Big impact with the help of small grants

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

Bendigo, 11 July 2018:  The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced 104 recipients will share in $425,057 in grants of up to $5,000 in Round 33 of their flagship Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program.

Recipients stretch from Koumala in Queensland, to Clarence Town in NSW, Yankalilla in South Australia, Parkham in Tasmania and Buckley Swamp in Victoria.

Nearly two-thirds of the grants will go towards infrastructure and equipment to drive locally-led change and improvements.

A large number of requests came from community owned and managed meeting places such as community halls, recreation reserves and playgrounds. Natalie Egleton, FRRR CEO, said that most were seeking support to update kitchens and bathrooms, to improve comfort levels for volunteers and users of the facilities.

“Public spaces are integral to creating a sense of community in rural locations, but their maintenance is a constant challenge. Facilities such as halls, toilets and parks are increasingly being managed by local volunteer committees and this program provides significant support for the upkeep and improvements needed to attract locals and tourists,” said Ms Egleton.

Environs Kimberley sea grass monitoring project

“The flexibility of the SGRC program is a big drawcard for community groups. This round, we received requests for lawn mowers, silo art, historical record preservation, website production, shading for playgrounds, volunteer training, a rainwater tank, a street festival and the list goes on. All things that are important to creating vibrant places where people want to live and work.”

Ms Egleton said that while these grants are small, they are often catalytic.

“FRRR knows from experience that on average, community groups will leverage these grants at least three times, to attract other financial or in-kind support. So, while the grants are small, they will really make a difference.”

The complete list of projects funded are on FRRR’s website, but some examples include:

  • Manoora Primary School, SA – increasing community engagement, health and well-being through the development of a community gardening and lunch program at the local primary school - $4,000.
  • Ellen Brockman Integrated Catchment Group, WA – improving local water and environmental health by conducting a water analysis along the Gingin Brook to baseline important nutrient data - $3,730.
  • Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities, NT – reducing the incidence of zoonotic diseases, such as scabies in community members, via a public education program for pet owners, and providing parasite control medicine for companion animals - $4,850.
  • Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network Inc, QLD – inspiring leadership and growth amongst women by recording and collating of 25 years of wisdom and achievements - $5,000.
  • Clarence Town School of Arts Hall Committee and Dungog Shire Council, NSW – enhancing community pride by hosting a community day to paint a mural on a local amenities block - $5,000.
  • Jamieson Community Group and Associated Bodies Inc, VIC – updating the amenity of the Jamieson Memorial Hall by purchasing and installing new kitchen appliances and safety lighting - $3,468.
  • Ouse Online Community Access Centre Inc, TAS – strengthening organisational capacity through a software upgrade to enable efficient management of accounts and use of volunteer time - $1,700.

Demand for support is very strong - FRRR received 283 applications seeking $1.2 million in funding for projects in 228 communities. The grants we have made are possible thanks to the support of numerous generous donors who collaborate with us to offer a simple, broad grant program to rural, regional and remote communities:

  • David Mactaggart Foundation
  • Hannaford
  • Friends of FRRR and other private donors
  • Kapikarnpi Community Fund
  • Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation
  • Scenic World
  • The Bertalli Family Foundation
  • John T Reid Charitable Trusts
  • The Julian Flett Foundation
  • The R.E. Ross Trust
  • The Maple Brown Family Charitable Foundation
  • The William Buckland Foundation
  • The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation
  • Yulgilbar Foundation
  • Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation



The 34th round of Small Grants for Rural Communities will open on 13 August and applications will close 26 September 2018.

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Project Title & Description




Adavale Lane Community Centre Incorporated

Help us to replace our Hall floor so we can begin to restore
Increase safety and enhance viability of community hall by replacing the current, unsafe concrete floor with a more flood-proof floor.



Baryulgil Charity Sports Club Inc

"Stop the Rot"
Increase the usability, safety and longevity of the Community Hall by repairing and replacing deteriorated elements.



