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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 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.

30 Jun 2017 Grants available to support vibrant cotton growing communities

The Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program is again offering cotton farmers in New South Wales and Queensland the chance to nominate a local not-for-profit organisation to receive one of thirty $5,000 grants.

28 Jun 2017 June eNews now online

This end of financial year edition of eNews is full of valuable info for grant seekers! We've got 8 programs opening in the next few weeks, with more than $1 million available in funding, thanks to our generous donor partners. There's also some info on our new online grants application system that we're currently implementing, as well as our revamped Philanthropic Services (a new name and structure for our old Donation Accounts).

28 Jun 2017 Croydon's 'Drought Breaker' event

With a $45,000 Tackling Tough Times Together grant, courtesy of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, the Croydon Rodeo and Campdraft Association organised a Drought Breaker event that the Croydon community was still talking about 12 months later.

28 Jun 2017 Art and Dementia Outreach Program travels from Canberra to Geraldton

With a $5,450 grant from FRRR's Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) program, funded by the McCusker Charitable Foundation, three regional galleries in Western Australia participated in a hands-on workshop designed and run by the National Gallery of Australia to prepare participants to deliver art and dementia tours for people living with dementia in the community.

28 Jun 2017 Creating the Oodnadatta Arts and Crafts Collective

Volunteering SA and NT received a $10,000 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant to develop a women-led arts and crafts social enterprise, through research, the creation of an action plan, provision of training and materials to set up the business at the newly renovated Women's Shed in Oodnadatta.

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.

23 Jun 2017 Musical playground brings a community together

A $60,000 Tailored Grant received from a private donor enabled the Yarram Recreation Reserve in Gippsland, Victoria to create an outdoor musical playground to provide a stimulating learning space for children, older people, people with a disability, and families with children using the new community facility.

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.

15 Jun 2017 Kidz Group provides a safe place for kids impacted by domestic violence

The effects of domestic violence on children are well documented, yet often there are no systems in place to support these kids who witness the physical and /or sexual and emotional abuse, threats, and aftermath of such incidents.Speak Out 4 Kids project, in the Nambucca Local Government Area, received a $45,000 I4CI grant to help deliver an eight-week program called Kidz Group for children aged between 8-12 years who have experienced living with or being exposed to domestic violence and are no longer in that environment.

7 Jun 2017 Deeply disadvantaged communities share $60,000 in grants

Twenty-three projects across Australia will share $61,843 from the 2017 Addressing Deep&Persistent Disadvantage Small Grants Program supported by the John Wallis Foundation and the Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal (FRRR). The aim of the funding is to support capacity building within communities to be better able to deal with disadvantage and to strengthen leadership.

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.

31 May 2017 Printmaking from the ground up

The $3,528 Small Grants for Rural Communities grant, which was funded by the R.E. Ross Trust, went towards the purchase of materials and equipment to establish the Castlemaine Press' printmaking studio, and they then relied on volunteer labour to construct the facilities within the space. An acid bath was purchased, trestle tables, floor sealer, materials for wooden bench construction, drying racks, and part payment for the creation of a website.

31 May 2017 Presenting the Ration Shed

The Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group, who is responsible for running the Ration Shed Museum in south-east Queensland, was granted a $9,240 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant to train their volunteers to use the educational resources and materials and present them in a way that makes them accessible to various groups.

31 May 2017 Happy Valley's tree of life garden

The Happy Valley Hall Committee received $5,940 via the Grants for Resilience and Wellness (GR&W) program funded by VBAF, which they used to construct walking tracks between the plantings, which when viewed from the air, the paths within the garden look like the tree of life.

31 May 2017 Hot spot snapshots - Tasmanian Midlands biodiversity

A $4,000 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by the Yulgilbar Foundation saw Greening Australia run two activity field days at Cressy and Campbell Town, south of Launceston in Tasmania, for their 'Hot Spot Snapshot' program.

31 May 2017 Warren CWA Hall revamp boosts spirits

Years of exposure to the elements meant that the southern exterior wall of the CWA Hall in Warren, NSW, needed urgent maintenance. A $5,000 grant from the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program, funded by the Monsanto Fund, saw the wall repaired, with surplus funds put towards retiling the bathroom.

8 May 2017 Cyclone Debbie recovery fund gets a boost but more support needed

The Cyclone Debbie disaster is estimated to have caused at least $1 billion in damage. While nearly $200,000 has been donated to the FRRR Cyclone Debbie Recovery Fund, more support is needed.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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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