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According to the Regional Australia Institute, in 2015 approximately 6.6 million people live in rural, regional and remote Australia, which is almost one third of Australia’s population spread across 84.2 per cent of Australia’s land mass. The large distances between communities, and small populations present challenges not experienced in metropolitan areas.

These communities are integral to the Australian culture and economy, and yet, in many cases, the gaps between small rural, regional and remote communities and the rest of Australia are growing.

FRRR’s founders believed that philanthropy could help respond to the economic and social challenges in many rural, regional and remote areas. FRRR was established to harness and connect the collective resources of philanthropy, government, business and individuals and direct philanthropic support to rural, regional and remote communities.

From Armidale and Bymount, to Pinnaroo and Kununurra, FRRR develops deep relationships and works with communities through our grant programs and other fundraising support services to create impact.

We are guided by the knowledge that initiatives led by local communities are most effective in addressing the issues that affect them.

Small and isolated towns have unique needs that differ from place to place. FRRR has special insight into these needs through on-the-ground consultations with communities and close supportive relationships with grant seekers and local change-makers that have developed since FRRR's establishment in 2000. Some themes are consistent in their need for support, such as education and health, but priority needs differ year to year, especially after extreme weather events.

Supporters are encouraged to consider giving to FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program. It is our most broad and flexible program, and makes grants to communities quarterly. SRC has two tiers: Small and Vital, providing grants up to $10,000; and Larger Leverage, providing biannual grants between $10,000 and $25,000. These grants can support just about every community need – from education and health, to the arts, infrastructure or economic development. Join leading philanthropic and corporate partners to collaboratively fund this program, sharing in highlights, celebrations and lessons learnt.

There are additional ways to partner too, with FRRR's philanthropic services for donors enabling you to give how and where you want. These include:

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"FRRR’s understanding of community development, and of issues facing agriculture generally, has substantially contributed to our strategic and operational effectiveness. It has informed our place-based community approach to philanthropy. Their networks have also been invaluable in turning ideas to reality. They are a highly valued long-term partner."

Jenny Wheatley, CEO, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation

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