Education grants address disadvantage

Seventy primary schools, pre-schools, kindergartens and high-schools will share just over $382,000 in grants through FRRR’s Rural Education Australia Program, better known as REAPing Rewards.

This is the second round of this highly sought-after program, which supports education in rural, regional and remote Australia from preschool to senior secondary college. Some 233 groups applied, requesting funding of $1.9 million towards projects valued at nearly $3.9 million.

FRRR’s CEO, Ms Alexandra Gartmann, said that this high demand reinforces the need for additional investment in education in regional, rural and remote Australia, especially in light of trecent Australian Institute of Family Studies report* about the tyranny of distance and subsequent poorer learning outcomes experienced by students in these areas.

“Access to programs and resources is often a major barrier to learning in rural Australia, affecting students’ engagement and motivation,” Ms Gartmann explained.

“However this program, with generous funding support from The Ian Potter Foundation, The Yulgilbar Foundation, Third Link Investment and The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, among others, is helping to restore the balance and ensure children in these areas enjoy equal access to resources and opportunities.

“Growing need is demonstrated by the fact that nearly half of the groups applying to FRRR were new to our organisation. Unfortunately, we could still only help about a third of the applicants. We will therefore continue to fund-raise, and welcome tax-deductible contributions,” Ms Gartmann said.

The diversity of innovative projects funded in this round is testament to the commitment of parents, teachers and broader community.

Projects funded varied enormously, but some of the most commonly funded items included:

  • Technology to enhance learning experiences and enable preschools to comply with requirements of the Early Years Learning Framework
  • Educational equipment to encourage outdoor play and physical activity
  • Preschool infrastructure development
  • Cultural immersion programs
  • Supporting arts and music programs
  • Literacy programs, both within the schools and in the home supported by community services
  • Resilience and student leadership programs
  • School readiness/ early intervention programs
  • Programs that engage students in alternative educational settings and activities
  • Mathematics and science extension programs in high schools

Details of all the projects funded are below. If you wish to jump to a particular state, select the relevant link:

