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CATCH a grant to support culture, arts, tourism and heritage in regional Australia

Applications are invited from community groups in rural WA, NT, QLD and NSW for grants to fund cultural, arts, tourism or community heritage projects. Up to $20,000 is available for projects in communities with fewer than 10,000 people. > More

April eNews out now!

This month's bumper edition features an update from the CEO and a plethora of interesting stories from across Australia, including the lovely ladies from Wentworth who travelled to Scone to attend the NSW Rural Women's Gathering. There's also a listing of the grant programs that are currently open. > More

Community choir impacts positively on wellbeing

With some help from a small grant to buy uniforms and music stands, this Community Choir is playing a key role in enhancing wellbeing in Murgon. And they are winning awards! > More

Help for Hollisdale Hall to keep children safe

A small grant has helped the Pappinbarra Progress Association keep their children safe during community events at Hollisdale Hall in NSW. > More

Poowong Preschool becoming sustainability leader - 6 March 2014

This Gardiner Foundation grant to a Preschool Community enabled them to implement a number of small projects to enhance the facilities at their preschool. A particular focus has been on introducing the concept of sustainability. > More

Airing of the Quilts - 6 March 2014

This Small Grant enabled the small community of Northampton in WA to expand a community festival. > More

A shady spot for supervision

Feedback from the small community of Gormandale helped determine the priorities for development of their cherished community hub - and a shade sail over the playground it was! > More

Quadriders to the rescue

A localised response to disaster management is in place thanks to some RRR funding and a group of quadriders in Far North Qld who have the tools, and now the accreditation, to assist in clearing damage. > More

Small Grants program opens for silver jubilee round

FRRR has today opened the Silver Jubilee round of its flagship Small Grants for Rural Communities program. To date, more than $8 million has been distributed through this program to 2,661 community projects across Australia. > More

FRRR 2013 Annual Review showcases the impact of collaborative philanthropy in creating vibrant rural communities - 29 January 2014

FRRR's 2013 annual review showcases the important role of collaborative philanthropy in building a stronger, more vibrant regional, rural and remote Australia. More than $5.4m was distributed via 652 community projects. It was only possible thanks to the generosity of more than 60 donors and partners. > More

Bruny Island bird benefits

Bruny Island is a summer hotspot and host to the Bruny Island Bird Festival, a festival that has more to it than feathers, and is run by the Bruny Island Environment Network. > More

Enthusiasm for composting is good for Wingham - 13 January 2014

Enthusiastic volunteers and organisers of the Community Garden in Wingham did a super job of growing their garden and its offerings in 2013, with a colourful calendar and some popular workshops to show community members how gratifying a green thumb can be. > More

Nambrok locals are dancing again

The once bustling hub of the community in Nambrok was in need of a little TLC. A Small Grant gave Nambrok Hall a much needed facelift and locals are testing out the dance-floor once again. > More

Education grants address disadvantage - 15 December 2013

FRRR's grants program to address educational needs of rural, regional&remote students is proving popular. Seventy groups across Australia will share more than $382,000 in grants for projects ranging from IT equipment, to shade sails, excursions to gardens. > More

FRRR's December eNews - 13 December 2013

In this edition, there's a youth-led project to reduce drink-driving, a community-built skate park and a memorial remembering the 2009 Victorian bushfires. We also share some lessons from our recent Queensland roadtrip - 50 projects in 5 days! These stories and more ... Seasons Greetings. > More

Our New Year's resolution: - 13 December 2013

Alexandra Gartmann gets in early and makes a New Year's resolution - to take every opportunity available to tell people about the way in which Community Foundations are making a difference, starting today! > More

Top tips for greening your organisation (and maybe even saving money, too!)

