Big impact with the help of small grants

81 organisations nation-wide receive funding from FRRR’s longest running grant program

Bendigo, 29 July, 2016:  The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced the recipients of Round 29 of their flagship grants program Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC).

This round, 81 projects will share more than $300,000. Communities as widespread as Marra Creek, NSW; East Arnhem NT; Bruny Island, Tas; and Wongan-Ballidu, WA received grants to deliver their projects.

Community infrastructure grants at work

Natalie Egleton, FRRR CEO, said that nearly half of the applications were for projects to improve local community infrastructure. The projects highlight the importance of this infrastructure to rural towns, with representation of community owned and managed meeting places such as community halls, recreation reserves and neighbourhood centres seeking grants to update kitchens and bathrooms, improve disability access, roofing repairs and to support improved OH&S access and comfort standards.

“These public spaces are integral to the fabric of community life in rural towns and their ongoing maintenance can see a significant increase in community-strengthening outcomes, as well as economic outcomes, from increased visitation and usage,” said Ms Egleton.

“This round, we also received many applications for projects relating to enhancing wellbeing and strengthening social capacity. This included projects like strategic planning workshops to assist the Byron Bay community to meet zero carbon emissions objectives and a quilting workshop in Gregory, Qld, to engage community members and teach them new skills, while building social inclusiveness and resilience in a drought-affected town,” said Natalie.

These grants are possible thanks to the support of numerous generous donors, including the following, all of whom collaborate with us to offer a simple, broad grant program to rural, regional, and remote communities:

  • Berrembed Trust
  • The Bertalli Family Foundation
  • Commercial Travellers Association of Victoria
  • Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation
  • Pratt Foundation
  • The Julian Flett Endowment
  • The R.E. Ross Trust
  • The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees
  • Thyne Reid Foundation
  • The William Buckland Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees
  • Western Australian Community Foundation Charitable Trust
  • FRRR and other private donors

The 30th round of SGRC will open on 22 August. You can find out more on the Round 30 SGRC page on this site. Applications will close 7 October, 2016.

Full details of the projects funded are detailed below, by state: NSW | NT | QLD |SA | TAS | VIC | WA





New South Wales

Ariah Park Community Projects Inc


Keeping Our Town Alive

Boost tourism and support intergenerational community involvement through a Centenary celebration of the birthplace of Australian bulk grain handling.

Ariah Park


Ariah Park Preschool Assoc Inc


Community BBQ Area

Supporting healthy eating and community connectivity by contributing to a community BBQ for the preschool and community garden.

Ariah Park


Bellingen Showgrounds Reserve Trust


Access and Comfort for All

Enabling people with disabilities and the elderly to participate in activities held at the showgrounds with the provision of a disability access toilet and shower facility, also benefiting campers and tourists.



Bermagui Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Inc


Witness our Fitness!

Increasing no-cost health and fitness opportunities for individuals and groups, and improve community well-being by installing outdoor exercise equipment.



Beyond Zero Emissions Inc


Zero Emissions Byron Community

Assisting the Byron Bay community to meet zero carbon emissions objectives with five strategic planning workshops.

Byron Bay


Bungwahl Rural Fire Service


Fire Ground Two-Way Radios and Spare Batteries

Increasing the safety of two fire-fighting units with the purchase of two hand-held PMR two-way radios. 



CWA NSW - Marra Creek Branch


Mission Achievable Rest Room Appeal - Project MARRA

Reducing the risk of further damage and ensuring protection and insurance compliance of this community infrastructure, through repairing and replacing doors and windows at the Marra Creek CWA restrooms.

Marra Creek


CWA NSW - Woodstock Branch


Curtain Call

Improving the facility’s OH&S capacity, appearance, cleanliness and comfort by replacing the floor covering and curtains for the weekly district nurse clinic.



Filling the Gap Inc


Mend a Smile, Transform a Life

Volunteering in oral health clinics for over 800 Aboriginal patients from isolated communities via a contribution towards airfares for experienced dental professionals.

Narooma & Bega


Hannam Vale Recreational Reserve Trust


Saving Our Water

Maximising the catchment and capacity of rainwater to assist in the operation of Recreation Reserve facilities by replacing gutters and relocating an unused water tank.

Hannam Vale


Justice Connect


Governance Training - Helping the Helpers

Improving the capacity to successfully govern and navigate the legal environment, through the provision of travel costs and tailored legal education training for staff and boards of community organisations in and around Bourke, which address Aboriginal and other disadvantaged groups.



Leeton Shire Library (Leeton Shire Council)


Playing Up - Lego @ the Library

Increasing children’s engagement in activities that enhance fine motor skills, hand / eye coordination and improving social skills through the establishment of a Lego Club.



Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Inc


Sails for the Sky

Constructing portable bamboo shade structures for use at public events by holding four workshops to train volunteers.

