Small communities receive New Year funding bonuses

Organisations share $450,000+ to deliver targeted, local solutions to local issues

One hundred and thirty-four community groups across rural, regional and remote Australia received a pleasant surprise when the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) announced the successful recipients of its Small Grants for Rural Communities program.

Of the 396 groups that applied this round, 28% will receive a grant thanks to generous donors who collaborate under the Small Grants banner to offer a simple, broad grant program to rural, regional and remote communities. This unique program allows eligible not-for-profit community groups access to up to $5,000 to address issues as wide-ranging as education, environment, social welfare, community wellbeing, health, arts and culture.  Examples include:

  • Establishing a community gym in Bedourie –1,600 km west of Brisbane – to help address chronic health problems;
  • Purchasing a coffee machine in Boggabri, north west NSW,  to teach students hospitality skills and provide funding base for school's extra programs;
  • Establishing a men’s cooking group in Titjikala, 1,600 km south of Darwin, to support healthy eating and self-sufficiency in this remote indigenous community;
  • Purchasing a ripper to control infestation of noxious weeds and facilitate establishment of indigenous plantings in Southern Brook, north west of Perth;
  • Running a photography course to support community members experiencing mental illness in West Ulverstone, in Tasmania;
  • Upgrading the electricals in the community hall in Devon North, Victoria, which is a vital community meeting centre as well as the place of last resort in an emergency;
  • Installing a kitchen in the only after-hours community building in Lochiel, in South Australia.

The full list of projects funded in Round 26 is available below.

FRRR’s CEO, Alexandra Gartmann, says that the Small Grants for Rural Communities program provides much needed extra funds for well-supported community projects.

“Most community groups are really effective at fundraising locally and often just need a small grant to get them over the line with a project. Broad community support is one of the essential ingredients for successful long-term outcomes. When we see funding from local partners, together with letters of support, it gives us confidence that the project in question will succeed and is needed in the community,” Ms Gartmann said.

The most common project this round was the ongoing maintenance of community halls, recreation reserve buildings and other community use buildings, with requests for building upgrades, maintenance and capital works of kitchens, bathrooms, roofs and disability access points being common themes. There were also a number of applications seeking support for war commemoration projects, sparked by both the World War One centenary commemorations as well as projects addressing ANZAC celebrations and memorials in 2015.

Ms Gartmann noted that this flagship grants program is only possible thanks to the generous support of its donors. “They make it possible for roofs to be put on halls, community celebrations to be adequately resourced, environmental and cultural groups access to appropriate equipment and remote youth groups to access quality technologies that build social connections,” she said.

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

  • Bertalli Family Foundation
  • Commercial Travellers Association of Victoria
  • Berrembed Trust, managed by Perpetual
  • The McCusker Foundation
  • The R.E. Ross Trust
  • The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees
  • The William Buckland Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees
  • The Yulgilbar Foundation
  • FRRR and other private donors.

Read about the innovative grants being implemented in: NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA.


Adelonia Theatre Committee Inc


A Hall for All

Increase meeting place safety through repair of leaking roof.



Bay FM Community Radio Inc


Byron Audio & Multimedia @ Byron Bay

Increased audio engineering skills for youth through mentoring.


Byron Bay



Bucketty and District Rural Fire Brigade


No More Rats in the Station! (Sealing the Ceiling)

Reducing effects of climate extremes and rodent access through provision of new ceiling.




Bungonia Progress Association Inc


Let's Get Bungonia Cooking!

More effective catering at community functions through purchase of stove and dishwasher.




Central West Family Support Group Inc


Healthy Relationships – Getting’ the Know

Reducing domestic violence through young women’s education program.



Coopernook Action Group Inc


Skip to the Loo

Increasing comfort levels through upgrade of local public ablutions block.




Copper City Men's Shed - Cobar


Footprints into the Future

Increasing community support work possibilities through flooring extension to Men's Shed.





Don Dorrigo & Guy Fawkes Historical Society Inc


Bringing the Museum to the Community

More effectively sharing historical information through the purchase of IT equipment.




Havannah House Ministries Inc


Cool Summers

Improving comfort levels at emergency accommodation through provision of heating and cooling.




Home-Start National Inc


Tin Lids Time Out

Repairing family relationships and reducing behavioural issues through support for parenting course.




Jerilderie Steamrail and Heritage Club


Solar Savings

Reducing overheads at steam train tourist attraction through solar system installation.




Keep Australia Beautiful Council (NSW)


Sell your Story!

Increasing fundraising effectiveness through publicity and grant writing workshops.




