Small Grants, Big Changes!

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is delighted to announce the 103 successful applicants for the May 2012 round of the Small Grants for Small Rural Communities Program.

“We continue to be amazed and inspired by the solutions that small rural, regional and remote communities develop to address local issues. Congratulations to all those communities that have been successful in receiving support for their project. I look forward to reading the final reports as they come through, confirming the great outcomes that I’m sure will eventuate,” said Ms Alexandra Gartmann, CEO of FRRR.

FRRR recognises the considerable time and effort put into each and every application received. In this grant round, we received more than 800 applications seeking funds in excess of $3.4 million, an unprecedented number of applications. Although FRRR has been able to support 103 projects, many more proposals were highly regarded and are deserving of support. Unfortunately however, given the large number of requests and the limited amount of funds available, we were unable to fund as many projects as we would have wished.

We are currently working hard to source other funding in the hope of being able to award another round of grants in near future. In the meantime, any unsuccessful applicants who wish to receive further feedback or discuss a future project idea, can contact the FRRR office on 1800 170 020 or email

The Small Grants for Small Rural Communities Program, administered and co-funded by FRRR, is a collaborative program and would not be possible without the generous support of the following organisations:

  • The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation
  • The R.E. Ross Trust
  • Berembed Trust managed by Perpetual
  • The Ledger Charitable Trust managed by Perpetual
  • The Estate of the Late Edward Wilson Trust
  • The Maple-Brown Family Foundation
  • The Pratt Foundation
  • The Sidney Myer Fund
  • The Sid & Fiona Myer Family Foundation
  • The Thyne Reid Foundation

The successful projects are:

Organisation Project Location State Grant
Adelong Men's Shed Improving Shed Safety  Adelong NSW $1,800
Bonalbo & District Community Hall Assoc. Inc Replace Hall Guttering,
Improve Stormwater
 Bonalbo NSW $4,000
Bonny Hills Progress
Ride that Bicycle!  Bonny
NSW $2,600
Boomi Communiy
Multipurpose Community Mini Bus  Boomi NSW $5,000
Bredbo Community
Progress Association
Refinishing Community
Hall Floor
 Bredbo NSW $3,000
Burrapine Public Hall Replace Old Water Tank  Thumb
NSW $2,000
Caffreys Flat
Community Hall
Water Supply Enhancement  Wherrol
NSW $1,302
CWA NSW - Trundle Branch CWA Hall Front Doors Trundle NSW $3,000
Wellington Branch
Kitchen Renovations Wellington NSW $2,500
Denman & District
Men's Shed
Workshop Fit Out Denman NSW $2,874
Elands Community Health
and First Aid Centre Inc
Development of Camping Ground Elands NSW $4,750
Eungai Creek
Community Hall
Hall Water Suppy Eungai
NSW $4,750
Finley Chamber of
Commerce Industry and
Agriculture Inc
Infrastructure Development Finley NSW $3,190
Gooloogong Log Cabin Inc Restoring the Heart of
Our Community
Gooloogong NSW $4,780
Hospital Art Australia Inc Hospital Art for Remote Area  Hurberts
NSW $3,500
Lions Club of Bulahdelah Inc Replacement of Travellers' Rest Area Bulahdelah NSW $3,500
Lockhart Pre School
Kindergarten Inc
Outdoor Playground
Lockhart NSW $5,000
Mid Richmond
Neighbourhood Centre
Scout Hall Renovation &
NSW $2,927
Mullaley Hall Committee Hall Kitchen Upgrade Mullaley NSW $4,000
Murrami Public School P&C Reading for a Reason  Murrami NSW $4,702
New Italy Museum Inc Water and Sewerage
Infrastucture Upgrade
NSW $3,500
Pappinbarra Progress Assoc. Fence to
Keep Our Children Safe
Beechwood NSW $3,560
Playgroup NSW:
Vacy Playgroup
Portable Shade and
Granville NSW $688
Riding for the Disabled
Association of NSW Tweed
Valley Charity Group
Shade for Riders Dunbible
NSW $5,346
Scone Neighbourhood
Resource Centre Inc
Scooter Support Scone NSW $1,250
Tooleybuc Central School
Parents & Citizens Club
Outdoor Environmental
 Tooleybuc NSW $5,000
Tyalgum Community Hall Repair Kitchen Sub-Floor Tyalgum NSW $5,000
Teachabout Inc NT Remote Schools
Holiday Program
Remote Locations in NT NT $4,920
Katherine East Child Care
Centre Inc
Early Years Learing
Framework Development
Katherine NT $3,200
Walkatjara Art Uluru Indigenous Notebook Yulara NT $2,002
Allora & District Historical
Society Inc
IT Upgrade Allora QLD $3,311
Bluff State School Friends on the Fence Bluff QLD


