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 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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