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Newsletter | june 2015

A word from the CEO

We are fortunate at FRRR to see many partnerships, from many different perspectives and scales. They take all forms – large and small; short-term and long-term – and address issues from early childhood to aged care, access to services or local infrastructure. No type of partnership is right or wrong: ultimately it comes down to being fit for purpose. While larger scale partnerships get a lot of attention, it is frequently smaller collaborations that have enormous impact and are catalytic.

We are delighted to be supporting Community and Philanthropy Partnership Week, announced recently by Hon Scott Morrison, Minister for Social Services. I encourage each of you to profile your partnerships during the week, which will be held in December. Have a read of the article below to learn more.

Earlier this week, FRRR spent time promoting the great work of local communities to numerous federal parliamentarians. We raised the issues you deal with, and the impact you are having with just a little help from philanthropic partnerships - and sought Members assistance to raise our profile with potential donors.

As we approach the end of the financial year, we ask you to support what we do. We can direct your funds to the causes you are passionate about and / or to a particular geographic area. Any donation, no matter how small, will make a difference. No matter whether we are funding a printer for $260 to help a community stay connected via the local newsletter, or building a $150,000 multipurpose centre, we love helping local communities solve local issues. Even $50 would help another student receive a back to school voucher.

If you are making a tax deductible donation, please consider including FRRR in the list of groups you support.

Until next time…

Alexandra Gartmann

Rural issues on the Canberra agenda

Earlier this week, FRRR directors the Rt Hon Ian Sinclair AC, Ian Allen OAM and Annie Grindrod joined Alexandra Gartmann for meetings with fifteen parliamentarians in Canberra.

The meetings were designed to highlight the issues facing rural, regional and remote Australia, and the work FRRR does to support local community groups.

The breadth of activities that FRRR supports was highlighted, including many small scale infrastructure projects, which are often fall 'under the radar' of Federal or State funding programs. Discussions reinforced the need for ongoing investment in leadership programs specifically designed for local community group leaders.

At each meeting, FRRR provided examples of the projects funded in the electorate over the last five years. Without exception, the parliamentarians were impressed with the breadth of activity underway in their area.

One of the meetings was with Cathy McGowan MP, Member for Indi, who, after the visit, praised FRRR's work during a speech to parliament.

The Members and Senators from all sides of politics were very supportive of FRRR and we greatly appreciate them making time to meet with us. Pictured below with the directors are some of the people we met with - (from left to right) - Cathy McGowan, MP, Member for Indi (2nd from left); Hon. Ian Macfarlane, Minister for Industry & Science (centre); Hon. Warren Truss, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Development (centre), & Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Development (centre)

CPPW logo

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week launches

Achieving more together

FRRR and Philanthropy Australia are partnering to deliver Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW). CPPW 2015 will be held from 7 to 13 December. Its main aim is to celebrate the ways in which partnerships between grassroots community groups and philanthropy build strong and vibrant places to live and work across Australia.

A small number of grants are available to help not-for-profit groups celebrate their philanthropic partnerships. Like most FRRR grant programs, the strongest applications will be those that have either in-kind or cash support. Up to $10,000 will be available for activities that celebrate and recognise the power of partnerships in building strong local communities.

CPPW is a three-year initiative funded by the Department of Social Services, and is supported by the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership (PMCBP). Alexandra Gartmann, who is a member of PMCBP, said this is a chance to change the perception that philanthropy is something that is only done by high-net-worth individuals and corporations.

“The reality is that it takes place in communities across Australia every day, as people contribute their time and talent, as well as their own funds, to build a better community. This program is an opportunity to showcase this great work and to demonstrate that by working collaboratively with philanthropy you can achieve more together.”

Check out the website and talk to your partners about teaming up for a celebration in the week commencing 7 December. To stay in touch with all the news on CPPW, 'like' the Facebook page.

Program update

A number of programs are currently open and accepting applications, with many more in the pipeline. See below for details:

  • Heywire – $100,000 is available in grants for communities to adopt, adapt and implement one of eight ideas that originated from the 2015 Heywire Regional Youth Summit. Visit our website for program guidelines and forms. Applications close 12 June.
  • LegenDAIRY Capital – the search is on to identify, celebrate and showcase Australia’s most passionate dairy communities. For more information or to nominate your town as Australia’s LegenDAIRY Capital, visit the Dairy Australia website. Applications close 12 June.
  • Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW) – grants are available to help not-for-profit groups celebrate their partnerships with philanthropic organisations as outlined above. Applications close 3 July.
  • CATCH – The Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage (CATCH) grants program will provide grants of up to $15,000 in NSW, QLD and NT. Visit our website for program guidelines and details on how to apply. Applications close 10 July.
  • GR&W – With a specific focus on providing assistance towards community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for areas affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires, funding of up to $20,000 per project is available. Visit our website for more information.