Manning Valley


North Arm Cove Community Centre (Sec.355 - Great Lakes Council)


One Call Could Save a Life

Improving mobile communications in the event of natural disaster by the purchase and installation of equipment at the Community Centre, a designated Neighbourhood Safer Place.

Great Lakes


Rankins Springs and District Progress Association


Community Health and Wellbeing

Benefiting an existing weekly exercise program of 30 participants, and the general community, by the installation of outdoor exercise equipment at the Rankins Springs Recreation Grounds.

Rankins Springs


SteppinOut4Youth Inc


Race to Diversity

Promoting inclusivity, cultural diversity and pride in multicultural values via art, activities, equipment and catering for the all-day ‘Race to Diversity’ event - featuring dance, music and ethnic foods.



Sunset Strip Progress Association Inc


Sunset Strip Village - Energy Buster

Providing a more comfortable environment for public events and reducing Community Centre overheads via insulation, heat extractors and skylight tunnels.

Sunset Strip Village


Tinonee Historical Society Inc


Tinonee Museum Signage Upgrade

Better showcasing the museum to its community and potential visitors by restoring signs on the museum.



Young and District Family History Group Inc


From Newsprint to E-technology

Ensuring the preservation of information and availability to future generations through the digitisation of a collection of historical documents with purchase of a new multi-function printer / scanner.



Northern Territory

Artback NT Inc


Numburindi Festival Youth Workshops

Engaging young people in creative skills development and enhancing their knowledge of both traditional and contemporary art through a series of visual arts workshops.



Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation  (CAACAC)


Glasses 4 U

Improving the eye health of Aboriginal people living in 27 remote communities and town camps in and around Alice Springs by providing ready-made magnifier spectacles and sunglasses.

Alice Springs


East Arnhem Regional Council



Improving the health and well-being of children who attend four remote Indigenous child care centres by the purchase of 100 uniforms to be worn at the centres, with staff washing them.

East Arnhem


Indigenous Remote Communications Association Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation


National Remote Indigenous Media Festival

Providing skills development and enabling participants to convey cultural stories, sensitive topics and knowledge of a new media through animation workshops for young Indigenous people.



St John Ambulance Australia NT Inc - Katherine Branch


First Aid in Schools Program

Increasing the safety and resilience of 1,320 remote Indigenous children, and supporting access equity of services by providing First aid training sessions.



Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation


Be Safe

Developing Walpiri-specific Violent Behaviour Protocols (policies and procedures and risk assessment tool), covering family and workplace violence and other risk areas, and staff training to increase operational workplace safety through the employment of a specialist behavioural consultant.

Warlpiri Lands



Atherton Performing Arts Inc


Refurbishment of Toilet Facilities at the Performing Arts Theatre World War 2 Igloo

Increasing the hygiene facilities in the bathroom at the local theatre by purchasing and installing three toilets, three mixers and tiling.



CWA QLD - Gregory Branch


Aussie 8 hr Quilting Workshop and Community Open Day

Engaging community members to learn new skills and create together, while building social inclusiveness and resilience in a drought-affected town, by attending a quilting workshop.



Hannaford Club Inc


Cooler Clubs Thrive in Rural & Regional Australia

Reducing the effects of extreme temperatures on community participation through the purchase and installation of a reverse cycle split system and block out blinds for the local hall.



Killarney Area Promotions Assoc Inc


Small Town Regeneration Seminars Killarney 2016

Providing direction and structure through a series of community development and economic regeneration seminars run by the Killarney Area Promotions Association Inc, QLD to guide the development of the town’s economy.



Koumala Community Hall Committee


Rusty Roof Reno

Increasing community engagement and improving OH&S issues at the Koumala Community Hall by repairing roof leaks, rust and preventing further flooding.



Quilpie Branch Isolated Children's Parents' Assoc


ICPA Holiday Camp

Providing access to specialist curriculum tuition and rare peer to peer engagement for isolated students through the provision of tutoring at a holiday camp.



Rock FM


Project Y Community Youth Broadcasting Program on the Air

Building youth skills and communications capacity to engage with the wider community via a school-based radio production and presentation program, training up to 16 youth.



Valkyrie Primary P&C Assoc


Brigalow to Brisbane - Bush to the Big Smoke

Enhancing remote students’ education through exposure to key science, cultural and history education institutions while on a school camp to Brisbane.



Volunteer Marine Rescue Assoc Inc


Volunteer Marine Rescue Assoc Inc

Ensuring the security of the Marine Rescue vessel, used by volunteer rescuers to save lives, by installing secure fencing.



South Australia

Joanna Community Hall Inc


We are Listening, but we can't Hear

Improving acoustics and allowing visitors to hear conversations, speeches and community presentations through the installation of a sound absorbing foam ceiling.