Leeton and District Local Aboriginal Land Council Inc

Access for Everyone

Improving disability access for LALC building through provision of ramp.




Lightning Ridge Community Radio Association Inc

Keeping our Dream Alive

Delivery of a quality, reliable service to community radio station listeners through provision of broadcast hardware.

Lightning Ridge



Lockhart Pre School Kindergarten Inc

Edgy Education-Innovative Office Designs Investing in Early Years Learning

Better accommodating staff and resources through support for kindergarten fit-out.




Manildra Public School Parents and Citizens Association

Let The Sunshine!

Reducing electricity bills and providing educational resource for school through provision of solar panels.




Manning Valley Historical Society Inc

Signposts to our Museum

Increasing tourism through provision of signage promoting visitor centre and museum.




Miyay Birray Youth Services Inc

Mungindi 'Mindzone' Youth Mental Wellbeing and Resilience Resource

Increase mental illness support through provision of youth mental health resources.




Oberon Council

Hot off the Press-Oberon community newsletter

Enhancing event participation and reducing social isolation with a printer for the community newsletter.




Sacred Heart School Boggabri PTF (Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Boggabri)

Hospitality Industry Social Enterprise for PTF

Raising funds for extracurricular programs with a coffee machine to teach student hospitality skills.




Shared Table Community Kitchen Inc

No Dirty Dishes!

Increasing connection for the disadvantaged and socially isolated by the provision of community meals.




Stonewave Taiko Inc

Beat By Hand

Increase community participation in drumming workshops, lessons and performances via provision of Musical instruments.




Tablelands Farming Systems Inc

Females, Farming, the Future - rural women's event

Empowering farming women through strategic planning and business management workshop.




The Binnaway Mens Shed Inc

Men-d our shed

Accommodating people with disabilities and increasing delivery of more community projects through Men's Shed extension.




The Retreat Hall Finley (Berrigan Shire Council)

Operation Tennis Court Clean Up and Keep the Grass Short

Effective ground management to pave way for mobile childcare facility through provision of ride-on mower.




Trangie Mens Shed

Trangie Mens Shed

Supporting positive mental health and social inclusion through tools and equipment for Men's Shed.




TTF Broken Dam Unit Trust

A Spark for our Community

Increase hosting capacity of community owned social enterprise café through provision of deep fryer and hotplate.

Ariah Park



Tullera Community Hall Inc

Ceiling the Deal

Increasing comfort levels of unlined community hall through installation of ceiling and insulation.




Western Studio of Performing Arts Parents Committee

Tumblin' in the Outback

Engaging children in healthy activities through gym equipment for children's gymnastics group.




Whian Memorial Hall Inc

All Fired Up - Community Cob Oven Build and Whian Dine Fresco Experience

Enhancing social cohesion through provision of outdoor cooking and eating shelter.




Wilcannia Community Tourism Association Inc

Long Paddock Dreaming

Increasing tourism in remote town through provision of promotional resources.





Angolmi Aboriginal Corporation


Resources for Outdoor Rural Education Program for Indigenous Young People

Increasing cultural education for Indigenous youth via water infrastructure for an outdoor education camp.




CatholicCare NT


Men Making Meals

Supporting healthy eating and self-sufficiency in remote indigenous community.




Flinders Rural Clinical School NT (Flinders University of SA)

Speaking Easy for Living and Learning

Increasing access to culturally appropriate therapeutic tools for early childhood speech development in indigenous children.




Tennant Creek Transport Inc

Catch the Bus Project

Improving public transport options in remote community through promotion of new community bus.

Tennant Creek




Burra Primary P&C Association


Eyes Wide Open

Increasing access to educational & scientific activities for remote children via school excursion.




Charters Towers Orchid and Allied Plants Society Inc


Exploring the secret lives of orchids

Ensuring survival of native orchids, and education to the wider community about them, through purchase of shared camera.

Charters Towers



Chatsworth Hall Committee Inc


Pure Tasty Water

Ensuring safe water at well used community hall through installation of UV water tank infiltration system.




Clermont & District Progress Association Inc


Increased Access for Driver Training

Increasing local drivers’ licence training opportunities in remote community through support of Cert IV in Driving Instruction tuition.




Desert Rivers Development Board Inc


Bedourie Health and Fitness Program

Reducing chronic health problems through establishment of community gym.




Irvinebank School of Arts and Progress Association Inc


Moffat's Museum Makeover - Reimagining Irvinebank's Loudoun House Museum

Improving visitor experience of community run museum through professional exhibition advice and interpretation plan.




