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Newsletter | january 2017

A word from the CEO

Happy New Year. This is my first week back at work and I hope that you too were able to take the opportunity to refresh and recharge. A big thanks to the team who came back on 3 January to get things underway, particularly Jeanice who has been acting CEO for the last couple of weeks.

I spent my holiday in regional Victoria and at home, reconnecting with people in the small community where I live. It was lovely to have the time to enjoy more of the wonderful things rural, regional and remote communities offer. But now I’m back, ready and raring to go.

This week, we publicly announced the recipients of Small Grants for Rural Communities grants, and there will be others coming soon. We have also opened the latest round of Small Grants, and as outlined below, there will be more programs opening soon. So, it’s already business as usual. My travels will also begin again soon. I’m looking forward to heading to Canberra in the first week of February to attend the annual ABC Heywire Summit. It’s a great chance to catch up with our partners and to learn about the issues that are concerning young people, and hear the ideas they have to resolve them.

We are set for an exciting year ahead, with some new grant programs and new partnerships to help us maintain our commitment to helping local leaders build strong communities, and help our donor partners support those communities.

We also plan to refresh this newsletter this year, and we’d love to know what you would you like to see more of or less of. Please send any comments to news@frrr.org.au.

Until next time…


Natalie Egleton

Leveraging lessons from Urbenville

On average, for every dollar we invest, a further $3 are contributed either in cash or in-kind by the local community. For some communities, the leverage is far greater. In the small community of Urbenville, in the Tenterfield Shire in northern New South Wales, that is certainly the case!

Urbenville Community Hall

An idea to renovate the kitchen of the Urbenville Memorial Hall to commercial grade became a reality when the Urbenville Progress Association received a $5,000 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by FRRR. The community believe this was the catalyst for a further $268,000 in funding, transforming a modest project into a Grand Designs-scaled dream – that’s a 5,360% leveraging of the original $5,000 grant!

After completing the kitchen upgrade, which included new floors, stainless steel benches, a new oven and sinks, new paint, plumbing and electrics, the Progress Association had its sights set on making Urbenville Memorial Hall disaster ready and disability accessible. This included replacing the toilet block with new and disabled facilities; providing disability access; adding a new roof to allow the installation of air conditioning and solar panels; and undertaking repair works to external walls and the porch.

These works will be done with a grant from the NSW State Government’s CLUBGRANTS Emergency Facility Grants program, a state-wide fund that supports large-scale community infrastructure projects. They also received a further $14,000 from the 2016 NSW Community Builders program to replace the rear boundary fence, purchase new table and chairs for the hall, and upgrade the fridge and freezer.

In the Progress Association’s acquittal report, they wrote, “This was all made possible by an idea and the confidence gained by obtaining the first lot of funding from FRRR. This is proof that dreams do come true and it does not matter how small you are, DREAM BIG.”

Making Art with Communities

Making Art with Communities

If your community group works in the arts, then you should download Making Art with Communities: A Work Guide. Developed by Creative Victoria, VicHealth and Victorian community arts network, Castanet, it contains a wealth of information to help you develop stronger projects and funding applications.

The Guide provides a detailed step-by-step guide to delivering successful community arts projects. Providing expert, practical advice for communities and artists, it contains checklists and templates you can use to guide your own projects, as well as relevant website links and resource documents for you to find out more.

The Guide also profiles case studies of successful community projects, as well as provides insights into the history and philosophies that underpin community-based arts practice. Check out the practical and inspirational ideas for both newcomers and those more experienced in community arts!

Programs update

After a well-timed break, we're well and truly back at work. We've just announced the recipients of Round 30 of the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, and will soon award the Domino's Give for Good Grants, Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W), and Community Group Futures grants.

Assessment continues for Tackling Tough Times Together, Repair-Restore-Renew and Social Innovation Fund - Eden Futures. The Back to School program is in the final stages of allocation, ready for the flurry of voucher distribution over the next four weeks, to our wonderful community partners, into various rural and regional areas.

Meanwhile, these grant programs are currently open or opening soon:

Check out FRRR’s grants calendar, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook so you know when grant programs open.

In the Media

Partnerships on show

CPPW Films

The 2016 Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week was a great success, and several films that were produced with grants from the program have been receiving credible mentions on various social media platforms. And with good reason!

These films articulate what can be achieved when philanthropy works in partnerships with other organisations - check them out for yourself :
- Karnyirninpa Jukurrpa’s Celebrating Partnerships;
- The Big Give Story;
- Community Living & Respite Services’ Opening Doors Project;
- Channel Country Ladies Day; and
- Australian Law for Islamic Community Leaders – A Dialogue.

Dates are yet to be finalised for this year's CPPW but we expect it to be the first week of December... how could you celebrate your partnerships?

Bonalbo’s boost from Seeds grant

Bonalbo residents receiving ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant cheque

Committee members of the Bonalbo & District Community Hall Association were excited to be announced as one of 29 community groups from across regional Australia awarded funding from the 2016 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program.