Bymount Communiy
Recreation Association
Internal Hall Restoration Roma QLD $2,750
C&K Glenmorgan
Community Kindergarten
Replacement Shade Canopy Glenmorgan QLD $1,452
Catholic Early Learning &
Care Silkwood
Waterproof Covers for
Outdoor Play Areas
Silkwood QLD $1,682
Cooktown Re-Enactment
Association Incorporated
Props and Equipment Cooktown QLD $2,350
Cunnamulla & District
Youth Club Inc
Equipment Upgrade Cunnamulla QLD $4,400
Gin Gin Menshed Inc Education Equipment Gin Gin QLD $1,674
Gordonvale Kindergarten Upgrade of Facilities Gordonvale QLD $780
Murilla Kindergarten Play, Laugh & Learn Miles QLD $4,848
Noorama Picnic Race
Club Incorporated
Recreation Reserve
Shower Block
Cunnamulla QLD $3,000
QCWA - Dirranbandi
Bathroom Renovation Dirranbandi QLD $5,000
QCWA - Gargett Branch Roof & Plumbing Repairs Gargett QLD $2,025
QCWA - Rosewood
Kitchen Upgrade Rosewood QLD $2,000
Qld Police Citizens Youth
Welfare Association - 
Charters Towers Branch
Indigenous Women's Art
and Sewing Workshop
QLD $2,720

Queensland Dairy &
Heritage Museum

Museum Painting  Murgon QLD $4,818
Quilpie Events
Community Equipment
Lending Library
Quilpie QLD $2,000
Russell Landcare &
Rural Community
Education Using Multimedia  Presentations
Babinda QLD $2,578
Taroom Kindergarten
Association Inc
IT Equipment Upgrade Taroom QLD $2,000
The Pantry Food Assistance Service Kingaroy QLD $5,000
Blinman Progress Assoc. Environmental Regulated
& Secure Store Room
Blinman SA $5,000
Cummins & District
Enterprise Committee

Community Speed
Display Unit

Cummins SA $5,000
Friends of the Pinnaroo
Wetlands Footbridge  Pinnaroo SA $4,000
Keith & Tintinara District
Show Society Inc
Prime Lamb & Yard Dog
 Keith SA $4,000
Laura Folk Fair Better Events Management
 Laura SA $2,270
Melrose Memorial
Bowling Club Inc
Life Support Initiative Melrose SA $4,107
Meningie Progress
Soft Fall Community
Meningie SA $4,000
Millcar Inc:
Radio 5 The FM
Student Training Studios Millicent SA $3,500
Mount Pleasant Farmers
Market Incorporated
Social Networking Breakfast
SA $2,000
Murraylands Domestic
Violence Service
Walk the Dream Berri SA $3,500
National Trust of SA:
Naracoorte Branch
Museum Heating & Cooling Naracoorte SA $3,434
Parndana Progress Assoc. Soldier Settlement Museum
Building Maintenance
Parndana SA $3,000
Sub Branch
RSL of Australia
Refurbishment of Toilet
Peterborough SA $3,500
Port Broughton Progress A New Visitor Outlet &
Community Hall Kitchen
SA $1,598
Port Victoria Progress
Association Incorporated
Paving at the Memorial
Soldiers Hall
SA $3,000
Yorketown Progress
Assoc. Inc
Electrical upgrades for
Hall Lighting
Yorketown SA $5,000
Bruny Island Environment
Network Inc (BEIN)
Bruny Island Bird Festival Adventure
TAS $1,093
Cornwall Community
Development Inc
Multi Media Equipment St Marys TAS $4,997
Cygnet Community
Children's Centre Inc
It all Starts with a Seed! Cygnet TAS $1,500
Geeveston Community
Centre Inc
South Program - Huon Valley
to College Voc Pop
Geeveston TAS $4,286
Giant Steps Tasmaina Sensory Garden Deloraine TAS $2,380