REGISTER NOW: Webinar - Community Foundations 101

The final webinar in the FRRR CIRCLE leadership development webinar series will be held on 25th June, at 1.30 pm.

This session has a very specific focus on Community Foundations, and is designed for groups that are interested in potentially setting up a Community Foundation in their area or exploring FRRR Donation Accounts, and for those Community Foundations that are still relatively new.

Respected expert and legal advisor to Community Foundations, Alice Macdougall from Herbert Smith Freehills will be the main speaker. The session will explain what a Community Foundation is, what a Donation Account is, what’s involved in setting them up – and why you would want to do so. We’ll also tackle some of the common challenges that groups encounter in their early years.

Registrations are now open.

HOWEVER, before you sign up, we encourage you to read a little bit about Community Foundations and Donation Accounts, so you are sure that this session is relevant to you. A Community Foundation is a particular type of philanthropic structure, and not just any kind of organisation that provides philanthropic support in a local community. There is some information on the FRRR website, and more on the Australian Community Philanthropy site.


A win-win: get a tax deduction and help a rural community in need

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Last financial year more than 60% of Australian taxpayers didn’t claim a tax deduction for a making a charitable donation. That's a missed opportunity!

Every donation of more than $2 to a registered charity means a reduction in the amount of tax that a person has to pay. So lots of people are missing out on both the chance to reduce their tax, and more importantly, help others in need.

FRRR can target any donation that comes to us to a cause that is important to our donors – whether that is education, the arts, mental health, the environment, or your local community or region.

As many of you will know firsthand, there are hundreds of amazing community groups doing great work – but each year, FRRR can only meet about a third of the requests for support that we receive. Any donation that you make to FRRR – or that your friends and family make – will go directly to rural, regional and remote community groups doing great work to improve their community.

So please help us spread the word. Think EOFY. Think FRRR. Help a rural community in need. www.frrr.org.au/donate

Update in brief: Bower Progress Association's Project Donation Account

Bower's recreation reserve

Project Donation Account has helped the Bower Progress Association improve the recreation reserve, which has in turn rejuvenated their community.

When they opened the Donation Account in 2008, they came to us with a very ambitious wish-list, the length of which was matched only by their determination. We reported on their progress in our 2013 Annual Review, which demonstrated that they are well on their way ticking off the things that were on that very long list. Their most recent update confirms this dynamic group is still on track.

Read the full story here.

In the media

Upper Lachlan Shire book launch

Book cover of Youth Week Book

It was a creative Youth Week 2015 in the Upper Lachlan Shire in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands. The Crookwell Gazette reported on the launch of a book written by local school children titled ‘Why it’s Great to be Alive’. There were 215 submissions for the book, including cover designs, and the children created an amazing book full of heart felt stories and poems on why they think it is great to be alive.

The initiative tied in with other Youth Week celebrations, which focused on youth mental health. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go toward a youth mental health program at the Wellness Centre at Crookwell Hospital.

The book was published with support from an FRRR / ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant. The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program has been running for twelve years, helping to build thriving communities in regional Australia by advancing education and employment opportunities. The next round will open in July.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

Democracy in action

A $4,500 FRRR Small Grant is helping to capture a little part of Australia’s history at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) in Ballarat. The local radio station, Voice FM, featured a story on their website about the new temporary exhibition that provides a historic retrospective of the campaign for the democratic rights for Australians with a disability.

The ‘Grassroots Democracy: The Campaign for Disability Rights’ exhibition recognises key figures in the disability sector who have fought for disability rights over a long period. The funds provided by FRRR have been put towards showcasing Australia’s disability leaders to rural, regional and remote communities through a permanent online exhibition on MADE’s website.

Handy tips for community groups

Grants for Sporting Schools

Schools across the country can now apply for funding grants as part of the Australian Government's $100 million Sporting School's program which aims to get more children fit and healthy and involved in sport earlier in life. More information on Sporting Schools can be found at the Sporting Schools website

National Rural Health Alliance - Rural Mental Health Help Sheet

National Rural Health Alliance logo

The National Rural Health Alliance is Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health. Its vision is good health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia. They produce a number of infographics and fact sheets as resources, with the two most recent focusing on Mental Health. To help communities support themselves, the NRHA has produced a “Rural Mental Health Help Sheet”. This is a list of organisations and resources for individuals and organisations to contact to support better mental health. We encourage you to share this resource in your group to promote awareness of a wide range of support available.


