Latest Grants in Action

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Date Story heading Story summary
14 Aug 2019 New fence gives dementia residents freedom

A $42,446 Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) grant, supported by the Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation, allowed the Tallangatta Health Service to build a 1.8m high-security fence with a fob-operated gate along the boundary of the facility and Lake Hume.

31 Jul 2019 Baradine Show lifts spirits during drought

Baradine in north-west NSW relies mostly on agriculture for economic viability. However, due to the effects of the drought, the annual Baradine Show was under threat.The organisers felt that given the drought conditions, the Show needed to go ahead, but they wanted to reduce the entry fees - or make it free. They used a $14,453 Tackling Tough Times Together grant, funded by the Australian Government, to cover promotion, entertainment and some operating costs. This meant children up to 12 could attend for free.

31 Jul 2019 Community wellbeing retreats aid recovery

The Jindivick Progress Association developed an initiative to address the long term effects of stress and grief that had plagued the local community since it was adversely affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. They received a $14,750 GR&W grant to run a series of four community wellbeing retreats to support the health and psychological wellbeing of residents in Jindivick, Labertouche and Drouin West. "I have had the value of community reinforced and enhanced. The value of support in times of struggle is inestimable.-

31 Jul 2019 Outdoor gym promotes community fitness

The Lions Club of Cecil Plains in south-east Queensland received a $5,000 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grant to construct an outdoor gym to promote health and fitness for the residents. The success of receiving the grant, provided by the Monsanto Fund, gave the Lions Club the confidence and the footing that they needed to secure an additional $60,000 in funding to complete the project, which was officially opened in June 2018.

31 Jul 2019 Rock and Water program makes waves in Karoonda

The District Council of Karoonda East Murray in South Australia used a $5,175 grant from FRRR's REAPing Rewards program to deliver a series of workshops to help female students become more self-accepting and comfortable in their skin.

11 Jul 2019 Young Doctors provide early primary healthcare interventions on Dunghutti Country

A $20,000 grant from FRRR's Innovation for Community Impact program assisted The Malpa Institute to deliver the Young Doctors program - known as Dhalayi Doctors in the local Dunghutti Country language - to students at six Kempsey primary schools.

27 Jun 2019 Community garden fosters cultural vibrancy

A Small Grants for Rural Communities grant of $4,558, funded by the John T Reid Foundation helped the Denmark Community Resource Centre with the construction of the community garden, which is connecting individuals and groups through the simple art and pleasure of gardening.

27 Jun 2019 Growing a future by harnessing local partners

An Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grant, funded by the Monsanto Fund, has enabled the Dirranbandi P-10 State School to develop an Agricultural Science program for students in years 7-10.The school used the grant to employ local agronomist and qualified teacher Kathy Burrell to develop the program to align with the Australian Curriculum learning areas of Science and Technologies, while focusing on creating strong partnerships with local industries and farmers.

27 Jun 2019 Sharing 'tjukurrpa' in Central Australia

With the help of a $15,000 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant, Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation worked with Laramba and Willowra Elders in Central Australia to record and preserve elements of their traditional knowledge and culture.

27 Jun 2019 Heywire alumna spends time with FRRR

We've been fortunate enough at FRRR to have been joined by Heywire alumna Ashley Eadon in recent weeks. Some of you might remember her from the Heywire project, Dear CRIS.Ashley has been helping with the assessment of the 2019 Heywire applications. She has kindly shared with us some words about her experience with the Heywire program and recently, having a seat at the table for our assessment process. We thought you might be interested in what she had to say.

20 Jun 2019 Paint it and they will come

FRRR's Tackling Tough Times Together grants have boosted silo art in communities including Barraba in the New England region of NSW, in Wirrabara South Australia and Pingrup in south-east Western Australia. In repurposing these community-owned assets, the nearby towns are benefiting from increased visitor numbers, and the economic boost tourism can bring.

20 Jun 2019 Spiire, FRRR and Workplace Giving

FRRR welcomes donations from a wide range of organisations and groups, including employees via Workplace Giving. One organisation whose employees support FRRR is Spiire. We recently asked one of their team to tell us why they chose to support FRRR and how Workplace Giving works in their organisation.

