Kick-starting the new year with help of small grants

99 rural, regional and remote community projects nation-wide receive funding from FRRR’s longest running grant program.

Bendigo, 19 January, 2016:  The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced the recipients of Round 28 of their flagship grants program - Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC)

Out of the 326 groups that applied to this round, 99 projects will receive a grant. Communities as widespread as Corinella, NSW, Mataranka, NT, Oatlands, Tas, and Many Peaks, WA received grants to develop their projects.

An ever-present theme for funding requests is the maintenance of community-use buildings such as halls. A number of requests were also made for funding to improve disabled access, install air conditioners, and purchase tables, chairs and kitchen equipment.

Other notable themes of grants awarded in this round include: performing arts and theatre related projects for all ages; first aid and fire-fighting equipment; school/community gardening projects; special needs resources; mental health education; projects to boost local tourism; and the purchase and upgrade of IT equipment for community use/publications.

These grants are available thanks to numerous generous donors who collaborate under the Small Grants banner to offer a simple, broad grant program to regional, rural and remote communities.

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

  • The Bertalli Family Foundation
  • Berrembed Trust
  • Commercial Travellers Association of Victoria
  • Hannaford
  • Newman’s Own Foundation
  • Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation
  • 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
  • FRRR and other private donors

The 29th round of SGRC is open now – you can find out more on the hereApplications close 24 March, 2016.

Full details of the projects funded can be found in the table below:





New South Wales

Annette’s Place Inc

Sensational Outdoor Play and Education

Supporting the development of children on the autism spectrum by providing appropriate aids and training for childcare workers and community members.



Arts Council of the Dorrigo Inc

Hung, Drawn and Painted

Improving the quality and safety of exhibitions through the purchase of adjustable hanging straps.



Bland Shire Council

Editing Attitudes

Increasing awareness of mental health support and improving peer to peer support through the hosting of a mental health education event.

West Wyalong


Corinella Takes a Village

Corinella Community Centre Refurbishment and Upgrade

Increased access to a comfortable and safe community meeting venue via paint, tiles and outdoor motion sensor lighting.



Friends of the Crossing Theatre (Sec 355 - Narrabri Shire Council)

Stage Theatre for Country Kids on the NSW North West Plains

Increased opportunity for rural children to experience a live theatrical experience through performing arts workshops and theatre performance.

Narrabri and Wee Waa


Grabben Gullen Community Progress Association Inc

The Grabby Gab Spreads the News!

Supporting community involvement and reducing social isolation by purchasing a printer to establish a community newsletter.

Grabben Gullen


Grafton Theatre Company Inc

You Light Up my … Pelican

Increasing professionalism of popular community theatre and improving audience experience by upgrading lighting equipment.



Killabakh Community Association Inc

Restoration of the Schoolhouse Verandah

Enabling the continued use of community hub by replacing verandah of old schoolhouse.



Mendooran and District Development Group Inc

History on the Walk

Increasing tourism and community pride via the installation of interpretive signage.



Middle Arm Hall and Progress Association Inc

Let's be Seated

Ensuring community safety through the replacement of makeshift tables and chairs at community owned hall.

Middle Arm


Murray Haven Homes Inc

Keeping Cool when Everything is Hot and Warming Up to Beat the Frost

Supporting community participation by purchasing and installing split system air conditioning units to create a comfortable environment during extreme temperatures.



Murringo Community Association Inc

Piano Spirit Lives On

Preserving the hall’s history and enhancing community identity and culture through the creation of an artwork featuring the old community piano.



Myall Coast Toy Library Inc

Special Needs Resources

Increasing development opportunities for special needs children through the purchase of sensory equipment and resources.

Tea Gardens


Nimmitabel Public School

Lettuce Make Healthy Choices Together

Increased understanding of healthy eating via building materials for garden beds, compost bins and an outdoor study area.



Outback Theatre for Young People

Drama Force

Strengthening self esteem, emotional intelligence and self expression through the facilitation of drama classes for young people experiencing autism.



Rocky Hall Community Trust

Clean Water for the Community Centre

Provision of clean drinking water at community centre through the replacement of rusted roofing sheets.

Rocky Hall


Shannons Flat Hall Committee (Sec355 Cooma-Monaro Council)

Not Just a BBQ

Promoting social inclusion and community participation by investment in a hall kitchen.

Shannons Flat


Temora High School P & C Association

Helping to drive students to learn new technology skills fostering new employment opportunities

Enhancing student engagement, work productivity and transition to the workforce through the purchase of computer equipment.



Trundle Village Fire Brigade

TT - Tidy Trundle

Improving fire safety and maintainance of a firebreak through mowing equipment and a storage shed.



