Small Grants, Big Outcomes: 91 community projects funded nationally via FRRR’s flagship program

$374,740 invested in supporting resilient and adaptive rural, regional and remote communities.

Bendigo, 13 February 2018: Ninety-one community groups have been awarded grants totalling $374,740 through FRRR’s Small Grants for Rural Communities program.

Pemberton Mill Hall
Pemberton Mill Hall, WA, a R30 grant recipient.

This program enables not-for-profit community groups in rural, regional and remote Australia to access funding that supports locally-led projects across a variety of areas.

FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton, says the projects funded this round again confirm the need in rural, regional and remote Australia for funding to support local priorities.

“At the heart of the longevity and popularity of FRRR’s Small Grants program is its ability to fund a wide range of community projects. Because of the flexibility of this program and our special tax status, we can support community groups to implement projects that tackle local issues.

“In this round, we had requests for a wide range of projects –from education and health, to social welfare, environmental projects, arts and cultural initiatives.

Penguin District School sensory garden
Penguin District School, Tas, received a small grant for their sensory garden in R27.

“There was also a focus on improving, or establishing, vital community infrastructure, which is at the core of sustainable, vibrant communities. Quality local facilities contribute to a stronger sense of community pride and identity and play a key role in attracting new residents, businesses and visitors,” explained Ms Egleton.

One such place set to benefit is Beacon, 350 kms north east of Perth in Western Australia. The Beacon Progress Association has received a grant to enhance the community hall’s capacity to hold larger meetings, workshops, events, functions and fundraisers, by purchasing new tables, crockery, cutlery, outdoor gas heaters and a PA system.

“Beacon is a very small town – just 200 people – but the hall hosted events for groups of up to 150 people, despite only having equipment for 30 people. Volunteers would drive hundreds of kilometres to borrow what they need to cater for these larger groups. Owning this equipment will mean they can continue to host larger groups, and bring people into the community, supporting the local economy, at the same time as reducing the burden on volunteers,” Ms Egleton explained.

Some of the other projects funded in Round 32 include:

  • Increase local fundraising capacity and enhance community-led events on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, by purchasing kitchen appliances and catering equipment for the community centre kitchen.
  • Improve knowledge of nutrition and health and build confidence when cooking, by running cooking workshops for parents of young children in Katoomba, NSW.
  • Support the wellbeing, flexibility and fitness of local residents in Quilpie, QLD by training volunteer fitness instructors and purchasing gym equipment.
  • Preserve the cultural and social history of Waikerie, SA, by digitising and presenting films made by local residents during the 1950s and 60s.
  • Improve access to fresh food on King Island, by establishing a communal vegetable garden.

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

  • Scenic World
  • Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation
  • Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
  • The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation
  • The David Mactaggart Foundation
  • William Buckland Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees) 
  • North Central Rural Finance Counselling Service
  • The R.E. Ross Trust
  • Bertalli Family Foundation
  • Kapikarnpi Community Fund
  • Hannaford
  • The Maple-Brown Family Charitable Foundation
  • Yulgilbar Foundation
  • Friends of FRRR
  • Private donors

The full list of recipients is below, or jump to State lists: NSW|NT|QLD|SA|TAS|VIC|WA



Project Title & Description



Bigga Hall 355 Committee
(Upper Lachlan Shire Council)

Bigga Hall Beautification
Increase community pride and useability of the Bigga Memorial Hall through sanding floors and painting internal walls.



Blue Mountains Artists' Network

Lighting for Community Art Exhibition Space
Increase the Blue Mountains Artists' Network's capacity to engage emerging artists and enhance the displayed artworks through the installation of professional lighting for displays.



Blue Mountains Food
Co-operative Ltd

Nourishing Families
Improve skills, knowledge and confidence of cooking, nutrition and health for 25 parents of young children, via the delivery of 12 participatory cooking workshops.



Cobargo CWA
Country Women's Association of New South Wales

CWA Cottage Kitchen Upgrade for the Cobargo Community
Enable volunteers to cater for community events and comply with health and safety guidelines by renovating the Cobargo CWA cottage kitchen. Funds are a contribution to the overall project.



Convict Trail Project Inc

Adopt A Convict Project Database
Strengthen the capacity of the volunteer-run Convict Trail project to maintain historical records and provide public access to those records, via the purchase and use of database system FileMaker Pro.

Laguna, Wollombi, Bucketty, Broke


Creatives Collective
2357 Partnership

Take a Tablet
Enhance accessibility of digital art for people with disabilities through the purchase of three tablet devices. Twelve artists with a disability will receive training in use of the tablets and creative software, and an exhibition will be held in late 2018.