The Tenterfield Star reported that the Bonalbo Technology Centre, which is part of the Bonalbo & District Community Hall Association, received a grant of $8,200 to help them provide a basic technology mentoring / tutoring program for the computer illiterate and those who want to either enhance their employment opportunities or to use personally.

Wayne Edwards, ANZ Regional Executive for North Coast NSW, said, “This grant will be a great boost to the Bonalbo community and will help further the great work already being done to provide support in improving skills for all local residents.”

Photo: Tenterfield Star

A big present for little children

Dalby Day Care Centre

The Dalby Herald reported that children (and parents!) at the Dalby Day Care Centre would receive a very pleasant surprise when they returned to the centre after the Christmas break, thanks to a much-needed upgrade to bathroom facilities via a grant from the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program.

This program, which is funded by the Monsanto Fund and administered by FRRR, supports cotton growing regions in Queensland and New South Wales. The Dalby Day Care Centre is one of 39 recipients of grants. The $5,000 grant was awarded to them for the upgrade of children’s toilet and bathroom amenities, increasing hygiene and functionality and bringing the space up to regulatory standard.

FRRR Programs Manager Jacki Dimond said 91 children and 77 families would benefit from this grant, which has a broader impact on the entire community.

Photo: Dalby Herald

Handy tips for community groups

From point and click to pro photos

Taking great photos

We love seeing photos of your grants in action, but what we love even more are GREAT photos of your projects! If you’re uncertain behind the camera or unsure of how to take a great photo, Connecting Up has created a super easy to follow guide that will have you taking photos like a pro!

There are tips about framing the photo, checking the camera’s exposure and focus, as well as editing your photos after you’ve taken them. Check out Connecting Up’s ultimate easy guide to great social media photos, and don’t forget we have our own handy tips on taking great photos.

Charity reserves: financial stability and sustainability

You never know when your organisation might need some cash or the opportunities that can come from a well-managed one. Luckily, the Australian Charities and Non-for-profits Commission has created a helpful fact-sheet for charity organisations about Charity reserves: financial stability and sustainability. The guide explains what reserves are, why they might be needed, and how charities can determine an appropriate level of reserves dependent on their independent needs.

Check it out to see how it could be used for your charity.


  1. A word from the CEO  
  2. Urbenville leverage lessons  
  3. Community arts projects guide  
  4. Programs update  
  5. In the media:
- CPPW films
- Bonalbo, NSW
- Dalby, Qld
  6.  Community tips  
  7. Grants in action:
- Fish Creek, Vic
- Hallett, SA
- Robinvale, Vic
- Mt Magnet, WA

Grants in action

Fish Creek's community garden

Fish Creek Community Garden

The Great Southern Rail Trail Committee of Management (GSRTCoM) saw an opportunity for the Fish Creek Community Garden to become a social outlet and education opportunity. They wanted to improve social connectedness and health.

GSRTCoM received a $5,000 grant from the Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program, funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, to employ a facilitator to turn the community garden into a buzzing social centre.

The new person coordinated fortnightly workshops and the garden had a total makeover.

However, it wasn't just the garden that saw a noticeable change; the participants are benefiting from the social experience of gardening and forming new friendships.

The Working in Dairy Communities program will be opening on 1 February - visit our website for the details.

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Hallett's future is what we make it

Hallett's Wodli

In 2015’s Culture Arts, Tourism & Cultural Heritage (CATCH) program, the Hallett Community and Sports Association (HCSA) in South Australia received funding to implement a project that epitomises the essence of this valuable program.

HCSA received a $15,000 grant to design and install a traditional Wodli, an artistic installation of an Aboriginal shelter for the 21st Century.

The Wodli was designed by Aboriginal elders in consultation with the Hallett community. The aim was to generate interest and bring visitors to the area to appreciate the Njadjuri heritage.

The project has had a significant impact on the town – creating a positive effect on community pride and involvement.

Read more ...

Robinvale reggae goes national

Robinvale P-12

Robinvale P-12 College in north west Victoria received a REAPing Rewards grant for $9,942, thanks to the Yulgilbar Foundation, to run the ‘Youth Speak’ program. It offers a platform for young Indigenous and Polynesian students to communicate to their respective communities and beyond.

In partnership with Phunktional and the Robinvale District Health Services, the College produced a video on healthy eating and mental health.

Six students also wrote and produced YouTube clips of their compositions, and some  were played by ABC Mildura and Swan Hill - “It Ain’t Easy”, “Stand Up” and “Robinvale Reggae”.

The project received regional, state and even national recognition. This has shown the students that anything is possible if you have a go.

Read more ...

Clowning around in Mt Magnet, WA

Mt Magnet's Carnival of Clowns

A Small Grants for Rural Communities grant of $4,000 funded by the McCusker Charitable Foundation, enabled the WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) to invite their local community to come together and become clowns, if only for a few days.

The WACRH saw an opportunity for the low socioeconomic and remote community of Mt Magnet, WA, to engage the whole community in a three-day cultural event in clown and circus related activities.

At the end of the Carnival of Clowns, there was a local community performance to showcase the new tricks and talents of all participants and it was so popular, that it may become an annual event!

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