Going green is about reducing consumption, re-using to limit wastage, and recycling old into new. Going green can often save you money, something we know most community groups are always on the look-out for. Here are a few suggestions… > More

A powerful boost to all

The Clohesy Rural Fire Group tell their tale of applying for a Small Grant to gain an important asset for their own and surrounding communities. > More

All hands on deck in Strathmerton

A community driven project to give the youth of Strathmerton options for entertainment and exercise grew into a much larger project than expected and brought residents together to pitch in! > More

Ramps and mountains spur community participation

A project funded by and FRRR Small Grant to improve accessibility to a vital community meeting place was the catalyst for a host of other improvements in Warrell Creek, NSW. > More

Nathalia community backs healthy living plan - 11 December 2013

It is heartwarming when a whole community comes together and supports a proposed project. This is what happened when Nathalia&District Development Corporation (NADDCO) planned the building of a playground to promote healthy living, in the UB Community Park of Nathalia. > More

Keeping music alive in Alice Springs

The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association–better known as CAAMA Music in Alice Springs, NT is a perfect example of how the CATCH program can help a community not only come together through music, but also learn, grow and enhance their opportunities. > More

Grants aid inner growth in bushfire communities

Round 3 of the Grants for Resilience and Wellness program have been shared across 10 communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Projects include programs to strengthen family relationships, build leadership capacity in community groups, get mentally and physically fit, and create time and space to connect. > More

Greening the garden in Nagambie

Community gardens are popping up all over the place - but in dry country areas they can't rely on the environment alone. > More

Seeds of Renewal grants to sprout community projects - 13 November 2013

FRRR and ANZ Banking Group have announced the recipients of the 2013 Seeds of Renewal Grants. Some 41 communities will share in the funds, which will go toward enhancing employment and educational opportunities. > More

Festive fundraising - 7 November 2013

A list of festive fundraising ideas for your community group to put to use this Christmas! > More

Howdy partners: a community toy story

A community partnership and some FRRR funding in the small rural town of Mingenew, WA, has made a local family resource far more accessible to families. > More

Still tinkering in the Barossa

What do you get when you combine an enterprising, well-connected Lions Club member with a generous local community, and a grant from FRRR's Caring for Ageing Rural Australian's program? The Barossa Tinkers Shed! > More

Police Paddocks in Meredith now more accessible

The Ballarat Environment Group volunteers put their best weeding tools to use to implement this FRRR funded project, laying the path for a greater appreciation of the historic Meredith Police Paddocks. > More

RRR collaboration still delivering benefits three years on - 29 October 2013

FRRR has announced the final recipients of the 2011 Repair-Restore-Renew program. Twenty-three projects, most of which are in Qld, have received funding. These are the final grants to support communities affected by cyclones and flooding in 2011. > More

Scooter maintenance made easy in Scone

Scone may be the horse capital of Australia, but not everyone in town rides horses, and the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre, with FRRR's help, rolled out a program to help cover costs of a different kind of transport. > More

Donors urged to also consider supporting longer-term disaster recovery - 24 October 2013

FRRR is encouraging people intending to donate appeals to help those affected by the unfolding NSW bushfire to consider putting part of their donation toward longer-term recovery initiatives. > More

Healthy tucker in Lockhart River - 23 October 2013

The Lockhart River community voiced a need for male health initiatives, and thanks to FRRR's Small Grants for Small Rural Communities grant program, a men's cooking program was born. > More

FRRR features prominently in list of Top 50 philanthropic gifts of all time

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has featured twice in a list of Australia's Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts of all time.The Foundation's establishment and the Rural Education Program, which FRRR administered for nearly 10 years, were both included in the list. > More

STEPS program helps fire-affected communities recover - 4 October 2013

The most recent round of STEPS grants are helping communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires to continue their recovery. Grants are funding communication tools; training courses in safe food handling; mentoring in NFP governance; and a coordinator to reopen a local building of historical significance. Applications have also opened for the next round. > More

Community garden shoots from disused basketball court

A community garden project FRRR funded in June 2013 is making fantastic progress at their site on a derelict basketball court at the community centre in Ravenshoe, Qld. The funding helped to cover costs of a project administrator, who really got the ball rolling! > More