Bobin School of Arts Incorporated

Giving love to our catering kitchen!
Increase capacity of the Bobin School of Arts Hall to cater for community functions and disaster events by upgrading its kitchen equipment including a 90cm wide oven, moveable bench and foldable tables.



Branxton Playgroup
Playgroup NSW Inc

Branxton Playgroup entry doors and windows - Welcoming New Members
Increasing the safety of children and the ability of Branxton Playgroup to introduce new development programs through the replacement of two doors and windows with two sliding glass doors and two large sliding windows.



Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group Inc.

Men's cooking club & nutrition workshops
Increase the health and wellbeing of Gloucester locals through the delivery of two series of nutritious, affordable, cooking workshops.



Clarence Landcare Incorporated

Connecting communities digitally
Enhance audio and video projection at annual events and increase efficiency and effectiveness of community communications through the acquisition of new digital media equipment.



Clarence Town School of Arts Hall Committee
Dungog Shire Council

Community mural for local amenities block in Clarence Town
Enhance the sense of community pride and ownership of an amenities block by having a community day at which a mural is painted on the exterior walls.

Clarence Town


Coonamble Children's Services Inc

Tech for Tots: IT upgrade to keep Coonamble Children's Services current
Improve the Coonamble Children’s Services Centre’s capacity by acquiring new technological equipment, a new website and training for staff.



Copper City Men's Shed - Cobar

Men's Shed equipment upgrade
Enhance connectivity and provide essential services to the community by replacing faulty equipment at the Copper City Men’s Shed, which will increase functionality.



Cundletown & Lower Manning Historical Society Inc.

Cutting the grounds of history
Increase safety of volunteers at the Cundletown Museum by providing the Museum with lawn maintenance equipment.



Drake Village Resource Centre Inc

DVRC Inc kitchen upgrade
Increase the capacity of a vital community hub to build community cohesion and provide opportunities for education, skill development, and employment by purchasing and installing new kitchen equipment.




Engaging and connecting communities - Glen Innes
Increase the confidence and connectedness of under-represented community members by holding a series of workshops aimed at developing skills with social media and the internet.

Glen Innes


Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc

Drake permaculture group
Increase community connectedness by developing a community group in Drake NSW through a series of six permaculture workshops.



Greystanes Disability Services

Access all areas
Increase community inclusion of people with disabilities by purchasing a van that has been modified for wheelchair accessibility.

Wentworth Falls


Hannam Vale Hall Society Incorporated

Fire safety at the Hall
Improve the safety of Hannam Vale Hall users through the purchase and installation of compliant fire safety equipment.

Hannam Vale


Havannah House Ministries Incorporated

Supply of three freezers for donated food storage, used for redistribution of food
Increase the capacity of Havannah House to increase food security to those in need via the purchase and installation of three new 700 litre freezers.



Karuah & Great Lakes Landcare Inc

Nabiac community garden
Increase community health and wellbeing through the construction of a community garden at the Nabiac Memorial Neighbourhood Centre.



Katoomba Leura Preschool

Accessible children's bathroom
Enhance accessibility and increase safety and compliance through the renovation of the bathroom at the preschool.



Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Inc

Neighbourhood outreach kiosk at Bushland hub
Strengthen services available to the Taree community through the improvement of the kiosk at the Bushland hub.

Bushland - Taree


MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation

Upgrade of computers
Increase opportunities for community engagement and employment acquisition through the purchase of three new computers at the MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation.



Quambone Resources Committee

White, light & easy
Increase the comfort and usability of the Quambone Memorial Hall by purchasing 100 new, light-weight, uniform chairs.



Scone Films

Digital cinema upgrade
Increase access to a greater range of films and provide enhanced audio and visual experiences of filmgoers by acquiring digital cinema projection and audio equipment technology to a volunteer operated cinema.



South Narrabeen Surf Lifesaving Club Inc

Bush to Beach 2019
Increase the self-esteem and educational engagement of Indigenous youth from the remote Brewarrina area via a camp to the northern beaches of Sydney.



