2014 archived 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
7 Aug 2014 FRRR August eNews is out now

In this bumper edition, we share how NFP projects support rural and remote communities, from enhancing learning for hearing-impaired students, to a Men's Shed, a marquee to help with fundraising, a family-friendly room in an aged care facility and a stage that's helping students re-engage. There's also news of current grants, plus updates on the Heywire project and hot tips for Arts funding. And more!

7 Aug 2014 Making it happen in the Huon Valley

A Small Grant for $2,500 received from FRRR, in conjunction with the Pratt Foundation, enabled a concrete slab to be poured, heralding the start of site works for the Port Cygnet Men's Shed.

7 Aug 2014 Help me listen, help me learn

The George Bowen Memorial Kindergarten was awarded a $3,500 grant from the REAPing Rewards program to install a Soundfield System to mitigate this problem. The Soundfield amplification system lifts the teacher's voice above background noise and spreads it evenly across the classroom, benefiting all students and most particularly those who are hearing impaired.

7 Aug 2014 Trangie Central School hits the big stage

With an ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant of $5,830, and teachers and parents working together, the school purchased a portable stage to enhance their arts curriculum, with some impressive results.

31 Jul 2014 Cotton communities to benefit from $150,000 philanthropic investment

In an innovative new program, cotton growers are invited to nominate a not-for-profit community group to receive a $5,000 grant from the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program, initiated by the Monsanto Fund. Community members can make a suggestion, but only cotton growers in one of 14 regions can nominate an organisation or project.

26 Jun 2014 Small grants help 151 communities deliver solutions to local issues

More than 150 communities will share in nearly $410,000 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.

19 Jun 2014 Grants to help drought-affected communities tackle tough times

With support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and Yulgilbar Foundation, FRRR has launched a grants program to enable people in drought-affected areas of Queensland and on the NSW Northern Tablelands to come together and support one another.

7 Mar 2014 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!

7 Mar 2014 Poowong Preschool becoming sustainability leader

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.

6 Mar 2014 Airing of the Quilts

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

6 Feb 2014 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!

6 Feb 2014 Sunday sessions keep toes tapping in Rupanyup

A small grant that enabled local musicians to travel to an aged care facility has had a great impact on the residents, who just love a bit of toe-tapping.

6 Feb 2014 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.

5 Feb 2014 Grants available to support projects in Victorian dairy communities

The Gardiner Foundation Working in Dairy Communities grants opened today. Up to $5,000 is available for projects to strengthen small communities that underpin Victoria's dairy industry. Applications close 26 March.

3 Feb 2014 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.

30 Jan 2014 Teaming up for Term 1

FRRR is calling for collaborative applications for its REAPing Rewards education grants program. Funding of up to $10,000 is available.

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

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.

13 Jan 2014 Enthusiasm for composting is good for Wingham

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.

9 Jan 2014 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.

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