Latest Grants in Action

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, Working in Dairy Communities and Heywire Youth Innovation grants
  • 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 RRR, STEPS and GR&W programs
  • Industries & Places stories - Local or industry programs that encourage communities to be self-sustaining, resilient and adaptable, including the Lachlan Region and Goulburn Valley grants programs

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Date Story heading Story summary
21 Jul 2014 Applications close soon: $480,000 available in grants for community disaster recovery

Communities affected by natural disasters in 2013 are encouraged to apply for a share of $480,000 through the Repair-Restore-Renew grant program.

17 Jul 2014 Victorian dairy communities receive $100,000 philanthropic investment

FRRR and Gardiner Foundation have announced the 31 recipients of the annual Working in Dairy Communities grants. Community groups from all three major regions are sharing in more than $100,000 in grants.

10 Jul 2014 Grants available to support ageing rural Australians

FRRR has announced grants of up to $10,000 are available for community organisations in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland to support projects that will help older Australians.

8 Jul 2014 Rural students receive a $240,000 boost from philanthropy

Thirty-nine groups from across Australia will share in more than $240,000 in grants. Projects funded range from music for isolated students and dinosaur literacy, to a sound amplification system to assist children with hearing impairments and cyber security training.

7 Jul 2014 Registrations open for 2014 Community Foundations Forum

FRRR is again supporting the 2014 Community Foundations forum, which will be held on 3-5 September, in Victoria's Yarra Valley. FRRR is offering a number of scholarships for Community Foundation representatives.

4 Jul 2014 July eNews out now

After a generous end of financial year, this month we announce a new drought program. Grants in action include training programs for youth, reinvesting solar savings, a high-impact noticeboard that's become hot property, and a new kitchen that's doing far more than just turning out good food. Read more ...

26 Jun 2014 Small grants help 149 communities deliver solutions to local issues

Nearly 150 communities will share in $400,000 in grants through FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities program. This marks the 25th round of this program, which is funded through collaboration from several donors.

20 Jun 2014 Inspiring initiatives help communities through drought

FRRR and our fellow donors have provided funds to help communities support one another through drought events. Here we share four different projects that made a difference, and which may serve as inspiration for groups seeking to run a project in their area.

13 Jun 2014 Why did the chicken cross the road? To join the Henty Intergenerational Program.

A CARA grant, funded in partnership with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, enabled a dedicated Program Co-ordinator to implement a program of fun activities between a local preschool and an aged care facility in Henty, NSW. The smiles are priceless!

12 Jun 2014 A shining light for the Rural Fire Service in Frazers Cutting

Frazers Cutting Rural Fire Station now has power–thanks to the FRRR Small Grants for Rural Communities program which funded a generator.

10 Jun 2014 Heywire grant helps cut through the red tape

This project, which is led by the Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism, is engaging youth and local business leaders to develop four business ideas, bring them to life and create opportunities for youth with seed funding from FRRR's Heywire Youth Innovation grants.

10 Jun 2014 Sapphire volunteers are local gems!

A Small Grant funded new uniforms for volunteers at the Gemfields Community Support Association, reinforcing the 'Employees and Volunteers Working as One' project to benefit the community.

5 Jun 2014 June eNews out now

This edition showcases just how variable the needs are in rural communities: from picnic tables for pre-schoolers, to inspiring inter-generational initiatives and stress workshops; whitegoods, flooring and new AV equipment. We also have new grant programs, and a new website.

5 Jun 2014 AV upgrade enhances community meeting facilities

New AV equipment funded by an ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant from FRRR has greatly improved the meeting facilities at the CHATT Centre in Maitland, SA, and increased revenue as a result of more bookings from customers seeking to utilise the new resources.

5 Jun 2014 New white goods ease burden

A Gardiner Foundation grant that enabled the purchase of new white goods at Nathalia and District Community Association in northern Victoria has eased the burden of community volunteers.

5 Jun 2014 Age is no barrier for new friendships in Henty

A CARA grant funded in partnership with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation has a enable a dedicated Program Co-ordinator to be engaged to develop and implement a joint visitation and activities program between a preschool and aged care facility in Henty, NSW.

5 Jun 2014 Out with the old, in with the new

The children attending the C&K Community Kindergarten in Walkerston, Queensland, have a lot to be proud of, thanks to an FRRR REAPing Rewards grant and some impressive handyman work from their Dads!

7 May 2014 Moving learning along in Mataranka

A REAPing Rewards grant administered by FRRR has picked up the shortfall on the 2013 annual bus lease for the Mataranka School in the top end of the Northern Territory.

7 May 2014 Funds enable sustainability for local events

Performances at the Urunga Reserve Community Stage now have improved acoustics thanks to a RRR 2011 grant which has significantly reduced ongoing costs of local events held at the stage.

7 May 2014 Reading rocket launches in Alvie

The Alvie School Parents and Friends have been successful in a Gardiner Foundation grant for the purchase of books for the Alvie School's Reading Program.

3 Apr 2014 Shepparton primary school empowering future leaders

The Stride Foundation has been working with teachers and children at St Mel's Primary School in Shepparton to incorporate a positive culture across all year levels of the school by delivering a range of new programs to address academic and social expectations, respectful behaviours and responsible learning.

3 Dec 2013 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.

15 Oct 2013 Tweed RDA offers shady activities

On a recent roadtrip, we visited the Tweed Valley RDA in Dunbible. Thanks to a Small Grant that funded a shade sail, the riders can now escape the heat and still enjoy horse-riding activities.

30 May 2013 STEPS Program - Community Leadership

FRRR funds a number of programs to help communities enhance their leadership skills. This is especially important following the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

30 May 2013 STEPS Program - Training and Skills Development projects

STEPS supports communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. This page provides an overview of the projects funded relating to Training and Skills Development.

30 May 2013 STEPS Program - Practical Human Resources Support

STEPS provides support to Victorian bushfire affected communities. This page details the projects where FRRR has helped fund practical human resources support.

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