Springwood Community Garden Incorporated

Shade, irrigation and garden beds for Springwood community garden
Enhance engagement opportunities for the Springwood community through the provision of tools, equipment, an irrigation system and garden furniture at the community garden.



Tactile Arts Group at Kendall Inc

TAG studio water supply and groundworks
Extend delivery of arts workshops and community's market operations through completion of earthworks around the shed and installation of two water tanks.



Utungun Community Hall Committee of Management
Nambucca Shire Council

Weed free and wide open
Increase usability of the hall by ensuring its lawns are regularly and safely maintained via the purchase of a ride-on mower and whipper snipper by the Hall Committee of Management.



Wingham Akoostik Music Festival
Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Inc

The Akoostik art of recycling
Promote waste awareness by employing five artists to engage 30 high school students to create art projects from waste materials over the three-day period of the Wingham Akoostik Music Festival.




Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities Inc

Responsible pet ownership, a targeted education campaign in the community of Maningrida
Reduce the incidence of zoonotic diseases such as scabies in the community, via a public education program and parasite control medicine.



Barkly Region Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Group (BRADAAG)

Reconnecting communities
Improve alcohol recovery prospects through provision of a family-friendly outdoor meeting space within the town’s residential drug and alcohol centre.

Tennant Creek


NT Friendship & Support Inc

Volunteer recruitment drive
Increase aged-care volunteerism and elderly community independence, via funds for Ochre Cards, first aid training, and a volunteer recruitment campaign.




Volunteer Marine Rescue Burdekin Inc.

Let's trim that turf!
Strengthen volunteer contributions to Volunteer Marine Rescue Burdekin by purchasing a reliable ride on mower to maintain their facilities.



Atherton Tai Chi
Yungaburra Community Assoc Inc

Atherton Tai Chi training
Improve the health and wellbeing of the community by educating more volunteer instructors in the practice of Tai Chi.



Blackall Newspaper Group Inc

The Barcoo Independent digital project
Increase community connection within Blackall and promote the town to tourists by creating an online presence for the Blackall Independent Newspaper to advertise local events, businesses, stories and culture.



Burdekin Men's Shed Association Inc.

Improvements to the Men's Shed
Increase connection and mental health throughout Burdekin via the provision of new tools and resources for the Men's Shed.



Dirranbandi Daycare Steering committee
Dirranbandi Progress Assoc

Dirranbandi Childcare feasibility study
Increase economic prospects of families by conducting a feasibility study for the establishment of a childcare facility in Dirranbandi.



Friends of Carinya Inc.

Purchase of a BrainTrainerPlus™ for the Carinya Aged Care Facility, Miles QLD
Increase mental stimulation of residents of the Carinya Aged Care Facility through the acquisition of a BrainTrainerPlus™.



Friends of the Tableland Regional Gallery Inc.

Acquisition of artwork display cabinet
Increase community engagement with and access to fine arts within the Tablelands region by constructing a large, wooden cabinet to house works by prominent local artist for permanent viewing.



Koumala Primary P&C Association

Middle School Playground Rebuilding
Increase access of children to shaded play via the construction of a playground and shade sail at Koumala State School.



Laidley & Districts Community Organisation Inc

Re. Generation
Increase access to services and support provided by the Laidley Community Centre and Youth Centre through the upgrade of IT systems.



Lakeland Horsesports Association

Canteen upgrade
Improve opportunities for local community groups to run events and fundraise through the installation of a fully equipped canteen that meets food standards.



Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network Inc.

Farming RRR women: Harvesting collective leadership wisdom; growing future women leaders
Inspiring leadership and growth amongst women through the recording and collation of 25 years of wisdom and achievements.



Southbrook Central Primary P&C Assoc

Tuckshop upgrade
Strengthen the Southbrook Central P&C's ability to fundraise via the installation of a stainless-steel bench and trolley, making catering easier.



