Strengthening Rural Communities program delivers more than $640,000 in grants

Bendigo, 16 December 2019: The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) is providing $643,401 in grants to communities across Australia through the third round of its Strengthening Rural Communities program. 

Helping out the Victoria Valley CFA

Grants range from $2,134, for a new hot water service at the Monteagle Hall in the New South Wales South West Slopes, to $25,000 for a range of workshops and community infrastructure projects that enhance community or organisational capacity, particularly in remote communities where the costs are greater.

Most of the grants awarded will go towards developing organisational resilience and capacity, building community resilience or promoting individual and community health and social wellbeing.

Grant recipients are spread from Tibooburra in far northwest NSW, Kowanyama on the western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, Mingenew in the northern Wheatbelt of Western Australia, Coffin Bay on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, Queenstown in Tasmania’s west coast regions and to Tempy in Victoria’s Mallee.

FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton, says that the significant hardship being experienced across NSW and QLD, as a result of prolonged drought, floods and recent bushfires was evident throughout the applications.

“Dedicated community groups are fighting hard to maintain community spirit through difficult times and projects to revitalise community halls, streetscapes and schools are seen as important initiatives to support this.

“In Queensland, some of the grants will go towards infrastructure projects in towns with fewer than 1,000 people to strengthen community and organisational resilience,” Ms Egleton explained. “These relatively simple things, such as shelter, seating and safe play equipment, will make enormous differences to their respective communities. Several projects will seed new initiatives to promote individual wellbeing and enhance community identity.”

The importance of cultural events and festivals to build community engagement and resilience, particularly in smaller communities, was a strong theme, particularly in applications from South Australia.

“These events allow communities to celebrate their local culture and identity and are typically projects that involve many volunteers. These grants will help keep operational costs down, which means community groups can instead focus on ways to improve their offering for visitors,” says Egleton. 

Successful projects include:

  • Bermagui Preschool Cooperative Society Limited - $10,000, NSW: Acting on environmental challenges by supporting the expansion of Moodji Farm, a community education site inspired by Indigenous writer and anthologist, Bruce Pascoe and his critical work Dark Emu, that incorporates ancient Aboriginal agricultural practices and permaculture to regenerate the land and grow Indigenous cultural awareness.
  • The Corner Shop Museum Inc. - $2,250, WA: Contributing to a culturally vibrant community by supporting the full digitisation of the historical records and rich cultural history of the region, including oral accounts. 
  • Puuya Foundation - $25,000, QLD: Building community resilience by developing a new program for parents and carers (Everyday Leaders Development) to support this highly disadvantaged, remote community in Lockhart River. 
  • West Coast Connect Inc - $9,200, TAS: Building economic strength and sustainability by supporting the development of a horticultural training facility on the grounds of the Old Queenstown Hospital. 
  • Coffin Bay Progress Association - $5,914, SA: Building community resilience by upgrading the kitchen facilities and installing eight ceiling fans in the Coffin Bay Hall, encouraging broader use in this remote community.
  • Northern District Community Health (NDCH) - $10,000, VIC: Promoting individual and community health and social wellbeing is vital by purchasing equipment that NDCH requires to deliver the AgriSafe program which aims to improve access to medical treatment for farmers. 

A full list of grant recipients is available below.

Strengthening Rural Communities is collaboratively supported by a number of generous donors including: Australia Post, Aussie Farmers Foundation, The Bertalli Family Foundation, John T Reid Charitable Trusts, Sidney Myer Fund, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Vertel, The Yulgilbar Foundation, Scenic World Shared, Westpac Group, The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation, Baxter Charitable Foundation, The William Buckland Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees), Perpetual Foundation: Julian Flett Endowment, Perpetual Foundation – various donors, Doc Ross Family Foundation, Portland House Foundation, Kapikarnpi Community Fund, Good Thnx, and Private Donors.

This program is always accepting applications, but the next cut-off date for applications to be assessed is 19 December. Expressions of interest (EOI) for the next round of Larger Leverage grants must be received by 4 February 2020, with successful EOI applicants being invited to submit a formal application. All applications for the next round must be received by 24 March 2020 for funds awarded in mid-June 2020. 

Small & Vital

Organisation

Project

Location

Awarded

New South Wales

Embassy Arts Incorporated

Skills for Life - Sewing 101
Develop textile working skills and micro business capability through five workshops held in Baradine for youth aged 10 to 25.

Baradine

$4,848

Bermagui Preschool Cooperative Society Limited

Moodji Farm Urban & Indigenous Agriculture Project
Raise environmental and Indigenous awareness and knowledge with practical hands on learning at community permaculture project.

