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|
|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.
|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.