Thirty-three projects receive culture, arts, tourism and cultural heritage grants

Bendigo 11 August, 2014: Communities across rural, regional and remote Australia will be culturally richer after sharing nearly $300,000 in grants from FRRR.

Thirty-three projects from QLD, NSW, NT and WA have received funding, thanks to generous donations from The McCusker Foundation, The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, The Julian Flett Endowment, managed by Perpetual Trustees, and a private donor, all of whom support FRRR’s Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage (CATCH) grants program.

The not-for-profit community groups receiving the grants are investing in a wide range of initiatives, from upgrading community facilities and creating signage for heritage sites, to hosting diverse community events, accessing conservation expertise, publishing stories from the past and running workshops (from leadership skills to creative arts).

The program offers grants of up to $20,000, providing the funding that many communities struggle to raise locally.

FRRR’s CEO, Alexandra Gartmann, says that this program continues to experience high demand with more than 180 applications received for a broad range of projects, requesting over $2.6 million in funds.

“A very diverse range of community groups applied for funding under this program but we can only fund 33 out of the 188 requests,” she explained. “We continue to seek new donors for this program to help us meet this unmet demand for funding,” Ms Gartmann said.

"Philanthropy plays an important role by funding these kinds of programs, especially in the face of declining funding from alternative sources. In our experience, opportunities for artistic expression and experiences in rural and remote Australia are critical for diverse and vibrant communities," Ms Gartmann said. 

“We are delighted to be able to help these 33 community groups bring their visions to fruition and look forward to hearing about the impact of these grants.”

The 33 projects funded in 2014 are listed below.





Amount Awarded


1 Arts Margaret River Inc

We want to be heard Loud and CLEAR!

Upgrad current sound technology to ensure quality audio during theatre productions and presentations

Margaret River $6,450
2 Bindoon Arts & Crafts Centre

Inside Out

Installation of external blinds to allow expansion of exhibition space and seating area for visitors.

Bindoon $3,984


Carnarvon Heritage Group Inc 


Kimberley Steam Train Conservation Works   

Enhance current tourism activities, by enabling essential repairs and maintenance works to a heritage steam locomotive.




Chapman Valley Agricultural Society Inc 


Valley Funk Factory

Running an interactive workshop for young people, developing skills by turning waste into art and musical instruments, and thereby promoting recycling.




Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council 

Heritage Restoration

Conserving a significant historical area and preparing the area for community use.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands



Coorow Community Resource Centre Incorporated  (CCRCI)

Arts Program 2014 - 50s Rockabilly

Creating an opportunity for the community to participate in an inclusive dance and nostalgia project.




Gwalia Reference Group

(Shire of Leonora) 

Leonora Heritage Trails

Improving community and visitor experience of historical sites and the stories of the early development of Leonora through the installation of interpretive signage.




Northcliffe Pioneer Museum 


Northcliffe's 90th Birthday Yarn Spinners and Poets Breakfast - A Morning Full of Memories

Supporting the Yarn Spinners and Poets Breakfast community members to hear and share stories of the early Group Settlement Scheme.




Serpentine Jarrahdale Business & Tourism Association 

Unite & Conquer

Running courses to develop economic development skills of local businesses, tourism operators and general community group members to stimulate the local economy.




Shire of Dundas 


Norseman Gold Fever Festival

Creating a new tourism event to attract visitors to the town and to engage local residents.




The Goldfields Repertory Club

A Gala Night with the Duchess

Upgrading technical equipment to support local theatre productions.




Wellstead Community Resource Centre Inc  

Wellstead Tourist Information Board

Providing a tourist information shelter to present local historical, environmental and other attractions of Wellstead.




Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation 


Ngurra Story Cloth

Establishing a line of products featuring unique mud cloth designs, telling Yindjibarndi stories, to help strengthen the local economy.

Ngurrawaana Community


Northern Territory


Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct Limited 

WOW Katherine Festival

Supporting the Women of the World Festival - celebrating achievements and examining obstacles for women in this community. 




Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Corporation


Coming To Voice! The 2014 Barkly Literary Camp for Regional Youth

Strengthening literary skills and shaping literary voices through a Writer's Camp for youth.

Tennant Creek



Central Australian Aboriginal Media Assoc (Aboriginal Corporation) 

Keeping Culture Connected

Replenishing the Outside Broadcasting truck with updated equipment, to allow the organisation to continue to provide an outdoor broadcasting service to remote Aboriginal  communities.

Alice Springs




Outback Gondwana Foundation Limited

An Untold Story - Australia's Largest Dinosaur "Cooper" the Titanosaur

Highlighting the discovery of a new Australian dinosaur genus through publishing a book.




Surat & District Development Association Incorporated 

Cobb & Co's last run in Australia re-enacted: beware the bushrangers!

Establishing a Cobb & Co memorial event, celebrating the last coach run in Australia, to help attract visitors to Surat and surrounding areas.

Surat & Yuleba



John Flynn Place Trust Fund 

John Flynn's Magic Lantern Slideshow

Enabling the creation of an interactive slideshow for the John Flynn Place Museum to educate visitors to the centre about the early work and photography of John Flynn.




The Texas Historical Society Inc 

Cover our Collection!

Supporting significant repairs at the museum to protect the collection.




Winton District Historical Society and Museum Incorporated 

Winton - Digital Tourism Town

Supporting community skill development workshops to enhance visitor experiences at multiple locations around Winton.



New South Wales


Bega Chamber Orchestra

South Coast Music Camp 2014

Supporting professional tuition for young people attending the music camp.




Bogan Shire Council

Let's Get Digital!

Improving access to historical records by digitising the materials.




Denman & District Heritage Village Incorporated 

Denman Heritage Village Museum

Providing exhibition space for larger historical items, as a first step in establishing a heritage village precinct.




Hillston Show Society Inc

Aboriginal Culture in Country

Incorporating Indigenous culture into broader activities through a community cultural arts project.




Macquarie Valley Landcare Group Inc

AugmentArt: Spotlight on Macquarie Marshes

Enabling an innovative 3D virtual artwork project for students with an environmental focus.




Morundah Bush Entertainment Committee Inc 

The Paradise Palladium Theatre

Expanding the stage area by purchasing additional stage components for use in the new theatre complex.




Nambucca Heads Chamber of Commerce

Un-Prosaic Mosaics

Celebrating identity through the creation of unique community mosaics.

Nambucca Heads



RiverSmart Australia Limited 

River Care through River Art

Establishing a new community arts space as a “Window to the Wetlands”, exploring the unique aspects of the Macquarie Marshes.




Tyalgum Community Hall Association Incorporated 

Light up the Hall

Regenerating the community hall through upgraded theatre lighting.




West Wyalong Regional Music Incorporated 

264 Keys to Musical Success!

Providing students from six primary schools with access to three digital pianos, helping them to explore, create and achieve success in middle school music studies.

West Wyalong



White Cliffs Music Festival

(White Cliffs Opal Fields Tourist Association Inc) 

Loud and Clear

Enhancing the sustainability and production of a successful music festival, attracting more visitors to the  event.

White Cliffs



Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Inc 

Make us Irresistible!

Improving the sustainability of a community driven music festival through enhanced digital profile.




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