Ninety community groups receive Small Grants to welcome the New Year

More than $360,000 to boost rural, regional and remote communities
Friends of Yarraman Creek volunteers

Bendigo, 16 January, 2017:  FRRR today announced the successful recipients of grants from Round 30 of its flagship program, Small Grants for Rural Communities. More than $360,000 will be distributed to ninety community groups across six states and territories, in a welcome injection of cash at the beginning of a new year.

This unique grant program allows eligible not-for-profit community groups to access funds to support projects that deliver positive local education, environment, social welfare, community wellbeing, health, arts and culture outcomes.

FRRR’s National Programs Manager, Jeanice Henderson, says the program funds a wide variety of projects that are vital to engaging communities and creating connections that are integral to the fabric of rural community life, but many of the projects are to support improvements to community infrastructure.

“It’s been a common theme in the applications received in many recent rounds. From getting the power connected at the community hub in remote Wyndham in Western Australia to the installation of bench seating at the Wedderburn cemetery in Victoria, each project will have a significant impact on the public spaces in these communities,” she said.

Some of the other projects funded include:

  • a mobile folding stage system for the Pomonal Community Hall in Victoria, improving its capacity to cater for a wide range of activities and meet community needs;
  • recladding and pest management for a shed at the Edithburgh Museum in South Australia, which houses historical materials, ensuring it is fit for purpose and that visitors have a pleasant experience with easy access to the exhibits;
  • a community training, education and engagement campaign to reduce further outbreaks and environmental damage caused by the invasive weed Koster’s Curse in Mareeba, Queensland;
  • installation of a disabled persons lift at Gove (Nhulunbuy) Airport in the Northern Territory, ensuring safe and dignified access for aircraft boarding and disembarkation; and
  • environmental incursions and excursions for pre-schoolers, supporting educational outcomes and increased knowledge of the natural bushland in Howling, New South Wales.

Small Grants for Rural Communities is a collaborative program, administered by FRRR and funded in this round by:

  • The William Buckland Foundation
  • The Pratt Foundation
  • Thyne Reid Foundation
  • Bertalli Family Foundation
  • Kapikarnpi Community Fund
  • Pemberton's Future 
  • FRRR and Private Donors
  • The R.E. Ross Trust
  • Yulgilbar Foundation
  • The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation
  • North Central Rural Financial Counselling Services
  • The Clarke Family Trust
  • The Julian Flett Foundation

The next round of Small Grants for Rural Communities is currently open. Learn more and download the guidelines and application form on the Small Grants page of FRRR’s website. There are also links to case studies of previously funded projects. Applications close on 31 March 2017.

The full list of projects funded can be found below, listed by state: NSW  NT  QLD  SA  TAS  VIC  WA






Collector Memorial Hall Inc

Access for All at Collector Hall

Installation of a compliant disabled access ramp at the only meeting place in Collector, providing safe and easier access for residents with mobility issues, increasing their sense of wellbeing through community interaction.



Arts Council of the Dorrigo Inc

Musical Memories

Delivery of a music appreciation course for 50-60 senior residents, improving their quality of life and capacity to contribute to the community.



Dorrigo and Guy Fawkes Agricultural Assoc Inc

Going Undercover at Dorrigo Show

Purchase two new marquees for the Dorrigo Agricultural Show, increasing small business exposure and community connections.



Gloucester Worimi First Peoples Aboriginal Corporation

Minimbah Gardens Refurbishment

Construction of a concrete slab and purchase of table and seat setting, reinstating a contact point in Minimbah Gardens for cultural education and awareness in the community.



Pappinbarra Progress Association

Mow and Grow Shed

The addition of an extra storage shed, providing safe, secure and adequate storage for the many items that help maintain Hollisdale Hall.



Howlong Preschool Assoc Inc

Howlong Preschool Environmental Education Program

Environmental incursions and excursions for Howlong pre-schoolers, supporting educational outcomes and increased knowledge of the natural world.



Krambach School of Arts Inc

Painting of the Walls and Ceiling

Painting of an important community hall, ensuring the community is able to continue to meet, supporting community connections.



Towns With Heart Incorporated

Inclusion Mural

Creation of a mural by people with disability in the Kurri Kurri community, boosting inclusion and recognition of the contributions of people with disabilities.