Geomancia Pty Ltd

Land Skills Learning at Murrin Bridge in Central Western NSW
Develop economic and cultural tourism opportunities and strengthen connection to culture, in partnership with the Murrin Bridge Local Aboriginal Land Council, through training local Indigenous residents in mapping technology, to identify and map sites of cultural and environmental significance.

Lake Cargelligo, Murrin Bridge, Euabalong


Lawrence Historical Society Inc

'Setting in the Shade' - Outdoor Tables & Seating
Enhance visitor experience at the Historical Society through the installation of a hardwood outdoor setting and grassed area in a shaded area of the museum gardens.



Millthorpe Youth Club (MY Club) -
(Millthorpe Village Committee)

Millthorpe Youth Committee and Skate Park Revamp
Increase youth engagement and participation in Millthorpe, via the delivery of street art and skating workshops alongside the redevelopment of the skate park. Funds will be used to engage a street art coach to run workshops with local youth and produce a mural.



Mount Victoria Community Association Inc

Mount Victoria Great Train Weekend - Celebrating 150 years of Railway in Mount Victoria, NSW
Promote tourism and celebrate local community heritage in Mount Victoria through reinstating the Mount Victoria Great Train Weekend. The event marks the 150th anniversary of the station construction and will support long-term recovery from the 2013 bushfires that impacted the region. Funds are a contribution to the materials and exhibitions.

Mount Victoria


Mountains Youth Services Team Inc

'Youth Outside' Renewal Project for the Katoomba Youth Centre
Re-enagement of marginalised youth with Katoomba Youth Centre, via the installation of a street art wall, and subsequent delivery of street art workshops.



Nundle District Monument Aboriginal Corporation

Lost Anaiwan People Found at Last
Enhance connection to culture and appreciation of heritage in the small community of Nundle via the installation of a verified 5,000 year old stone axe memorial. 



Paint the Town REaD Ltd

Paint Maitland REaD
Foster early literacy and improve school readiness of children from three Maitland suburbs by commencing the Paint the Town REaD program in the town.



Repentance Creek Public Hall Inc

Terrible Toots Transformed to Terrific Toilets
Increase hall capacity and community connection via the expansion and upgrade of 30 year old toilets at Repentance Creek Public Hall.

Repentance Creek


Robertson School of Arts Hall

Replacement of Stage Curtain and Lining
Increase safety and enhancing performances at the Robertson Hall via the replacement of 50 year old stage curtains.



South East Arts

Arts Health Theatre Collaboration
Health promotion project targeting and addressing identified local health issues through theatre performance and professional development of local artists. Three theatre performances with specific health themes will be staged in Bega, Cooma and Batemans Bay, targeting local service providers, community groups and priority community members.

Bega, Cooma, Batemans Bay


Taylors Arm Hall Committee of Management -
(Nambucca Shire Council)

Covered Outdoor Area for Taylors Arm Community Hall
Expand the use of and provide outdoor shelter at Taylors Arm Hall through the construction of a covered outdoor area.

Taylors Arm


Tintenbar School of Arts

No More Splinters
Increase safety and longevity of the Tintenbar Hall through the replacement of 112 year old floorboards.



Walgett School of Distance Education P&C Association

Mindfulness Modern Art Mural with Student Workshop and New Green Outdoor Space
Provide isolated students with access to a two-day arts program and the opportunity to develop new skills and peer relationships. Funds will be used to bring an award winning street artist to Walgett to work with and purchase arts books for the school library.



West Wyalong Meals on Wheels Inc

Freezer for Meals on Wheels Kitchen
Increase organisational capacity and efficiency via the purchase of two industrial sized freezers.

West Wyalong



Smile-a-Mile Fun Bus & Toy Library Inc

New Toys and Play Equipment
Create equal opportunities for early childhood development through access to educational toys at remote mobile playgroups and toy library.

Bees Creek, Jabiru,
Daly River,
Douglas Daly



Taromeo Rural Fire Brigade

Don't Burn the BUTT
Increase community and organisational capacity for fire preparedness and response in Blackbutt and Benarkin via community engagement and education, recruitment of volunteers, and addition of resources.



Cloncurry and District Show Society Inc

Cloncurry Show Society: Resourcing Our Community, Enabling Celebration of Our Identity
Strengthen capacity for the Cloncurry and District Show Society through the purchase of new display equipment and shade marquees for volunteers.



Community Legal Centres Queensland Inc

Training Rural and Remote Lawyers
Enable quality free legal services for regional, rural and remote Queensland communities, via the delivery of webinar training across 12 months to Community Legal Centres workers.

