Latest Grants in Action

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WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following articles may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

Date Story heading Story summary
17 Dec 2019 JUTE keeps Indigenous storytelling alive

With the support of a $15,000 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant, JUTE was able to take its 2019 show, The Longest Minute to ten North Queensland schools in very remote locations with significant numbers of Indigenous students.

17 Dec 2019 Raising drug awareness in Lake Grace

In Lake Grace, a town in Western Australia's Eastern Wheatbelt, Lake Grace Community Resource Centre (CRC) tackled the health crisis they were facing from drug and alcohol use in the community by facilitating several drug awareness and information sessions and helping to set up a Local Drug Action Group.

17 Dec 2019 Cowell Silo art project

The Franklin Harbour Community Development Group sought to expand their local tourism market in a bid to stimulate the local economy, which has been adversely affected by the flow on effects from a community in drought.

25 Nov 2019 Pottering on in Benalla

The Broken River Potters Group in Benalla were granted $2,423 from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by The Ross Trust, to purchase the required kiln furniture and spare elements to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of their new kiln.

25 Nov 2019 Managing bushfire risk at Dolphin Sands

The Dolphin Sands Ratepayers Association received a $9,900 Tackling Tough Times Together grant, funded by Westpac Group, to engage a commercial mulcher and its crew, to process around 150 tonnes of vegetation in an effort to get the community bushfire-ready.

25 Nov 2019 Drilling home the importance of Men's Sheds

The Yankalilla Men's Shed received a $1,438 grant from the Small Grants program, funded by The Yulgilbar Foundation, which they used to purchase a new drill press and table.

25 Nov 2019 Catch a Lenovo in the desert

The Desert Uplands Committee (DUC) in central western Queensland received three Lenovo laptops valued at $4,047 via an ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant. Identification and eradication of weed infestations is a major part of the DUC's landcare work.These computers have enhanced the capacities of the landholders in managing their properties and resources, with multi-property data being easily collected, collated, analysed and then fed back to the land managers. The IT upgrade has modernised the operations of the Committee, enabling them to have near-paperless meetings, and activating processes in near-real time.

28 Oct 2019 Raising drug awareness in Lake Grace

To support their community, Lake Grace Community Resource Centre has facilitated a number of drug awareness and information sessions and been instrumental in setting up a Local Drug Action Group. They used $3,180 from FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities program, supported by the John T Reid Charitable Trusts, to have Peter Lyndon-James address their community.

23 Oct 2019 Computers for community

Jordan River Service received $13,536 from the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program to purchase and install 12 computers and monitors, along with the necessary software and security measures, which has enabled them to build their organisational capacity to provide computer-based vocational training and increase the number of computers available to the community.

23 Oct 2019 Creative Harvest reaps rewards

Creative Harvest is an annual open gardens scheme designed to promote and inspire the value of food producing gardens. It is run by the Baw Baw Sustainability Network, which received a $2,000 Small Grants for Rural Communities grant, funded by The William Buckland Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees) to produce promotional materials and cover other incidentals for the 2019 event.

23 Oct 2019 Club hub refurbishment in Bellata

In small communities, maintaining and upgrading existing facilities is essential to creating community spaces that bring people together. The Bellata Tennis Club realised how important this is, and used a $5,000 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grant, funded by the Monsanto Fund, to refurbish their kitchen.

23 Oct 2019 Looking forward, looking back

In 2018, 25 years of QRRRWN history was celebrated at the QRRRWN annual conference in Kingaroy. This celebration featured a history project funded by the David Mactaggart Foundation via FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities program.

22 Oct 2019 Grants help communities rally against drought pressures

Thirty-seven drought-affected communities across Australia are sharing in $1,221,170 in grant funding as part of the Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal's (FRRR) Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program.

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.

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 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┬ľas a conduit for philanthropic and other funding to get to regional, rural, and remote communities.-

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