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'HEAL'ing Help in Shepparton - 7 April 2014

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. > More

Riding through the storm - 3 April 2014

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. > More

The VoiceMob Project - 3 April 2014

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. > More

Wentworth Rural Women's Gathering - 3 April 2014

A Small Grant has helped 40 women from Wentworth attend the NSW Rural Women's Gathering to help them connect with other women to explore networking and educational opportunities. > More

First AED for First Aid in Franklin - 3 April 2014

An FRRR Small Grant helped fund a vital piece of community infrastructure, with the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) that was installed in a publicly accessible location and has the potential to save lives in the picturesque town of Franklin in Tasmania. > More

Shepparton primary school empowering future leaders - 3 April 2014

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. > More

Mobile Playscheme Supports Isolated Families - 3 April 2014

Funding from the McEwen Foundation helps a specially fitted-out playbus deliver quality early learning and development activities and parenting support to people in the Greater Shepparton region in the Goulburn Valley District of Victoria. > More

Small grants available for Goulburn Valley - 7 March 2014

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

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! > More

Help for Hollisdale Hall to keep children safe

A small grant has helped the Pappinbarra Progress Association keep their children safe during community events at Hollisdale Hall in NSW. > More

Poowong Preschool becoming sustainability leader - 6 March 2014

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. > More

Airing of the Quilts - 6 March 2014

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

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! > More

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. > More

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. > More

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

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. > More

Bruny Island bird benefits

Bruny Island is a summer hotspot and host to the Bruny Island Bird Festival, a festival that has more to it than feathers, and is run by the Bruny Island Environment Network. > More

Enthusiasm for composting is good for Wingham - 13 January 2014

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. > More

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. > More

Collaboration continues with Lachlan Region Community Grants - 8 January 2014

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. > More

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

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. > More

Small grants take philanthropy to the bush

FRRR has announced the recipients of Round 24 of Small Grants for Rural Communities. One hundred and sixty groups from small communites across Australia will share nearly $450,000 in the latest round of this far-reaching program. > More

Education grants address disadvantage - 15 December 2013

FRRR's grants program to address educational needs of rural, regional&remote students is proving popular. Seventy groups across Australia will share more than $382,000 in grants for projects ranging from IT equipment, to shade sails, excursions to gardens. > More

FRRR's December eNews - 13 December 2013

In this edition, there's a youth-led project to reduce drink-driving, a community-built skate park and a memorial remembering the 2009 Victorian bushfires. We also share some lessons from our recent Queensland roadtrip - 50 projects in 5 days! These stories and more ... Seasons Greetings. > More

Our New Year's resolution: - 13 December 2013

Alexandra Gartmann gets in early and makes a New Year's resolution - to take every opportunity available to tell people about the way in which Community Foundations are making a difference, starting today! > More

Top tips for greening your organisation (and maybe even saving money, too!)

Going green is about reducing consumption, re-using to limit wastage, and recycling old into new. Going green can often save you money, something we know most community groups are always on the look-out for. Here are a few suggestions… > More

A powerful boost to all

The Clohesy Rural Fire Group tell their tale of applying for a Small Grant to gain an important asset for their own and surrounding communities. > More

All hands on deck in Strathmerton

A community driven project to give the youth of Strathmerton options for entertainment and exercise grew into a much larger project than expected and brought residents together to pitch in! > More

Enterprise culture not just for the big guns in business

The Small Business Centre in Corrigin, WA, felt it was important to raise awareness of how valuable business networks are to a community and how businesses can benefit and thrive from working together. > More

Nathalia community backs healthy living plan - 11 December 2013

It is heartwarming when a whole community comes together and supports a proposed project. This is what happened when Nathalia&District Development Corporation (NADDCO) planned the building of a playground to promote healthy living, in the UB Community Park of Nathalia. > More

Keeping music alive in Alice Springs

The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association–better known as CAAMA Music in Alice Springs, NT is a perfect example of how the CATCH program can help a community not only come together through music, but also learn, grow and enhance their opportunities. > More

Grants aid inner growth in bushfire communities

Round 3 of the Grants for Resilience and Wellness program have been shared across 10 communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Projects include programs to strengthen family relationships, build leadership capacity in community groups, get mentally and physically fit, and create time and space to connect. > More

Greening the garden in Nagambie

Community gardens are popping up all over the place - but in dry country areas they can't rely on the environment alone. > More

Seeds of Renewal grants to sprout community projects - 13 November 2013

FRRR and ANZ Banking Group have announced the recipients of the 2013 Seeds of Renewal Grants. Some 41 communities will share in the funds, which will go toward enhancing employment and educational opportunities. > More

November eNews out now - 7 November 2013

This edition features news of junior philanthropists, FRRR's inclusion on Australia's Top 50 Gifts List plus grants in action stories from Arno Bay, the Alpine Shire, Mendooran, Mingenew, Nambour and the Barossa, among others! We also announce CARA and RRR 2011 recipients. > More

Festive fundraising - 7 November 2013

A list of festive fundraising ideas for your community group to put to use this Christmas! > More

Howdy partners: a community toy story

A community partnership and some FRRR funding in the small rural town of Mingenew, WA, has made a local family resource far more accessible to families. > More

Still tinkering in the Barossa

What do you get when you combine an enterprising, well-connected Lions Club member with a generous local community, and a grant from FRRR's Caring for Ageing Rural Australian's program? The Barossa Tinkers Shed! > More