QLD    NSW     VIC    TAS     SA    NT    WA


Organisation Project Project Location Amount Funded
New South Wales
1 Alstonville Community Preschool Incorporated Amaze'n' Resources for our New Community Preschool
Supporting the establishment of new community preschool.
Alstonville $4,829
2 Armidale Montessori Pre-School Inc Waterproofing Weathered Weatherboards
Professional repairs and specialist painting of external building
Armidale $7,000
3 Balranald Early Learning Centre Incorporated Transitioning with Technology
Enabling children to have experience with technology before starting primary school
Balranald $2,234
4 Bellingen Public School Boredom Busters 4 Building Brains & Bodies @ Bello
Development of outdoor sensory adventure area to encourage physical activity and gross motor skill development.
Bellingen $4,000
5 Darlington Point Public School 'Book In' the New Library!
Improve and open up the library space for students and wider community use
Darlington Point $6,000
6 Eden Child Care Centre (Bega Valley Shire Council) Trashy Dirt Patch to Beloved Treasure
Regeneration of outdoor play area to meet quality standards
Eden $8,000
7 Inverell District Family Services Limited Special Needs in Ordinary Places!
Providing a range of specialist educational resources to early childhood services caring for  children with special needs.
Inverell $4,000
8 Kyogle Pre-School and Outside School Hours Care Association Connecting Country Kids
Supporting the introduction of technology into the curriculum to meet the national standards
Kyogle $4,123
9 Lachlan Children’s Services
(Lachlan Council)
Stretch Ourselves!
Additional playgrounds equipment for out of school hours care to  support motor skill and social development, and to enable the Centre to meet national standards
Condoblin $3,344
10 Lighting Ridge Central School Books in Homes - Quality Literature Developing Quality Kids
Provision of books for disadvantaged students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 to increase literacy level and encourage students to read outside of school.
Lighting Ridge $4,735
11 Western Riverina Family Day Care Scheme Inc Barellan Little Learners
Resources for the establishment of an early childhood and childcare service
Barellan $9,000
12 Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre Incorporated ngali yulu-gi dhurran-gali wagi - Our Children Play & Learn Outdoors
Upgrading of the outdoor area to meet the educational needs of the increasing number of students attending the Centre.
Gunnedah $5,000
Northern Territory
13 Teachabout Inc Teachabout Minyerri
School holiday program for the Minyerri Aboriginal Community to engage the children in fun educational activities
Minyerri $4,000
14 The Charitable Foundation for Books in Homes Australia Books in Numbulwar Homes
Providing students in the school the  opportunity to access books, appropriate to their age and reading level, to encourage reading in the home and increase literacy skills
Numbulwar $7,500
15 Ramingining School (Ramingining CEC Council) Spreading the Word
Proving books for students at the remote indigenous Aboriginal community who are transitioning from preschool to prep and grade six to secondary school to encourage reading in the home
Ramingining $10,000
16 Banana State School Parents & Citizens Association (Banana State School) Transforming Learning with iPads
Supporting individual student educational needs, particularly those with special needs, with resources for a personalised learning and assessment.
Banana $5,000
17 Burdekin Catholic High School (Roman Catholic Trust Corp. Diocese of Townsville Burdekin) Building Budding Rural Musicians
Enhancing the schools capacity to provide music tuition to Years 7 and 8 students through a variety of instruments.
Ayr $5,000
18 Cairns Community Kindergarten and Preschool Incorporated Connecting Kids to Culture
Establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander resource collection to support cross cultural learning.
Cairns $1,779
19 C&K - Gayndah Community Kindergarten Touch Technology for our Rural Kids!
Making the best use of technology in the curriculum to ensure that children have the necessary skills when starting primary school.
Gayndah $6,000
20 Charleville SODE P&C Association Kickstart Conference
Providing an opportunity for home tutors of students who are geographically isolated to gain skills, knowledge and confidence when delivering lessons to students.
Charleville $10,000
21 George Bowen Memorial Kindergarten Association Incorporated Help me LISTEN and LEARN
Installation of sound amplification  equipment to assist children with mild hearing loss to participate fully in Kindergarten activities.
Hopevale $3,500
22 Goondiwindi State School P&C Assn Engaging Classrooms
Enabling teachers to engage students through interactive teaching units.
Goondiwindi $6,500
23 Injune Primary & Secondary P&C Assoc Getting to Work
Assistance to allow rural students to travel to  a regional location to attend vocational education training and work experience not available in Injune.
Injune $5,460
24 Kingaroy State High School L-Plates for Poetic Licence - An Author-in-Residence Program
Literacy extension program involving community and rural schools in the regional area.
Kingaroy $5,000
25 Mount Isa School of the Air Remote Home Tutor and Governess Professional Development
Providing an opportunity for isolated tutors to connect face to face with educational professionals and other tutors to improve the learning outcomes for students attending School of the Air.
Mount Isa $10,000
26 Our Lady of Sacred Heart School (The Roman Catholic Trust Corporation for the Diocese of Cairns) Island Playground Green
Providing age appropriate outdoor equipment for preschools and prep students.
Thursday Island $5,557
27 Port Douglas Primary P&C Assn Bama Biz
Local cultural awareness and immersion program for whole of school to strengthen partnerships between the school and the local indigenous community.
Port Douglas $4,000
28 St George State High School Preparing Youth for the Future
Establishing vocational education and training programs for students, disengaged youth and unemployed youth in the area.
St George $8,000
29 Thangool State School Parents & Citizens Association Preppies Window to the World
Interactive technology for prep and Year 1 classes to improve educational outcomes for all students
Thangool $5,000
30 The Queensland Music Festival Pty Ltd Cape Yorke 'teach the teachers' program
Professional development and support for music teachers in Cape Yorke area to deliver quality music tuition and support for music local students
Hope Vale, Aurukun & Coen $5,000
31 Yungaburra State School P&C Assn Performing for Our Community
Portable stage which allows for flexible performance and event space
Yungaburra $5,000
South Australia
32 Child Care on Wheels Service (District Council of Robe) A Garage for CCOWS
Developing a permanent  administrative base for the mobile child care service
Robe $8,000
33 Cummins Area School Council Inc Share.Play.Learn
Development of preschool take home packs with literacy and numeracy based activities to encourage parents to be involved in their children’s education
Cummins $4,000
34 Eyre Futures Incorporated Ceduna Community Learning Centre
Refurbishment of a shed to accommodate automotive, building and design subjects in an alternative educational setting
Port Lincoln $6,000
35 Gladstone High School Mathematics and Science of Sustainable Energy
Supporting teacher training and local participations in the Australian Science and Maths School Problem Based Learning program.
