Over 100 community projects funded in latest round of FRRR’s flagship grant program

More than $410,000 to be put to use in rural, regional and remote Australian communities
Farina bakery

Bendigo, 14 July, 2017: FRRR today announced the 103 community groups that will share in grants totalling $410,763 through Round 31 of the Small Grants for Rural Communities program.

The unique program from FRRR enables not-for-profit community groups in rural, regional and remote communities to access funding that supports local projects in a wide range of areas – from education to health and social welfare, the environment to arts and cultural initiatives.

FRRR’s National Programs Manager, Jeanice Henderson, says the projects funded in Round 31 are yet another example of the importance of FRRR’s most popular program.

“The ability of the Small Grants program to cater for such a wide range of activities is a big factor in its success. Furthermore, the program is able to reach groups and areas of the country that have reduced opportunities for fundraising due to small population size and geographic isolation, and that’s why we receive hundreds of applications each year.”

“In Round 31, Small Grants for Rural Communities continues to fund many improvements to vital community infrastructure and the purchasing of equipment for community spaces, while also supporting an increasing number of projects that enhance community well-being, health and social welfare, and challenges in the educational space.”

Some of the projects funded in Round 31 include:

  • Increasing the capacity to cater for a range of income generating events by purchasing a new fridge and kitchen equipment for the Sheep Hills Hall, Vic.
  • Providing volunteering opportunities on a significant heritage project that provides insight into, and understanding of life in the outback, through restoration of the underground bakery at Farina, SA.
  • Enhancing the ability of remote media workers to more effectively convey cultural stories, share sensitive topics and knowledge digitally by running a digital skills workshop at the National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Irrunytju, WA.
  • Improving the health of remote Aboriginal leukaemia patients in the Northern Territory during long-term treatment away from home and family support, through the provision of nutritional food packs.
  • Supporting the ongoing delivery of a mindfulness program at Gadara School, NSW, through the provision of drums and teacher training.
  • Enhancing educational and employment opportunities, building their capacity to succeed in mainstream education, and increasing the self-esteem of disadvantaged young people by creating positive learning experiences through the delivery of a gardening-based program in Wynyard, Tas.

The next round of Small Grants for Rural Communities opens on 14 August.

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

  • The Berrembed Trust
  • The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation
  • Equity Trustees: William Buckland Foundation
  • The Barr Family Foundation
  • North Central Rural Finance Counselling Service
  • The R.E. Ross Trust
  • The Jessica & Wallace Hore Foundation
  • Perpetual – Kapikarnpi Fund
  • Perpetual – Shire of Brookton
  • Perpetual – Shire of Collie
  • The Bertalli Foundation
  • The Yulgilbar Foundation
  • Private donors

The full list of projects funded can be found below, listed by state: NSW  NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA




New South Wales

Bannister District Hall Assoc Inc

A Loo for All at the Bannister Hall

Helping the Bannister community stay connected through the upgrade of the run-down toilets at the Hall.



Blue Knob Hall Inc

Protection from the Storm

Enhancing accessibility at the Blue Knob Hall and Gallery by providing a new drainage and guttering system.

Lillian Rock


Coonabarabran High School P&C Assoc

Feast of Words

Increasing literacy levels and confidence in self-expression amongst students by hosting the 3-day ‘Feast of Words’ annual festival in 2018.



CWA NSW-Tabulam Branch

Cooking with Attitude

Enhancing kitchen facility for community use, through the purchase of whitegoods and a splashback for the CWA Rooms at Tabulam.



Gadara School

Drumming for Wellbeing and Mindfulness

Support an ongoing drumming and mindfulness program at Gadara School, through the provision of drums and teacher training.



Glen Innes Pottery Club Incorporated

Fired Up!

Supporting ongoing participation and skill development in ceramics in the Glen Innes community through the purchase of an electric kiln.

Glen Innes


Hay Community Radio Assoc

Out 'n' About

Increasing volunteer engagement and awareness throughout the Hay community, through the purchase of promotional material for Hay Community Radio Station.



Junee Community Centre Inc

Reading for Life

Increasing young people’s engagement with literacy and their local library, through the provision of an after-school reading program for primary school aged children.



Kendall Mens Shed

Hot n Cold - Rest & First Aid Room

Enhancing comfort at the Men’s Shed through the provision of updated and hygienic facilities.



Killabakh Community Assoc Inc

Killabakh Cool Country Kitchen

Enhancing food hygiene and attracting larger events through the replacement of the fridge at the Killabakh Public Hall.