Mechanics Hall gets cooling mechanism - 7 November 2013

A grant from FRRR's Small Grants for Small Rural Communities program has helped an under-utilised Art Deco hall in Mendooran live up to its potential by the installation of some much needed heating and cooling! > More

Sweet opportunities at Nambour State - 7 November 2013

Agribusiness education is the aim of some exciting projects that FRRR funding has helped to introduce to students at Nambour State High School, Qld. > More

Police Paddocks in Meredith now more accessible

The Ballarat Environment Group volunteers put their best weeding tools to use to implement this FRRR funded project, laying the path for a greater appreciation of the historic Meredith Police Paddocks. > More

Innovative projects help rural people age in place - 29 October 2013

Twenty-seven community groups across Australia have received grants in the 2013 Caring for Ageing Rural Australians program. > More

RRR collaboration still delivering benefits three years on - 29 October 2013

FRRR has announced the final recipients of the 2011 Repair-Restore-Renew program. Twenty-three projects, most of which are in Qld, have received funding. These are the final grants to support communities affected by cyclones and flooding in 2011. > More

Scooter maintenance made easy in Scone

Scone may be the horse capital of Australia, but not everyone in town rides horses, and the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre, with FRRR's help, rolled out a program to help cover costs of a different kind of transport. > More

World Class Scones from Kergunyah Hall's New Oven - 25 October 2013

Kergunyah Hall, used for everything from council dinners to funeral wakes, finally has a new over, supported by FRRR, to replace a 39 year old one! > More

Donors urged to also consider supporting longer-term disaster recovery - 24 October 2013

FRRR is encouraging people intending to donate appeals to help those affected by the unfolding NSW bushfire to consider putting part of their donation toward longer-term recovery initiatives. > More

Healthy tucker in Lockhart River - 23 October 2013

The Lockhart River community voiced a need for male health initiatives, and thanks to FRRR's Small Grants for Small Rural Communities grant program, a men's cooking program was born. > More

Philanthropic sector urged to collaborate in providing natural disaster support - 22 October 2013

FRRR is urging the philanthropic sector to work together on medium to long-term recovery programs for communities affected by natural disasters. In doing so, we can avoid duplication of philanthropic effort and resources and reduce stress for impacted communities. > More

Preserving history in Tyalgum - 16 October 2013

The historic Tyalgum Hall, built in 1908 and home to the annual Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music, is being restored, with a little help from FRRR and a lot of effort from local volunteers. > More

Tweed RDA offers shady activities - 15 October 2013

On a recent roadtrip, we visited the Tweed Valley RDA in Dunbible. Thanks to a Small Grant that funded a shade sail, the riders can now escape the heat and still enjoy horse-riding activities. > More

FRRR features prominently in list of Top 50 philanthropic gifts of all time

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has featured twice in a list of Australia's Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts of all time.The Foundation's establishment and the Rural Education Program, which FRRR administered for nearly 10 years, were both included in the list. > More

STEPS program helps fire-affected communities recover - 4 October 2013

The most recent round of STEPS grants are helping communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires to continue their recovery. Grants are funding communication tools; training courses in safe food handling; mentoring in NFP governance; and a coordinator to reopen a local building of historical significance. Applications have also opened for the next round. > More

Community garden shoots from disused basketball court

A community garden project FRRR funded in June 2013 is making fantastic progress at their site on a derelict basketball court at the community centre in Ravenshoe, Qld. The funding helped to cover costs of a project administrator, who really got the ball rolling! > More

Connection to land project bridges the Walwa Community

The small town of Walwa in north eastern Victoria has implemented the Bridge the River Arts Program - turning Walwa Primary School students into budding young artists, and giving the children an understanding of Aboriginal art symbols and craft practices. > More

Outdoor classroom benefits students from two states

The Tooleybuc Parents and Citizens Club are in the midst of a project to make use of an unused space at the local school. It will benefit kids from two states near the NSW/VIC border, and is just the latest in a long line of their dedicated work in the community. > More

Gunbower kids have a ball - 30 September 2013

A mini debutante ball is held by Gunbower Primary School once every seven years, and a grant from FRRR helped to make sure it went ahead for the kids despite fundraising challenges for the Parent's Club. > More

New loo for a 90th birthday - 26 September 2013

The Queensland Country Women's Association have given the old bathroom an overhaul in preparations for an upcoming milestone birthday. > More

Murgon history expands - 23 September 2013

A small grant from FRRR, combined with a dedicated volunteer group, has allowed the Queensland Dairy and Heritage Museum to turn a relocated eight room house into a presentable site for an expanding collection, in a great show of resourcefulness. > More

Historic Cemetery revived with shade, colour and dedication - 19 September 2013

A Cemetery is typically a permanent thing, but the trees that live within it are still all too susceptible to old age and drought. Read about how one community organisation faced the challenges involved in ensuring the upkeep and survival of the historic Cassilis Cemetery. > More

We need your help - Vote Now - 18 September 2013

FRRR needs your help to ensure disadvantaged kids, families and communities in rural and regional Australia share in up to $2M from eftpos. > More

Philanthropic and community partnerships more prevalent

FRRR is seeing an increase in the number of philanthropic organisations that are partnering with rural communities to build and strengthen local community infrastructure and to build social capital. > More

Grants enable education equality for country kids - 13 September 2013

FRRR has announced the recipients for the inaugural round of the Rural Education Australia Program (REAPing Rewards)- supporting enhanced educational opportunities for youth and students in rural, regional and remote Australia. > More