30 May 2019 Specialised equipment helps kids Move to Learn

The Colleambally Preschool received $5,000 from the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program, funded by the Monsanto Fund, to purchase essential equipment for its Move to Learn program.The program specifically supports the sensory needs of students to help them cope better with their environment and outside contributing factors that affect their behaviour.

30 May 2019 Storage shed sparks joy in Boho South

A new storage shed at the Boho South Hall in north-eastern Victoria was funded with a $3,157 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by the R.E. Ross Trust.The shed has enabled a decluttering of the Hall, with items such as furniture and tennis nets now finding a new home in the shed, along with the ride on mower, which had previously been housed at community members' homes.

30 May 2019 Creating a space for community groups to gather

The Roma Bush Gardens Association received a $15,000 Tackling Tough Times Together grant, funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation to install two picnic tables under a shaded roof.The new facilities have proven to be popular with nature groups, local aged care residents and others just seeking a space to be active. The shaded areas are welcomed after the drought killed trees that were providing natural shade.

30 May 2019 Mobile skate park launches in Coolamon Shire

A mobile skate park was the creative solution the communities of Matong and Ganmain came up with to provide a sense of place and belonging for the younger people in their communities.The Coolamon Shire Council received a $25,000 Tailored Grant, funded by The Berrembed Trust, to purchase and install the necessary infrastructure, which is shared between the communities on a rotational basis.

29 May 2019 Small Grant allows National Remote Indigenous Media Festival to get mobile

First Nations Media Australia secured $5,000 from FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by The Pratt Foundation, to purchase iPads, mobile phones and software to help deliver one of the 2017 festival's key workshops, Working with Mobile Devices.

30 Apr 2019 IT upgrade for WA Visitor Centre

A $2,500 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program funded an IT upgrade at the Mt Barker Visitor Centre that has made a world of difference for the self-funded tourism bureau in southern WA. They sent us a wonderful note of thanks explaining how the grant enabled them to purchase, install and configure the equipment necessary to enhance technology solutions and service delivery for visitors to the Centre.

30 Apr 2019 Youth for Youth

A youth-led project, coordinated by Regional Youth Support Services on the Central Coast of NSW, has created a series of initiatives aimed at giving LGBTQIA+ youth a platform to express themselves and to help normalise sexuality and gender diversity into the broader community. The $9,000 Heywire grant was used to produce a series of podcasts, and a YouTube documentary focused on LGBTQIA+ youth-related topics.

30 Apr 2019 Firing up to generate income

A $4,640 grant funded by the Bertalli Family Foundation via the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, has increased the productivity of a core group of Indigenous ceramic artists at the Ernabella Arts Centre in South Australia.

30 Apr 2019 Growing together in the community garden

The Zeehan Neighbourhood Centre used a $5,599 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant to design, construct and plant a community vegetable garden, supporting skill sharing and healthier eating behaviours. The gardening project engaged a cross section of the isolated Tasmanian community, resulting in skills sharing, confidence building and new friendships and social circles, not to mention some tasty produce shared among the committed gardeners.

29 Mar 2019 GR&Wing Whittlesea Men's Shed

The Whittlesea Men's Shed is an integral part of the local community, providing a supportive environment for men to come together, share and learn skills and contribute to their local community. Such is the reputation the group is regularly called upon to build quality items such as outdoor furniture, toys and restorations for community groups. They received $19,000 from the Grants for Resilience&Wellness (GR&W) program to build a dedicated facility to store timber that is either bought or donated to the Men's Shed.

29 Mar 2019 Tai chi wards off arthritis in the Wheatbelt

Older residents in the small town of Kondinin, in the Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia, are now able to improve their fitness thanks to two newly-qualified tai chi instructors who are intent on helping with falls prevention and managing arthritis. A Small Grants for Rural Communities grant to the Kondinin Progress Association, funded by John T Reid Charitable Trusts, enabled the community-minded volunteers to gain their tai chi instructor's qualifications, along with first aid training, to deliver seated tai chi classes at the local aged care facility, Yeerakine Lodge.