Mount Olive Community Centre Inc

H2O to Go!

Improving health and wellbeing for all users of the Mount Olive Community Hall by providing safe hot and cold drinking water.

Mount Olive


New England Conservatorium of Music Limited

Music and Literacy Project

Boosting participation in the arts, increasing educational outcomes and providing skills for teachers from rural and remote primary schools across the New England and North West regions, through the provision of music education.



Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) Inc

Bee Aware

Enhancing awareness of the importance of bees across the Crookwell & Bigga communities, through an arts project which will see the installation of three major bee sculptures in public spaces as well as many smaller scale projects across backyards.



The Cad Factory

Shadows Places

Increasing young people’s participation in art and enhancing their voice within the community through delivery of a 7-week in-school creative program.



The Rock Central School

Grow and Give

Educating students from kinder through to Year 10 about the process of growing and processing vegetables through the extension of the “Grow and Give” vegetable garden project to the Rock Central School.

The Rock


Women's Environmental Leadership Australia (The Green Institute Ltd)

WELA Remote Travel Fund

Return flights for local Wongatha woman to attend National Women’s Environmental Leadership program, strengthening environmental stewardship in the Western Australian Goldfields.



Northern Territory

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation

Babbarra Bush Artists go to Town

Travel expenses for five artists to attend the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, showcasing work, and strengthening networks, sales and artistic reputation.



Indigenous Remote Communications Association Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation

National Remote Indigenous Media Festival

Digital skills workshop for remote media workers, providing skills development and enabling participants to more effectively convey cultural stories, share sensitive topics and knowledge digitally.



Katherine Womens Information & Legal Service Assoc

Improving our Welcome

Furnishing a ‘kids zone’, reception area, and installing a security screen, providing a more welcoming and safe environment for families seeking legal assistance.



Tennant Creek Transport Inc

Culture and Safety Matters

Cultural competency and first aid training, ensuring a more safe and appropriate remote transport solution.

Tennant Creek


The Leukaemia Foundation of Australia Ltd

Snack Pack- Chemo Day Nutritional snackpacks for remote Aboriginal leukaemia patients, supporting good health during long-term treatment away from home.



Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation

Ipilyarinyi Healing Garden

Disability and mobility friendly outdoor furniture for a healing garden, supporting good health and wellbeing whilst remote dialysis patients receive treatment and recover in town.

Alice Springs



Burnett Heads Primary P&C Assoc

I Grow in Grandad's Garden at Burnett Heads State School

Enhancing classroom learnings and students’ mental health and wellbeing, through building ‘Grandad’s Garden’ at Burnett Heads Primary School.

Burnett Heads


Innot Hot Springs Progress Assoc Inc

Build 'em Up Up Up!

Reducing workload and increasing volunteer safety through the installation of efficient storage for the community hall (shed).

Innot Hot Springs


Macintyre Warriors Rugby League Football Club Inc

Community Improvements

Increasing the safety and useability of the facility by connecting water, drainage and installing a hot water system at the Canteen at the Boggabilla Sports Field.



Malanda Theatre Company Inc

Light Up Your Act and Start With a Bang!

Increasing the quality of onstage theatre productions and equipping young performers with a broader skill set through the purchase of more professional sound and lighting equipment.



Miallo Primary P&C Association

3D Glee in the Tropics

Increasing engagement with technology and encouraging deeper scientific experimentation for Miallo Primary School students through the purchase of a 3D printer.



Ravenswood Restoration & Preservation Assoc Inc

Ravenswood Restoration & Preservation Assoc Inc

Enhancing the town’s art trail and strengthening community cohesion in the lead up to Ravenswood’s 150th anniversary celebrations, through the creation of a mosaic seat in the heart of town.



Red Ridge (Interior Queensland) Limited

Reliant to Resilient - Building a Better Business Model

Securing the sustainability of the Channel Country Ladies Day by engaging a consultant to develop a business model and strategy for the event.



SES - Biloela (Queensland Fire and Emergency Services)

That's No Bull Bar

Ensuring volunteers are able to effectively respond to and communicate with other critical organisations in times of emergency and disaster, via the supply and fit of a vehicle bull bar to support the SES HF radio antenna, and purchase of a winch and aerial mount.



SES - Taroom (Queensland Fire and Emergency Services)

That's No Bull Bar

Ensuring volunteers are able to effectively respond to and communicate with other critical organisations in times of emergency and disaster, via the supply and fit of a vehicle bull bar to support the SES HF radio antenna, and purchase of winch and aerial mount.