Wandoan and District Kindergarten Assoc Inc

Tap 'n' Fundraise
Enhance the fundraising capacity of community groups in the Wandoan area through the purchase of six iPads and associated point of sale equipment.



Wandoan Community Commerce & Industry Inc

Pilates classes
Enhancing the health and wellbeing of the Wandoan Community through the institution of pilates classes.



Wandoan Primary & Secondary P&C Assoc

School playground and shade structure
Improve sun safety amongst students at the Wandoan State School by installing a shade structure over a newly installed playground.



Wowan/Dululu Community Volunteer Group Inc

Maintenance repairs and upgrade to Wowan/Dululu Community Fitness Centre
Increase the capacity and accessibility of a community meeting place used as a fitness centre by refurbishing the Centre and constructing a disabled ramp.




Cummins Railway Triangle Park Nature Playground Committee
Cummins & District Enterprise Committee

Cummins Railway Triangle Park nature playground
Improve the health and well-being of the community, particularly children and their families, through the development of a nature playground in a local park.



Manoora Primary School

Manoora Primary School's community garden and kitchen
Increase community engagement, health and well-being through the development of a community gardening and lunch program at the local primary school.



Naracoorte Nth Kindergarten

Save our rainwater
Enhance the health and well-being of children and staff at the Naracoorte North Kindergarten by securing a safe and clean source of drinking water through the installation of a new tank.



Penola Town Square Working Group
Penola Festival Association Inc

Entrance statement for the Penola town square
Strengthen civic pride and engagement, through the development of a new public space in the main street of town.



Port Pirie Regional Council

BIG Picture Street Art Festival
Strengthen community well-being, cultural vibrancy, sense of place and civic pride through the development and delivery of a biennial street art-based festival.

Port Pirie


Yankalilla District Community Cultural Arts Network Inc

Yankalilla Sustainable Events Package
Strengthen community engagement with arts and cultural activities through upgrading locally available events infrastructure.

Wirinna Cove
Cape Jervis



Ouse Online Community Access Centre Inc

MYOB software upgrade
Strengthen organisational capacity through a software upgrade enabling more efficient and effective management of accounts and use of volunteer time.



Parkham Community Inc

A bright new welcome
Strengthen connections and ensure the community has a safe and fit for purpose place to gather, through the reinstatement of a side doorway at the local hall.




1st Mount Beauty Scout Group
The Scout Association of Australia Victorian Branch

Mount Beauty Scout Group leadership program
Developing leadership skills and learning opportunities for young people through the purchase of camping equipment for the local scout group.

Mount Beauty


Beulah Landcare Group

Time's up for mice & snails at Beulah
Improve environmental and economic outcomes for the region through the purchase of equipment that will support a co-ordinated approach to pest management.



Breamlea Community Garden Inc

Compost connections
Increase community participation and wellbeing through an upgrade of equipment at the community garden.



Broken River Potters Group

New kiln accessories
Strengthen the sustainability of the group through the acquisition of new equipment that is vital to its operations.



Buangor Community Sports Centre
Buangor Community Sports Centre Inc

Buangor Community Sports Centre Fire and Ice Project
Strengthening community connectivity and engagement through installation of a split system, creating a comfortable, year-round gathering space.



Buckley Swamp Recreation Reserve

Buckley Swamp Hall solar array
Build community connectivity and capacity through the installation of a solar panel system.

Buckley Swamp


Corack Public Hall Inc

Revitalisation of Corack Public Hall
Increase community engagement and financial sustainability by conducting maintenance on a public building creating a secure hospitable meeting space.



Devenish Silo Art
Devenish Public Hall Committee of Management Inc

Devenish silo art
Drive local tourism and enhance community education about the role of servicemen and women from Devenish through the creation of three large murals painted on large community silos, an information board and a post and rail fence.