Towns across rural, regional and remote Queensland


Glenore Grove Public Hall Committee Inc

Storage Solution
Support volunteers and assist to protect a community asset by fitting out storage for maintenance equipment under the hall.

Glenore Grove


Mundubbera Community Development Association Inc

Solar with Benefits
Reduce operational costs for Mundubbera Neighbourhood Centre through the purchase and installation of a grid-interactive solar electric system. Cost savings will contribute to a community transport project.



QCWA Branch Abergowrie and Long Pocket

Country Kitchen for our Community
Support increased usage and expansion of events for the community by replacing the CWA Hall kitchen.

Long Pocket & Abergowie


The Isisford Industry and Recreation Development Association Inc

Isisford Tourist Guide
Promote tourism through the creation of a guide detailing local events, attractions and accommodation aimed at the 'grey nomad' market.



Yandina School of Arts Inc

Update Electricity Switchboard and Circuit Breakers and Safety Switches
Improve safety and comfort of the hall for community events and performances by upgrading the electrical system and installing an air conditioner.



Quilpie Sport and Recreation Inc

On a Roll to Recovery
Improve the wellbeing, flexibility and fitness of local residents through supporting the Quilpie community gym to train volunteer fitness instructors and purchase equipment to deliver free RollaFlex classes.



Weipa Early Childhood Education Association Inc

PECS Training Levels 1 & 2
Empower children with limited language skills to initiate communication through training Weipa educators in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). 




Big Swamp Community Centre Inc

Porta Loo for our Bush Community
Strengthen community connectedness by improving amenities at an old church which is being redeveloped as a community centre for the farming community of Coomunga.



Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association Inc

Bundaleer Nature Play Trail
Support community and environmental recovery from bushfires through the development of a nature-based play trail, engaging children and visitors in a positive experience of the local environment.



Dunjiba Community Council Inc

Oodnadatta Youth Group Revival
Improve the health, well-being and social connectedness of young Indigenous people living in remote Oodnadatta through the purchase of equipment for use by the recently reformed youth group.



Gabalidi Garngoo Association Inc

Stolen Generation Memorial Garden
Strengthen community connections and cultural knowledge through the establishment of an Indigenous Stolen Generation Memorial Garden where the community can gather to share stories, hold celebrations and conduct workshops.



Gladstone Community Development and Tourism Association Inc

Southern Flinders Discovery Centre Wall Repair
Repair community infrastructure that generates civic pride, and supports volunteering and the local tourist economy.



KneeHigh Puppeteers, trading as Open Space Contemporary Arts - OSCA

Collectors / Collections: Waikerie Films
Make accessible the cultural and social history of the Waikerie community, by preserving and presenting films made during the 1950s and 60s by local residents.



Maitland Aero Club Inc

Replace Panel Fencing at Maitland Airfield
Upgrade community infrastructure, improving the safety of people, vehicles and wildlife by replacing fencing at the Maitland airfield.



Mintaro Progress Association Inc

Mintaro Quiet Garden Project
Promote tourism, health and well-being by preserving and enhancing a site of local heritage significance.



Peterborough History Group SA Inc.

Keeping Our Collection Dry
Preserve a locally significant collection of historical objects and photographs by installing roof and gutter protection, ensuring the building housing the collection remains water tight.



Saddleworth Lawn Tennis Club Inc

Saddleworth Playground Upgrade
Improve community infrastructure by rebuilding an existing publicly accessible playground providing local children and families with a safe, shaded and fit for purpose space for play and socialisation.

Saddleworth & District


The Coonawarra Soldiers Memorial Hall Community Club Inc

Project 100: Coonawarra Community Hall Amenities Upgrade
Continue to build and strengthen a resilient and culturally vibrant community by upgrading community infrastructure and providing modern amenities that meet community expectations.



Tumby Bay Kindergarten

Art Studio
Improve educational outcomes for pre-schoolers by developing an art studio that will enable a broader range of creative activities to be run.

Tumby Bay


Ungarra Primary School
(Ungarra and Districts Hall and Progress Association Inc)

Ungarra Primary School Funky Food Caravan
Engage students in learning about food security and sustainability by purchasing and fitting out a mobile food van to augment the school's gardening and cooking program.



Yunta District Hall Inc

Providing appropriate Seating for the Aged and Less-abled Visitors to the Town's RFDS Monthly Medical Clinics
Provide suitable brochure display racks to display important information to patients and help improve community health and well-being by upgrading furnishings and display units in the building used for the Royal Flying Doctor Service's monthly clinic.




Festival of Golden Words Inc

Satisfaction in Sentences
Strengthen cultural and arts engagement through delivery of a biennial writers' festival.