Connection to land project bridges the Walwa Community

The small town of Walwa in north eastern Victoria has implemented the Bridge the River Arts Program - turning Walwa Primary School students into budding young artists, and giving the children an understanding of Aboriginal art symbols and craft practices. > More

New loo for a 90th birthday - 26 September 2013

The Queensland Country Women's Association have given the old bathroom an overhaul in preparations for an upcoming milestone birthday. > More

We need your help - Vote Now - 18 September 2013

FRRR needs your help to ensure disadvantaged kids, families and communities in rural and regional Australia share in up to $2M from eftpos. > More

Philanthropic and community partnerships more prevalent

FRRR is seeing an increase in the number of philanthropic organisations that are partnering with rural communities to build and strengthen local community infrastructure and to build social capital. > More

Green Team Go! - 6 September 2013

We've got a veggie update from the community gardens of the Burnett Region–and of the super efforts of all the local volunteers who got these gardens flourishing! > More

Defensive driving makes a difference in Tongala

FRRR helped residents of Tongala - one of the -secretly fabulous Talented Tiny Towns of Campaspe Shire-–to acquire even more talent with a defensive driving course for CERT volunteers > More

Night sky brings community together - 9 August 2013

The wonder of the night sky brings community members of the Lockyer Valley together for a spot of star-gazing - and provides a valuable setting for sharing flood experiences, too. > More

FRRR awards nine Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

Nine communities across Australia will soon begin addressing some of the biggest issues facing young people in rural and regional Australia, thanks to FRRR's Heywire Youth Innovation grants, which were announced today. > More

Rail trail rest spot and community hub revitalised

The Committee's plans for the Glenfyne Hall refurbishment have been realised and the hall has reopened as both a central hub for visitors to the Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail and an important community meeting place. > More

Grooming outside and in

Fitted for Work Morwell empowers women to interview confidently and return to the workforce through a personal fitting service–and thanks to the FRRR / ANZ Seeds of Renewal program, life skills workshops are a part of the program, too. > More

August eNews, out now - 1 August 2013

This edition of eNews profiles some fabulous projects by community organisations, as well as celebrates the Working in Dairy Communities grant program and wraps up of all the open grant programs, plus there's a great listing of resources to help community organisations. > More

Slowing the traffic for kids in Cummins

In a small community in WA where two highways intersect, effective speed signs were a priority–now locals can feel a little less on edge about unsuitable traffic speeds past the local school. > More

The Bonshaw School Chooks Return

Kids at Bonshaw Public School have their permaculture program back on track after floods thanks to support from FRRR's Repair-Restore-Renew program, which funded their new chicken tractor. > More

Appetite for efficiency - 31 July 2013

The addition of some specialty equipment to a Queensland Retirement Village has proved beneficial for staff and residents alike. > More

A place for everything

Stitch 'n' Chat is a group in Victoria where local women not only share experiences and participate in craftwork, but also discuss local issues. An FRRR Donation Account granted funding to help them organise their materials so they can focus on the tasks at hand. > More

Restoring the Flow, Restoring the Bank, Restoring the Life

The Babinda Creek Action Plan aims to enhance the natural beauty of the area and reverse damage to waterways. On top of pulling weeds and restoring the creek bed, the Russell Landcare and Catchment Group is using video to educate and engage visitors and locals alike. FRRR funded the camera that they used to make this great video of just a small part of this extensive and ongoing project. > More

July eNews online now

We are welcoming in the new financial year with new programs and partnerships, and a new YouTube channel. Plus we take a road trip to revisit projects of the past, congratulate friends and philanthropists for their recent awards and fill you in on the latest projects from FRRR grant applicants. > More

Channelling energy into music

A now yearly event, the Tweed Battle of the Bands was first held in 2011, to help address problems with youth and violence in the area. > More

Building a friendly learning place for Indigo U3A

An FRRR grant helps to equip and furnish a learning and social hub for seniors provided by U3A in Beechwood, Vic. > More

Our new YouTube channel

FRRR is excited to announce the launch of our new YouTube channel - FRRRAustralia! > More

ANZ commits $250,000 for Seeds of Renewal grants to support rural and regional Australia - 1 July 2013

ANZ has again committed $250,000 to the Seeds of Renewal grants program, which opened today. > More

Plumb right!

