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.

4 Aug 2014 Small Grants create opportunities for rural, regional and remote communities

FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities program is again inviting applications. Up to $5,000 is available to not-for-profit groups in rural, regional and remote communities.

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.

31 Jul 2014 Victorian bushfire communities continue their recovery with GR&W grants

Victorian communities affected by the 2009 bushfires are still being supported, thanks to Grants for Resilience and Wellness from FRRR, which are funded by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund. In the latest round, ten community groups received funding for projects from evacuation centre enhancements to fitness programs; a community festival to training courses.

21 Jul 2014 Applications closing: $480,000 available for 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 $250,000 boost from philanthropy

Forty groups from across Australia will share in more than $250,000 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.

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 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.

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 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.

7 Apr 2014 'HEAL'ing Help in Shepparton

The Berry Street child and family welfare organisation has delivered yet another positive project to benefit disadvantaged children in the Goulburn Valley, with the help of a McEwen Foundation grant. This project was designed to bridge the gap from a health and wellbeing perspective, and had some dramatic and positive outcomes.

3 Apr 2014 Riding through the storm

Two devastating cyclones have hit the Tully area in far north Qld since 2006 and the impact on the community has been severe. A grant from the 2011 RRR program enabled teachers and students to be trained in the science of positive psychology to increase resilience, wellbeing and optimism.

3 Apr 2014 The VoiceMob Project

Funding from the GR&W program helps a community choir in the Yarra Ranges execute an all singing, all signing, all dancing flash mob project to help the community come together to heal through a common creative and expressive experience.

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.

7 Mar 2014 Small grants available for Goulburn Valley

DGR groups which are also registered charities are eligible to apply for a small grant of up to $10,000, thanks to the McEwen Foundation, managed by ANZ Trustees. Eligible projects are around youth, vulnerable children, early learning and development; or accommodation that benefits older people.

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.

8 Jan 2014 Collaboration continues with Lachlan Region Community Grants

The Lachlan Region Community Grants Program has been assessed by a local committee and FRRR is pleased to announce the projects that will benefit from the place-based collaborative program for Round Two.

8 Jan 2014 Transmission tower increases Harrietville's safety and sense of community

A grant from FRRR has helped address a 'black spot' and ensure Harrietville, Victoria receives emergency warnings and advice from the CFA and SES, plus it's helping to bring the community closer together.

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