Latest Grants in Action

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Date Story heading Story summary
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.

29 Jul 2018 Big impact with the help of small grants

The Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced the recipients of Round 29 of their flagship grants program - Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC). This round, out of the 479 groups that applied, 81 projects will receive a grant and share more than $300,000. Communities as widespread as Marra Creek, NSW, East Arnhem NT, Bruny Island, Tas, and Wongan-Ballidu, WA received grants to deliver their projects.

25 Jul 2018 New preschool opens in Carroll

In 2017, Ooranga received a grant through the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program, which helped to convert the library into a wonderful space for early childhood education.The grant went towards preschool furniture, teaching resources and technology.

25 Jul 2018 Burke Shire's community fun day

The Burke Shire Council was one of the first recipients of a grant from the Tackling Tough Times Together program, which has now been running for three years.They received a $6,000 grant funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and teamed up with the Gregory Branch of the CWA to put on a great event that was attended by around 135 people in the remote township of Gregory.

25 Jul 2018 Catered training opportunity for Heyfield residents

The Heyfield Community Resource Centre used a $9,720 ANZ Seeds of renewal grant to provide a special training opportunity for people living with a disability in the community. They ran a hospitality and horticulture course that focused on developing practical skills and support employability.

16 Jul 2018 Festival shines light on iconic red gums

The red gums around Cavendish are beautiful, and many within the local community love them. The Cavendish community's inaugural Red Gum Festival, funded in part by a $3,410 grant from FRRR, used an arts and cultural approach to raise awareness about local environmental issues. Art drew the crowd, and data and awareness will preserve the red gums. The Red Gum Festival was chosen to participate in the Art Resides Here project as the community is using the appeal of arts and cultural activities to raise awareness about the local environment.

16 Jul 2018 Making a dream a reality through a dreamtime story

Nathalia and District Development Corporation - NADDCO - received $2,899 for the Bardi Gras Group to develop an illustrated book and an audio DVD of an Aboriginal Dreamtime children's story called Po-bank Bunyma Bapalwa (Po-Bank Creates a Flood), based on Tiddalik the Frog, in both English and Yorta Yorta. The community was chosen to be part of the Art Resides Here project because it brings an Indigenous lens and works at an inter-generational level, involving the whole community in this broad arts project.

16 Jul 2018 Artistic approach to educating children about fire safety

The 2009 Victorian Bushfires were the impetus for the Strathewen and Arthurs Creek CFA to forge a strong creative partnership with the local school. They received a number of grants from FRRRs VBAF programs to support the ongoing recovery of the community. Their participation in the Art Resides Here project will give them the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and the role these artistic mediums have played in the ongoing recovery of the community, and enable them to share their stories with others.

16 Jul 2018 Taking a long-term view for sustainable arts outcomes

The Friends of St Brigid's are working hard to preserve their local church, knowing that infrastructure and cultural heritage are vital to a healthy and connected community. Over the years, FRRR has supported the local community with several grants via its CATCH program to improve the facilities at the Hall. An FRRR Not-For-Profit Fundraising Account is helping them raise the additional funds needed to achieve their vision for the Centre. The FOSB has been invited to participate in the Art Resides Here project because of their dedication to maintaining a venue that supports local arts and cultural events.

16 Jul 2018 Rupanyup community groups focus on local needs

FRRR has funded a range of arts projects in Rupanyup, all aimed at building an engaged and vibrant community. Each of these projects may not, on the surface, appear to be a typical 'Arts' project. However, the collective investment in activities and equipment has helped to create and sustain a vibrant community. The Art Resides Here project will give the Rupanyup community the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and share their stories with others.

27 Jun 2018 Reaching out through innovation

An ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant for $5,800 helped fund the development of an app for the Napranum Parents and Learning Group, making education more accessible to Indigenous parents and families living in remote areas.

27 Jun 2018 Warren Historical Society's welcomed renovation

A $5,000 grant from the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program allowed the Warren Historical and Family History Society to repair its floor and install air conditioners so the space can be used all year round.

27 Jun 2018 Entertainment program music to Nursing Home residents' ears

A $1,000 grant provided by FRRR's Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) program is enriching the lives of the residents of the Rupanyup Nursing Home.

27 Jun 2018 Dual-purpose path puts communities on the road to success

A bike and pedestrian-friendly path on WA's Turquoise Coast, made possible by an FRRR Tailored Grant, creates a drawcard for visitors to the region, as well as an attractive lifestyle option for local residents.

