evaluate effective community-led disaster preparedness practices. A roadshow is underway through some NSW communities at risk of disaster, with a view to finding communities to partner with us in developing and testing indicators, methods and tools to improve preparedness.

30 Aug 2017 Narrabri youth 'Work it out'

The Narrabri Shire Youth Centre received a $5,000 grant from the Domino's Good to Give grant program to deliver two four-day leadership courses for 17–25 year olds. The courses covered topics such as goal setting, health and wellbeing, financial planning, job preparation, resume writing and interview skills, personal image and branding.

30 Aug 2017 Virtual classroom kicks off rural women-led projects

The National Rural Women's Coalition's (NRWC) virtual classroom has helped to upskill 220 rural women since 2011. In September 2016, 18 more embarked on a journey of growth and development with the e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain program, which saw them running sustainability management projects in parallel to the program in the Northern Territory. Their projects are community focussed and many raise awareness about important agricultural issues in a positive context.

30 Aug 2017 Local change makers put forward social enterprise ideas

The Social Venture workshops that were held in June at Clonbinine Hall and Kinglake Pub revealed the ideas of local change-makers, including a proposal to build a village of tiny houses to fight homelessness and climate change in one fell swoop, and a mobile enterprise providing in-home professional storytelling and craft activities for children's parties–improving literacy and creativity through social experience.

23 Aug 2017 Drought affected communities receive support to boost tourism, local economy and wellbeing

Community groups in drought-affected parts of Queensland and New South Wales will share in $209,112 in grants, thanks to FRRR's Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program.

14 Aug 2017 A new gateway to small grants for rural communities

FRRR's flagship Small Grants for Rural Communities program opened today, with applications invited from community groups for grants of up to $5,000. In total, there is $380,000 available. This is FRRR's broadest program, reflecting the diversity of needs in rural, regional and remote communities.

8 Aug 2017 Victorian Bushfire Recovery Grants Announced

16 community groups received funding to support long-term recovery and resilience projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

8 Aug 2017 Seed-funding available to improve education, training and employment opportunities

Youth in Tolland, Kooringal or Ashmont Estates in Wagga Wagga are set to have access to a range of new education, training and job opportunities, thanks to funding from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).

8 Aug 2017 Grants set to help address biggest challenges facing rural youth

Rural youth and their mentors in 35 rural and regional communities will soon be implementing projects to address some of the biggest issues facing young Australians, thanks to the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program.

4 Aug 2017 Dairy communities celebrated at the Shrine

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation Grants presentation was held on the 6th of July at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne's Botanic Gardens, awarding 24 grants to not for profit projects in Victorian Dairy Farming Communities.

4 Aug 2017 Foundation Barossa

Foundation Barossa's story is a particularly good example of how FRRR's Community Foundation Accounts are able to help a community respond to emerging local needs quickly and efficiently

31 Jul 2017 July eNews now available

We welcome in the new financial year with a newsletter that is full of updates about our programs, recent grant recipients and a heads up about our new online grants application portal (FRRRs Grants Gateway) that we are currently implementing. Our grants in action cover a choir in Esk, Qld, youth radio programs in Tasmania, art workshops in Moree, NSW, and a Kitchen Rules style cooking competition in Titjikala, NT.

31 Jul 2017 Art for all at the Moree Plains Gallery

A series of art workshops are being run at the Moree Plains Gallery to support disadvantaged members of the community.The Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grant enabled the workshops to continue to be offered at a low cost (or in some cases free of charge) to more than 250 people per week, and has greatly assisted in the purchase of much needed equipment.

31 Jul 2017 Wired for sound

The Esk Community Choir has come a long way since it began as an enthusiastic little singing group of just six ladies in 1978. A CARA grant has helped enhance the performances of the 50 member choir, with the addition of new microphones and associated audio equipment.

31 Jul 2017 Kitchen Rules comes to Titjikala

A cooking program for local men in the remote Indigenous community of Titjikala, 1,600 km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory, has provided a platform to support healthy eating and encourage self-sufficiency. Judging of the 'Titjikala Kitchen Rules' was a tense affair, with the competition eventually ending in a draw!

31 Jul 2017 Sally Foundation offers grants for youth initiatives in Orange

The Sally Foundation, which holds a Donation Account with FRRR, will soon launch their inaugural small grants program to benefit young people living in or around Orange, NSW.

17 Jul 2017 Grants for good now available

The Domino's Give for Good grants program opened today offering grants of up to $5,000 to not-for-profit initiatives to support youth issues, education and training, leadership development and disaster preparedness and recovery.A total of $150,000 is available this year for projects in rural, regional and remote communities. This is the second year of the program, which is administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

14 Jul 2017 Youth voice takes to the Tassie airways

With a $1,859 grant from Domino's Give for Good program, Coast FM purchased outside broadcasting equipment to both reach and teach local youth. Two new programs have been established and have weekly timeslots, and the outside broadcasting equipment is regularly used to live broadcast local football matches, which attracts a lot of younger listeners.

14 Jul 2017 Over 100 community projects funded in latest round of FRRR's flagship grant program

FRRR today announced the 103 community groups that will share in grants totalling $410,763 through Round 31 of the Small Grants for Rural Communities program.

6 Jul 2017 Victorian dairy communities share $100,000 in grants to build stronger local communities

FRRR and the Gardiner Dairy Foundation today announced that 24 recipients of the 2017 Working in Dairy Communities small grants program will share $100,000.

5 Jul 2017 Applications open for Scholarships to the 2017 National Community Foundation Forum

FRRR is inviting applications from Community Foundation leaders to support their attendance at the annual Community Foundations Forum.

27 Jun 2017 Community Foundation Account partnership in practice

The Tumut Community Foundation reports that their partnership with Visy and FRRR has made a tangible difference in their community, aiding capacity building and supporting some fantastic achievements by community groups.

16 Jun 2017 Closing soon: $200k in grants available to tackle social issues head-on

Applications for grants up to $20,000 to address some of the biggest challenges in Wyong, Gosford, Nambucca, Kempsey, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland or Port Stephens LGA's close next week.

31 May 2017 May eNews

This edition of eNews features highlights from the Program Managers' roadtrips over the last month, as well as news of grant programs currently open and some valuable community tips about evaluation and measurement. There are also case studies from seven amazing community groups across the country.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

24 Nov 2015 Natalie Egleton appointed CEO at FRRR

Generosity Magazine featured our new CEO, Natalie Egleton. The profile gives insight into Natalie's vision for FRRR's future and philanthropy.

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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