Kurri Kurri


Dungog Common Recreation Reserve Trust

Take a Weight Off at the Dungog Common

Installation of eight bench seats along a 2.5 km walking track at the Dungog Common, providing respite for residents with disability or mobility issues who enjoy the use of the track.

Main Creek


Maude and District Community Assoc Inc

Meandering Maude

Planning for the Meandering Maude walking trail, encouraging tourism and pride amongst locals and visitors alike.



Moree Pre-School Inc

Sandpit Transformation

Expansion of sandpit and installation of a dry creek bed, bridge and Chinese water pump, enhancing early development of pre-schoolers.



Moulamein Pre School Inc

Making Room for the Next Generation

The modification of a building and purchase of equipment to cater for younger children, assisting the establishment of a local child care facility to enable parents to return to work, boosting family income and wellbeing.



Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby

Running on Renewables for Community Resilience in Mullumbimby

Installation of a 5kW solar system at the Mullumbimby Museum, reducing future energy costs for the Brunswick Valley Historical Society.



Murringo Community Assoc Inc

Come Visit a While

Refurbishment of three welcome signs to Murringo, creating a sense of identity in the community while branding it positively and enticing potential visitors.



Nashdale Public School P&C Assoc

Nashdale School Vegetable Garden Hydroponic and Water System

Installation of a hydroponic drip garden system in the Nashdale School vegetable garden, minimising water use and volunteer time and assisting in the viability of their vegetable garden project.



Raleigh Hall & Recreation Reserve Management Committee (Bellingen Shire Council)

Power On Raleigh Hall

Providing improved lighting and power supply to the Raleigh Hall, increasing usage and comfort for hall users and the community.



Tyalgum District Community Assoc Inc

Our Community News MATTERS!

Purchase of a colour A3 LaserJet printer, enabling the continuation of the community newsletter which helps the community stay informed and connected, reducing social isolation.



Milton Ulladulla Men's Shed Inc

In the Picture - Framing workshops

Purchase of framing equipment, facilitating skills-sharing amongst members and Essential Employment and Training clients, promoting higher self-esteem, a sense of accomplishment and stronger bonds between mentors and mentees.



Walgett School of Distance Education P&C Assoc

Isolated, Yet First Aid Educated

Providing first aid training for parents and supervisors of distance education, improving the health and wellbeing of remote-based students and their families.



Lions Club Warialda

Where Do You Live?

Putting house numbers on gutters, assisting emergency services to respond at times of distress.



White Cliffs Music Festival Inc

Without a Shadow of a Doubt, It Will Be Champion

Facilitation of workshops and performances from Greg Champion and The Black Shadows at the White Cliffs Music Festival, drawing more locals and tourists to the event, while teaching skills that would not normally be available to such a remote community.

White Cliffs


Yeoval & District Men's Shed Incorporated

Fine Facilities for Yeoval

Installation of a disabled toilet and baby change-table in the new Yeoval & District Men’s Shed, providing accessibility to all members of the community.




MJD Foundation Inc

Safe Transfer for Wheelchair Bound Passengers

Installation of a disabled persons lift at Gove (Nhulunbuy) Airport, increasing community members’ access to aircraft boarding and disembarkation in a safe and dignified manner.



Smile a Mile Fun Bus & Toy Library

New Toys and Play Equipment

New toys and equipment for community toy library, supporting increased coordination, socialisation, role play, fine and gross motor skills in remote community children.

Humpty Doo



Charleville Arts Gallery Inc

Outfitting the Gallery

Purchasing essential equipment for the Charleville Arts Gallery, ensuring a comfortable and safe space is available for its volunteers.



Cooktown School of Art Society Inc

Painted Perfection

Painting the façade of the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery, bringing the gallery up to scratch and enhancing the main street of Cooktown.



Gungarde Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation

Stay Another Day - Signage for the Historic Cooktown to Laura Railway Walk

Development and installation of directional signage for the Cooktown – Laura historic railway walk, encouraging visitors to stay longer in the area.



Cooroy Futures Group Inc

The Butter Factory Mess

A substantial kitchen upgrade for the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, increasing its capacity to generate income and meet the community’s needs.