Bermagui

$10,000

Eden Service and Social Club Inc

Marine History of Twofold Bay
Build a stronger local economy and celebrate a historically rich culture through informative educational boards on popular tourist walkway.

Eden

$3,830

The Trustee for Elong Elong Public Hall Land Manager

Getting Elong Elong women moving
Improve coping skills, mental and physical health and wellbeing with yoga and mindfulness classes for drought-impacted community.

Elong Elong

$2,700

The Eleanor Dark Foundation

Wheelchair-accessible Writers' Studio
Promote inclusivity and access to the arts through building an 'all abilities accessible' writer's residency studio.

Katoomba

$10,000

Monteagle Hall Committee
Hilltops Council

Monteagle Hall- Hot Water Unit
Create community hub and build social connectivity with installation of a new hot water service and revitalisation of Community Hall.

Monteagle

$2,134

Pius X Aboriginal Corporation

Mungindi Outreach Health Week
Improve community health and wellbeing with informal outdoor meeting area at Indigenous owned Community Health Centre.

Mungindi

$10,000

Poets Out Loud
RealArtworks Inc

Poets Out Loud - Organisational Expansion Phase
Support artistic endeavour and cultural engagement with purchase of PA system and promotional material for spoken word artists.

Murwillumbah

$3,095

North Star Parents & Citizens Association

Providing an awesome, outdoor eating / learning area for a small, remote and drought affected school community
Improve amenity and environment of school lunch area through concreting outdoor eating area, providing shade and upgrading outdoor tables.

North Star

$7,284

Quirindi Village Miniature Railway

Upgrade of Function Area
Improve amenity and increase capacity to self-fund through improved picnic facilities for self-catered events at Miniature Railway.

Quirindi

$5,000

Tenterfield and District Community FM Radio Association Inc.

Installation of Essential Radio Transmitting Equipment to Service Rural Communities
Improve access to and coverage of local news, community events and emergency warnings with better reception for local radio station.

Tenterfield

$7,030

Tibooburra & District Progress Association

Saving our Rainwater!
Support essential infrastructure development with purchase of 9,000 litre tank for community hall.

Tibooburra

$5,269

Warren Community Homes Association Inc

Retirement with Dignity Unit 3 renovations
Enable elderly and frail community members to remain independent through renovations in aged care accommodation unit.

Warren

$10,000

Warren Shire Council

Keeping Warren Seniors Active
Support improved health and fitness outcomes for aged care and hospital patients, with purchase of two arm-leg exercise machines and two stationary exercise bikes.

Warren

$6,730

Wingham Chamber of Commerce

Colour for Isabella Street
Boost town's economy through revitalising shopping precinct with fresh plantings of bright petunias and violas.

Wingham

$8,304

Young and District Family History Group Incorporated

Updated Computer for Young and District Family History Group Research
Support historical research and sharing of information with new computer for active genealogical group.

Young

$2,364

Northern Territory

Guts Dance Central Australia Incorporated

Community Day at Dance Fest
Support artistic development and social connectedness in Alice Springs through participation in free community dance workshops and performances as part of a cultural dance festival.

Alice Springs

$9,800

Queensland

Whitsundays Arts Festival Inc

Whitsundays Arts Festival 10th - 11th and 12th July 2020
Enable cultural and artistic expression of community members through establishment of new Arts Festival, that will draw tourists back to disaster impacted community and revitalise economy.

Airlie Beach

$9,000

Bororen State School Parents and Citizens Association

Bororen Brain Boosters
Improve cognitive and language skills to better develop preschool learning via rubber softfall for yarning circle.

Bororen

$10,000

Friends of RM Inc.

Friends of RM Sing!
Create social connections and enhance community wellbeing through starting a Community Choir.

Eidsvold

$2,262

Hannaford Club Inc

Catering Clubs are Profitable Clubs
Improve capacity of local community to host events by upgrade of BBQ and catering facilities.

Hannaford

$3,694

Hughenden State Emergency Service (SES) Group
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Kitchen for SES facility
Support emergency services capacity with an upgrade of the kitchen at the Hughenden Unit.

Hughenden

$5,896

Out There Kowanyama

Building Community Connectedness through Meeting Places.
Create social connectivity and cohesion through picnic table and fire pit in public park.

Kowanyama

$10,000

FNQ Aviation Museum Ltd

Preservation & Rebuilding of Heritage Assessed Building
Preserve and celebrate Australia's aviation history through relocation a hangar to Mareeba's Aircraft Museum.

Mareeba

$10,000

Mareeba State Emergency Service
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Training & Operational Room Equipment
Support training needs and operational readiness with smart TV and chairs for training room at Mareeba SES.