Dhauwurd-Wurrung Portland & District Aboriginal Elderly Citizens Inc

Refurbishment of playgroup area
Improve the health, wellbeing and educational development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children and their families, through an upgrade of part of the local Aboriginal health service to create a fit for purpose playgroup area.



Edenhope Lions Club Inc

Kitchen upgrade of club rooms
Improve the organisational resilience and capacity of Edenhope Lions Club to respond to community needs through an upgrade of the kitchen facilities at the Edenhope Senior Citizens Hall.



Friends of the Great Victorian Rail Trail

Revamp of Great Victorian Rail Trail, Mansfield
Strengthen community engagement and understanding of the local environment through maintenance and further revegetation of a section of the Great Victorian Rail Trail.



Goldfields Historical & Arts Society Inc

Save our collection
Build community capacity through improvements to the local museum which will better protect its collection and the work environment for volunteers.



Great Alpine Gallery Inc

Living river waterbugs
Raise awareness of the importance of river health and the need to care for local waterways through delivery of a large-scale community-based citizen science / arts project.

Swifts Creek


Jamieson Community Group and Associated Bodies Inc

Completion of Memorial Hall upgrade
Improve the amenity of the Jamieson Memorial Hall by purchasing and installing new kitchen appliances and safety lighting.



Ladybird Education
Yackandandah Kindergarten

Ladybird music sessions incursion program at Yackandandah Kindergarten
Enhance the learning and development outcomes for kindergarten children contributing to their readiness for school through delivery of a tailored music program.



Macedon Ranges Community Halls Inc

Fit for purpose kitchen
Improve the amenity and the long-term sustainability of the Lauriston Hall by purchasing and installing a commercial grade dishwasher and crockery.



MATES Mentoring Program
Wycheproof P-12 College

MATES mentoring program
Improve the future educational and employment prospects of young people in Wycheproof by delivering a mentorship program that engages local representatives.



Nhill Neighbourhood House Learning Centre Inc

Water safety program for CALD learners in the Nhill community
Improve the health and wellbeing of newly arrived migrants by providing culturally appropriate water safety lessons.



Nyah West and District Kindergarten Assoc Inc

School readiness program
Improving children's school readiness and educational outcomes by developing the capacity of educators and parents to better support their transition from kindergarten to school.

Nyah West


Penshurst Memorial Hall Committee of Management Inc

Refurbishing our community hub
Strengthen the long-term viability of the Hall through an upgrade of basic plumbing facilities.



Portland Secondary College Re-Engagement Program
Portland Secondary College

Netbooks for students
Strengthen the educational outcomes of disadvantaged and disengaged students by providing IT equipment for use in a program designed specifically to support them.



quarteracreblock productions
Auspicious Arts Projects Inc

The Republic Of Trees - A tale between Earth and sky
Strengthen local cultural capacity and awareness, through the creation and presentation of a major site-specific production at Vaughan Springs.



Raillery Hub Inc

Fit out of appliances for a community kitchen
Strengthen engagement and participation with the arts through the development of a new fit for purpose, culture-focused community hub.

St Arnaud


Rotary Club of Mansfield Inc

Home help project
Increase community engagement and wellbeing through the acquisition of a trailer necessary to deliver an assistance program to those in need.



Rupanyup Kindergarten Inc

Science in the kindergarten - Creating lifelong learners and engaging families
Support children's learning and development, through the purchase of science-based equipment, creating a science exploration area at the kindergarten.



Shared Learning & Activities Murtoa Inc

Connections through interactions
Strengthen educational and social outcomes for children and their families through equipping a space that is safe and welcoming and can be used for relevant programs and activities.



St. Malachy's School

The Resilience Project
Increase the resilience and well-being of children and young people in the community through the delivery of The Resilience Project, a mindfulness program developed for that cohort.



State Coal Mine - Rescue Station Arts Inc

Fire the kiln - fire the imagination
Increase community connectivity and participation, through the installation of pottery infrastructure in a newly revitalised arts centre.