Grants enhance rural community culture, arts, tourism and heritage - 13 September 2013

FRRR has announced the recipients of the 2013 CATCH program - supporting exciting, unique and valuable projects to enrich and preserve the culture and heritage of rural, regional and remote communities and benefit the local economy. > More

Pizza and Power at Bobin Hall - 11 September 2013

Sometimes we are blown away by just how multi-purpose a community hall can be–and the Bobin Hall is a winning example of this. We are always happy to fund a project like this, a simple improvement that helps a hall cater to a community year round in many different ways. > More

A new oven does more than feed the hungry - 9 September 2013

The Teen Challenge organisation in Kyabram has been the basis for a new beginning for hundreds of young men for nearly 40 years–about time for a new oven, funded by the FRRR / McEwen Goulburn Valley grants program. > More

Green Team Go! - 6 September 2013

We've got a veggie update from the community gardens of the Burnett Region–and of the super efforts of all the local volunteers who got these gardens flourishing! > More

Raised garden beds raise confidence - 29 August 2013

In Deloraine, Tasmania, a specialist school for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder has built a greenhouse and garden with funding from CARA. The veggies are growing and the gardening sessions are encouraging clients and students to try new things! > More

Caring and sharing in Warren - 27 August 2013

Alzheimer's Australia NSW continues to bring support, resources and training to carers in communities across the state–providing insight for volunteers and connecting family carers with eachother to share experiences. FRRR has funded the delivery of this community awareness and training program for the 2nd time–this time in the small town of Warren. > More

Juandah Heritage Society completes on site facilities - 22 August 2013

Here is another good loo story - this one's from Juandah, Queensland, complete with recycled materials, donated paint, historical significance, volunteer effort and of course a grant from FRRR! > More

Defensive driving makes a difference in Tongala

FRRR helped residents of Tongala - one of the -secretly fabulous Talented Tiny Towns of Campaspe Shire-–to acquire even more talent with a defensive driving course for CERT volunteers > More

Recovery projects connect communities - 15 August 2013

Communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires are continuing their recovery by implementing a range of locally-led community-strengthening and resilience-building projects.Read on for the latest recipients of the Grants for Resilience and Wellness (GR&W) program. > More

Night sky brings community together - 9 August 2013

The wonder of the night sky brings community members of the Lockyer Valley together for a spot of star-gazing - and provides a valuable setting for sharing flood experiences, too. > More

FRRR awards nine Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

Nine communities across Australia will soon begin addressing some of the biggest issues facing young people in rural and regional Australia, thanks to FRRR's Heywire Youth Innovation grants, which were announced today. > More

Rail trail rest spot and community hub revitalised

The Committee's plans for the Glenfyne Hall refurbishment have been realised and the hall has reopened as both a central hub for visitors to the Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail and an important community meeting place. > More

Grooming outside and in

Fitted for Work Morwell empowers women to interview confidently and return to the workforce through a personal fitting service–and thanks to the FRRR / ANZ Seeds of Renewal program, life skills workshops are a part of the program, too. > More

August eNews, out now - 1 August 2013

This edition of eNews profiles some fabulous projects by community organisations, as well as celebrates the Working in Dairy Communities grant program and wraps up of all the open grant programs, plus there's a great listing of resources to help community organisations. > More

Small Grants available to build vibrant, sustainable rural communities - 1 August 2013

Round 24 of FRRR's flagship Small Grants for Small Rural Communities is now open. Applications close 27 September, 2013. > More

Scaling new heights in Daradgee - 1 August 2013

It's safety first when it comes to kids and climbing–FRRR funded some new ropes for the Daradgee Environmental Education Centre (DEEC), near Innisfail, so that students and youth group members who visit the facility can continue to challenge themselves to get out of their comfort zone and build confidence. > More

Slowing the traffic for kids in Cummins

In a small community in WA where two highways intersect, effective speed signs were a priority–now locals can feel a little less on edge about unsuitable traffic speeds past the local school. > More

The Bonshaw School Chooks Return

Kids at Bonshaw Public School have their permaculture program back on track after floods thanks to support from FRRR's Repair-Restore-Renew program, which funded their new chicken tractor. > More

Young farmers looking to the future in Walgett - 1 August 2013

The relative youth of the farming community in Walgett, NSW, is a driver behind the development of a program that looks to the future of farming in the region through mentoring, sharing, and education. > More

Appetite for efficiency - 31 July 2013

The addition of some specialty equipment to a Queensland Retirement Village has proved beneficial for staff and residents alike. > More

Breaking the sound of silence - 29 July 2013

Groups had to borrow a PA system from 80km away so speakers in the Quandialla Soldiers' Memorial Hall didn't have to shout to large audiences. An FRRR Small Grant has helped this town fix their oratory problems with a new, in-built system that will benefit the community for years to come. > More

$100,000 of grants for small Victorian dairy communities

Twenty-eight community groups from Victoria's three dairy regions have shared $100,000 of grants in the Working in Dairy Communities program. > More

Determination plays off - 26 July 2013

FRRR granted funding to support the building of a new playground to replace one that had been around since the 80's in Penshurst. A great show of community and volunteer support and other sources of funding and donations contributed to this project. > More

Equipped for inclusion - 24 July 2013

Building the confidence of young men with disability in WA through social inclusion and a bit of table tennis was the fantastic outcome of this ANZ Seeds of Renewal funded program. > More