Wamoon Public School

Small Schools, Big Adventures - The Bilby Bulletin

Developing research, reporting and communication skills and fostering connection between students at small, one teacher schools, through engagement of an artist for a multi-school education project.



Northern Territory

Isolated Children's Parents Association Katherine Branch

Member Attendance to Red Dust and Dreams - NTICPA State Conference 2016

Providing the opportunity for grassroots input into decision making about their children’s education and curriculum through support for isolated families to attend an education conference.



Mataranka School Council

Bums on Seats - Sit On It

Increasing community connection during performances and festivals by the provision of portable tiered grandstand seating.



Nhulunbuy Playgroup Association

All 4 Fun

Supporting gross motor development and hand eye coordination in three to five year old children through the purchase of educational and play resources and equipment.




Balonne Kindergarten Association Inc

Vacation Care

Increasing employment choices for working parents through provision of equipment to establish a school-aged vacation care program.

St George


Blackall Cultural Association Inc

Dishwasher for Volunteers

Increasing capacity of local arts centre to host catered events, driving tourism and reducing volunteer workload, through investment in a dishwasher.



Border District Eisteddford

Border District Eisteddfod

Developing arts and cultural skills for school children and encouraging wide community participation through venue hire support at regional Eisteddfod event.



Dirranbandi Pastoral and Agricultural Association Inc

Safety Racey Ramp

Improved safety for stock handlers by upgrading the loading ramp at the showgrounds.



Emu Creek Rural Fire Brigade

Replacement of 5000 Litre Fire Fighting Unit

Increasing fire fighting efficiency via a power-operated re-wind hose and primer pump.

Crows Nest


Kenilworth & District Chamber of Commerce Citizens Inc

Electronic and Office Equipment have Surpassed their Use-By Date

Improving tourists’ experience, volunteer capacity and boosting the local economy via office equipment for volunteer-run information centre.



Kumbia Kindergarten Inc

Gone with the Wind

Supporting social, physical and cognitive developmental activity by investment in weather protection for play area.



Millmerran Commerce & Progress Inc

Motivate our Mates - Motivational Speaker Sam Bailey

Increasing community capacity to navigate physical and mental health challenges through the engagement of motivational speaker for two sessions.



Multicultural Youth Queensland

Harmonising the Outback

Supporting cross cultural engagement and awareness through provision of leadership and cultural awareness workshops for youth and older community members.



QCWA Branch Abergowrie & Long Pocket

Refurnish Long Pocket QCWA Hall

Increasing local capacity to successfully host events by provision of chairs and tables for community-owned building.

Long Pocket


Stanthorpe Agricultural Society

Parenting Facilities

Ensuring visitors and locals have somewhere they can feed and change their babies in Stanthorpe by erecting a portable building for a parenting room.



Startup Tablelands (Tablelands Futures Corporation Ltd)

Startup Tablelands

Developing entrepreneurial and business skills through the facilitation of nine business development workshops.



South Australia

Big Swamp Community Centre Inc

Swamp Rats on Flinders Highway

Increasing comfort levels for the facilitation of community events by installing a split system air conditioner at the local community centre.

Big Swamp


Ceduna Senior Citizens Club Inc

Balmy Breezes

Increasing comfort levels for the facilitation of community events by installing a split system air conditioner at the hall.



Clare Town Hall Committee - Sec 41 (Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council)

Light Our Fire - New Stoves for the Clare Town Hall!

Providing the community with improved facilities and supporting increased community engagement by replacing industrial-sized stove and oven.



Friends of Troubridge Island

Lighthouse Tower Renovation

Boosting the local economy, attracting tourists to the area, by repainting iconic tourist attraction, the heritage listed lighthouse.



Karoonda Op Shop

Opportunity for Improvement

Removing trip hazards and improving the appearance of the Op Shop by replacing worn carpet.



Koolunga Primary School Governing Council

Healthy Start - Play Your Part

Encouraging more nutritious eating and increasing consumption of healthy food options via healthy produce served as part of a school breakfast program.



RSL Crystal Brook Sub-Branch Inc

Cool Runnings

Preventing further storm water damage and keeping the RSL hall at a comfortable temperature by installing insulation and a water tank.

Crystal Brook


Second Valley Progress Association

Entry Sign

Promoting the town and increasing visitor numbers with the installation of a large visual entrance sign for the town.

Second Valley



Australian Golf Museum Inc

Showcasing the Central Highlands

Supporting economic development and tourism in the region through the design, artwork and production of information panels for the new Visitor Information Centre.



Dairy Plains Memorial Hall Committee (Meander Valley Council)

Access for Me

Increasing community connectedness and reducing social isolation by providing appropriate disability access to the community's hall.