Mareeba

$3,368

Johnstone Ecological Society Inc

Bulguru Wetlands Wildlife Monitoring and Continuing Revegetation
Protection of endangered species through monitoring wildlife movements and planning lay out of pathways and viewing platforms in environmentally sensitive Wetlands.

Mourilyan

$3,187

South Australia

Angas Valley Recreation Hall and Tennis Club Incorporated

Upgrade Kitchen Appliances and Equipment for Community Events and Activities
Support participation in community events with purchase of kitchen appliances for community hall.

Angas Valley

$1,030

Coffin Bay Progress Association Inc

Hall to HUB
Support social activities and reduce isolation through renovations to community hall.

Coffin Bay

$5,914

Barossa Region Community Foundation Incorporated

Foundation Barossa Awareness & Fundraising Video
Build capacity to support and drive local community driven projects via storytelling videos promoting the aspirations and achievements of local philanthropy.

Nuriootpa

$2,420

Peterborough Festival Incorporated

Revitalisation of the 2020 Peterborough Art & Cultural Festival
Support local arts and cultural engagement with Opening Smoking Ceremony and three musical events at Community Festival.

Peterborough

$5,000

Seafood on Spencer Inc

Seafood on Spencer

Promote tourism through the creation of an annual local seafood festival, which will educate visitors on the sustainability of the seafood industry whilst providing an enjoyable event.

Port Broughton

$5,150

Yorketown Community Childcare Centre

Safe Storage & Undercover Learning Environment
Foster early childhood learning and creative play through provision of an undercover outdoor play area and larger secure storage area.

Yorketown

$10,000

Tasmania

Okines Community House Inc

Food Co-op Building Extension
Strengthen community connectivity and engagement through a building extension at a local community house.

Dodges Ferry

$10,000

Huon Valley Council

Huon Beings
Strengthen community engagement and cultural connectivity through delivery of a storytelling program.

Geeveston

$2,067

West Coast Connect Inc

Establishment of a Horticultural Education and Training Facility
Strengthen opportunities for employment, education and cultural engagement through the construction of a horticultural training centre.

Queenstown

$9,200

Glenhaven Family Care Inc

Meals 4 Home
Promote health and social wellbeing and support community capability through the delivery of a healthy food program.

Sheffield

$10,000

Victoria

Ladybird Education
Beechworth Kindergarten Inc

Ladybird Music Incursion Program at Beechworth Kindergarten.
Support early childhood pre-literacy development with musical program for four-year-old kindergarten program.

Beechworth

$5,000

Donald Primary School

Donald Primary School Outdoor Sensory Classroom
Improve learning outcomes in Donald by building a sensory space and outdoor classroom.

Donald

$10,000

Northern District Community Health

AgriSafe for Farmers - Getting Health Right
Improving farmer health in Gannawarra and Loddon by purchasing medical testing equipment.

Kerang

$10,000

H11 H12 Community Action Group

Beyond Bolac Wildlife Monitoring Program
4Building community capacity and local knowledge through the purchase of wildlife monitoring equipment in the Lake Bolac catchment
Improving environmental outcomes in the Lake Bolac Catchment by purchasing wildlife monitoring equipment.

Lake Bolac

$3,500

The National Vietnam Veterans Museum Ltd

Triple A: Antics, Artefacts, and Antiques – Supporting the Local Community
Building social cohesion in Newhaven, by supporting local cultural activities.

Newhaven

$9,448

Peechelba Public Purposes Reserve

Peechelba Medical Emergency Support Project
Support community safety and health outcomes via purchase of defibrillator for community sports area.

Peechelba

$2,400

Pyramid Hill Progress Association Inc.

Come Rain Come Shine - Weatherproofing the Pyramid Hill Fiesta
Increase social cohesion and participation through purchase of marquees for local events in Pyramid Hill.

Pyramid Hill

$9,975

Rupanyup Public Hall Committee

Rupanyup Hall Theatre System
Support social inclusion and cultural engagement with audio visual system for community hall.

Rupanyup

$9,859

St Arnaud Community Resource Centre Inc.

St Arnaud Community Resource Centre - Equipment and Volunteer Development
Provide access to office services with purchase of binding and folding equipment and upskill three volunteers with first aid training.

St Arnaud

$2,693

Tempy Primary School Council

Supporting Students- Skill Development and Participation
Nurture gross and fine motor skill coordination and development through occupational therapy training for educators, parents and carers.

Tempy

$10,000

Western Australia

Augusta River Festival Inc

The Augusta River Festival Second Stage
Build capacity of the Augusta Margaret River Festival and extend artistic and cultural engagement of young people in festival activities through the purchase of a mobile event stage.

Augusta

$7,000

Hummingbird Promotions Inc.

Capel Makers Trail 2020
Build local economy and support business expansion through business commercialisation workshops across an Arts Trail Weekend.