Moama Playgroup keeps up with growing demand - 22 July 2013

It's a nice change to hear about population growth in small regional towns–Moama, Victoria has undergone a resurgence in people moving from Melbourne. To keep up with demand the Moama Playgroup received funding for toys and equipment and is able to offer more sessions. > More

Hot off the press! - 19 July 2013

Small rural communities like Macorna in Victoria, are meeting their challenges head on–keeping residents connected, informed, united and active with a monthly newsletter as part of a community plan. MinMac has been published for 15 years and will continue now that new printing equipment has been funded! > More

Not too hot, not too cold - 17 July 2013

Heading down to the local hall for social groups and events will be a lot more pleasant in the heights of summer and depths of winter for residents of Stroud Road, NSW, thanks to a new FRRR funded reverse-cycle air conditioner! > More

Tatura community gets rich in information - 15 July 2013

Some residents in the small town of Tatura, Victoria, have better personal finance strategies in place following a series of info sessions run by professional coaches, and funded through ANZ Seeds of Renewal. > More

FRRR / PA collaborate to create grant program in NSW - 12 July 2013

FRRR and Philanthropy Australia have been awarded a $575,000 matched funding grant from the NSW government's Department of Family and Community Services. > More

A place for everything

Stitch 'n' Chat is a group in Victoria where local women not only share experiences and participate in craftwork, but also discuss local issues. An FRRR Donation Account granted funding to help them organise their materials so they can focus on the tasks at hand. > More

Restoring the Flow, Restoring the Bank, Restoring the Life

The Babinda Creek Action Plan aims to enhance the natural beauty of the area and reverse damage to waterways. On top of pulling weeds and restoring the creek bed, the Russell Landcare and Catchment Group is using video to educate and engage visitors and locals alike. FRRR funded the camera that they used to make this great video of just a small part of this extensive and ongoing project. > More

Rural day care takes organisation - 5 July 2013

The Family Day Care Association Queensland offices have a more professional and comfortable meeting space thanks to funding from our Small Grants for Small Rural Communities program. > More

July eNews online now

We are welcoming in the new financial year with new programs and partnerships, and a new YouTube channel. Plus we take a road trip to revisit projects of the past, congratulate friends and philanthropists for their recent awards and fill you in on the latest projects from FRRR grant applicants. > More

Channelling energy into music

A now yearly event, the Tweed Battle of the Bands was first held in 2011, to help address problems with youth and violence in the area. > More

Reverse Cycled Recycling - 4 July 2013

A small grant helps to battle the extreme temperatures in the Trash 2 Treasure workshed–where goods are repaired and readied for resale by a host of elderly volunteers in a remote WA township. > More

For the love of books - 4 July 2013

Some predict that digital technology will render physical books obsolete before too long, but the small town of Clunes in Victoria begs to differ. > More

Federal Govt funds FRRR to deliver new leadership&capacity building program in rural and regional areas - 3 July 2013

FRRR has received $500,000 from the Dpt of Rural Australia to implement a new program focussed on building leadership skills in rural, regional and remote communities. > More

Building a friendly learning place for Indigo U3A

An FRRR grant helps to equip and furnish a learning and social hub for seniors provided by U3A in Beechwood, Vic. > More

Our new YouTube channel

FRRR is excited to announce the launch of our new YouTube channel - FRRRAustralia! > More

ANZ commits $250,000 for Seeds of Renewal grants to support rural and regional Australia - 1 July 2013

ANZ has again committed $250,000 to the Seeds of Renewal grants program, which opened today. > More

Plumb right!

The case of Banyena Hall is a demonstration of the flexibility FRRR can allow in how a Small Grant is expended when the project doesn't go to plan. > More

Rural communities increasingly reliant on Philanthropy - 27 June 2013

FRRR will fund 155 projects in the latest round of the Small Grants for Small Rural Communities program. This reinforces that small communities are increasingly reliant on philanthropy to meet basic community needs. > More

Yackandandah festival embraces young folk

FRRR funding helped the Yackandandah festival run special activities to involve more young people in the festival. It included a special young-people's venue - the 'Shed'- as well as a competition for young unsigned musicians. In addition, those who volunteered learnt new skills in the music&events industry. An all round success! > More

GR&W Projects announced - 17 June 2013

FRRR has announced the first round of its Grants for Resilience&Wellness program, to support communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. > More

Baby, think it over - 17 June 2013

Funding to assist with the purchase of replacement 'virtual babies' to ensure the longevity of the 'Baby Think It Over' program, that helps teenagers explore the physical, emotional and social consequences of parenthood. > More

Online in Camooweal - 13 June 2013

Funding for a computer for The Drovers' Camp's Access Everyone project, allowing free internet access for community members. > More

FRRR / Pratt Water Engineering Scholarship announced

Congratulations to Mitchell Dahlenburg, this year's recipient of the FRRR / Pratt Water Engineering Scholarship at La Trobe University. > More

June eNews online now

Students learn barista skills for a good cause, elderly residents get iPad savvy for their wellbeing and the Lockyer Valley Regional Council gets their helipad project off the ground. Plus all the latest on FRRR's grants programs in the June eNews. > More

Bouncing back from shock easier with strong foundations - 6 June 2013

Alexandra Gartmann, CEO of the Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal (FRRR) will tell audiences attending the Sustaining Rural Communities conference in Narrabri, NSW, that the way in which communities recover from natural disasters is highly dependent on the shape they are in going into a disaster event. > More