Kapinnie Recreation Hall Assoc Inc


The Tables have Turned

Supporting social connectivity, skills training and networking opportunities by purchasing tables for new community centre.



Summerhill Inc


Enhanced Firefighting Resources for Summerhill Inc

Upgrading the Aged Care Facility’s firefighting capacity and more adequately preparing the hostel and independent living units for potential natural disaster, through the purchase of a fire hydrant and large tank.



Wunkar Community Soldiers' Memorial Hall Inc


TLC for our Hall

Supporting the local community to retain a central meeting place for gatherings, training and social events by replacing the rusted roof and guttering.



Ernabella Arts Inc

Kunpu Warkarintjaku Kunpu Ngura (Strong Work, Strong Community)

Doubling production and increasing capacity for more artists to develop work for sale through the rewiring of the Ernabella Arts Centre’s second ceramics kiln.

Ernabella $4,640


Bruny Island Environment Network Inc (BIEN)


Focusing on our Environment Matters!

Reducing the impact of increased visitors to Bruny Island via the purchase of AV, PA equipment and provision of environmental education workshops.

Bruny Island


Fingal District Progress Committee Inc


Toilet for a Station

Establishing the community-driven restoration of Fingal Railway Station as a new tourist attraction, by installing a new toilet to complete the project.



The Unconformity Inc (Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival Inc)


Fire and Brimstone: Youth Engagement Project for Queenstown

Reducing isolation and increasing skills, capacity and aspirations of unemployed young people through a youth arts development project involving 20 young people aged 12-17 years.




Alpine Children's Services


Rainbow Garden Reno

Providing a stimulating outdoor play space for 0 to 5 year olds and their families by purchasing equipment to restore the garden area following building works.

Mt Beauty


Ballan & District Vintage Machinery & Vehicle Club Inc

Ronaldson & Tippett Heritage Museum

Promoting the heritage and preservation of a significant local treasure, and strengthening sense of community via the completion of the museum display shed and internal kitchen.



Beechworth Food Co-Op


Fresh Food Hub Fridges

Enabling a regular weekly marketplace for local food producers and consumers by purchasing a commercial fridge.




Boisdale & District Progress Association


Historic Boisdale Stables - Drop in for a Coffee and a Chat

Creating a dynamic arts and cultural space for community meetings, social connection and educational opportunities by converting the historic stables and installing a kitchen.



Brimpaen Recreation Reserve


Island Bench

Increasing available workspace and providing a mouse-proof storage area at the recreation reserve through the installation of a new kitchen bench.



Bruthen Mechanics Institute


Reinventing Bruthen Mechanics Hall

Improving the amenity of the Bruthen Mechanic Institute Hall by purchasing and installing equipment, including a data projector, screen and portable PA.



Campbells Creek Community Inc


Campbells Creek 19th Century Heritage

Creating a collaborative history project with the local history group and the primary school by producing a brochure featuring the town’s history, a map, local walking and cycle tracks. 

Campbells Creek


Catalina Old Time Band


Entertaining Nursing Home Residents

Providing free musical entertainment to elderly residents, including dementia patients, by providing travel expenses for the Catalina Old Time Band, enabling them to visit aged care facilities.



CFA - Jung Fire Brigade


To Save and Protect

Strengthening the community’s capacity to deal with emergencies by installing water efficient firefighting nozzles and a defibrillator.



CFA - Lismore Rural Fire Brigade


TIC for Lismore RFB

Improving efficiency of firefighting response via the purchase of a thermal imaging camera to detect hotspots.



Daylesford and District Historical Society Incorporated


Sitting Pretty

Improving OH&S and the comfort of user groups in the hall by replacing heavy bench seating with lightweight, stackable comfortable chairs, and thereby potentially increasing incidents of hall hire.



Dimboola Community Centre Reserve Committee of Management (Dept. Environment, Land, Water and Planning)

Dimboola Community Centre Facelift

Improving the appearance of the Dimboola Community Centre, protecting the integrity of the building and improving the harvesting of rain water via repairs to the exterior of the building.




Donald Golf and Bowls Club Inc


Welcoming Chairs

Improving the safety and comfort of participants at community events through the purchase of new chairs.



Edenhope Lions Club Inc


Edenhope - The Community Garden Community

Generating recreational, social and educational opportunities for community members with the purchase of garden bed materials and related equipment to create a community garden.



Eildon Action Inc


Eildon Historic Precinct - The 2 Dams Story

Enabling the group to better preserve the region’s history with the provision of a photocopier, laptop and digital recorder.



Elmhurst Playgroup (Playgroup Victoria Inc)


A Green Street Project

Encouraging a more inclusive children’s play facility at the Elmhurst Bush Nursing Centre where children, their families, the elderly and the wider community are able to connect, through the purchase of play equipment for a new outdoor play space.