Stawell City Brass Band Inc

Purchase of drum kit and equipment
Increasing community participation and cultural vibrancy through the purchase of musical equipment for a brass band.



Swan Hill South Kindergarten Association

Swan Hill South Kindergarten outdoor upgrade
Improve educational and health outcomes for pre-school children by upgrading the local kindergarten’s outdoor play area.

Swan Hill


Warracknabeal Rest Rooms

Restoration of the Warracknabeal and district ladies' rest rooms building
Increase community participation through the improvement of a much loved and utilised community asset.



Woorinen South Pre-School Inc

Equipment & facility upgrade
Upgrade the amenity of the kindergarten’s learning environment by replacing worn out and damaged fixtures and fittings.

Woorinen South


Yaapeet Community Club Inc

Yaapeet sound system
Improve the amenity of the Yaapeet Community Centre through the purchase and installation of a new sound system.




Brookton Multifunctional Family Centre Inc.

Soft gym play equipment and technology update
Improve children’s fine, gross motor and IT skills through investment in soft gym climbing equipment and computer tablets.



Broome Lotteries House Incorporated

Broome Lotteries House - Community Resource Hub
Increase community groups’ capacity to effectively deliver services through purchase of communal computers and administration technology. 



Capel Makers' Trail
Capel Chamber of Commerce Incorporated

Capel Makers' Trail
Strengthen cultural and economic development and build a stronger local arts industry through investment (advertising and signage) in a new regional arts trail.

Peppermint Grove Beach


Cunderdin Community Resource Centre Inc.

Healthy Wheatbelt women
Strengthen mental and physical health, and improve community connectedness, via speakers at a women’s health day.



Denmark Community Resource Centre Inc

Denmark community garden infrastructure - Stage 1
Strengthen food security and reduce environmental waste through investment in community garden infrastructure.



Ellen Brockman Integrated Catchment Group

Engaging with the Gingin community to protect their unique waterways
Improve local water and environmental health via investment in Gingin Brook water sample analysis. 



Eneabba Parents and Citizens Association Inc

Eneabba Explorers - supporting our early years' students to reach their full potential at school
Increase children’s development opportunities through an upgrade to playground equipment at Eneabba Primary School.



Environs Kimberley

Broome community seagrass monitoring project
Strengthened local environmental health through investment in seagrass fieldwork monitoring equipment (iPads, cases, tape measures), and vehicle hire.



Glass Jar Australia Ltd

Confident Me cultural rewards camp
Strengthen female students’ commitment to complete secondary education through investment in a netball rewards program.



Greenbushes Community Resource Centre

Art in the winter
Strengthen cultural vibrancy and creative skills development through two art workshops.



Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Corporation
Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Corporation

Horticulture training for the Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal community revegetation nursery capacity building project
Build community youth employment and skills capacity, and repair environmental landscape, through Cert II horticulture training.

Jarlmadangah Aboriginal Community


Kondinin Progress Association Inc

Tai Chi for arthritis in Kondinin
Improve health for the elderly, upskilling two local women to deliver free, weekly ‘Tai Chi for Falls Prevention’ classes.



Nine Mile Aboriginal Corporation

Guda Guda playground and half court
Increase community connection and healthy activities for remote youth and community members, through investment in a half basketball court and fenced playground.

Guda Guda Community


Northam Primary School Parents and Citizens Association

Musical nature
Increase children's confidence, self-esteem, body-mind coordination, as well as positive feelings towards one another, through investment in musical equipment for a Nature Play area.



Northampton Friends of the Railway Inc

Gwalla railway mural and art trail enhancements
Strengthen tourism through creation of mural and steel sculpture celebrating historical significance of railway and pioneer life.



Wiluna Town Bush Fire Brigade Inc

Automation of fire station doors
Improve emergency services response time to fire call outs, via installation of fire station roller door motor.



Yarloop Community Resource Centre

Connected Yarloop
Rebuild connectedness in disaster-affected town through catering, seating and tables at a community Christmas party, and two art workshops.




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