2011 RRR Program - Funded Projects Round 5 - 4 June 2013

FRRR has announced the latest recipients of the Repair-Restore-Renew grants, which are helping communities recover from floods and Cyclone Yasi. > More

'Barb the builder'

Delivery of a home maintenance course for women in drought-affected areas who are left on the farm when the men have sought off-farm employment. > More

Learning methods changing for everyone's benefit

A Seeds of Renewal Grant enabled the purchase and installation of five Active Audio Learning Systems to classrooms at the Mareeba State School, Qld, in an effort to bridge the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous students with a focus on reading and numeracy. > More

Ability on display - 4 June 2013

A grant to furnish, equip and decorate a dedicated arts space and gallery at Cooinda - a disability service provider in Victoria - has fostered community inclusion and helps to maximise operational income. > More

Coffee for a Cause

A skills based enterprise focusing on training secondary school students in the art of being a barista at Huonville High School. It is also linked to SWAP (Students Working Against Poverty) and raises funds and awareness for poverty based causes. > More

STEPS Program - Community Leadership - 3 June 2013

FRRR funds a number of programs to help communities enhance their leadership skills. This is especially important following the 2009 Victorian bushfires. > More

STEPS Program - Training and Skills Development projects - 3 June 2013

STEPS supports communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. This page provides an overview of the projects funded relating to Training and Skills Development. > More

STEPS Program - Practical Human Resources Support - 3 June 2013

STEPS provides support to Victorian bushfire affected communities. This page details the projects where FRRR has helped fund practical human resources support. > More

On the big screen - 30 May 2013

A Small Grant has enhanced the training facilities for the Balmoral Group of Brigades, whose volunteers represent almost every family in the district. > More

Tabulam CWA on solid ground - 28 May 2013

The Country Women's Association foundations are strong, but the same could not be said about the building they were operating out of in Tabulam, NSW. > More

Restoring the Entrepreneurial Spirit - 24 May 2013

Community Leadership Loddon Murray coordinates a program aimed at attracting and retaining young people to rural areas. > More

Cushioning the fall in Corinella - 22 May 2013

No more unecessary scrapes and bruises at Corinella Public School, NSW, where a RRR grant has funded the replacement of softfall for the playground, as well as refilled the sandpit. > More

May eNews online now

All-terrain wheelchairs, historic wagons, an anti-violence campaign and a pathway for toddlers are among the grants featured in this edition. There's also three new grant programs, as well as some advice for those sitting on community boards. > More

More money on the table for rural communities - 15 April 2013

FRRR is calling for applications to share $800,000 in funding for projects in education, and in culture, arts, tourism and community heritage. > More

Charlton Golden Grains Museum reopens - 27 March 2013

Despite battling white-ants and floods - and with a little help from FRRR - the Charlton Golden Grains Museum has reopened. > More

Co-op success sustains local farmers

A food co-op in NSW provides farmers with a local outlet for their fresh produce, supporting sustainable practices. > More

Round the clock broadcasting for Halls Creek communities

PRK Aboriginal Radio gets new equipment just in time, as a very old transmitter starts breaking up the broadcast. > More

Family-oriented future for Saddleworth - 26 March 2013

Community of Saddleworth fosters a positive future with family-oriented infrastructure. > More

Friends of the Yarraman Creek not deterred by summer floods

Efforts continue after the January 2013 floods posed a risk to the weed eradication and re-vegetation work done along Yarraman Creek by a community group in Queensland. > More

Never too old to learn

Woodgate Men's Shed receives FRRR/ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant towards equipment to aid education programs for a group of enthusiastic hobbyists from all walks of life - with an average age of 68. > More

2011 RRR Program - Funded Projects Round 4 - 10 March 2013

FRRR has announced the latest round of projects funded via the 2011 Repair Restore Renew program. > More

Small sustainable business for Aboriginal artists

A Small Grant helps a Northern Territory arts centre to support local indigenous artists. > More

Newsletters need pictures, pictures need cameras!

A Small Grant helps a community group capture local events in full colour for their newsletter and website. > More

Kitchen refurbishment for new mining town childcare facility

A Small Grant helps to refurbish the kitchen of a delapidated building - so that a much-needed childcare facility can start operating in Three Springs, WA. > More

Donald Swimming Pool Celebrates

Volunteers from the community go to great efforts to restore a cherished local swimming pool after devastation from the 2011 floods. > More

February eNews - 28 February 2013

We are off to a running start this year, and are thrilled about releasing our first online annual review, which covers FRRR's activities and achievements for the 2011/12 financial year. Read all about the latest news from FRRR in our February eNews. > More

Time, treasure and talent: a radio interview.