Kings Inc (King Island, Nourish, Grow, Source)

KINGS Communal Garden
Establishment of a communal garden focused on growing vegetable crops which will be sold locally at affordable prices, improving food security on King Island.




Allambi Elderly Peoples Home Inc

Lift and Matching Chairs for Allambi Lounge
Improve the health and well-being of elderly residents by upgrading the amenity of the aged care facility through the purchase of fit-for-purpose furnishings.



Beechworth Women's Shed Inc

Benefiting Women Socially
Improve the health and well-being of women by supporting the purchase of start-up equipment for a new organisation.

Beechworth, Stanley, Wooragee, Yackandandah


Camperdown & District Historical Society Inc

New Loo
Strengthen volunteering and community engagement with local history through an upgrade of toilet facilities at the local Heritage Centre.



Carrajung Community Group Inc

Carrajung Hall Revival Project
Build community connectivity, participation and capacity through the installation of new toilets as part of a larger restoration project.



Chiltern & District Men's Shed

Replacement Thicknesser
Increase learning and social engagement in the community by purchasing new equipment which will strengthen the Men's Shed capacity to deliver mentoring programs and learning opportunities in a safe environment.



Cohuna and District Progress Association Inc

Seeing Cohuna Clearly
Improve community access to healthcare services by delivering currently unavailable optometry services in Cohuna.



East Loddon Men's Shed Inc

East Loddon Men's Shed Community Garden in Dingee - For a Sustainable, Healthy Lifestyle
Improve health and well-being outcomes for the community of Dingee through the establishment of a community garden.



Energy Innovation Co-operative Ltd

Building Community Participation: Energy Innovation Co-op's Southern CORE Fund
Improve access to renewable energy and enhance the financial sustainability of assets owned by community groups through promotion of affordable solutions via the Southern Community Owned Renewable Energy Fund.

Wonthaggi, Foster, Bass, Toora


F.INC East Gippsland Inc

Float Communiversity
Build a culturally vibrant and economically resilient community by linking local assets and capabilities, particularly around the arts, entrepreneurship and the environment, to create an enterprise that will enhance tourism and strengthen the local economy.

Lake Tyers Beach, Nowa Nowa


Goongerah & District Arts Education & Employment

Lights, Camera, Action!
Upgrade equipment and lighting at the Goongerah Community Hall to improve safety and increase the level of community activity at the facility.



Greta Hansonville Hall Committee

Air Conditioning and Fan Installation in Hall and Supper Room
Increase community participation and engagement through installation of a cooling system, creating a comfortable, year-round gathering space.



Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co Op

Koorie Early Years Cultural Kit
Strengthen the social and emotional health of Aboriginal children and families through the development of an early childhood resource kit that will extend understanding of, and pride in, local Indigenous culture and language.

Koroit, Hamilton, Heywood, Portland


Hamilton Community Church

White Goods for No-Cost Cafe
Support the health and well-being of homeless and other disadvantaged members of the local community through the purchase of new equipment which will extend services offered.



Inglewood & Districts Health Service

Inglewood Community Gym Rejuvenation Project - Stage 1
Improve the fitness, health and well-being of the community, through an upgrade of gym equipment at the local health service.



Koondrook Development Committee

Future Proofing Willow Park Community Meeting / Function Room
Replace furniture in a meeting room which is not fit-for-purpose, creating a space that will support opportunities for the community to engage and socialise with each other.



Koyuga Community Recreation Reserve Management Committee

New Toilet Facility, with a Disability Component, for the Koyuga Hall.
Improve community inclusiveness by upgrading toilets at the local community hall to include disabled facilities.



Kyneton Contemporary Inc

Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial (KCAT2018)
Strengthen the cultural capacity and engagement of local artists and community members by delivering a nine day contemporary arts event across the town of Kyneton.



Lake Boga Inc

Rotunda Renewal
Improve civic pride and amenity of the town through the restoration of a public rotunda, providing a place where locals and the community can socialise and connect.

Lake Boga


Landsborough Public Hall Reserve Committee of Management

Painting Landsborough Public Hall
Create a vibrant facility that will support a resilient and connected community by upgrading the interior of the Landsborough Public Hall.



McCallum Disability Services Inc

McCallum's Shady Project
Increase health and well-being of clients at a disability service by creating a shaded area for outdoor social interactions and activities with each other and the wider community.

St Arnaud


Navarre and District Historical Society Inc

Museum Office Power & Water Project 2017
Increase community engagement and interest in local history through an upgrade of infrastructure at the Navarre Museum.



Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre Inc

Nhill's Aviation History, Promoted Through 21st Century Technology
Improve community engagement with and access to information relating to Australia's aviation history through the redesign of the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre's website.