30 May 2018 Outback festival enhances social cohesion in Quilpie

The Outback Fringe Festival (OFF) in Quilpie in south-west Queensland completed its second annual event with great success in July last year, in part thanks to the support from the Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program, funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

30 May 2018 New AV equipment for Heyfield Hall

A $15,000 Repair-Restore-Renew (RRR) grant, thanks to the John T Reid Charitable Trust, funded the installation of an audio-visual unit at the Heyfield Memorial Hall in Victoria.

30 May 2018 Guda Guda powers up their shed

A new community space has enhanced the community of Guda Guda in remote WA, and helped strengthen their community identity.Through several partnerships, including a collaboratively funded Small Grants for Rural Communities that supported the installation of ceiling fans and air conditioning, the shed has been transformed into a vibrant and functional space.

30 May 2018 Rural preschool receives tech upgrade

Educators at Kootingal and District Preschool are the proud recipients of an ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant for 2 new Lenovo laptops. Armed with the new technology, educators at the preschool are now able to keep up-to-date with learning records for each child, education research, programming, and better communication with the children's families.

25 May 2018 High school students tackle ICE epidemic in Tasmania

The small town of Smithton, in Tasmania was in the grips of an ice epidemic, and this project developed a documentary targeted at high school students, highlighting how dangerous the ICE drug was to them and the community.

25 May 2018 Fitness connects a community and saves lives

The Fit For Free program was developed and implemented by Toolangi Castella District Community House Inc (TCDCH) for a community community in Victoria that was severely impacted by the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.

25 May 2018 Raising awareness of drink and drug driving amongst youth

A youth transport forum run by the STEER Project in 2013 revealed the shocking fact that one third of Year 10 students had suffered a personal loss associated with a car crash, and other community forums about traffic safety were so well attended that there was standing room only.

25 May 2018 Art at the h.ART gets Lobethal beating

The Hills Art (h.ART) initiative aimed to engage people through art via a pop-up art gallery, and what better place to do this than the empty space at the old Mill, which is now also known as the Adelaide Hills Business and Tourism Centre.

27 Apr 2018 Helping little kids with their big feelings after bushfires

Arthurs Creek Strathewan CFA were given a $15,730 grant from the Grants for Resilience and Wellness program funded by Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund to deliver the Strathewen Primary School Fire Awareness Program, designed to support local students and help build their confidence around fire safety and preparedness.

27 Apr 2018 You should be dancing!

Through the Tackling Tough Times Together program and the support of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, FRRR provided an $11,000 grant to help bring dance back to the communities of Winton and Blackall, Qld.

27 Feb 2018 "It's real and it's happening now-

Farmers for Climate Action know that the winds of change are upon farming in Australia and want to do something about it, with the help of an FRRR Not-for-profit fundraising account.

31 Jan 2018 Are you right, mate?

In 2016, South West Healthcare received a grant of $3,635 from the Gardiner Dairy Foundation 'Working in Dairy Communities' small grant program to support the local dairy farming community by offering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and accreditation.

16 Jan 2018 Upper Murray Innovation Foundation goes from strength to strength

Upper Murray Innovation Foundation utilises an FRRR Not For Profit Fundraising Account to access philanthropic funding for community-led solutions.

19 Dec 2017 Swim to survive - but first we need to get to the pool!

The community of Nyabing has provided primary school students with invaluable swimming lessons thanks to $1,500 from FRRR's REAPing Rewards program, and money raised by Nyabing Primary School Parents and Citizens Association.

19 Dec 2017 Gulf Graziers BeefUp Showcase

Beef Up Karumba brought together beef industry and supply chain experts to a small number of people who feed a large group of people, and presented an opportunity for participants to socialise with a Gala Ball held at the end of the two days. It was supported through FRRR's TTTT program.

19 Dec 2017 Hope for pregnant teens in North West NSW

Many small towns in North West NSW are stuck in cycles of generational disadvantage, with high rates of pregnancy among teenagers. Anglicare Northern Inland (ANI) Diocese of Armidale used a $5,000 grant through FRRR's Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program to help fund a pilot program called Hope for Life.

19 Dec 2017 Students rumble at The Unconformity

The Rumble was the opening event for the Unconformity Biennial Art Festival in October 2016, supported by FRRR and the Bertalli Family Foundation. It inspired and engaged local students, and now art is on the curriculum.