FRRR CEO Alexandra Gartmann is interviewed by Rebecca Levingston on ABC 612 Brisbane, regarding natural disaster recovery. > More

FRRR 2011/12 Annual Review now published - 7 February 2013

FRRR has released an online review of its 2011/12 operations. The publication shares some inspirational examples of our grant programs in action, none of which is possible without the generous support of our donors and partners. > More

FRRR seeks support for program to fund medium to long-term natural disaster recovery - 6 February 2013

FRRR is calling for contributions to a medium to long-term natural disaster recovery program to support communities in rural and regional Australia affected by this Summer's floods and fires. > More

McEwen Foundation again supports Goulburn Valley with grants - 4 February 2013

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has partnered with The McEwen Foundation, managed by ANZ Trustees, to distribute $67,500 in grants aimed at strengthening the Goulburn Valley community. The McEwen Foundation has made grants through FRRR to Goulburn Valley community organisations since 2007.Nine organisations will receive funding for much needed activities and infrastructure. In keeping with the wish of the late Lady McEwen, preference has been given to projects that relate to Junior Legacy, hospitals, charities and accommodation which benefits older people. Alexandra Gartmann CEO of FRRR said the organisation is delighted to be able to continue to support the Goulburn Valley in this way. -We are very pleased to be able to assist organisations that provide much needed services and support to rural individuals and communities. FRRR's partnership with the McEwen Foundation isa key relationship which enables us to do just that across the Goulburn Valley.- > More

January eNews - 31 January 2013

We begin this new year as we have the last couple: with natural disasters unfolding around the country. This edition of eNews highlights a new Recovery program to support those affected by the current situation. It also showcases some success stories from previous natural disasters, including the 2010/11 floods. There are also details about a number of grant programs about to open. > More

What role can philanthropy play in natural disaster recovery? - 31 January 2013

FRRR's CEO shares her thoughts on the role of philanthropy in natural disaster recovery in two guest posts on the Philanthropy Australia blog. > More

Big is not always better: Rural groups encouraged to apply for Small Grants for Small Rural Communities

FRRR, today announced small communities across Australia are able to apply for grants of up to $5,000 in Round 23 of FRRR's flagship Small Grants for Small Rural Communities Program. Applications are open from the 1 February through to 5pm Tuesday 2 April 2013.FRRR CEO Ms Alexandra Gartmann says -There are many small communities across Australia in need of support to implement local solutions at a scale appropriate for their community.- > More

Resources to help with natural disaster recovery - 30 January 2013

FRRR is very pleased to have been able to support the creation of a great resource developed by the Qld Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network to help communities recover from natural disasters.In 2011 the organisation - in conjunction with Petrea King, the founder of the Quest for Life Foundation - ran a series of four webinars which focussed on strategies that could be applied to recover from trauma (like natural disasters). The webinars were updated after the 2012 floods and are nowavailable on the QRRWN website. There is also a Recovering From Trauma Workbook that accompanies this webinar series. Visit the QRRRWN site for more information: > More

Making education interactive - 29 January 2013

Tinonee Public School P&C works to provide "boundless opportunities" for the students of this small school. > More

One wall to fix it all - 29 January 2013

The Cunderdin Men's Shed fixes the issues that come with being housed in the museum complex by the addition of a new wall, enabled by a Small Grant. > More

The great digital transition - 29 January 2013

Iconic, historic Swanpool Cinema keeps its operations up to date in the changing world of modern cinema. > More

Low-cost festival keeps kids happy, helps community recovery - 24 January 2013

The community of Rochester, Victoria, work towards solving their problems with a fun, low-cost festival. > More

The shed that saves precious time - 24 January 2013

A RRR grant keeps fundraising equipment protected and close at hand. > More

With fresh cut grass comes peace of mind - 24 January 2013

The purchase of a new mower means time is saved and children are safer. > More

A Small Grant can travel a great distance - 24 January 2013

A Small Grant for Small Communities helps purchase an aircraft wheelchair lift for sufferers of MJD - a hereditary neuro degenerative disease. > More

Christmas comes early for hundreds of rural communities - 20 December 2012

FRRR has delivered an early Christmas present to more than 240 local organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia, with a grants bonanza. > More

Small Grants recipients announced in program's 10th year - 20 December 2012

Communities from as far north as Alyangula on Groyte Island in the Northern Territory, to Halls Creek and Mount Barker in Western Australia, and as far south as Currie on King Island and Bream Creek in Tasmania will start 2013 with funds to undertake projects. 154 communities will benefit from Round 22 of the Small Grants for Small Rural Communities program. Find out who they are and what they are doing with the money. > More

Bumper December eNews out now!

This bumper edition has it all - from an RSL upgrading the loos so they can host Christmas dinner, to a social enterprise intriguingly called Bike Butcher, a grants bonanza with CARA and Small Grants announcements, as well as inspiring stories about the way disaster-affected communities are bouncing forward! Happy reading, season's greetings and best wishes for a wonderful, safe holiday. > More

Grants announced to support ageing rural Australians - 19 December 2012

The recipients of the seventh round of the CARA program have been announced. Thirty-five projects will benefit from positive-ageing funds. > More

On with the show - 18 December 2012

The Rex Theatre Charlton, Victoria, faced an uncertain future following the floods of January 2011. An outpouring of support from the local and extended community, aided by an FRRR Donation Account, has helped to rebuild and improve upon this historic feature. > More

Up-cycling in Long Gully - 18 December 2012

St. Matthews Hall in Long Gully, Victoria, is home to a number of community run programs. Its facilities were in dire need of upgrading to help a community in recovery from the effects of the Victorian 2009 Bushfires. FRRR was happy to be able to support this project. > More

RRR program helps communities to recover - 18 December 2012

The RRR program is making a difference to communities recovering from 2011 floods and Cyclone Yasi. Round 4 of this program saw another 53 community projects funded. > More

Peterborough RSL relocates - 18 December 2012

A small grant has enabled the Peterborough RSL to relocate, adding disabled facilities at the same time. > More

Valley Performers share talents far and wide - 18 December 2012

Thanks to a new grant from FRRR,the Valley Performers are sharing their talents far and wide. > More

