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
30 Jun 2017 Grants available to support vibrant cotton growing communities

The Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program is again offering cotton farmers in New South Wales and Queensland the chance to nominate a local not-for-profit organisation to receive one of thirty $5,000 grants.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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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