Latest Grants in Action

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Date Story heading Story summary
30 Sep 2019 Insights from the bush

FRRR's recent Board meeting was an opportunity for our Program Managers to reflect on their interactions with communities over the last quarter. Below is some of their observations and insights.

30 Sep 2019 FRRR and TFFF - an enduring partnership

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation has been an ardent supporter of FRRR since it first partnered with us on the Rural Education Program in 2003. Seventeen years later, we sat down to have a chat with Sam Jorgenson, TFFF's Executive Officer, to get her insights on what it's like to partner with FRRR to support rural, regional and remote communities.

26 Sep 2019 Future Ready Theodore

Theodore Community Link received a $12,000 grant from FRRR's Tackling Tough Times Together program, funded by Mr Tim and Mrs Gina Fairfax, for a two-day workshop with TCL Committee members, Chamber of Commerce and local Council to develop the capacity of organisational leaders and a strategic direction and structural options for TCL, as part of laying the foundations for a community with a strong, clear vision.

26 Sep 2019 Getting back on the move in Sale

Loch Sport Community House used a $25,000 Caring for Ageing Rural Australians grant and traded-in the old community bus for a discount from the local Toyota dealership to purchase a new bus.

26 Sep 2019 Double the space, double the history in Lockhart

The Lockhart&District Historical Society used an FRRR fundraising account and a $15,000 grant from the Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage (CATCH) grants program allowed the Historical Society to purchase the adjoining property and expand their offerings to include hosting events.

6 Sep 2019 Training for the future

A $19,950 grant from the Grants for Resilience&Wellness grant program, funded by VBAF, enabled the Boolarra Community Development Group to run practical skills and knowledge workshops to increase local capacity and resilience following the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

5 Sep 2019 Help for the rescuers

A Repair-Restore-Renew grant from John T Reid Charitable Trusts funded repairs to the roof and ceiling of the building that headquarters the Whitsunday's only deep water rescue service. The building was ravaged by severe weather during Cyclone Debbie in 2017.

5 Sep 2019 More Than a Fire Plan

MCRN received a 2013 Repair-Restore-Renew grant, funded by ING Direct Foundation, to run workshops to build community resilience by tackling both the practical and mental / emotional aspects of household preparedness in the lead up to the 2016/17 fire season. 

5 Sep 2019 The role of Post-Traumatic Growth in disaster recovery

A series of workshops to help residents in two communities affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires learn about the role of Post-traumatic Growth in their recovery journey, was funded with a grant from the Grants for Resilience&Wellness (GR&W) program, thanks to VBAF.

30 Aug 2019 No more copper pot for Coulta's Memorial Hall!

The Coulta Memorial Hall in SA received a $5,000 Small Grants for Rural Communities grant, funded by the Thyne Reid Foundation to upgrade the kitchen facilities, increasing the amenity of the hall and ensuring it is a comfortable and useable facility for the community.

30 Aug 2019 Two kinders, same goal, different model

In 2016, two kindergartens each received $5,000 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants to add shade to their centres: Borilla Community Kindergarten Association in Emerald, Queensland; and Hillston Billylids Early Learning Centre in Hillston, New South Wales.

30 Aug 2019 Citizen scientists' techno upgrade

Thanks to a $4,992 SGRC grant, Environs Kimberley's volunteers now use three new tablets to gather data to monitor the health of the seagrass beds in Roebuck Bay, WA.

28 Aug 2019 Complimentary Caravan connects the generations

Maldon Neighbourhood Centre's Complimentary Caravan is challenging the stereotypes and disconnection that often exists between different generations, bringing together elderly residents and local school children to co-create a sound and visual arts presentation.A $5,104 CARA grant, funded with the support of the Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation, allowed for a series of recording sessions in the Victorian Goldfields town.

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.

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.

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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