STEPS continues to help communities recover - 28 November 2012

The recipients of the fifth round of STEPS funding have been announced. > More

CEO visits the Northern Territory - 28 November 2012

FRRR's CEO recently accompanied NT Manager Artsupport Australia on a tour of projects in Alice Springs. > More

Connecting with Central Australia ... Alex Gartmann interviewed by CAAMA - 27 November 2012

FRRR's CEO Alexandra Gartmann spent time in Alice Springs and Central Australia earlier this week, gaining a greater understanding of project needs and impacts. During the visit, Alex did an interview with CAAMA - the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, which promotes Aboriginal culture, language, dance, and music while generating economic benefits in the form of training, employment and income generation.Listen to the interview here... > More

Seeds of Renewal gives $250,000 to 35 community projects - 12 November 2012

ANZ and FRRR today announced that 35 communities across regional Australia will share $250,000 as part of the 2012 Seeds of Renewal local grants program. > More

Congratulations to the Narbethong Hall Committee - 11 November 2012

Their amazing building has been judged one of the best public buildings in the National Architecture Awards, a great accolade!This hall was built after the 2009 Victorian bushfires, thanks to the vision of the voluntary hall committee and the architects, and the generous support of many donors. FRRR is very proud to have been able to play a small part in the creation of this building, by hosting a Regional Donation Account. It's amazing - take a look at their new Facebook page to see what it looks like now and see how the rebuild unfolded. > More

Tomorrow:Today Foundation - a great example of a community taking control - 7 November 2012

FRRR's CEO recently attended the Tomorrow:Today Foundation's AGM. In addressing the gathering, she reflected on the achievements of this Community Foundation, which is a great example of what can be achieved when local people work together. > More

Grant gives impetus to get the kitchen sink - 31 October 2012

A grant from FRRR provided the impetus for the small community of Adventure Bay, on Bruny Island in Tasmania, to raise sufficient funds to refurbish their local hall, getting everything including the kitchen sink! > More

October eNews - showcasing the diversity of projects we fund - 31 October 2012

This edition of FRRR News is testimony to the diversity of projects we support - from kitchen sinks and tools, to training schemes, rehabilitating recreational areas and cultural activities to sustain community spirits. We also launch our call for partners to get kids back to school and share some tips on resources to help Community organisations. > More

Building a Bridge to Work, through adult learning - 31 October 2012

A Seeds of Renewal grant has built skills and confidence among a group of women in Alstonville. Students developed ideas for improved care for children in the Kyogle community, which are now being developed into a framework for a plan to establish a young women's group called Our Women Now (OWN.) > More

Every bloke needs a shed and some new tools - 31 October 2012

An FRRR grant has provided some new tools for the Beechworth Men's Shed, enabling more people to work on projects at the same time. > More

Re-building the Bush in Boolarra - 31 October 2012

A RRR grant has enabled the popular walking trails around Boolarra to be rehabilitated following the devastating 2009 bushfires, giving the community access to a popular recreational area. > More

New grant program to help recovery of Victorian bushfire-affected communities - 11 October 2012

A new small grants program will assist the long term recovery of communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. It will focus on community wellbeing and resilience. > More

September eNews - 28 September 2012

A bumper edition, with news of five open grant programs, as well as reports on previous CARA, McEwen and Small Grants projects that have had a big impact in their communities. We also share an inspirational story of bushfire recovery, plus more! > More

Persistence pays off for Loddon - 27 September 2012

Despite delays, the Loddon Shire has a new transport service, which is helping to improve access to health care and social opportunities, especially for the Shire's ageing population. > More

Through Women's Eyes - 27 September 2012

One of the projects funded by the STEPS program looks at bushfire recovery Through Women's Eyes, collating the insights and lessons from the horror of the Victorian bushfires. > More

Life-long learning in Tasmania - 27 September 2012

An innovative program in remote Tasmania is helping to keeping students in senior school by providing them with qualifications recognised by industry. > More

Tanks revitalise local hall - 27 September 2012

A small grant has made a big difference to the community of Burrapine, helping to refurbish a local meeting place. > More

Students pledge to earn or learn - 27 September 2012

St Augustine's school in Kyabram has an innovative way of ensuring local students continue their education or find work, post year 10. > More

Toys for tots, thanks to FRRR - 27 September 2012

Through the Small Grants program, FRRR funded a range of toys, including some for children with special needs, at the expanding Murilla Kindergarten. > More

McEwen grant helps achieve greater literacy - 27 September 2012

Funding from a previous round of the McEwen Foundation small grants program for the Goulburn Valley resulted in an aboriginal literacy service that's helping to change lives. > More

New grants available to support ageing rural Australians

Applications are invited for FRRR's CARA program. Grants are available to community-based, not-for-profit groups for projects and programs which help, build, foster and encourage older people living in communities of fewer than 10,000 people. > More

August eNews: New grants, some great successes and a call for help - 31 August 2012

This edition of FRRR eNews shows the diversity of projects that FRRR supports. From helping families managing with autism, to restoring a railway, building a shelter and saving the malleefowl! And we're doing this from WA to far north Queensland, and all places in between.Plus, we tell you about a great program that needs your help - getting kids Back To School. Find out more. > More

Country kids become city savvy - 31 August 2012

A Coonalpyn group developed a program to help their country kids become city savvy, to make the transition to the 'big smoke' a bit easier when they have to leave the region to further their education. > More