Gladstone $4,250
36 Kangaroo Island Community Education - Parndana Campus "STEM"ING into the Community
Supporting teacher training and local participations in the Australian Science and Maths School Problem Based Learning program.
Parndana, K.I. $3,150
37 Loxton High School Changing the SySTEM
Supporting teacher training and local participations in the Australian Science and Maths School Problem Based Learning program.
Loxton $3,750
38 Navigator College Incorporated Lil' Gators Playgroup
Assisting with basic educational equipment and resources for the new playgroup
Port Lincoln $4,000
39 Port Lincoln High School Inquiring to Learning to Refining and Reporting
Supporting teacher training and local participations in the Australian Science and Maths School Problem Based Learning program.
Port Lincoln $3,750
40 Renmark Children's Centre Leading Transitions
Student leadership program  provided by staff at the Children’s Centre for students in Grades 3-4 and Years 9-10 who will develop a transition program for the schools to assist other students coming through.
Renmark $3,000
41 Swan Reach & Area Kindergarten HELP we need to be updated - Literacy and Numeracy KITS
Educational kits for kindergarten, playgroup and Occasional Care children to borrow and use at home.
Swan Reach $5,000
42 The Barossa Council Unearth - Resilience Through Music Workshops for Barossa Youth
Providing a program that will assist in reducing bullying behaviors, and engages students in a creative and constructive activity that will increase resilience, confidence and life skills.
Nuriootpa $5,000
43 Tintinara Area School Problem Based Learning in STEM Program
Supporting teacher training and local participations in the Australian Science and Maths School Problem Based Learning program.
Tintinara $2,750
44 Victor Harbor High School Country Kids, future world problem solvers
Supporting teacher training and local participations in the Australian Science and Maths School Problem Based Learning program.
Victor Harbor $4,250
45 Boat Harbour Primary School Bridging Buddies
Providing assistance for students struggling with literacy in the early years of primary school through the training for tutors to work one on one with students.
Boat Harbour $7,200
46 SEAFEST Committee (Triabunna District High School) SEAFEST - Living & Learning on the Coast
Supporting student learning extension activities through information workshops on local marine and natural resource management, and tourism industries as career options.
Triabunna $4,000
47 Bass Coast Specialist School Create and Explore the Arts
Assisting in the establishment of an Arts program for children with disabilities
Wonthaggi $4,425
48 Borinya Wangaratta Community Partnership Borinya Beef Eaters
Proving an alternative pathway for disengaged students not ready to transition into mainstream schooling at the end of year 9
Wangaratta $6,000
49 Chewton Primary School From Forest to Creek
Performing Arts Project between two school exploring the natural creek corridor and associated natural and socialhistory of the area.
Chewton $3,646
50 Dixons Creek Primary School Leaping into Literacy
Assisting to establish a school based library to replace external services that have been withdrawn.
Dixons Creek $8,500
51 Elmore Primary School Council Plantopia
Establishment of a community garden in partnership with other local schools and early childhood groups in a community health and wellbeing program.
Elmore $4,500
52 Erica Pre School Operation Upgrade
Assisting to upgrade the indoor educational area of the preschool.
Erica $7,000
53 Koriot & District Primary School The Three R's
Improving parental knowledge of local support services and increasing children’s oral, literacy and social and emotional competencies prior to staring school.
Koriot $5,500
54 Marysville District Kindergarten (Marysville Primary School) Access Denied - Access All
Technology access for both preschool and primary school students
Marysville $5,000
55 Murrindindi Shire Council Building Beyond - Early Childhood Conference
A conference to bring all early childhood providers in the local government area together to better coordinate service provision.
Alexandra $5,000
56 Nyah District Primary School Parent's Club (Nyah District Primary School) Building Better Bookworms
Engaging preschool and prep students in early literacy activities
Nyah West $4,000
57 Ovens Learning Community (Oxley Primary School Council) Lift Literacy Standards through the Roof!
Specialist training of teachers across a cluster of seven local primary schools allowing a specific literacy program to be rolled out across all seven schools.
Oxley $6,000
58 Poowong Preschool (UnitingCare Gippsland) The Playground
Significant upgrade of the outdoor educational area to meet national standards
Poowong $10,000
59 Robinvale P-12 College Youth Speak
Establishment of a youth radio station based at the school to provide students, especially those at risk of disengaging from school, an option to participate in an activity that teaches skills such as team work and tolerance, provides a platform for discussion and lifts the positive profile of youth across communities
Robinvale $9,000
60 St Augustine's School - Kyabram Polish Program
Senior student program focusing on work readiness skills
Kyabram $5,000
61 St Joseph's Primary School - Benalla M.A.T.H.S Garden
Creation of a flexible outdoor learning area focusing on mathematical concepts, suitable for  use across multiple year levels
Benalla $6,000
62 Wimmera Development Association Incorporated Out of School Learning Enhancement Action Program
A home work program to assist students from migrant backgrounds and other students who may require extra assistance
Horsham & Nhill $8,640
63 Wimmera Southern Mallee Local Learning & Employment Network Incorporated Let's Read Yarriambiack
An integrated literacy program involving early childhood and health professionals and parents to support the pre-emergent and early literacy and language development of children from birth to kindergarten across the district
Horsham $7,875
Western Australia
64 Boddington Early Learning Centre (Shire of Boddington) Stepping Stones to Success
Establishment of a 3 year old kinder program to meet the demand of the community and needs of the children
Boddington $4,000
65 Reef Check Foundation Limited Exmouth to join the REEFSearch Revolution!
Curriculum extension activities which incorporate environmental studies of the local reefs and community participation.
Exmouth $8,500
66 Goomalling Primary School Every Child - Every Chance to Shine
Whole of staff training to enable the delivery of an innovative teaching model and creating supportive links with a nearby school that is already using this model.
Goomalling $5,000
67 Hopetoun Community Child Care Centre Inc School Savvy
Assisting the Centre to meet the national standard requirements and integrate technology across various learning areas in the preschool program.
Hopetoun $5,000
68 Kellerberrin District High Kellerberrin Little Learners
The establishment of an early learning Centre?
Kellerberrin $8,000
69 Nyabing Primary School Parents and Citizens Association Swim to Survive
Assisting with travel costs to allow students to attend compulsory swimming lessons.
Nyabing $1,500
70 Wongan Hills District High (K-12) Play and Stay Pre-start Program
Increasing the basic pre-literacy, pre-numeracy, social and emotional skills of children before they start preschool through a 10 week parenting program. 
Wongan Hills $2,000


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