Kuranda Community Kindergarten Association


Making Reading Easy, Enticing and Enjoyable

Improving reading outcomes in early childhood through targeted educational resources.




Maidenwell Rural Fire Brigade


Renovate and Rejuvenate MRFB Kitchen

Increasing capacity of well used community and fire brigade building by renovation of kitchen facilities.




McDonnell Creek State School P&C Association

Injured People with Hunger Pains

Ensuring safe walking, playing and access at remote school in the tropics via a gurney to clean slime and mould encrusted cement.




Miallo Primary P&C Association

Creek, Cane and Carnage - A Visiting Scientist Comes to Town

Increasing scientific interest in remote primary school students.




Millmerran Landcare Group Inc

Trippin' Around

Increased resilience and capacity to manage change through farmer field trips.




Moura Community Kindergarten Inc

Storeroom Shelving Solution

More efficient and safe storage of educational resources at community kindergarten through provision of built in shelving.




Murgon Men's Shed (Graham House Community Centre Inc)

Murgon Men's Shed Connecting Bright Sparks

Increasing opportunities for social connection and men’s mental health support through establishment of new men's shed.





Our C.D.F. Inc

Cooking up Funds

Increasing local fundraising for unique community festival through provision of market stall infrastructure.




Queensland Dairy & Heritage Museum Murgon Inc

Keep it Short

More effective upkeep of community owned dairy museum through provision of ride-on mower.




Tableland Public Hall Association Inc

Entry Rebuild

Increasing safety at well used community hall through entrance rebuild.




Tara & District Family Support Committee Inc


Increasing comfort and aesthetics at neighbourhood centre through purchase of new furniture.




Toowoomba International Multicultural Society Inc

Healing with Wholefoods Workshop

Reduction in common physical health ailments through provision of wholefoods workshops.

Darling Heights



UCA - Central Burnett Parish

A Place to Call Home: Storage for Adventure Activities

Increased storage capacity for primary schools camping facility.




Woodgate Community Events Inc

Woodgate Arts in Spring

Increasing exhibitor capacity at free community arts festival through provision of free standing display stands.

Woodgate Beach




Bakehouse Arts & Crafts Inc

Safely & Securely Slide Shut

Increasing access to community run craft shop by replacing rusted doors.




Farina Restoration Group Inc

Farina's 1880 Bakery - Oven Upgrade

Showcasing local heritage through restoration of an 1880s cob oven.




Friends of Port Moorowie Inc

Eye-catching Stobie Pole Art

Celebrating 20 years of resource management and foreshore enhancement through the creation of six mosaic stobie poles.

Yorke Town



GeorgeTown Primary School

Boxes of Learning Fun

Encouraging early language development in children 0-7 through purchase of educational resources.





Lighting the Courthouse

Ensuring professional and safe performances at popular community performing arts venue through provision of lighting rig.




Lochiel Progress Association

Have a seat

Increasing community meetings through provision of kitchen for town’s sole after hours community building.




Mount Pleasant Natural Resource Centre Inc

So much more than a deck!

Increased disability access and undercover area for community education building.

Mount Pleasant



Penola Festival Association Inc

IMAGINE Our Community

Fostering intergenerational connections and reducing youth marginalisation through youth workshops led by older community members.




Port Augusta Secondary School

The Beat Must Go On

Ensuring musical skills and experiences through replacement of concert band’s Timpani drum set.

Port Augusta



RSL (Keith Sub Branch) Inc


Keith Tank

Commemorating war veterans through creation of open air display for Centurion Tank.




Saddleworth Recreation Grounds Committee


Changing Dilapidated Showers into Modern Ensuite Facilities

Increasing comfort levels of community run caravan park and reserve through refurbishment of bathroom facilities.




The Pines Community Association Inc


Tip Top Tipper Trailer

Supporting foreshore renovations and fire safety through purchase of tipper trailer.




Wanilla Progress Association Inc


Mice Slice and Bird Nest Soup!

Promoting social inclusion and community connection through renovation of community hall.





Arthritis Foundation of Tasmania Inc

Champions for P.A.I.N

Increasing service access for arthritis sufferers through pain management training for regional trainers.




King Island Community Radio

KICR - Lets make waves

Supporting student audio training opportunities through creation of community radio station.




Okines Community House Inc


Future Foodies

Promoting healthy eating and reducing health risks in the community through cooking classes.

Dodges Ferry



Riding for the Disabled Inc St Helens

Fences for our Horses

More effective delivery of disability riding program through provision of fencing.