29 Mar 2019 Local football hero remembered with a community bus

Following the death of a beloved local who was tragically killed in a road accident in 2013, the Stand Like Stone Community Foundation approved the creation of the Steven Noble Memorial Sub-Fund. The Stand Like Stone Community Foundation channelled funds raised via its FRRR Community Foundation Fundraising Account through the sub-fund to enable the purchase of a bus to service the extended communities of Port MacDonnell, Allendale and Kongorong, for the charitable purposes of education, awareness and accessibility for rural and regional communities.

29 Mar 2019 Mackay get the power to support

During Cyclone Debbie in 2017 the Pioneer River in Mackay, Queensland, broke its banks, flooding surrounding homes and businesses. The local Western Suburbs Clubhouse, spared from flooding, was used as a recovery centre after Cyclone Debbie at the request of local Police. The Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club received a Repair-Restore-Renew grant to install a power generator at the Clubrooms.

1 Mar 2019 Cards About Humanity inspires leadership development

Big hART based in Tasmania used a $4,533 grant from Domino's Give for Good program to develop Cards About Humanity. The 290 decks of cards were produced and distributed to organisations that work with young people, to get them to rethink about how they see themselves and inspire leadership development.

1 Mar 2019 Bass Valley's Op Shop upgrade

Bass Valley Community Group used a $3,500 Gardiner Foundation Working in Dairy Communities Small Grant to replace their old shed, used to store and sell larger items for its Opportunity Shop.

1 Feb 2019 Re-energising remotely in FNQ

Rural retreat held on remote Oak Park Station, bringing together the community for a much needed break from drought conditions, thanks to a TTTT grant. OPSRC received a $9,500 Tackling Tough Time Together grant funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation for their -Re-energise Me- Rural Retreat project. The aim was to provide an opportunity to bring a community back together whilst also offering access to a psychologist, yoga, meditation, to have fitness sessions, learn about healthy eating and to have a massage. A total weekend retreat.

1 Feb 2019 Deadly Thinking in Armidale

To promote better mental health in the Armidale community, Rural and Remote Mental Health received a $5,000 grant from the Domino's Give for Good program to implement mental health training called Deadly Thinking. Rural and Remote Mental Health Ltd are passionate about creating sustainable change in Aboriginal communities. They deliver culturally appropriate, accessible and relevant programs, working alongside community leaders, helpers and Elders to embed basic mental health knowledge at a local level.

31 Jan 2019 Forcett locals floored by hall reno

Repairs to the damage weren't covered by insurance, so a rough and ready solution had to make do. With the Community Hall used weekly by around 50 attendees at various activities and hired nearly every weekend for private functions, a $4,000 Small Grants for Rural Communities grant was sorely needed to get the space fit for purpose.

21 Dec 2018 A bounty of local fresh produce and knowledge shared in Omeo

Omeo District Health, centred in the remote Victorian Alps, provides primary health care to the communities of Ensay, Swifts Creek, Omeo, Benambra Dinner Plain and surrounds. The primary health care provider's 'Healthy Harvest' produce and information exchange was boosted by a $4,150 Small Grants for Rural Communities grant.

21 Dec 2018 Kitchen renovation breathes new life into Irvinebank's School of the Arts

A Tackling Tough Times Together grant of $7,113 helped the Atherton School of Arts to get the kitchen operational once with the fabrication and installation of stainless steel commercial benches for food preparation, dishwashing, hand washing, the purchase of a hot water system and ten tables and 70 chairs.

30 Nov 2018 Online volunteering portal for Kinglake

After the devastation of Bushfires, it is often the volunteers who help bring rural communities back to life.The Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House (KRNH) Inc coordinates more than 50 volunteers to run the Op Shop and regularly participate in activities at the Centre.

30 Nov 2018 Callide Valley Men's Shed made accessible

The contribution of the members of the Callide Valley Men's Shed were honoured this February as supporters and friends gathered in the central Queensland town of Biloela to celebrate the organisation's second birthday and the grand opening of their Shed. They received an Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grant to help build an accessibility ramp to the bathrooms.