Phoenix Community House

Men's Shed Community Currie King
TAS $1,380
Rotary Club of Huon Valley Second Bite Huonville TAS $727
Beechworth Men's Shed Equipment Augmentation Beechworth VIC $5,000
Cassilis Public Cemetery Trust Trees for Replacement,
Complement, Enhancement
Cassilis VIC $1,500
Cobaw Community
Health Service Limited
Teen Spirit - Equine Assisted
Learning Program
Kyneton VIC $4,500
Cooinda Terang Inc Community Gallery Terang VIC $4,800
Daylesford Community
Brass Band
Kitchen Refurbishment Daylesford VIC $1,229
Donald Playgroup Inc Outside Shelter Donald VIC $4,332
Dunmunkle Vounteer
Men's Shed
Climate Control for Members Minyip VIC $3,000
East Gippsland
Specialist School
Birds' Nest Swing Bairnsdale VIC $5,000
Edenhope Kindergarten Sandpit Cover Edenhope VIC $700
Garibald Public Purposes
Kitchen Refurbishment  Durham
VIC $3,500
Gwenfa Hampton
Kindergarten Inc
Children's Garden
Sale VIC $2,778

Longford Hall & Recreation Reserve Committee

Painting Historical Hall Sale VIC $2,500
Manns Beach
Improvement Committee
Lining of Interior Walls of
Community Hall
VIC $4,243
Natimuk & District
Soldiers Memorial Hall
Outside Face-lift for
Memorial Hall
Natimuk VIC $3,000
Newstead Racecourse &
Public Recreation Reserve
New Amenities Facility Newstead VIC $5,000
Nyah District Men's Shed Electrical Installation

Nyah West

VIC $5,000
Oasis Aged Care Inc 'Creating an Oasis' Irymple VIC $4,500
Patchewollock Memorial Community
Kitchen Repairs Hopetoun VIC $5,000
Rainbow Early Learning
Kitchen Upgrades Rainbow VIC $3,000
Rupanyup Public Hall
Reserve Committee
Air Conditioning Upgrade Rupanyup VIC $5,000
St. Arnaud & District
Historical Society Inc.
Geyer Cottage Roof
St. Arnard VIC $2,500
Swanpool Cinema Inc Multimedia Projector Benalla VIC $5,000
The Historical Society of
Mooroopna Inc
Telecommunications &
Storage Systems
Mooroopna VIC $1,668
Wycheproof Community
Resource Centre
Winter School Apparel:
Wycheproof, Charlton &
Wycheproof, Charlton & Donald VIC $5,000
Bridgetwon Family &
Community Centre Inc
Facility Upgrades Bridgetown WA $1,449
Cunderdin Men's Shed Howard Blyth Workshop Shed Cunderdin WA $3,500
Kellerberrin Community
Men's Shed Inc
Tools for the Shed Kellerberrin WA $1,439
Northcliffe Family Centre Upgrade Disabled Access
to Community Building
Northcliffe WA $3,500
Three Springs Chidcare Kitchen Upgrade &
 Three Springs WA $5,000
Waroona Historical
Society Inc
Blinded by the Light! Waroona WA $285


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