St Helens



Ulverstone Neighbourhood House


Increasing mental illness support to community members through photography course.





Aboriginal Literacy Foundation Inc

Professor On Call

Raising literacy standards in indigenous children through provision of one on one tuition.



Baranduda Primary School

Grow, Harvest, COOK!

Promoting healthy eating through outdoor kitchen classroom accessed by various community groups.



Bass Valley Music Festival Inc

Serenade at Sunset

Upskilling local talent and improving tourism opportunities through musical festival event development.



Beyond Zero Emissions Inc

A Sustainable Seymour

Reducing community carbon emissions through energy efficiency workshops.



Boolarra Football Netball Club Inc

Everything to Everyone

Increasing comfort levels and reducing electricity bills through provision of solar system and reverse cycle air conditioner.



Bridgewater Recreation and Public Park Committee of Management

Table Talk

Increasing effectiveness of community meeting place through the replacement of flood damaged tables.



Carlisle River Community Group

Carlisle River Newsletter Printer

Increasing community connection through printer purchase, ensuring continued production of community newsletter.

Carlisle River


Castlemaine Press Inc

Castlemaine Press - Printmaking from the ground up

Increasing affordable creative activities through support for community access printmaking studio equipment.



CFA - Dimboola

Chainsaw for Dimboola

Increased safety from fallen trees through purchase of chainsaw.



CFA - Kooreh Fire Brigade

Protek Us

Improving fire fighting efficiency via water efficient nozzle.



CFA - Minimay

Chairs for Minimay

Increase event seating capacity through provision of chairs. 



CFA - Murchinson Fire Brigade

Let There Be Light & Security

Increase safety of CFA operations through provision of lighting and alarm system.



CFA - St Arnaud Group

St Arnaud Group Nozzle Upgrade Project

Improve fire fighting efficiency through provision of nine water efficient nozzles.

Gre North


CFA - Yambuk

Big Fill Tanker

Ensuring faster callout response times through contribution towards quick fill ute tanker.



Cheshunt Repeater Action Group Inc

Repeat This

Improving communications for locals and emergency services through purchase of UHF repeater.



Clunes Neighbourhood House Inc

Community Food for Community Dinners

Increasing participation, connection and healthy eating through extension of community garden.



Devon North Community Hall

Light up Devon North

Increasing safety to emergency place of last resort community hall through electrical upgrade.

Devon North


French Island Mechanics Institute and Recreation Reserve

What's cooking on French Island?

Improving food safety and hygiene at public meeting space through kitchen refurbishment.

French Island


Lancefield Neighbourhood House Inc

Lancefield Mega Fauna Project

Engaging and education children in local archaeological history through arts and science project.



Lancefield Skate Park (Lancefield Neighbourhood House)

Let’s Design the Lancefield Skate Park!

Supporting healthy youth engagement and activity through support of skate park design.



Maldon Focus Inc

Maldon Focus Inc

Enhancing tourism potential through interpretive signage.



McCallum Disability Services Inc

Murdoch St Arnaud Site Community Garden Development

Encouraging participation, development of gardening skills and healthy eating through support for vegetable garden at disability service.

St Arnaud


Mead Public Hall

Heating Up

Increasing catering capacity of community hall through kitchen facilities upgrade.



Merton Recreation and Memorial Hall Reserves Inc

Let's paint the Merton Hall!

Ensuring a safe community meeting venue through purchase of fit out materials to complete and extensive hall upgrade.



Moonambel Arts and History Group Inc

Moonambel Community Ceramic Centre

Increasing access to creative skills development through support of ceramic arts studio.



Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka Ltd

Grassroots Democracy - The Campaign for an NDIS

Showcasing Australia’s disability leaders to rural, regional and remote communities through online museum installation.



Nathalia and District Development Corporation Inc

Bardi Gras

Increasing local endangered wildlife knowledge and celebrating indigenous culture through arts project.



Natte Yallock Landcare Group Inc

Lining Out Our Landcare Library and Lab

Increasing ease of community access to Landcare resources through support for office shelving.



Peninsula Mens Shed - Bethanga Inc

Water Wise

Increasing water sustainability through provision of water tank used by Men’s Shed, primary school and local CFA.



Poolaijelo Soldiers Memorial Hall Committee (Poolaijelo Public Hall and Recreation Reserve)

Rodent Resistant Renovation!

Increasing catering capacity of well used community hall through kitchen refurbishment.



PossAbility Planners Inc

Pathways to Caring Careers Network

Increasing awareness of disability sector employment through delivery of pilot project.