The case of Banyena Hall is a demonstration of the flexibility FRRR can allow in how a Small Grant is expended when the project doesn't go to plan. > More

Rural communities increasingly reliant on Philanthropy - 27 June 2013

FRRR will fund 155 projects in the latest round of the Small Grants for Small Rural Communities program. This reinforces that small communities are increasingly reliant on philanthropy to meet basic community needs. > More

Yackandandah festival embraces young folk

FRRR funding helped the Yackandandah festival run special activities to involve more young people in the festival. It included a special young-people's venue - the 'Shed'- as well as a competition for young unsigned musicians. In addition, those who volunteered learnt new skills in the music&events industry. An all round success! > More

Baby, think it over - 17 June 2013

Funding to assist with the purchase of replacement 'virtual babies' to ensure the longevity of the 'Baby Think It Over' program, that helps teenagers explore the physical, emotional and social consequences of parenthood. > More

Online in Camooweal - 13 June 2013

Funding for a computer for The Drovers' Camp's Access Everyone project, allowing free internet access for community members. > More

FRRR / Pratt Water Engineering Scholarship announced

Congratulations to Mitchell Dahlenburg, this year's recipient of the FRRR / Pratt Water Engineering Scholarship at La Trobe University. > More

June eNews online now

Students learn barista skills for a good cause, elderly residents get iPad savvy for their wellbeing and the Lockyer Valley Regional Council gets their helipad project off the ground. Plus all the latest on FRRR's grants programs in the June eNews. > More

'Barb the builder'

Delivery of a home maintenance course for women in drought-affected areas who are left on the farm when the men have sought off-farm employment. > More

Learning methods changing for everyone's benefit

A Seeds of Renewal Grant enabled the purchase and installation of five Active Audio Learning Systems to classrooms at the Mareeba State School, Qld, in an effort to bridge the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous students with a focus on reading and numeracy. > More

Ability on display - 4 June 2013

A grant to furnish, equip and decorate a dedicated arts space and gallery at Cooinda - a disability service provider in Victoria - has fostered community inclusion and helps to maximise operational income. > More

Coffee for a Cause

A skills based enterprise focusing on training secondary school students in the art of being a barista at Huonville High School. It is also linked to SWAP (Students Working Against Poverty) and raises funds and awareness for poverty based causes. > More

On the big screen - 30 May 2013

A Small Grant has enhanced the training facilities for the Balmoral Group of Brigades, whose volunteers represent almost every family in the district. > More

Tabulam CWA on solid ground - 28 May 2013

The Country Women's Association foundations are strong, but the same could not be said about the building they were operating out of in Tabulam, NSW. > More

Restoring the Entrepreneurial Spirit - 24 May 2013

Community Leadership Loddon Murray coordinates a program aimed at attracting and retaining young people to rural areas. > More

Cushioning the fall in Corinella - 22 May 2013

No more unecessary scrapes and bruises at Corinella Public School, NSW, where a RRR grant has funded the replacement of softfall for the playground, as well as refilled the sandpit. > More

May eNews online now

All-terrain wheelchairs, historic wagons, an anti-violence campaign and a pathway for toddlers are among the grants featured in this edition. There's also three new grant programs, as well as some advice for those sitting on community boards. > More

Saying NO to violence in Lightning Ridge - 30 April 2013

The Yarrawai Meamei Women's Group in Lightning Ridge, NSW, has published a calendar that brings positive messages about treating people fairly and with respect to the homes of a diverse community. > More

Taking a dip in Dargo - 30 April 2013

A Landcare group from the tiny community of Dargo in East Gippsland, Victoria, is working to bring back visitors and local pride to their swimming spot, which has been the target of vandalism and will benefit from some basic infrastructure. > More

