2017 archived News

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
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 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.

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.

1 Jan 2017 Australian Farmers' Markets embrace boot led campaign

Australian Farmers' Markets embraced a boot led campaign with their $10,000 FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grant to implement the Boots for Change project. This project was aimed at making a link between boots and an awareness campaign focused on family farms, food production and rural youth issues. And it was very successful!

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