Dairy Plains


Geeveston Community Centre Inc

Food is Free Seedling Giveaway

Improving community health through seedstock to grow vegetable seedlings and the hosting of a free community seedling giveaway event.



Kentish Community Men's Shed Inc

Kentish Inclusiveness

Reducing social isolation, increasing skills development and encouraging more members to join the Men’s Shed by the purchase of tools and machinery.



Oatlands District High School Association Inc

Glamming the Glasshouse

Strengthening community networks and increasing fruit and vegetable production at the school garden via building materials to repair a donated glasshouse.



Phoenix Community House Inc

Rosemary, Time and Chilly

Supporting increased engagement around local food production with the addition of blinds for an outdoor community garden shelter.



Springbay RSL Sub Branch Inc

Surgery to PA System

Supporting community engagement and reducing overheads by upgrading a well used PA system in Triabunna to meet new regulations, reducing the need for community groups to hire equipment.




Anglican Parish of Trafalgar (Anglican Trusts Corporation of the Diocese of Gippsland)


Increasing resilience and reducing disengagement from education by engaging a youth leader to support 'at risk' youth.



Bethanga Primary School

The Bethanga Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music

Developing music and performance skills by increasing music tuition capacity of small school.



Bridgewater on Loddon Primary School Parents Club (Bridgewater Primary School)

Sandcastles, shade and smiles

Creating a sun safe play environment for school children by provision of a shade structure over a sandpit.



Carisbrook Historical Society Inc

Tilly Aston Memorial Centre

Improving equality of access by providing educational audio information for vision impaired visitors at commemorative site for leading blind pioneer.



CFA - Carisbrook Fire Brigade

Zap for Carisbrook

Enabling efficient first aid support for heart attack victims through the purchase of a defibrillator.



CFA - Coonooer Bridge Fire Brigade

Cool Hydration & Speedy Clean

Increasing capacity to keep fire fighters adequately hydrated and volunteer maintenance hours to a minimum through provision of a fridge and a leaf blower vacuum for the station.

Coonooer Bridge


CFA - Glendaruel Fire Brigade

Equipment to Enhance Capability

Improving fire fighting capacity through the purchase of a quick fill pump.



CFA - Joel Joel Fire Brigade

Fire & Ice

Improving fire fighter safety through the provision of an on-tanker fridge, reducing heat stress during firefighting operations.

Joel Joel


CFA - Lawloit Fire Brigade

Fill 'er Up

Improving fire fighting capacity by replacement of quick fill pump.



Committee 4 Rochester Inc

Rochester Mural Festival

Encouraging community involvement and access to the arts via disability access equipment and display stands for Mural Festival.



Cullulleraine Exposed Music Festival Inc

Cullulleraine Exposed - Music Festival

Promoting community capacity, tourism and the local economy through the provision of lighting and sound equipment hire.

Lake Cullulleraine


Donald Music Literature and Arts Society Inc

Your Colourful History

Preservation of local history and dissemination of information through a photocopier upgrade.



Drouin South Public Hall Reserve

Drouin South Hall Upgrade

Increasing hall usage among local community groups and improving hall appearance through materials and equipment to paint the exterior.

Drouin South


Friends of Griffiths Island Inc

Spectacular Shearwater Sculpture

Increasing community and visitor knowledge about a unique local wildlife feature through the creation of a Shearwater Bird sculpture.

Port Fairy


Friends of Lake Buninjon

Beautify Buninjon

Supporting economic development through interpretive signs and a donation box at the local Lake campsite.



Gippsland East Local Learning & Employment Network

Learn About Work - Orbost!

Increasing awareness of local career opportunities through the delivery of student career information sessions.



Goongerah Landcare Group

Citizen Science Threatened Species Public Education Program

Increasing effective environmental survey data collection in East Gippsland via engagement of a project coordinator.



Granya Heritage and School Management Committee Inc

A Day at the Museum, Not a Night

Improving economic opportunities for rural community by upgrading ablutions block accessed by tourists visiting the museum complex.



Hillview Bunyip Aged Care Inc

Let the Sun Shine In

Reducing operational overheads for men's shed and aged care facility through the installation of solar panels.



Hopetoun & District Neighbourhood House Inc

Hopetoun on the Move

Reducing obesity through the provision of two treadmills at community gym.



Hopetoun Women On Farms Gathering 2016

More Nutrition

Strengthening capacity of farming women through guest speaker support at a 'Women on Farms Gathering' event.



Lions Club of Wycheproof

Avenue of Honour - Inforgraphic Boards

Recognition and commemoration of the sacrifices made by the Wycheproof community in WW1 with the installation of three information boards.



