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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
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.

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 First eNews for 2017 out now

The first eNews for 2017 provides a great update on all of FRRR's activities, including grant announcements, programs opening and our assessment schedule.We also share some lessons in leveraging from Urbenville in NSW, and profile some very interesting Grants in Action. From a story about Fish Creek's community garden, and making reggae in Robinvale in Victoria, to a cultural heritage project in Hallett in South Australia, and clowning around in WA's Mt Magnet, there are loads of great stories highlighting what rural communities can do with just a little bit of help from philanthropy.

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.

13 Dec 2016 Cotton grants bearing fruit for local communities

A further 30 not-for-profit and community organisations across cotton growing regions will benefit from a $5,000 boost just before the festive season, as the 2016 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants are awarded again. $450,000 has now been distributed over the last three years across New South Wales and Queensland.

8 Dec 2016 2015/16 Annual Review launched

This review of FRRR's operations during FY15/16 demonstrates the impact of our partnerships with the private sector, philanthropy and government on rural, regional and remote communities. It includes several examples of the wonderful things community groups do with the support they receive. We hope you find it interesting and welcome your feedback to

6 Dec 2016 Grants from ANZ Seeds of Renewal program support 29 community projects

ANZ and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) have today announced that $275,000 in grant funding will be shared between 26 community groups from across regional Australia, while another three groups will receive IT equipment, as part of the 2016 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program.

5 Dec 2016 2016 Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week launches

The Minister for Social Services, Mr Christian Porter, today announced the beginning of the 2016 Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week. Celebrations will be held across the nation this week, recognising the power of partnerships and community philanthropy.

5 Dec 2016 Rural communities receive support for local ageing programs

FRRR has announced the recipients of the latest funding to support ageing rural Australians. Thanks to our generous donor partners, 27 community groups in NSW, Qld and VIC will share more than $300,000.

14 Oct 2016 Grants to tackle strains and stressors of drought

FRRR today announced applications are invited for the seventh round of Tackling Tough Times Together, which helps communities in NSW and Qld affected by the ongoing drought to come together and support one another.

8 Sep 2016 Anything is possible with Loose Parts Play

An innovative project funded by the REAPing Rewards program that uses unwanted and waste materials (known as Loose Parts) has helped nearly 1,000 students in southern Western Australia put their play time to educational use. The grant also supported professional development for 50 teachers and support staff.

8 Sep 2016 Yellow Rock revamp has the community climbing onboard

Two grants to the Yellow Rock park in the fire-affected Blue Mountains in NSW have helped strengthen and rebuild the community. Strong levels of community involvement in both the design and rebuilding of the park has helped strengthen local networks and aid in recovery.

8 Sep 2016 Women on the air in Mitchell Shire

A grant through the GR&W program allowed Mitchell Shire Community Radio to achieve greater gender balance on the airwaves. This is a better reflection of the community and has resulted in increased listenership for the station, and unearthed some new talent.

18 Jul 2016 The lasting impacts: Pratt Foundation FRRR water projects

FRRR began partnering with the Pratt Foundation in 2002 to realise the vision, held by the late Richard Pratt, for more efficient water use and healthier ecosystems in Australia. There were thirty community projects funded through this partnership and this report revisits five of them which reflect the diverse size and scale of funding, and to explore the legacy of targeting grants at community-led water projects.

8 Jun 2016 New structure for the FRRR team

We recently implemented a new organisational structure that has a state-focused, rather than program-based, leadership team. We believe that having a designated contact for each state will deepen our presence and networks, and help to better design and build on our grant programs to deliver greater benefits to grass-roots community groups. This change also allows us to better utilise the wide range of skills of our talented team members.

7 Oct 2015 FRRR's first ever podcast for Mental Health Week

To coincide with Mental Health Week, our first podcast looks at the remote community health projects that are improving physical and mental wellbeing, as well as building stronger connections for people in isolated locations. Speaking to GLENRAC Project Manager Pamela Benton and Windorah Police Officer Paul Jackson, they discuss the benefits of fitness projects in their communities. This episode also includes the special commentary of Alison Fairleigh from the Mental Health Fellowship in North Queensland. To be notified of new podcasts, be sure to follow us on SoundCloud, just like you would do on Facebook.

