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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
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.

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.

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.

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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