Queenscliffe Historical Museum Inc

Preparation for 2015 Re-Accreditation of Queenscliffe Historical Museum Inc

Improving the cultural experience for tourists, through support for re-accreditation preparation.



Rivergums District (Scout Association of Aust. VIC Branch)

Clean up the Murray!

Reducing pollution along the River Murray through support for three day clean up camp.



Robinvale Network House Inc

Robinvale On-line and Tech Savvy

Improving digital literacy skills for migrants.



Stanley Cemetery Trust

Human Habitat - Shade and Shelter at the Cemetery

Providing shade, and a reflection space, for mourners via a rotunda.



Swan Hill District Agricultural & Pastoral Society Inc

Up the Spout

Increasing building safety by replacing leaky guttering at show pavilion/disability workplace training building.

Swan Hill


Talbot Arts and Historical Museum Inc

Bright New Nation - Talbot's Leading Lights

Encouraging celebration of local history through launch of restored historical artefact.



TTF The Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust

Bungyarnda Choices Cultural Connections Project

Creating confidence and self-esteem in Indigenous youth through arts project.

Lakes Entrance


Undera Primary School

We Shall Remember Them

Commemorating local soldiers by students through construction of memorial garden.



Warracknabeal East Conservation Farmers

Warmth and Refreshments produces socially connected farmers

Increasing social cohesion through provision of esky and gas heater for CFA members and farmers groups.

Sheep Hills



Our Home is our sanctuary - creating a safe space for elderly residents who have experienced homelessness

Reducing criminal activity through provision of fencing for low income housing for elderly who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.




Anglican Parish of Harvey

Harvey Anglican Op Shop Refit

Increasing stock capacity for low income families through provision of shelving and storage.



Avon Community Employment Support Centre Inc

Essential Garden

Connecting diverse groups socially through support for a community garden for disability clients and aged care residents.



Boyanup Foundation Inc

Blacksmiths Forging Ahead

Reducing social isolation in older men through provision of tools to community blacksmithing group.



Broome Community Resource Centre Inc

3D Printing - The Future Now!

Enabling training and microbusiness development through installation of 3D printer.



Dandaragan Community Resource Centre Inc

What's On - Community Notice Board

Increasing social connection through provision of community notice board.



Dardanup Primary School Parents and Citizens Association Inc

Water Forever

Increasing sustainability awareness in students and water collection for school vegetable garden through provision of water tank.



Greenrange Country Club Inc

Community Cook n Catch up area

Increasing community connection at well used meeting venue through provision of BBQ equipment.

Green Range


Marble Bar Community Resource Centre Inc

Marble Bar Community Garden-Recycling Section

Increasing availability of fresh produce and compost with purchase of mulching equipment.

Marble Bar


Narrogin Spring Festival Inc

Friendly Food at the Festival

Promoting healthy living through indigenous bush tucker cooking demonstrations.



Northampton Botanic Line Inc

Keeping the Line Green

Supporting sustainability of community created green walking corridor through purchase of a water tank.



Northcliffe Bush Fire Brigade

Tom's Tanker

Protecting remote community with heavy fuel load through provision of drafting pump and fire fighting accessories.



Port Bouvard Surf and Life Saving Club

Inland Outreach

Preventing drownings at local beach through water safety education for inland communities.



Rural Movie Museum Inc

You Oughta Be In Pictures Oral History Project

Increasing historical record retention and tourism through recording of local identity oral histories.



Shire of West Arthur

Saving Our Children with Maggie

Supporting increased family connection, happy children and reduced stress in teenagers through childhood education specialist event.



Southern Brook Catchment Land Care Group Inc

You little ripper!

Controlling infestation of noxious weed and establishment of indigenous plantings through purchase of ripper.



St Joseph School

PPP - Purposeful Preschool Play

Increased capacity to comply with State government regulations and increasing school enrolments via support to increase playground area.



Upper Gascoyne Land Conservation District Committee

Rangelands Restoration Workshop

Reduced environmental degradation through remediation education.



WA Centre for Rural Health (University of Western Australia)

Creating a Carnival of Clowns

Reducing social barriers and interracial tension through circus training.



Wongan Ballidu & Districts Mens Shed Inc

WaterShed Moments

Supporting equal accessibility through provision of disability bathroom access at Men’s Shed.

Wongan Hills


Wongan Community Care Inc

All Together Now - Supporting Special Needs Kids in Our Community!

Increasing support to young children with disabilities and special needs through provision of tailored training and equipment.

Wongan Hills




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