3 Sep 2015 Teach the Teachers and make a difference

The P&C Association at Tannum Sands State High in Queensland received a REAPing Rewards grant of $9,750 funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation to allow it to examine the transition to high school, and particularly how teachers teach, specifically targeting literacy levels rather than subject content alone.

3 Sep 2015 Catching water to capture minds

Three 22,500 litre rainwater tanks have been installed which now harness resources that have improved student learning opportunities exponentially at the Murrayville Community College, thanks to a $7,500 FRRR ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant.

7 Mar 2014 March eNews out now

This edition has news of current grant programs that are open, as well as grant outcomes from Poowong, Hollisdale, Murgon and Northhampton, among others.

3 Feb 2014 Get on board!

A collaborative approach to sourcing funding and to maintaining and running a local community bus means there is now transport for students and other community groups around Lake Bolac, in the south-west dairy region of Victoria, thanks to a grant from Gardiner Dairy Foundation Working in Dairy Communities program.

16 Jan 2014 On with the show

A Donation Account facility helped the Charlton community bring the Rex Theatre back to life, despite successive floods.

16 Jan 2014 Persistence Pays Off

This small grant helped a local community association leverage funding and other support, so they could add to the recreational facilities in their isolated township.

16 Jan 2014 Technology creates opportunities for disabled youth

This ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant was critical to piloting the TechConnect program, which engages young people with a disability and builds their self-esteem and broader skills.

16 Jan 2014 Training enables more RDA places in Port Lincoln

This ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant funded training for volunteers, so more disabled people could enjoy the benefits of the Riding for the Disabled program.

16 Jan 2014 Lockyer Valley recovery projects taking flight

The use of a Donation Account facility is helping the Lockyer Valley Regional Council raise the funding necessary to help their community rebuild and recover following the 2011 floods.

16 Jan 2014 Emergency communication network for Happy Valley

A grant to fund, equip and create a UHF radio network has addressed concerns local residents had about receiving timely warning of future bushfire emergencies in their community.

16 Jan 2014 Upskilling and building capacity

Communities that have strong social capital are proven to recover from natural disasters more quickly than those without those things in place. FRRR's STEPS program helps to build leadership capacity and resilience in communities.

16 Jan 2014 Much more than just a garden

A community garden on a derelict basketball court at the community centre in Ravenshoe, Qld, which was affected by the flooding following Cyclone Yasi in 2011, is just one example of a successful community disaster recovery project funded through our Repair-Restore-Renew program.

16 Jan 2014 Providing the basics for rural school kids

The Back to School program distributes $50 gift vouchers to families in rural and regional Australia that are struggling with the costs associated with a new school year. In 2014,the program assisted more than 15,000 children, building their esteem and setting them on a positive path at the beginning of the school year.

16 Jan 2014 Vouchers show someone cares

The Back to School program is a tangible way to make a difference to families that need a little helping hand. The program does more than just ensure they have the right books and clothes to start the school year: it shows families and kids in tough situations that someone cares.

16 Jan 2014 A Different Aspect

The Aspect Far North Coast Centre for Autism, located in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, provides a unique, single source of information about autism spectrum disorders. For families and individuals whose lives have been affected by an autism spectrum disorder, it can be quite a challenge to understand what it means and to obtain the right support, especially when first diagnosed.

16 Jan 2014 Meandering Malleefowl Mollified

The Wedderburn Conservation Management Network (WCMN) is working hard to increase the awareness of the endangered malleefowl, as well as striving to protect and restore the habitat of this endangered species.

9 Dec 2013 Keys Please Kiosk - FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

The Keys Please Kiosk was created with support from the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation grants in 2013. It provides options for safer travel after an event, lowering the risk of injury or death caused by drink driving.

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