Stonehenge Action Group Inc

Everything Old is New Again!

Preservation of precious artefacts, photos and paintings and the provision of a comfortable facility for residents and tourists, through the installation of electricity and air conditioning at the Old School Building.



Waanyi Native Title Aboriginal Corporation

Doomadgee Rodeo, Cultural Dance & Music Festival

Increase sustainability and accessibility of an established event and providing economic growth, through the development of an event website and purchase of equipment to maintain it.



South Australia

Cowell Area School

Franklin Harbour Data Monitoring Systems

Purchase and installation of an estuary monitoring system delivering positive educational, environmental and economic outcomes to Cowell Area School students and the local aquaculture industry.



Eudunda Business & Tourism Assoc Inc

Tools for Tinkerers

Purchase of hand tools for a newly established men’s shed, increasing community capacity and engagement particularly by older men.



Farina Restoration Group Incorporated

Farina Bakery - Fit for Purpose

Restoration of the underground bakery at Farina, providing people from across Australia a unique opportunity to volunteer on a significant heritage project whilst gaining an insight into, and understanding of life, in the outback.



Kimba Community Development Group Inc

Igniting Kimba Arts Program

Commissioning a large-scale silo art work, engaging the local community with their history and culture whilst generating new economic opportunities.



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

Clean Sweep

Purchase and installation of new floor coverings for the Manoora Hall, improving amenity of this well-used community facility.



Orroroo Golf Club Inc

Cooling the Cooks - Warming their Hearts!

Purchase and installation of a split system air-conditioner, improving the amenity of the facility and making it usable year-round.



Partners In Grain

Planning to Thrive

Resource the volunteer organising committee of a conference for women involved in the South Australian agri-sector, ensuring the event is well-planned, relevant to the target cohort and that the committee are not out of pocket.



Port Neill Progress Association Inc

The Green Shed

Refurbish an existing community facility so it can be used as a men’s shed, providing a supportive environment for older men to gather, learn new skills, socialise and contribute to the community.

Port Neill


Walker Flat & Districts Community Hall Inc

Repair Original Jarrah Flooring Refurbish the jarrah floor in the community hall, ensuring it is safe and available for community use.

Walker Flat



Arts Health Agency

Volunteer Training & Placement Program for Carnival of the Here and Now

Deliver a volunteer training program for young adults as part of a community arts project engaging older people, developing work related and improving health and social outcomes for the community participants.



Forcett Community Hall Committee Inc

Removing Wooden Splinters

Restoration of the damaged floor at the community-owned Forcett Community Hall, ensuring it is fit for purpose and accessible to all.



Furneaux Historical Research Assoc Inc

Furneaux Museum IT Connection

Digitise and make available on-line the historic collection held by the Furneaux Museum, increasing awareness of local history and stories by making it accessible to a wider audience.



Greening Australia (TAS) Ltd

Species Hotel

Increasing understanding of, and capacity to strengthen, the viability of local habitat and threatened species by engaging students and other community members with researchers, scientists and artists in a field day and workshop.

Campbell Town


Live Well Tasmania

Community Food Empowerment of Youth

Deliver a gardening-based program to support and engage disadvantaged young people in positive learning experiences increasing their self-esteem and capacity to succeed in mainstream education and employment.



Meander Valley Online Inc

Comfy Chairs for Cool Clients

Purchase computer chairs and a stand-up desk for a community online access centre, ensuring that community members accessing activities and resources can do so in comfort and without risk to their health.



Phoenix Community House Inc

Clean, Green and Keen

Development of a new hub incorporating the neighbourhood house, men’s shed and community garden, improving amenity of community infrastructure and opportunities for building social connections and capacity.



Riding for the Disabled Inc St Helens

Don’t Let the Rain Stop Us

Construction of an undercover riding area enabling consistent and continual delivery of program, enhancing the effectiveness of activities and the benefits accrued by participants.

St Helens


The Windeward Bound Trust

Safety Aloft Harness Fund

Purchase of safety harnesses and lanyards, increasing the capacity of the Windeward Bound to deliver training and development programs to Tasmania’s young people in a safe and comfortable environment.




Arapiles Community Theatre Inc

Raising Light

Increasing capacity and sustainability of events and activities through the purchase of equipment for community theatre.



Bass Coast Specialist School

Hello Senses

Providing students at the Specialist School with increased calm and an awakening of the senses, through the purchase of items for the school’s sensory room.