Irvinebank School of Arts and Progress Assoc Inc

Sharing our Heritage Stories

Development and installation of interpretive signage, providing historical context to Irvinebank’s built heritage and stories about the development of local mining and the town.



Kairi Primary
P & C Association

Catchment Capers

Painting of Kairi Primary School’s assembly area, re-energising the space and enhancing environmental awareness.



Butchers Creek Hall Assoc Inc

Painting Facelift for our Community Hall

Painting the inside of Butchers Creek Hall and improving the bathrooms, increasing safety for patrons and adding to overall amenity of this community asset.



Mitchell River Watershed Management Group Inc

Curse These Signs, Kosters!

A community training, education and engagement campaign to reduce further outbreaks and environmental damage caused by the invasive weed Koster’s Curse.



Aged Care Monto Inc

Virtual Happiness

Virtual reality program, providing engaging experiences that provide mental stimulation and therapeutic benefits to aged care residents and dementia patients.



Julatten & Molloy Assoc of Ratepayers & Residents Inc

Eat your Roots - A Heritage Trail and Food Forest for Mount Molloy

Facilitation of a community planning process for the walk connecting the Rifle Creek campground with the township, encouraging educational, cultural and tourism growth.

Mount Molloy



Ardrossan Progress Association Inc

Coordinator Ardrossan Community & Men's Shed        

Purchase and construction of a shed, providing a fit for purpose facility for a number of local volunteer groups which deliver a range of services and projects in the community.



Coulta Memorial Hall Association

Keeping Coulta Alive

Upgrade of the kitchen at the Coulta Hall, increasing the amenity of the facility and ensuring it is safe and comfortable for use by the community.



Edithburgh Museum Inc

I Can See You!

Recladding and pest management for a shed used to exhibit historical materials, ensuring it is fit for purpose and that visitors have a pleasant experience with good access to exhibits.



Kapunda Community Gallery Inc

Kapunda Mural Town

Creation and installation of six murals on a building of local significance, sharing its history with locals and visitors alike in order to build community pride and enhance the tourism experience.



Lock Public Institute Association Inc

Hall Stage Comes Alive

Complete repairs to the stage area of the Lock Central Town Hall, ensuring it is an attractive and fit for purpose facility for community events and activities.



Mallee Park Football Club Inc

Power our Future

Installation of solar panels at a sporting facility, supporting delivery of social, health, education and employment services to the local Aboriginal population.

Port Lincoln


Riverland Youth Theatre

Hey - Its Okay to Show Off Today

Development and presentation of performing arts based activities at a number of community events, developing young people’s skills and connecting them with the wider community.



Tumby Bay Area School

Youth Opps

Delivery of a personal development and leadership program to Year 10 students, enabling them to make the most of opportunities that present in life and to be resilient when challenges arise.

Tumby Bay



Tea Tree Community Association Inc

Straightening Up the Tea Tree Community Hall

Repairs and maintenance to a community hall ensuring it remains viable and safe for the community use.



Geeveston Community Centre Inc

Annex to the Max

Refurbishment of part of the local community centre, making it fit for purpose and safer and more comfortable for users.




CWA - South West Group (The Country Women's Association of Victoria Inc)

Essential Repairs to Exterior of the Terang CWA Hall

Replacement of external wall cladding and windows, ensuring the Hall remains structurally sound and fit for use by CWA and other community members who use the facility for meetings and activities.



Arcadia Community Centre Committee of Management (Greater Shepparton City Council)

Water Me Please

Installation of a new rainwater system and painting of a building, improving the natural and built environment at the local recreation reserve.



Bernard Briggs Kindergarten (Benalla & District Preschool Partnership Inc)

Cool As a Cucumber, Warm As Toast

Installation of a split system air conditioner, ensuring consistent and reliable climate control and a comfortable learning/play environment for the children and staff.



Swanpool & District Community Development Association Inc

Looking Forward at Lima

Undertake renovations at the Lima School Community Centre, ensuring that the historic building is safe, fit for purpose and is no longer subject to further deterioration.



Birchip Neighbourhood House (Birchip Telecentre Inc)

Birchip Community Copies

Purchase a commercial photocopier to meet the day to day operations and administrative needs of the Birchip Business and Learning Centre, other community groups and members of the local community.