More resources at Centre for Autism

A small grant from FRRR has helped to restock the library at a northern NSW Centre for Autism. > More

Community Foundations: Give Where You Live

FRRR works with a number of Community Foundations, hosting donation accounts which enable them to fund more broadly. The Visy Corporation and Tumut Communiity Foundation is a great example of what can be achieved with the support of a donation account. > More

Sheltering from the heat - 31 August 2012

A small grant has enabled shelters to be built in a local community recreation reserve in WA. > More

Motorists beware - Meandering malleefowl! - 31 August 2012

Motorists around Wedderburn are now more aware of meandering malleefowl, thanks to some signage funded by FRRR. > More

FRRR attends Annual Community Foundation Forum - 23 August 2012

Together with Philanthropy Australia and Australian Community Foundations, FRRR hosted the Annual Community Foundation Forum in Mackay this week. We were represented by CEO Alexandra Gartmann and Qld Program Manager Annie Wright (pictured right).It was an inspiring event, and a great chance to hear about some of the wonderful work being done around Australia. The Mackay Foundation, which hosted the event, is a great example of what can be achieved by Community Foundations. Since 2003 they have delivered $750,723.38 in grants for their local community since inception.Visit the Community Foundations page to see some photos from the event. > More

FRRR appoints new Qld based Program Manager for Natural Disasters - 21 August 2012

Annie Wright joins FRRR as Program Manager Natural Disaster Recovery, based in Queensland. In this role, Annie will be responsible for managing FRRR's disaster recovery efforts in Queensland and Northern New South Wales, through the Repair-Restore-Renew program. > More

Top Tips for Grant Seekers, plus two grants still open

With two grant programs currently open, FRRR has been fielding lots of questions about what makes a good grant. Program Manager Sophie Burke shares her Top Five Tips. > More

July eNews - Play, paint, persist - stories from rural communities... Plus more grants!

The July edition of FRRR eNews details the latest programs to open, as well as sharing project outcomes from new playgroups and art classes, to food hampers and wildlife surveys. Read more ... > More

Cameras capture wildlife - 31 July 2012

FRRR has helped the Mukinbudin Conservation Group to survey local wildlife. > More

Playground colocates with local school

The local community of Barnawartha came together recently to celebrate the opening of the new playgroup, which relocated to the local school, thanks in part to support from FRRR. > More

Repair-Restore-Renew grants available to Qld and Vic - 9 July 2012

FRRR is inviting applications from community groups in areas in Queensland and Victoria affected by the 2010/11 floods and cyclones. > More

ANZ commits $250,000 for 2012 regional Australia grants program

ANZ and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced the opening of the 2012 Seeds of Renewal program which provides $250,000 in grants for education and employment projects across regional Australia. > More

June edition of eNews - 29 June 2012

What a busy month! This edition includes news of some new partnerships and programs, the impending launch ANZ Seeds of Renewal for 2012, as well as the recipients of the latest round of Gardiner Working in Dairying Communities and the Small Grants for Small Rural communities programs. Plus there are some great examples of previous grants in action. > More

Gardiner Foundation grants announced - 29 June 2012

The latest recipients of the Gardiner Foundation Working in Dairy Communities grants program have been announced. 34 community projects share $110,000. > More

Copley community gets creative with ceramics - 29 June 2012

The small town of Copley now has a ceramics studio, after ANZ Seeds of Renewal provided the remaining funds to complete their new building. > More

Upper Brogo feels fire safe, thanks to ANZ Seeds funding - 29 June 2012

A new fire shed at Upper Brogo, funded with support from ANZ Seeds of Renewal program, has reinvigorated the community. > More

ANZ Seeds funding helps build computing skills in Okines - 29 June 2012

ANZ Seeds of Renewal funding helped to build computing skills in Oskines, Tasmania, enhancing pre-employment skills and helping participants better undertake everyday activities. > More

Small Grant helps Blighty residents live healthily - 29 June 2012

A 2011 Small Grant to the Blighty Healthy Eating, Active Living program is really making a difference, according to the Committee President. > More

FRRR Board sees recovery first hand, visiting the Victorian Bushfire-affected areas three years on

FRRR's Board, Partners and staff were impressed and inspired by the recovery efforts evident during a recent visit to Healesville, Narbethong and Marysville. > More

FRRR appoints new Program Manager - 4 June 2012

FRRR has appointed Sophie Burke and Natalie Egleton as Program Manager–Small Grants, Corporate Partnerships&Natural Disaster Recovery. In a first for the organisation, these women will job-share the role. > More

Can you help? More funding needed to support rural communities - 4 June 2012

FRRR is asking for donations to help satisfy an unprecedented number of applications to the Small Grants for Small Rural Communities program. As the end of financial year approaches, FRRR is asking people to consider donating towards this program, and others like it. > More

May eNews out now - 31 May 2012

In this edition we put out a call for support to help fund an unprecedented number of small grants requests and announce a new partnership to fund the REACH program. We also share some project outcomes across Australia, including the refurbished Smoky Bay jetty, the revival of the Avenue of Honour in Balingup and a program designed to help young mothers connect. > More

Smoky Bay jetty refurbished - 28 May 2012

FRRR hosted a donation account for the Smoky Bay Progress Association, in collaboration with the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation to enable them to restore the historic Smoky Bay jetty. > More

2011 RRR Program - Funded Projects Round 1 - 1 May 2012

FRRR has announced the first group of projects to be funded under the 2011 Repair-Renew-Restore program > More