28 Nov 2017 Pinnaroo Primary produce a smash hit

The Pinnaroo Primary School, SA, were awarded a REAPing Rewards grant of $2,896,to engaged professional lighting and sound technicians to revive the end of year festivities.

28 Nov 2017 New piano brings talent back to Pemberton Mill Hall

Thanks to a $5,000 Small Grant for Rural Communities (SGRC) and some local community fundraising, the Hall Restoration Committee purchased a new piano for the Pemberton Mill Hall.

28 Nov 2017 A closer community thanks to Carinda Comment

Carinda, a remote community in NSW affected by drought and job losses, received funding to revive its local newsletter, The Carinda Comment.

28 Nov 2017 Teaching healthy lifestyle choices and having a chat might 'Save your bacon'

Rural Health Tasmania collaborated with other local service providers to hold two 'Talk About It - Save Your Bacon' wellbeing events; one with a focus on isolated families and one for local youth.

27 Sep 2017 Bellata's 'Film Society' a boost for all

At the heart of the small community of Bellata NSW is the Bellata War Memorial Hall. As part of a plan to develop a funding model to support the hall's maintenance requirements, the Committee introduced the Film Society - membership of which gives entry access to regular movie nights.

27 Sep 2017 One dilemma less for Gracemere's SES

During significant weather events, Gracemere SES in Queensland is faced with the dilemma of which communities get assistance first, with only one of their two vehicles was fitted with a storm and rescue tray.A $5,000 Domino's Give for Good grant got both vehicles on par, and the timing was perfect - the upgrade happened within weeks of Tropical Cyclone Debbie impacting the area.

27 Sep 2017 Saving seaside stories

Thirty years ago, the community of Queenscliffe opened its Maritime Museum. The Queenscliffe Maritime Museum Inc. group strive to tell the story of a seaside town which began with ships, travel and maritime safety, and the museum welcomes over 10,000 visitors each year. To remain accredited by Museums Australia, the control of light exposure across exhibition spaces needed to be addressed.

27 Sep 2017 Puppetry of the farm

A series of puppetry workshops have brought the community of Merridin in WA's Wheatbelt together to creatively explore the unique sense of place and identity attached to living within a regional community. Funded by the McCusker Charitable Foundation via a CATCH grant, the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre succeeded once again in using puppetry to share stories that connect audiences across generations.

27 Sep 2017 Innovative solutions to challenging problems in nine NSW LGAs

The grant recipients for the third and final round of Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) Program have been announced. More than $236,000 in grants will be shared between thirteen community organisations across NSW to support locally-led initiatives addressing pressing social issues.

30 Aug 2017 Narrabri youth 'Work it out'

The Narrabri Shire Youth Centre received a $5,000 grant from the Domino's Good to Give grant program to deliver two four-day leadership courses for 17–25 year olds. The courses covered topics such as goal setting, health and wellbeing, financial planning, job preparation, resume writing and interview skills, personal image and branding.

30 Aug 2017 Virtual classroom kicks off rural women-led projects

The National Rural Women's Coalition's (NRWC) virtual classroom has helped to upskill 220 rural women since 2011. In September 2016, 18 more embarked on a journey of growth and development with the e-Leaders Grow, Innovate and Sustain program, which saw them running sustainability management projects in parallel to the program in the Northern Territory. Their projects are community focussed and many raise awareness about important agricultural issues in a positive context.

30 Aug 2017 Local change makers put forward social enterprise ideas

The Social Venture workshops that were held in June at Clonbinine Hall and Kinglake Pub revealed the ideas of local change-makers, including a proposal to build a village of tiny houses to fight homelessness and climate change in one fell swoop, and a mobile enterprise providing in-home professional storytelling and craft activities for children's parties–improving literacy and creativity through social experience.

8 Aug 2017 Victorian Bushfire Recovery Grants Announced

16 community groups received funding to support long-term recovery and resilience projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

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.

31 Jul 2015 Generosity Mag, July 2015: Small is in the eye of the beholder

All grant makers have enormous power - our responsibility is to listen to local needs, understand the scale of the impact a grant can achieve, and 'walk in their shoes'. So don't dismiss small grants–they can deliver value and make a tangible difference, especially in rural, regional and remote Australia.

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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