FRRR in the Media

FRRR plays a critical role as a connector and conduit for philanthropy to rural communities. But we also have an important role to play in explaining what philanthropy is, how it can help and in making more people aware of the specific issues and challenges facing rural communities. We believe we also have an important role to play in celebrating and showcasing what happens when communities receive support from philanthropy.

This page features some of the articles we’ve written, some of the interviews we’ve done and some of the great examples of philanthropy in rural, regional and remote communities.

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Date Story heading Story summary
23 Jul 2019 Australian Philanthropy Awards 2019

The Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal was recognised by The Australian Philanthropy Awards, winning Best Small Grant Award for the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council's Barcoo Way project.

14 Feb 2019 Rex Airlines initiatives supporting regional causes

If you travelled with Rex between September and November last year, you might recall hearing the inflight call for donations to support drought relief and the collection tins at checkin points and lounges across Australia. Rex Partnered with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal to raise money for drought releif.

30 Oct 2018 Fostering strong art communities in small towns

FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton, spoke with Myf Warhurst on ABC Melbourne about the importance and opportunity for fostering strong art communities in small towns. This followed on from the Artlands conference which showcase the FRRR Art Resides Here program.

30 Oct 2018 FRRR - Stories in Philanthropy

The Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal (FRRR) has been helping philanthropy move beyond its urban base to connect with rural, regional and remote Australia for more than 18 years. In that time, FRRR, as a funder and fundraiser, has amassed an enormous body of knowledge that encompasses grant-making, program development, philanthropic responses to natural disasters and the changing needs of rural communities.

25 Oct 2018 Grants set to flow to community groups in drought-affected regions

The Liberal and Nationals' Government has provided $15 million toward the Regional Drought Communities Small Grants Program to support regional communities across Australia experiencing the devastating effects of the current drought. Releasing the guidelines today, this funding delivers on the Government's commitment to provide immediate support to regional communities currently enduring prolonged drought. The distribution of the $15 million grant will be managed by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

15 Aug 2018 Emergency Drought Aid a Welcome Relief, But Long Term Focus Needed

Following a recent announcement that 100 per cent of New South Wales is drought-affected, charity organisations around Australia have provided emergency aid which includes hampers, fodder delivery and food vouchers. FRRR program manager for Queensland and NSW, Jacki Dimond, told Pro Bono News it was important for the social sector to -come together- so that programs could be coordinated and managed properly to effect change.

4 Jun 2018 The Value of Small Grants in Rural and Regional Communities

After an 18 month review process, FRRR recently released an Evaluation Impact Report, examining the organisation's first 17 years of grantmaking from 2000 until December 2016.The report explores who and what was funded, the parties who contributed and funding outcomes, based on more than 26,000 grant applications received by FRRR during this period. FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton told Pro Bono News that the report highlighted the significant impact these grants were havingon regional and rural communities.

28 May 2018 New Partnership to Support Mental Health in Rural Australian Communities

CCI Giving and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) announced they had entered into a five-year partnership last Wednesday.The primary focus will be a FRRR-managed grants program, to support community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation and increase social participation, while also helping people within rural, regional and remote communities to seek help when experiencing mental health concerns. FRRR's CEO, Natalie Egleton, said CCI Giving and FRRR shared a belief in the value and importance of Australia's rural, regional and remote communities and were committed to strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of people residing in them.

18 Apr 2018 The Role of Philanthropy in Creating Strong Local Economies

Since 2000, the Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal (FRRR) has provided more than $75 million in funding to over 8,000 not-for-profit community organisations.Our research and experience show that, on average, communities leverage our grant investment at least three times. In small communities, the economic multiplier delivers far broader returns, as the supply chain is usually more localised and, because of strong linkages, delivers broader and deeperimpact. This means we've helped communities deliver at least $300 million worth of projects.

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