We use our knowledge and understanding of rural, regional and remote issues, and our extensive networks to increase awareness of those issues and drive change that delivers maximum benefit. We present at conferences, host round-tables and share lessons from our program evaluations with other funders.
In addition, we support communities in a variety of ways, including running workshops about granting, hosting webinars to share our knowledge on topics such as grant-writing and reporting, and providing advice and support to Community Foundations.
Firming the Foundation
The Denmark Community Foundation wanted to be able to provide a better service to the community by investing in training for their Board. The grant enabled them to conduct strategic planning workshops and marketing activities to help ensure the right systems and processes are in place. They now have a social media presence.
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The Denmark Community Foundation has been working hard to ensure it is able to better service the community of Denmark, WA. They received $23,500 from FRRR’s Creating Inspiring Rural Community Leadership and Engagement (CIRCLE) program (funded by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development) to enhance their capacity.
Dr Gillian Sellar, Chairperson of the Foundation, explained that having recently obtained DGR2 status, they were ready to proactively engage both donor and community stakeholders, but wanted to ensure they had the right systems and processes in place first.
“The FRRR CIRCLE grant provided Denmark Community Foundation with an opportunity it otherwise mightn’t have been able to fund, to conduct some essential strategic planning workshops and marketing activities, which have assisted us in ‘firming up the Foundation’.
“We now have a social media presence along with a new website, however the most important outcome is the new confidence some Board members and associates found through the strategic planning process.
“Like so many other country towns, Denmark has a range of community groups that sometimes compete for the same limited ‘pots of honey’. As part of our strategic plan, we intend to engage more with such groups and local businesses,” said Dr Sellar.
Sustained commitment to Okines
Okines Community House, Tasmania, has received six grants from FRRR over the years to help create a stronger community - from building a shelter and seating, to creating a community mosaic, cooking classes and IT training - bringing together a healthier and more vibrant community.
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The Okines Community House operates in Okines, a town of about 5,000 people, 40 kilometres south east of Hobart, and hosts a wide range of activities and programs for the local community. Okines Community House is a strong and trusted organisation in the region. They reach out and involve many different groups, and are great advocates for the wider community.
FRRR has made six grants over the past six years to Okines Community House, for a variety of projects from building shelter and seating around the community pizza oven, to creating a community mosaic, offering children and adult cooking classes as a way to encourage healthier eating, IT training facilities and workshops, the development of a community garden and providing drama, dance, art and music workshops, culminating in a community event. These grants were funded through a range of grant programs, including ANZ Seeds of Renewal, Small Grants for Rural Communities and the ABC Heywire Youth Innovation program.
Each of these projects has contributed to creating and bringing together a healthier and more vibrant community.
BlazeAid achieves maximum impact
A Donation Account was set up within 24 hours to enable people to contribute to BlazeAid, which was formed in response to the urgent need to secure livestock in fire-affected areas. The Account is still active - assisting them to continue to help disaster recovery nation-wide.
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The 7th of February 2009 is etched in many Australian’s memories and will be forever associated with irreparable loss to families and livelihoods. Out of the ashes of Black Saturday, BlazeAid was born, responding to the urgent need to rebuild fences and secure thousands of livestock across Victoria.
Since then, BlazeAid has continued to assist farmers and rural residents affected by natural disasters right across Australia by clearing, fixing and rebuilding damaged infrastructure.
In January 2013, the Thyne Reid Foundation contacted FRRR because they wanted to make a substantial donation to support BlazeAid’s recovery efforts, but they wanted the donation to be tax deductible. However, BlazeAid did not have deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. Within 24 hours, FRRR set up a Donation Account for BlazeAid, allowing Thyne Reid and many subsequent donors to make tax deductible donations. In the last financial year alone, $501,388 was donated to BlazeAid via FRRR.
The founder of BlazeAid, Kevin Butler, recently wrote to FRRR to reiterate the significance of the Donation Account to them.
“The number of donations we receive as a result of being able to provide tax deductibility continues to be extremely high, often attracting very large sums. Thanks to large and small donors, and with the help of 1,700 volunteers, we have helped 628 properties, cleared 1,898 kilometres of fences and rebuilt over 845 kilometres of fencing,” wrote Mr Butler.
Debbie Butler, administrator for BlazeAid says that FRRR is well regarded by philanthropists.
“Having FRRR accepting donations on our behalf provides another layer of accountability for those wishing to make large donations. Without this facility, it’s likely that BlazeAid would not attract the amount of donations that it does,” she said.
A series of three strategic workshops that helped raise economic morale while the community recovered from cyclone Yasi. As a result, several successful tourism projects have been implemented, bringing much-needed tourist dollars to the town.
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Revitalise Hinchinbrook was a series of three strategic workshops that helped raise economic morale while the north Queensland community recovered from cyclone Yasi.
The Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism received a $5,000 grant through the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program to support this initiative, and as a result several successful tourism projects have been implemented, bringing much-needed tourist dollars to the town.