Previous Programs

FRRR is responsive to emerging and evolving community needs and the programs we offer reflect this. Sometimes programs run their course and are closed or put into hiatus - another need emerges, a donor partner moves on to funding something else or the issue or challenge the program was addressing is resolved.

Below are some of FRRR's previous programs.


FRRR has a long and proud history of funding projects that enhance educational opportunities for students living in rural, regional or remote Australia. We believe that your location should not be a barrier to getting a good education.

This view is shared by several of our donors too. The two programs below were the foundation of our current education programs. They informed the current programs that are in place, and each had a significant impact on the education of hundreds of students.

Rural Early Childhood Education (REACH) program

The REACH program was established in 2009 to support the delivery of early childhood education across rural and remote Australia. The program ran for three years and subsequently informed the creation of the REAPing Rewards program.

Find out more about REACH here.

Rural Education Program (REP)

The drought of the 2000's was one of the worst on record, causing devastation of agricultural production and the social and economic heart of rural communities. The Rural Education Program (REP) was established in 2002 as a short-term response to concerns about the effect of drought on children living in rural and remote areas of Australia.

The program ran for eight years (2002 - 2010) and it funded 385 projects across Australia to the value of $2.839 million. The success of this program has shaped FRRR's subsequent education programs, including REAPing Rewards. This program was also included among the Top 50 Philanthropic Grants of all time, which were announced in 2013.

Find out more about REP here.

Recover and Strengthen

Social Change 101

FRRR is partnered with the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund to deliver the Social Change 101 program in three regions that were impacted by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Social Change 101 provided an opportunity for local change-makers to develop their ideas for social enterprises and learn from their community's leading business and social enterprise experts to gain the skills, knowledge and networks to bring their social enterprise idea to life for the broader benefit of their community.

The program kicked off with a community roundtable in November 2015 to introduce the initiative and build the support networks necessary to deliver the program and support the entrepreneurs and their ventures over the long-term. It then ran in 2016 in the Alpine / Indigo region and in 2017 in the Mitchell and Murrindindi regions.

Find out more about Social Change 101.

Skills, Training, Engagement and Practical Support (STEPS)

This program, which has now concluded, was designed to enhance leadership in rural communities, improve the ability of not-for-profit groups to develop and implement community projects and ensure community groups avoid experiencing the effects of volunteer fatigue.

Find out more about STEPS.

Repair-Restore-Renew 2014

The Repair-Restore-Renew 2014 program provided grants to support the medium-to-long term recovery of communities impacted by the bushfires, cyclones and floods in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

  • Victorian bushfires - Feb 2014
  • Barossa Valley & Eden Valley bushfires - Feb 2014
  • Perth Hills bushfire - Jan / Feb 2014

Severe Tropical Cyclone Christine - Jan / Feb 2014

Repair-Restore-Renew 2013

The Repair-Restore-Renew 2013 program provided grants to support the medium-to-long term recovery of communities impacted by the bushfires, cyclones and floods in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland in 2013. 

Thanks to the collaboration of several donors, 5 grant rounds were conducted across these disaster-affected regions, with nearly $530,000 distributed in funding to 48 community groups.

Find out more about RRR 2013.

Repair-Restore-Renew 2011

FRRR's Repair-Restore-Renew 2011 (RRR) Program helped communities recover from natural disasters, by providing grants that helped to address community needs that begin to emerge 12-18 months after the disaster event. FRRR's experience shows that this is the time when the focus often moves to community recovery, as individual needs have often been met. It is also the time when the rest of the world has often turned its attention to subsequent natural disasters.

The RRR 2011 program supported Queensland, Victoria, and New South Wales communities impacted by the floods and cyclones in the summer of 2010/11.

Find out more about RRR 2011.

Repair-Restore-Renew 2009

This program provided support for projects ranging from repairing minor infrastructure, such as community meeting places, providing equipment to help communities fundraise or provide local support, such as BBQs and trailers, to projects that enhanced community connectivity, wellbeing and resilience.

Industries and Places

FRRR has a proud history of funding local place-based programs in rural and regional Australia.

Lachlan Region Community Grants

​This program provided funding, courtesy of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, for projects that addressed Education and Young People, Employment and Industry, Community Spirit and Stability or Services and Infrastructure for communities in the Lachlan Shire, NSW. The final grant round was run in 2015.

Find out more about Lachlan Region Community Grants.

Goulburn Valley - McEwen Foundation

Since 2007, in partnership with the McEwen Foundation, which is managed by Equity Trustees, FRRR provided grants for charitable projects within the wider Goulburn Valley District, Victoria. In 2016, the final round of the program delivered grants of up to $10,000 for projects and activities that offered a clear public benefit, for charitable purposes, and addressed a need in the community.

Find out more about Goulburn Valley - McEwen Foundation Grants.

Enable and Engage

The following Enable and Engage programs have now closed:

Culture, Arts, Tourism and Cultural Heritage (CATCH)

Since inception, FRRR has provided funding for culture, arts, tourism, history and heritage across rural, regional and remote Australia. In 2009, we established the stand-alone CATCH program, to provide focused support for these areas, with five rounds running over six years.

We have since streamlined our program offering, and projects relating to culture, arts, tourism, history and heritage are now funded from other programs, depending on their outcomes.

Find out more about the CATCH program here.

Creating Inspiring Rural Community Leadership & Engagement (CIRCLE)

CIRCLE aimed to create capacity and enhance community leadership in rural and remote communities, tapping into local ingenuity and resources to reality-test ideas and put them into practice, learning along the way, as well as celebrating and sharing success stories.

The CIRCLE program had three components:
1. Training and development resources and materials - including webinars, animated video and video case studies;
2. A $350,000 grants program and diversity scholarships - twenty groups received grants up to $25,000, and four diversity scholarships were awarded to the value of $10,000;
3. An environmental scan to assess gaps in leadership training - the aim of the research was to ascertain what leadership development support is available across rural, regional and remote Australia and inform future investments. The full report has now been released and is available to download.

The CIRCLE program was developed by FRRR, with the support of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Find out more about the CIRCLE program here.

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