Capel

$3,000

Gondwana Link Ltd

Healing the Land, Healing the People at Nowanup
Build community resilience and capacity of a Noongar Traditional Owner ranger group to manage environmental and cultural activities through the purchase of a tractor.

Jerramungup

$10,000

Margaret River Mens Shed Inc

Project Wood Lathe
Increase community engagement, social wellbeing and connectedness of men in the Margaret River region through the purchase of a lathe for the recently-formed Margaret River Men’s Shed.

Margaret River

$3,000

Mingenew Community Telecentre

CheckMate Men’s Mental Health Initiative
Improve community health and wellbeing and build resilience through mental health workshops for men in the Mid West region of WA.

Mingenew

$10,000

Pemberton Mill Restoration Committee

Floor for Functions
Improve the usability, safety and longevity of the heritage-listed Pemberton Mill Community Hall in South West WA by replacing the deteriorated aged floor.

Pemberton

$10,000

The Corner Shop Museum Inc.

The Corner Shop Museum Digitisation of Collection & Oral History Project
Preserve and improve access to historical records of the Tambellup region of WA through purchase of equipment to enable the local museum to digitise their collection.

Tambellup

$2,250

Wongan Hills Anglican Church
The Perth Diocesan Trustees

Meals on a Shoestring
Increase the health, wellbeing and social connectedness of Wongan Hills community members through the delivery of weekly cooking and life skills workshops.

Wongan Hills

$8,450

Wyalkatchem Community Resource Centre Inc.

Reception Realignment to Allow Persons with Disabilities Access
Improve access at a community facility in Wyalkatchem WA for people with a disability and the elderly through alterations to the reception area.

Wyalkatchem

$1,550

 

Larger Leverage

Organisation

Project

Location

Awarded

New South Wales

Drake Village Resource Centre Inc

Solar Energy Upgrade for Drake Village Resource Centre
Build community resilience during emergencies and deliver climate change solutions with solar system upgrade at Drake Village Resource Centre.

Drake

$16,526

Queensland

Tablelands Regional Council

Disaster Resilience Training on the Tablelands
Build community resilience with disaster preparedness training for community and volunteer first responders.

Atherton

$25,000

Bigambul Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (BNTAC)

Bigambul Ten-Year Economic Development & Prosperity Strategy
Creating economic prosperity in Bigumbul by supporting the development of a ten-year Economic Development Strategy.

Goondiwindi

$24,750

AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd.

2020 Cape York Grazing Forum
Build community resilience and increase community health and social wellbeing through two-day Cape York Grazing forum.

Laura

$11,500

Puuya Foundation

Developing Everyday Leaders
Strengthen community resilience and build leadership skills with design and delivery of six half day workshops for parents and carers.

Lockhart River

$25,000

Pomona Arts Inc

Installation of air conditioning units in the Majestic Theatre
Increase opportunity for social participation and connection at community events and performances held at the Pomona Arts Majestic Theatre through installation of air conditioning.

Pomona

$25,000

St John Ambulance Australia Queensland Limited

Roof Restoration at St Johns, Townsville
Increase St Johns Ambulance Queensland's capacity to provide health services to the Townsville community by upgrading the roof.

Townsville

$25,000

South Australia

Loxcare Incorporated

Loxcare Community Hub
Extend the services and programs of Loxcare, a relief aid community centre, through the fit out of a new building, thereby more strongly meeting the needs of its community.

Loxton

$25,000

Tasmania

Furneaux Historical Research Association Inc

Furneaux GeoTrail Stage 2 Mountains, Coast and Islands, Community Engagement
Support the economic sustainability of the remote Flinders Island community through the development of a GeoTrail, extending it into the more remote areas and outer islands.

Whitemark

$24,924

Victoria

Tomorrow Today Education Foundation Ltd

Powering Tomorrow Today's future
Maximise capacity of organisation to deliver early childhood education programs via reducing overheads through installing a 7.2 kW solar system.

Benalla

$11,000

South West Healthcare

Mt Elephant Community House
Support the development and initiation of a much-needed Community House through the provision of a Project Worker and utility costs for the new building.

Lismore

$25,000

Western Australia

Indigenous Desert Alliance Limited

Supporting Indigenous Rangers through regional knowledge and skill sharing
Build the capacity, knowledge and networks of emerging Indigenous Ranger Groups through attendance at an annual Indigenous-led forum in Warrakurna, WA.

Warrakurna

$25,000

Tjiwarl (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC

Tjiwarl On-Country Participatory Planning
Improve the capacity, knowledge and connection to country of an emerging Indigenous Ranger Group in the Northern Goldfields desert region through a land management planning expedition. 

Wiluna

$25,000

 

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