Charlton Traffic Safety Education Centre (Charlton College)

Car for Country Kids

Supporting the teaching of driving skills to up to 700 young people a year and encouraging positive attitudes to safe driving, through purchase of a new vehicle for use at the Charlton Traffic Safety Education Centre.



Dargo Bush Nursing Centre Inc

First Aid in the Bush

Increasing the community’s capacity to respond to medical emergencies, natural disasters and accidents through delivery of first aid training to interested community members.



Everton Primary School

Sandpit Social Science Space

Stimulating children’s interactive play and learning through installation of sandpit infrastructure and purchase of accessories.



French Island Community Association

French Island - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reducing the amount of waste and cost of transporting waste for Island residents through purchase of glass crushing equipment.



Gippsland East Local Learning & Employment Network

Keeping Kids Engaged Program

Increasing participation of disengaged school students in their formal education via an overnight camp and six weekly cultural, sporting and health activities.

Lakes Entrance


Gippstown Reserve Board of Management

Industrialisation and Social Change in Gippsland - Memories of Power Industry Workers and their Families

Preserving the stories of the town’s workers and residents through gathering and presenting the history of Yallourn and the power industry from the 1920s to the 1980s in audio and photographic form.



Goorambat Public Hall Reserve Committee of Management

New Supper Room Floors Will Reduce Our Chores

Increasing health, safety and community use though upgraded floor in supper room.



Henty Memorial Recreation & Sporting Centre Inc

Henty Hall's New Walls!!

Recladding of community hall, ensuring the meeting area is available into the future.



Hopetoun & District Neighbourhood House Inc

Keeping our Cool

Increasing capacity to deliver programs and activities at the Neighbourhood House though installation of air conditioning.



Inglewood Kindergarten Inc

The Growing Healthy Kids Project

Engaging kinder students with gardening and providing a range of learning experiences they do not currently have access to by establishing a vegetable garden and outdoor eating area.



Lions Club Bruthen Inc

Frustrations No More

Increasing capacity for community activities through installation of additional storage space.



Lismore & Surrounding District Men's Shed Inc

Building a Better Workshop

Providing additional space for local men to meet and support each other by construction of purpose built Men’s Shed.



Loch Public Hall Inc.

Facelift for the Loch Hall

Increasing town pride through upgrade of hall façade.



Moyhu & District Pre School

Snack and Go, All in a Row

Improving outdoor learning, social environment and educational and social outcomes for children through the purchase of two outdoor settings for use by pre-schoolers.



Mumbannar Recreation Reserve

Renew the Loo

Increasing use of local hall via upgraded toilet facilities.



Murray Human Services Inc - Echuca Office

Building a Bigger, Better, Brighter Nursery in Kerang

Providing supported employment opportunities for local people with disabilities by establishing a nursery-based disability enterprise that builds on existing capacity and resources.



Nangiloc Colignan & District Primary School

Grow Creative Community Garden

Creating new learning and engagement opportunities for the students, their families and the wider community by establishing a community garden on the grounds of the Nangiloc Primary School.



Nathalia & District Community Assoc Inc

New Undercover Veranda - NUV for the Hub

Providing a protected, safe and attractive addition to a well-used community facility which delivers a wide-range of vital community services through the replacement of an old veranda which was demolished.



Natimuk and District Progress Association Incorporated

Nati Town Terrace

Increasing town pride by redevelopment of the garden in the town square.



Numurkah Community Learning Centre Inc

Ready, Set, Go (Job Skills Training)

Increasing employability through First Aid and skills training for 10 disadvantaged youth.



Otway Coast Regenerative Farmers

Farming for Fertility

Increasing local soil health through a contribution towards a bio-fertiliser training course for 15 people.

Apollo Bay


Rochester Primary School

Resilient Rochester - An Action Plan for Hope

Building resilience and improving behaviour and mental health outcomes for students and enabling staff and parents to better support their children, through delivery of The Resilience Project at Rochester Primary and Secondary Schools.



RSL Maffra Sub-Branch

Shelton Redevelopment Project

Providing support for future funding applications through the assessment of structural issues at hall and completion of plans for a redevelopment.



Rupanyup & District Consultative Committee

Come, Stop, Stay, Enjoy

Encouraging visitors to Rupanyup’s silo art to engage with the town and strengthen the local economy through construction and installation of street furniture and shade umbrellas.



Serpentine Recreation Reserve Committee of Management

Future Proofing Facilities @ Janiember Park

Improving the amenity and future viability of a community facility by purchase of new chairs and tables.



Sheep Hills Hall

Sheep Hills Hall - Appliance Project

Increasing the capacity to cater for a range of income generating events through the purchase of kitchen equipment.