Well-preserved wagon in Wellstead - 30 April 2013

The members of Wellstead Progress Association understand the importance of historical attractions in small towns. With the support of FRRR they have restored a relic from their past and displayed it in the main street to boost appeal for tourists and preserve the community's heritage. > More

Friends of the Yarraman Creek not deterred by summer floods

Efforts continue after the January 2013 floods posed a risk to the weed eradication and re-vegetation work done along Yarraman Creek by a community group in Queensland. > More

Never too old to learn

Woodgate Men's Shed receives FRRR/ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant towards equipment to aid education programs for a group of enthusiastic hobbyists from all walks of life - with an average age of 68. > More

Small sustainable business for Aboriginal artists

A Small Grant helps a Northern Territory arts centre to support local indigenous artists. > More

Newsletters need pictures, pictures need cameras!

A Small Grant helps a community group capture local events in full colour for their newsletter and website. > More

Kitchen refurbishment for new mining town childcare facility

A Small Grant helps to refurbish the kitchen of a delapidated building - so that a much-needed childcare facility can start operating in Three Springs, WA. > More

Donald Swimming Pool Celebrates

Volunteers from the community go to great efforts to restore a cherished local swimming pool after devastation from the 2011 floods. > More

February eNews - 28 February 2013

We are off to a running start this year, and are thrilled about releasing our first online annual review, which covers FRRR's activities and achievements for the 2011/12 financial year. Read all about the latest news from FRRR in our February eNews. > More

Time, treasure and talent: a radio interview.

FRRR CEO Alexandra Gartmann is interviewed by Rebecca Levingston on ABC 612 Brisbane, regarding natural disaster recovery. > More

FRRR 2011/12 Annual Review now published - 7 February 2013

FRRR has released an online review of its 2011/12 operations. The publication shares some inspirational examples of our grant programs in action, none of which is possible without the generous support of our donors and partners. > More

Making education interactive - 29 January 2013

Tinonee Public School P&C works to provide "boundless opportunities" for the students of this small school. > More

One wall to fix it all - 29 January 2013

The Cunderdin Men's Shed fixes the issues that come with being housed in the museum complex by the addition of a new wall, enabled by a Small Grant. > More

The great digital transition - 29 January 2013

Iconic, historic Swanpool Cinema keeps its operations up to date in the changing world of modern cinema. > More

Low-cost festival keeps kids happy, helps community recovery - 24 January 2013

The community of Rochester, Victoria, work towards solving their problems with a fun, low-cost festival. > More

The shed that saves precious time - 24 January 2013

A RRR grant keeps fundraising equipment protected and close at hand. > More

With fresh cut grass comes peace of mind - 24 January 2013

The purchase of a new mower means time is saved and children are safer. > More

On with the show - 18 December 2012

The Rex Theatre Charlton, Victoria, faced an uncertain future following the floods of January 2011. An outpouring of support from the local and extended community, aided by an FRRR Donation Account, has helped to rebuild and improve upon this historic feature. > More

Up-cycling in Long Gully - 18 December 2012

St. Matthews Hall in Long Gully, Victoria, is home to a number of community run programs. Its facilities were in dire need of upgrading to help a community in recovery from the effects of the Victorian 2009 Bushfires. FRRR was happy to be able to support this project. > More

Peterborough RSL relocates - 18 December 2012

A small grant has enabled the Peterborough RSL to relocate, adding disabled facilities at the same time. > More

Valley Performers share talents far and wide - 18 December 2012

Thanks to a new grant from FRRR,the Valley Performers are sharing their talents far and wide. > More

Tomorrow:Today Foundation - a great example of a community taking control - 7 November 2012

FRRR's CEO recently attended the Tomorrow:Today Foundation's AGM. In addressing the gathering, she reflected on the achievements of this Community Foundation, which is a great example of what can be achieved when local people work together. > More

Grant gives impetus to get the kitchen sink - 31 October 2012

A grant from FRRR provided the impetus for the small community of Adventure Bay, on Bruny Island in Tasmania, to raise sufficient funds to refurbish their local hall, getting everything including the kitchen sink! > More