Boho South Hall Committee

Making Life Easier in a Small Rural District

Erecting a storage shed, improving the amenity of the local hall by removing clutter and ensuring machinery and equipment is accessible and stored safely.

Boho South


Boweya Community Inc

The Boweya Plan - Together We Can

Improvements to the exterior of the Boweya Community Hub, ensuring the building remains structurally safe and is an attractive place for community members to gather.



Camperdown Pastoral & Agricultural Society Inc

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Replace the damaged roof on a Camperdown Showgrounds building which contains a commercial kitchen, ensuring the community has access to safe, fit for purpose catering facilities for community events and activities.



Kathleen Millikan Centre P&F Inc

Paint Casterton REaD

Delivery of a suite of activities focussed on early childhood literacy and language development, improving the educational outcomes of children in Casterton and Merino.



UCA - Corryong Upper Murray Parish

Give Us Comfort

Purchase and installation of a reverse cycle air conditioner in the kitchen of the Corryong Upper Murray Parish Hall, making it more comfortable for users at all times of year.



Dunolly Preschool Inc

From Little Things, Big Things Grow

Develop a new Indigenous garden bed using some existing plants, enhancing the amenity of the facility and creating an opportunity for children to learn about native flora and fauna.



Committee of Management of Dunrobin Public Hall and Reserve Inc

Extending Our Use-By Date

Renovation of kitchen facilities in the Dunrobin Hall, ensuring the community is able to cater for events and meetings that support community engagement and connection.



Falls Creek Historical Society Inc

Take a Walk on the Alpine Side

Development of a technology based heritage walk for the Falls Creek region that captures local stories, enhancing local sites of interest for locals and visitors to the area.

Falls Creek


CFA - District 16

Little People PPC & Defib for Life

Equipment to support the delivery of fire safety sessions for school students, increasing preparedness for, and awareness of, what to do in emergency situations.

Great Western


Hawkesdale Racecourse and Recreation Reserve

Sizzling Scenery

Renovation of part of an existing building to provide BBQ facilities, enhancing the ability of the Reserve to meet the needs of community members, user groups and visitors to the area.



Hexham Community Association Inc

A Community Renovation Project for a Very Small Town

Installation of a BBQ facility, enabling the community to gather for social and recreational events and to raise funds for future projects.



Hordern Vale-Glen Aire Recreation Reserve Committee

The Clean Water Project: Keeping Community Connected

Purchase and installation of a water storage and harvesting system, ensuring the viability of the only community managed facility in the area.

Hordern Vale


Art is Festival Inc


Develop and present a new theatre work involving visiting and local artists, and teachers and children from local schools, providing arts and cultural experience not normally available in the local community.



Koroit Irish Festival Committee Inc

A Sign of the Times

Development of new signage for a major community event, increasing its visibility, levels of community participation and awareness about the town’s agricultural and cultural past.



The Trustee for the MAC Trust

Scan Me In

Purchase and installation of a bar code scanner and system, improving efficiency of the operation of the cinema including its support of young people and local community groups.



Zoe Support Australia

Zoe Support Playgroup - Breaking Down Barriers to Social Inclusion and Engagement

Resources to deliver a supported playgroup for young mothers and their children, connecting them to opportunities which will improve their educational, social and health outcomes.



Mallee Family Care Inc

Earlier the Better Network - Focus on Early Years

Establish an early childhood development network, supporting workers to deliver more effective, targeted responses to community need and improving development outcomes for children in the 0 to 8 age bracket.



Nathalia and District Development Corporation Inc

Bardi Gras Frog Festival

Develop and present an Aboriginal Dreamtime story in both English and Yorta Yorta, increasing community awareness of local Indigenous culture and language, as well as environmental issues.



Arapiles Historical Society Inc

Cosy, Cool, Comfort

Purchase and installation of a split system air-conditioner, creating a more comfortable environment for volunteers and visitors to work in and access resources, at the Natimuk Heritage Centre.



Lions Club of Nhill Inc

Nhill Roars Opportunity Shop

Establishment of a Lions Club opportunity shop, generating income for community projects and ensuring disadvantaged members of the community have access to affordable clothing and household goods.