  1. A word from the CEO  
  2. Rural issues on the political agenda  
  3. CPPW launches  
  4. Program update  
  5. CIRCLE webinar 5  
  6. EOFY: Remember FRRR this tax time  
  7. Update in brief: Project Donation Account  
  8. In the media:
- Crookwell, NSW
- Ballarat, Vic 
  9. Handy tips for community groups  
  10. Grants in action:
- Kulin, WA
- Dirranbandi, Qld
- Hillston, NSW
- Beverley, WA
- Bengworden, Vic

Grants in action

Community cultivates local leadership skills 

Cultivating Kulin's community leadership

In south-west Western Australia, the agricultural hub of Kulin is intent on remaining strong and vibrant. They are well on the way with support from the Cultivating Kulin Committee Incorporated (CKC).

CKC used an FRRR ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant to train 24 young people (aged 16-25) from across the Wheatbelt to enable them to take on leadership positions with Camp Kulin. The $7,400 grant funded two five-day intensive training programs covering leadership, facilitation skills, teambuilding, public speaking and confidence building.

Taryn Scadding, President of the Cultivating Kulin Committee, said the effect on participants has been far-reaching, with camp counsellors describing it as ‘life changing’, ‘the best week of my life’ and ‘something we will remember forever’.

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Workshops without Worries in Dirranbandi

The Dirranbandi Arts Council Inc knew that locals needed some support to sustain them through the ongoing drought. Located nearly 600 kms west of Brisbane, in Queensland, the Shire has been drought declared since 2013.

So when the Tackling Tough Times Together program came along, they applied for a grant to run a series of workshops to bring people together, particularly engaging those living outside town.

After receiving a grant of $8,000 thanks to the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, they set about putting together a schedule of engaging workshops.

To attract a cross-section of the population, the workshops are diverse - from meat smoking and millinery, to upholstery and comedy (for kids).

The first workshop was held at the end of May, with 13 people learning about furniture restoration. As the photo above shows, they brought some beautiful pieces back to life.

Coordinator Gerry Grant said the workshop was a great success, with participants “achieving great things over the weekend in a very happy environment having a bit of time out from the current drought / economic conditions.”

Indigenous culture 'Show'-cased in Hillston

Hillston cultural mural

The small rural town of Hillston, which sits on the edge of the Riverina in south-western New South Wales, has a rich cultural landscape. Unfortunately this rich cultural diversity has not been reflected at the annual Hillston show, an essential event in the local calendar.

Thanks to a $3,500 CATCH grant from FRRR funded by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, the Hillston Show Society created a more inclusive 2014 Show. This allowed the whole Hillston town to celebrate its indigenous culture and acknowledge its contribution to the life of the community.

The project’s success has created a new Hillston tradition: this will now be an annual part of the Hillston Show, with other cultures set to be given an opportunity to showcase their culture to the Hillston community.

Read more ...

WA's Beverley addresses reality of drugs & alcohol

Beverley, with a population of 1700, is located in the western central Wheatbelt region in Western Australia. Like many small regional towns, it faces its own challenges in relation to youth engagement and drugs and alcohol within the community.

A $3,500 grant funded by the McCusker Charitable Foundation, via FRRR’s Small Grants for Rural Communities program, enabled the Beverley CRC to engage workshop facilitators to sensitively address these important topics. More than 110 students, teachers and support staff attended the free youth seminar.

Glenys Lane, Chair of the Beverley CRC Board, said that she was very pleased with the outcomes of the program.

“Educating our youth to handle peer pressure when it is involving illegal drugs and / or alcohol is always a sensitive subject,” Ms Lane said.

Read more ...

Community hall floored by the locals

Bengworden hall before the refurb

A $3,500 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by the R.E. Ross Trust, has helped convert what was once a cold and empty space at the Bengworden Hall in East Gippsland, Victoria into a warm and cosy place hosting a wide range of community events.

Managed by the Meerlieu and District Rural Community Group, the Hall had seen better days and over the last few years, it has been undergoing a three-stage renovation. The Department of Sustainability and Environment funded the repair of structural and safety issues, and after lots of local effort, the building was renovated, and a new kitchen and stove were installed in the meeting room, but it was still cold and uncomfortable.

After receiving a grant to purchase new floor coverings and an air-conditioning unit, and with the cooperation and collaboration of the local community, the hall has once again become a warm and inviting heart of the community.

Read more ...

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