Millewa Community Pioneer Forest and Historical Society Inc

Ramp for Access for the Elderly & Disabled into our Community Hall

Providing safe disability ramp and rails to community hall hosting historical artifacts.



Moyhu Soldiers Memorial Hall (Wangaratta Rural City Council)

Soldiers Memorial Bub Hub

Improving access to a weekly health service by upgrades to the Memorial Hall.



North East Support and Action for Youth Inc

Resourced and Ready

Increasing youth and family counselling access in Yarrawonga via the provision of educational resources and tools.



Omeo District Health

Community First

Enabling small community repairs and construction jobs to be completed by active Men's Shed through the provision of extra tools.



Oxley Residents Association

ORAtech 2.0

Ensuring continued production of community newsletter and website via a contribution towards a printer and laptop.



Paradise Hall Committee Inc

Air Conditioning Paradise

Fostering social inclusion and improving hall comfortability through support for a split system air conditioning unit.



Quambatook Community Development Association

Projecting Quambatook into the Future

Enhancing health, wellbeing and community cohesion through a digital projector used in community wide events and opportunities including online fitness classes.



Shepparton Arts Festival Inc

Australia's Biggest Art Class (Mass Art Class)

Increasing community capacity access to arts activities through materials to host 'Australia's Biggest Art Class'.



Sustainable Environment Arts Movement (SEAM) Inc

WARM - a Community Textile Art Project

Increasing community education about climate change solutions by linking knitters in the creation of a collaborative environmentally themed art piece, to be displayed at Ballarat Art Gallery.

Vic Wide


The Village Festival of New Performance Inc

Stories of Castlemaine

Enhancing community connection, knowledge and creativity by recording and interpreting elders’ historical and cultural experiences.



Valencia Soldier's Memorial Hall Inc

Construction of Store Room for Hall Furniture

Increasing capacity at local hall by building a shed to store the hall's tables and chairs.

Valencia Creek


Woodbine Inc

Sensory Wonderland

Creating a stimulating environment for people with severe intellectual disabilities via the provision of equipment for two sensory rooms.



Woodend Neighbourhood House Inc

Woodend's Borrow a Life - Human Library Event

Developing community resilience and creating stronger social links through resources for a series of storytelling events hosted at the local library.



Yackandandah Community Education Network Inc

Destiny? No, It's our Community Taking Charge

Increasing community capacity to effectively respond to mental health challenges through the hosting of a series of mental health forums.



Yarrawonga Health

Man Up 2016

Promoting youth mental health and wellbeing by hosting a Men's Health Night to engage and educate 15 to 25 year old men.



Western Australia

Aged & Community Services Western Australia Inc

Governance Workshop for Small Providers

Supporting board member development through the provision of governance training for not-for-profit aged care volunteer boards.



Denmark Airport Association Inc

Reduce Community Bushfire Risk by Doubling Airport Fire Bomber Capacity

Improving capacity to refill water bombing aircraft more efficiently by upgrading pump at rural airport.



Denmark Environment Centre Inc

Gearing up to Volunteer

Increasing local, environmental health and reducing volunteer fatigue through investment in volunteer recruitment and support.



Manjimup Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc

Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival Storage

Providing a better storage solution for family-friendly  community festival via a shipping container.



Mensheds Narrogin Inc

Special Community Project Workshop

Reducing social isolation and increasing community capacity through provision of a shed workspace.



Merredin Community Resource Centre Inc

Grab a Snag and Drink

Enabling community groups to raise funds through the building of a catering trailer to be used at monthly markets and other events.



Northampton Community Centre Inc

Get Northampton Toddlers Tumbling

Developing childrens' social and motor skills by purchasing equipment to enable the establishment of a kindergym.



Shire of Merredin

Shakespeare Made Fun

Developing performing arts skills and increasing exposure to classic literature by hosting a series of Shakespeare workshops for 30 students, and an open workshop for whole community.



The Cannery Arts Centre Inc

Growing Food, Growing Community

Promoting healthy eating and consumption of locally grown produce by supplying gardening equipment to establish a centrally located, easily accessible community garden.



The Gillamii Centre

Composting at Cranbrook

Reducing waste and producing soil enriching compost, to be distributed for community use, through the creation of a composting facility.



The Nintirri Centre Inc

Midwife a MUST in Mining Town

Providing essential access to health care and information for women and their babies in Tom Price and the surrounding area through a midwifery support pilot program.

Tom Price


The Northside Radio Association Inc

Mount Manypeaks Repeater Tweaks

Improving community capacity to respond in emergencies by replacement of a failed UHF CB repeater.





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