Latest Grants in Action

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Date Story heading Story summary
28 Mar 2018 Collie RDA doesn't horse around with safety

A Small Grants for Rural Communities grant of $4,550 enabled the Collie RDA in WA to upgrade the practice area with the installation of a special soft-fall rubber surface over a new concrete pad, with a new wooden barrier erected to provide a clean, safe and attractive space for children and adults to exercise.

28 Mar 2018 Thallon a step closer to facilities to help locals age in place

The Thallon Progress Association received an FRRR Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) grant of $7,032, funded by the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation. This enabled them to engage local solicitors and obtain specialist advice on the most suitable legal structure for their aged-care independent living units initiative.

28 Mar 2018 Bara Barang's bullseye

To support the delivery of the Bara Barang Aboriginal Youth Leadership program, the Central Coast Aboriginal Youth Reference Group were awarded a $17,550 grant from the Innovation for Community Impact program collaboratively funded by the NSW Department of Families&Communities Services, Snow Foundation, nib foundation, CAGES Foundation and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.

28 Feb 2018 Mirror Mirror... youth reflect impact of drugs&alcohol

The Roper Gulf Regional Council worked in partnership with the Indigenous Community Volunteer organisation to adopt and adapt the 2014 Heywire Youth Innovation Grant project 'Mirror Mirror on the Screen' in a bid to increase awareness of the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse within families on young people.After working with the specialist drama teachers to script their play and develop their acting skills, the young cast had help from the local Council and community groups to build a stage, props and backdrops, funded via a Heywire Youth Innovation Grant for $8,074. The grant also funded the purchase of costumes and a sound system.

28 Feb 2018 Printer for Oberon's 'Hot off the press!' project

A Small Grant for $4,950, generously funded by the Bertalli Family Foundation, has helped the Oberon Council purchase a colour printer that is used solely for the production of the community's free monthly newsletter.

28 Feb 2018 Community collaboration improves Terang wetlands

The Terang Community Wetlands Committee was granted $2,300 by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation to excavate and establish a shallow pond area adjoining the existing deep ponds of the Terang community wetlands to help improve the habitat for native birds, frogs and animals in the area.

28 Feb 2018 'Stay With Me' program supports allied health in FNQ

Outback Futures Ltd received a $10,000 Tackling Tough Times Together grant funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation to support their remotely-delivered 'Stay With Me' program. The grant subsidised services provided by Outback Futures' registered psychologist and learning and literary specialist, who delivered 590 hours of online and telephone support to clients in remote Far North Queensland.

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.

30 Jan 2018 Community life is for all of us

With a $10,000 grant from FRRR's Caring for Ageing Rural Australians program, the facilities at the Westonia Town Hall in WA were upgraded, to ensure that all residents were able to fully participate in events.

30 Jan 2018 Community garden grows a life of its own

The Domino's Give for Good program enabled the continued development of the Bream Creek Farmers Market garden with a $5,000 grant in early 2017. This grant supported the employment of a paid Coordinator to focus on the management of the operations and volunteers–and the new efficiency has seen the garden grow from strength to strength.

30 Jan 2018 Taking professional development on-country

The FRRR ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant program supported the Nowanup 'Bush University' Schools Program with a $12,500 grant for professional development for teachers and staff, deepening cross cultural awareness and building Noongar Language and cultural activities into the Australian National Curriculum.

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.

4 Aug 2017 Dairy communities celebrated at the Shrine

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation Grants presentation was held on the 6th of July at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne's Botanic Gardens, awarding 24 grants to not for profit projects in Victorian Dairy Farming Communities.

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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