30 Nov 2018 New life for Illabo's community hub

Illabo's one community meeting place hadn't been used for 10 years. Local leaders noticed that a number of young families were moving back to the area, and thought it would be a good time to open the doors again and encourage the community to come together.Illabo Sporting Bodies received a $5,000 grant from the Domino's Good to Give grant program, which was used to install a split system air-conditioner and heater to ensure the space was comfortable for the community to use all year round.

30 Nov 2018 Mallacoota doing it for themselves

Mallacoota, in south-east Victoria, is a community that has a plan, and is implementing it, one step at a time and by working together. Robin Bryant from CHIRF shared their story at a Rural and Regional Funders group meeting in Melbourne, in September.

29 Nov 2018 Barista training for youth and disabled peoples in Pemberton

With an employment shortage in the hospitality industry and limited access to local training for disadvantaged adults, the Pemberton Community Resource Centre (CRC) saw an opportunity to make a real impact. They used a $4,890 Small Grant for Rural Communities to run a barista training course, which caters for disabled people and youth.

23 Nov 2018 Seed funding makes a difference years later

Four years ago, the Bowen branch of the PCYC received an $8,000 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant. The region was hit by Cyclone Debbie in 2017 and earlier this year, FRRR spoke to PCYC Branch manager Sergeant O'Regan about the impact of that grant, and to understand more about how Cyclone Debbie affected the PCYC, and her community.

23 Nov 2018 Diversifying during drought

With the drought taking a real toll on local agriculture, the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council realised that it was crucial for them to diversify the region's income streams and support the local economy and broader community. A grant from FRRR is helping attract tourists along the Barcoo Way.

26 Sep 2018 Kitchen refit increases income opportunities for Burren Junction CWA

The Burren Junction Country Women's Association (CWA) rooms are the only ones in town with catering facilities that can be hired. The rooms are used regularly but the kitchen needed to be updated to meet work health and safety laws.After being nominated by a local grower, a $5,000 grant from the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program, funded by Monsanto, the rooms received the much-needed face lift and has a safety compliant kitchen.

26 Sep 2018 Fly-In-Fly-Out Midwife

Tom Price in the West Pilbara in WA is a central service point for many surrounding communities, such as Paraburdoo. The area is home to many young families but since the local GP left, who was trained in obstetrics, there has been a huge gap in the maternity services available locally.The Nintirri Centre received a $5,000 Small Grants for Rural Communities grant to trial a fly-in, fly-out midwife service, particularly focused on three Aboriginal communities. The funding went towards the monthly travel and accommodation costs for the FIFO midwife.Overall, it was a great success.

26 Sep 2018 Fundraising account supports military museum

The Atherton Rotary Club wanted to restore a historic military igloo built in the 1940s and used during the war in the Pacific.The igloo was an essential space for social activities for thousands of patients and staff from the Rocky Creek Hospital.A fundraising campaign, using an FRRR fundraising account and a $20,000 grant from the Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage (CATCH) grants program allowed them to restore the facility and create a military museum.

26 Sep 2018 Bringing visitors Back to Bush

Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council (HSYC) used a $10,000 FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grant to develop a local tourism guide for families. Their aim was to bring visitors 'Back To Bush'.HSYC wanted to attract families by showcasing the available entertainment, shopping facilities, and accommodation, along with local youth and family-friendly venues across Hindmarsh Shire.

1 Aug 2018 Fitness program helps farmers tackle their health

GLENRAC in partnership with Rural Fit used a $9,826 Tackling Tough Times Together grant to deliver a Friends with Health Benefits program to Glen Innes farmers, helping to improve their fitness and overall health.

27 Jun 2017 Community Foundation Account partnership in practice

The Tumut Community Foundation reports that their partnership with Visy and FRRR has made a tangible difference in their community, aiding capacity building and supporting some fantastic achievements by community groups.

24 Mar 2014 Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal: Use us

This article with the Generosity Magazine explores FRRR's role as a 'philanthropic toothbrush': designed to get to those hard-to-reach places.-Increasingly, philanthropists and PAFs are coming to understand what we can offer, but our message is always going to be Use Us,- Gartmann says. -Partner with us, use us as we were intended–as a conduit for philanthropic and other funding to get to regional, rural, and remote communities.-

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