Numurkah District Health Service

Food for All - Community Wicking Beds

Construction and installation of wicking beds at key sites around the town, enabling local people to grow fresh vegetables and learn more about healthy eating.



Nungurner Primary School

Bolder Bush Beats

Develop and present a public performance with local children exploring bushfire preparedness and the work of the CFA, increasing community knowledge and awareness of this aspect of life in regional Australia.



Omeo District Health

Healthy Harvest

Purchase resources and materials for a community produce and information exchange, increasing understanding of the importance of eating healthy food and local capacity to grow fresh produce.



Goongerah Public Hall & Recreation Reserve Inc

A Home for Goongerah Good Foods

Purchase and installation of a shed for use by the local food co-operative, enabling them to operate more efficiently and to free up space in the community hall for the establishment of an office / communications hub.



Pomonal Progress Assoc Inc

The Vital Next Stage of Pomonal's New Hall

Purchase of a mobile folding stage system for the Pomonal Community Hall, improving its capacity to cater for a wide range of activities and meet community needs.



Robinvale District Health Service

Well Read

Purchase of mental health related resources for a library to be established in Robinvale, supporting community education and an informed conversation about mental health issues which people may experience, either directly, or indirectly though family members or friends.



Good Practice, Good Health Inc

Out of the Blue

Public performance of the play ‘Out of the Blue’, panel discussion and supper with health professionals, first responders and Lifeline volunteers available for informal discussions and follow up, supporting community mental health and suicide awareness.



Wodonga Senior Secondary College

Sow and Grow Organic Garden Project

Establishment of an edible and sensory garden at the Seymour Flexible Learning Centre, promoting positive learning opportunities and outcomes for students who have been disengaged from education for significant periods.



East Wimmera Health Service

Em-(Ergency) Powering Vehicles

Purchase a custom-built trailer to house and transport an existing generator, increasing local capacity to respond in emergencies where power is lost or unavailable by other means.

St Arnaud


Emu Recreation and Public Hall Reserve Committee of Management

Terminate the Termites - Stage 1

Treatment of termites and rectification of termite damage including re-stumping and repairs to the floor ensuring that the Hall remains available for community use.

St Arnaud


St Paul's Catholic Social Club Inc

Mirboo North Italian Festa

Purchase of chairs for use at a community festival, contributing to the sustainability of the event and supporting community cohesion and tolerance through the celebration of cultural diversity.



Lions Club of Wedderburn Inc

Grave Concern

Install bench seats in the local cemetery as part of a beautification project, providing an appropriate and peaceful environment for community members and relations to experience when visiting this important local facility.




WA Country Health Service - Goldfields

Leonora First Reading Books Initiative

Provision of age-appropriate books to children, improving basic literacy and school readiness.



Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation

Survive, Strive and Thrive

Suicide prevention education and training in the Kimberley region, skilling participants with the necessary knowledge, reducing suicide rates and increasing prevention activity.



Tjupan Ngalia Land Council Aboriginal Corporation

Goldfields Girl

Accommodation for workshop leaders of Goldfields Girl, a leadership program increasing confidence, wellbeing and capacity in young Leonora women.



Plantagenet Arts Council Inc

Match the Floor to the Art

Sand and seal jarrah floors in Mitchell House, creating a safe gallery and workshop space for arts and other groups to engage in creative, community strengthening and skills development activities.

Mt Barker


Nungarin Community Resource Centre

Empower Yourself

Host three volunteer training workshops, building volunteer capacity and community group sustainability in the Central Wheatbelt region.



Pemberton Mill Hall Restoration Committee

Pemberton Piano Project

Replacement of a 60 year old piano, supporting cultural events, music activities and community get togethers in Pemberton.



Quairading Community Resource Centre Inc

Welcome to Quairading

Customer service-focused tourism training, design and printing of tourism maps, supporting skills development and strengthened tourism capacity, leading to increased economic growth.



Murlpirrmarra Connection Limited

Indigenous Engagement for Wiluna & Leonora Youth

Contribution towards the running of various Indigenous youth engagement programs in 2017, strengthening Wiluna and Leonora youth health, wellbeing and education.



Nine Mile Aboriginal Corporation

Power Up the Shed Project

Contribution to power connection, heating/cooling infrastructure for community hub, supporting increased community connection, self-reliance and potential social enterprise.




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