Building a Bridge to Work, through adult learning - 31 October 2012

A Seeds of Renewal grant has built skills and confidence among a group of women in Alstonville. Students developed ideas for improved care for children in the Kyogle community, which are now being developed into a framework for a plan to establish a young women's group called Our Women Now (OWN.) > More

Every bloke needs a shed and some new tools - 31 October 2012

An FRRR grant has provided some new tools for the Beechworth Men's Shed, enabling more people to work on projects at the same time. > More

Re-building the Bush in Boolarra - 31 October 2012

A RRR grant has enabled the popular walking trails around Boolarra to be rehabilitated following the devastating 2009 bushfires, giving the community access to a popular recreational area. > More

Through Women's Eyes - 27 September 2012

One of the projects funded by the STEPS program looks at bushfire recovery Through Women's Eyes, collating the insights and lessons from the horror of the Victorian bushfires. > More

Life-long learning in Tasmania - 27 September 2012

An innovative program in remote Tasmania is helping to keeping students in senior school by providing them with qualifications recognised by industry. > More

Tanks revitalise local hall - 27 September 2012

A small grant has made a big difference to the community of Burrapine, helping to refurbish a local meeting place. > More

Students pledge to earn or learn - 27 September 2012

St Augustine's school in Kyabram has an innovative way of ensuring local students continue their education or find work, post year 10. > More

Toys for tots, thanks to FRRR - 27 September 2012

Through the Small Grants program, FRRR funded a range of toys, including some for children with special needs, at the expanding Murilla Kindergarten. > More

McEwen grant helps achieve greater literacy - 27 September 2012

Funding from a previous round of the McEwen Foundation small grants program for the Goulburn Valley resulted in an aboriginal literacy service that's helping to change lives. > More

Country kids become city savvy - 31 August 2012

A Coonalpyn group developed a program to help their country kids become city savvy, to make the transition to the 'big smoke' a bit easier when they have to leave the region to further their education. > More

More resources at Centre for Autism

A small grant from FRRR has helped to restock the library at a northern NSW Centre for Autism. > More

Community Foundations: Give Where You Live

FRRR works with a number of Community Foundations, hosting donation accounts which enable them to fund more broadly. The Visy Corporation and Tumut Communiity Foundation is a great example of what can be achieved with the support of a donation account. > More

Sheltering from the heat - 31 August 2012

A small grant has enabled shelters to be built in a local community recreation reserve in WA. > More

Motorists beware - Meandering malleefowl! - 31 August 2012

Motorists around Wedderburn are now more aware of meandering malleefowl, thanks to some signage funded by FRRR. > More

Cameras capture wildlife - 31 July 2012

FRRR has helped the Mukinbudin Conservation Group to survey local wildlife. > More

Playground colocates with local school

The local community of Barnawartha came together recently to celebrate the opening of the new playgroup, which relocated to the local school, thanks in part to support from FRRR. > More

Copley community gets creative with ceramics - 29 June 2012

The small town of Copley now has a ceramics studio, after ANZ Seeds of Renewal provided the remaining funds to complete their new building. > More

Upper Brogo feels fire safe, thanks to ANZ Seeds funding - 29 June 2012

A new fire shed at Upper Brogo, funded with support from ANZ Seeds of Renewal program, has reinvigorated the community. > More

ANZ Seeds funding helps build computing skills in Okines - 29 June 2012

ANZ Seeds of Renewal funding helped to build computing skills in Oskines, Tasmania, enhancing pre-employment skills and helping participants better undertake everyday activities. > More

Small Grant helps Blighty residents live healthily - 29 June 2012

A 2011 Small Grant to the Blighty Healthy Eating, Active Living program is really making a difference, according to the Committee President. > More

Smoky Bay jetty refurbished - 28 May 2012

FRRR hosted a donation account for the Smoky Bay Progress Association, in collaboration with the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation to enable them to restore the historic Smoky Bay jetty. > More