Sheep Hills


South Gippsland FM Radio Inc

Social Encounters of the Community Kind

Increasing capacity of community radio station to more effectively engage and serve its listeners through social media training and strategy development.



Swan Hill District Health

Swan Hill Food Forum

Engaging stakeholders to support vulnerable groups in the community who do not have access to an adequate food supply through delivery of community forum addressing issues pertaining to local food security.

Swan Hill


Swan Hill Specialist School

Swan Hill Specialist School Playgroup

Enhancing educational and social outcomes for children with special needs while supporting and connecting their parents and carers by establishing a playgroup.

Swan Hill


Tatura Community House Inc

A Warmer Welcome

Making a more welcoming environment for community members accessing programs and activities and creating a better work environment for staff and volunteers by remodelling the entrance of the community house.



The OTIS Foundation

100 Nights for Breast Cancer

Improving health outcomes and providing respite from the daily grind of dealing with challenges associated with breast cancer, by providing 100 nights respite care for women suffering from the disease and their families.



Thorpdale Mechanics Institute

Stop That Excess Noise

Reducing excess noise and echo at the Thorpdale Hall, through the purchase and installation of 20 noise reduction panels.



Wedderburn Community House Inc

Learn to Grow!

Supporting participants to increase skills and ability to engage with employment, further training or other community activities through purchase of materials for a pre-accredited course in landscape and design.



Woomelang & District Bush Nursing Centre

The Eyes and Ears of Woomelang

Enhancing local health care through the purchase of a desktop, rechargeable opthalmascope and otoscope unit.



Yarrawonga College P-12

From Bullock Drawn Drays to The School of Today

Enriching and broadening students’ educational experience and engaging them with community volunteers through delivery of an arts-based program in a creative workshop space.



Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House Inc

One Community, A Needle 'N' Thread at a Time

Raising community awareness about plastic pollution and engaging people in a socially inclusive solution focussed activity by developing the Boomerang Bags project.



Western Australia

CWA- Brookton (CWA Western Australia Inc)

Cooking up a Storm in Brookton

Replacement of worn out wood stove with fan-forced oven and hot plates, improving catering capacity of community-use venue.



Dardanup Bull & Barrel Festival Committee Incorporated

Bums on Seats!

 Tiered seating for community festival and other community group events and activities, increasing community comfort, and supporting tourism and economic development.



Dumbleyung Community Resource Centre

A Community Cook Up

Kitchen renovation to comply with food safety regulations, enabling affordable, healthy catering for community workshops and events.



Gnowangerup Baptist Church

A Rest Room in Eden

Ablution facilities for community hub, supporting increased use of public space by multiple community user groups, including newly formed men’s shed & community garden groups.



Gutha Progress Assoc

Gutha Kitchen Renovation

Upgrade kitchen facilities in community hall, refurbishing space into a more hygienic, user-friendly food preparation area.



Margaret River Regional Environment Centre Inc

The Shed

Installation of a disability accessible, environmentally friendly composting toilet, complementing the development of a community meeting space and education area and providing public amenity.

Margaret River


Mount Barker Wildflower Photo Competition Committee

Sign: Which Way? This Way!

Signage for Wildflower Photo Competition, promoting the event, conservation of local flora and attracting tourists to the town.

Mount Barker


Ngyunnga-gu (Shire of Leonora)

Women Belong Group

Craftmaking and personal development activities that draw together local women, strengthening community capacity.



Northampton Creative Obsessions Incorporated

Ewe Turn at Northampton

Installing life-size, fibreglass farm animals decorated by community groups, schools and local businesses along the main street, supporting community arts inclusion, enhancing streetscape aesthetics, and increasing tourism.



Pemberton Community Resource Centre Inc

Barista Bonanza

Barista training for disadvantaged adults, developing a social enterprise that fosters job readiness skills and strengthens the local economy.



Riding for the Disabled Assn WA the Collie Centre

No More Sand!

Replacement flooring, improving rider safety and children with disabilities’ access to health activities.



Shire of Leonora

Sharing is Caring - Family Engagement Activities

Family-focused activities, strengthening social inclusion, community connection and capacity building.



West Arthur Community Resource Centre Incorporated

Serving Up Education for West Arthur

Funds towards a server upgrade, improving IT access and capacity of well-attended Community Resource Centre.



Wiluna Remote Community School

Martu English Book Project

Creation of Martu language children’s school books and resources, increasing learning capacity of Wiluna schoolchildren, as well as other community Martu speakers.



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