Garibald Public Purposes Reserve


After 20 years, its Time to Paint the Garibald Community Hall

Improving the appearance and preventing further structural decay of the Garibald Hall via external painting.



Greta Valley Landcare Group


Software to Map our Trees and Renew our Laptop please!

Allowing the group to create aerial maps of threatened species, vegetation, weed overlays and local features, strengthening local environmental outcomes by upgrading their IT capability.

Greta Valley


Harcourt Progress Association Inc


Community Catering Kit

Enabling local community groups to cater for fundraising and other community events with kitchen equipment for a mobile catering resource.



Inglewood Primary School


MATES Reading Buddies - Mentoring Program

Enabling three neighbouring schools to participate in a mentoring program, increasing literacy levels and community engagement in education, with the provision of Working with Children checks and project coordination.



Katunga Primary School


Library Upgrade

Enabling an activity space for playgroup and improving school readiness in birth to kinder age children by refurbishing a multi-purpose room.



King Valley Community Memorial Hall Inc


Socialising in the Kitchen

Meeting health standards and ensuring the hall’s kitchen is appropriate for both volunteers and hirers who use the facility via a kitchen upgrade.

King Valley


Kyneton Agricultural Society Inc


This Farm needs a Farmer

Linking retired farmers with new, farming-focused residents, fostering agricultural skill sharing, social support and economic development through the development of welcome packs.



Lockwood Primary School


Lockwood Family Fitness Track

Aiming to reduce obesity by encouraging students, staff and other community members to participate in an affordable exercise program through the development of a fitness track.



Macorna Public Park and Recreation Reserve Committee

Washing the Work Away

Improving the efficiency and usability of kitchen facilities at the local recreation reserve with the purchase of an industrial dishwasher.



Maroona Fire Brigade

Light up my World

Improving safety for emergency services personnel, during low visibility and night operations, via a lighting system for the quick fill trailer.



Oxley Primary School Council


Greening our Grounds and Creating Native Habitat all Around!

Enhancing the natural environment and strengthening community participation in educating children in the community through the installation of an irrigation system on primary school grounds.



Pimpinio Sports and Community Centre


Beat the Heat

Ensuring community comfort and that the Pimpinio Sports and Community Centre is usable year round through the installation of an air conditioner.



Queenscliffe Maritime Museum Inc


Preparation for 2016 Reaccreditation of QMM

Protecting culturally significant heritage items in Queenscliffe Maritime Museum’s (QMM) collection by installing UV-proof window coverings.



St Arnaud Arts Council Inc


Cultural Artist Room Connectivity

Fostering a burgeoning arts culture and supporting economic growth and skills development through the creation of an ‘Arts Room’ for exhibitions, workshops and arts events.

St Arnaud


Thoona Hall Committee


Some like it Hot

Ensuring the venue is more comfortable and attractive to existing and potential new users with the installation of a heater in the main hall.



Woodhouse - Nareeb Hall and Recreation Reserve Committee


History Alive at Woodhouse

Commemorating the contribution the district made to WWII, with signage and landscape materials to refurbish the historical site.



Woomelang & District Development Assoc


Woomelang Tough as Iron

Regenerating interest in a historically significant recreational asset through the creation and installation of seven artworks by local artist, Phil Rigg at Cronomby Tanks Reserve.



Western Australia

Katanning Land Conservation District Committee


Katanning EcoWeek 2016

Enhancing capacity of local organisations and individuals to live more sustainable and environmentally aware lives through promotional materials and speakers' fees to support the 2016 EcoWeek Festival.



Mullewa District Agricultural Society


The Experience Agricultural Trail

Engaging children and their families with agricultural systems and processes, enhancing their knowledge and connecting them with local farming activity, via the purchase of equipment and materials to build an experiential trail.



Nungarin Community Resource Centre Inc


Cool, Calm & Community Focussed

Ensuring the Nungarin Community Resource Centre is comfortable for people accessing its many services and / or activities, via the purchase and installation of a reverse cycle air conditioner.



Upper Gascoyne Land Conservation District Committee


Rangeland Remediation Technique and Practice Workshop

Enabling local land managers to improve productivity and the health of the local environment through a workshop providing information and a demonstration of rangeland remediation techniques.

Upper Gascoyne


Wongan-Ballidu Aged Persons Homes Assoc Inc


Cement Sensation

Improving safety of aged care residents and visitors and encouraging an increased level of social interaction, via the cementing of pathways and recreational spaces surrounding the facility.



Wyndham Historical Society Inc


Wyndham Museum Roof Recovery

Ensuring a structurally safe building for both the historical collection housed within and for the volunteers and visitors who use the facility, with the replacement of an old asbestos roof.




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