Latest Grants in Action

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Date Story heading Story summary
7 Dec 2017 Rural communities receive support for local ageing programs

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced the 17 recipients of more than $230,000 in funding to help address gaps and improve aged care services in rural areas of NSW and Victoria.

5 Dec 2017 Aussie Cotton grants boost community programs

30 not-for-profit and community organisations across cotton growing regions will benefit from a $5,000 grant just before the festive season, awarded under the 2017 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program. The program is delivered in partnership by the Monsanto Fund and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and has now distributed $600,000 to New South Wales and Queensland cotton communities in the past four years.

28 Nov 2017 Pinnaroo Primary produce a smash hit

The Pinnaroo Primary School, SA, were awarded a REAPing Rewards grant of $2,896,to engaged professional lighting and sound technicians to revive the end of year festivities.

28 Nov 2017 New piano brings talent back to Pemberton Mill Hall

thanks to a $5,000 Small Grant for Rural Communities (SGRC) and some local community fundraising, the Hall Restoration Committee purchased a new piano for the Pemberton Mill Hall.

28 Nov 2017 A closer community thanks to Carinda Comment

Carinda, a remote community in NSW affected by drought and job losses, received funding to revive its local newsletter, The Carinda Comment.

28 Nov 2017 Teaching healthy lifestyle choices and having a chat might 'Save your bacon'

Rural Health Tasmania collaborated with other local service providers to hold two -Talk About It–Save Your Bacon- wellbeing events; one with a focus on isolated families and one for local youth.

21 Nov 2017 FRRR appoints new board members

FRRR has has appointed two new board members. FRRR welcomes Dr Steven Kennedy PSM and Bruce Scott OAM to the board. Both men bring valuable skills and knowledge to the board, and ensure ongoing representation of key perspectives, following the recent retirement of Tim Fairfax AC and Mike Mrdak AO.

20 Nov 2017 Nation-wide celebrations showcase strength of community and philanthropy partnerships

Today marks the start of Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW). Groups around the country will be acknowledging and celebrating what they have achieved by working together.

31 Oct 2017 Bymount's Creative Odyssey

With support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation under the Tackling Tough Times Together program, Bymount Creative Circle received $10,000 to run a full weekend art and crafts participatory event at Injune. Fourteen creative workshops were held over a two-day period at the Creative Odyssey event, which was facilitated by eight talented artisans.

31 Oct 2017 Growing food, growing community

With the support of a $3,431 grant co-funded by Hannaford and Newman's Own Foundation via the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, the Cannery Arts Centre in WA created a vibrant community garden at the Arts Centre.

31 Oct 2017 Shining a light on shadow places

The Cad Factory received a $4,500 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by Perpetual Trustees - Berrembed Trust to specifically run their in-schools creative program as part of the larger Shadow Places project. The program involved around 40 year 5 students from St Joseph's Primary School in Narrandera, who collaborated with The Cad Factory artists to create five artworks telling the story of the food they grow and more.

24 Oct 2017 Grants available to tackle the impacts of drought on every-day life in Queensland

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced that grants are now available for community groups across Queensland who are who are still experiencing the effects of drought.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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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