Nullawil Historical Society Inc

Striking a Light
Improve community access to a local heritage site and volunteering opportunities through an infrastructure upgrade, which will see mains power connected.



Peaks & Trails Inc

Peaks & Trails Run
Improve the financial viability and sustainability of locally run community events through the purchase of portaloos, which otherwise have to be hired from outside the town.



Red Gum Festival Development Group Inc

Cavendish Red Gum Festival
Raise awareness of the importance of the local environment, particularly the Red Gum tree, by engaging the community in a locally run festival.



Rupanyup Nursing Home Support Group - West Wimmera Health Service

Music, Fun and Friendship
Improve the health and well-being of elderly residents through the provision of monthly activities including live entertainment and social interaction.



Rupanyup Public Hall Committee

Rupanyup Memorial Hall - Sitting Pretty Project
Support increased community connectedness and participation through an upgrade of the furnishings at the Rupanyup Public Hall.



Rutherglen Apex Inc

Rutherglen Apex Park Picnic Shelter
Strengthen social connections by improving the amenity of a local park through the construction of a picnic shelter.



Shire of Towong

"Excel in Word"
Build a more resilient community that is engaged in the local economy and life-long learning through the provision of employment related courses which will increase the skills and capacity of local people.



Springhurst and Byawatha Hills Landcare Group

Joint Storage Facility Between North Wangaratta CFA and Springhurst and Byawatha Hills Landcare Group
Build a more resilient and cohesive community through the development of shared facilities for the storage of equipment belonging to the local landcare and CFA.

Byawatha, Springhurst


The Alleycats Choir
(Bruthen Arts and Events Council Inc)

The Alleycats Go 'National'!
Build capacity and sustainability of the Alley Cats Community Choir by supporting tours to four local communities and the National Folk Festival, as well as the production of a CD.

Bruthen, Orbost, Swifts Creek, Mallacoota and others


The Nhill & District Kindergarten Inc

Active Kids Love Outdoor Play
Support children's learning and development through the purchase of equipment for an outdoor creative play space.



Warracknabeal Town Hall Committee of Management

Warracknabeal Town Hall Kiosk Restoration
Upgrade of facilities in a heritage-listed community asset, making it a more amenable venue for use by diverse groups in the community.



Willaura Modern Inc

Framed, Shot and Hung! Establishing a Gallery and Community Space at Willaura Railway Station and Foto Art Trail around the district.
Stimulate local community, cultural and economic activity through the development of a community arts hub and meeting place in a refurbished railway station.



Wonwondah Fire Brigade

Heart Start in Wonwondah
Increase the community's resilience and sense of safety through the purchase of emergency service equipment, which will improve the CFA's capacity to provide an appropriate first aid response in case of heart attacks.



Woods' Farming & Heritage Museum Inc

Hygienically Dry my Hands
Improve the quality of visitor experience at a community-run museum through the upgrade of bathroom facilities.




Beacon Progress Association

Beacon Events Package
Increase community capacity to hold successful meetings, workshops, events, functions and fundraisers, through the supply of new tables, crockery, cutlery, gas outdoor heaters and a PA system.



Boyanup Foundation Inc

Broadening Our Horizons
Increase tourism and strengthen community engagement and town pride through development of a website for the South West Rail and Heritage Centre.



Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council

Assisting Our Community Volunteers
Increase local fundraising capacity and community-led events via the purchase of kitchen appliances and catering equipment for the Islands' community centre kitchen.

Cocos Keeling Islands


Dowerin District High School Parents And Citizens Association Inc

2018 Student Leadership Day
Increase leadership capacity and skills in students across the Dowerin schools cluster, via a contribution towards guest speakers and workshop presenters at an all-day youth leadership event.



Hyden Community Resource Centre Inc

Community Friendly Kitchen
Enhance the community resource centre's capacity as a functional catering space via a practical kitchen update.



Meckering Action Group

Meckering Earthquake Walk Trail Revitalisation Project
Build economic revival and enhance tourism experiences through creation and provision of engaging Meckering earthquake signage in time for 50 year commemorations.



Mount Barker Tourist Bureau Inc

Mount Barker (WA) Visitors' Centre Staff Training
Increase tourism, and volunteer skills capacity, through the provision of accredited TAFE computer, fire warden and customer service training across 24 volunteer staff.

Mount Barker


Riding for the Disabled WA Plantagenet Group Inc

Equipment Renewal and Safety Improvement
Support people with a disability to participate in horse riding activities, promoting physical and mental health, through the provision of specialist riding equipment and arena modifications.



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