Latest Grants in Action

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Date Story heading Story summary
16 May 2018 Breaking down barriers to education for rural students

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has awarded 35 community groups more than $255,000 in grants to fund initiatives that help to break down education barriers for children and youth across rural, regional and remote Australia.

14 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.

7 May 2018 More than $240,000 available to support ongoing recovery of communities affected by Cyclone Debbie

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is encouraging eligible not-for-profit groups in communities most severely impacted by Cyclone Debbie and subsequent flooding in Queensland and New South Wales to apply for grants of up to $15,000 to assist their ongoing recovery.

27 Apr 2018 Tools for tinkerers

A Small Grants for Rural Communities grant has helped the Eudunda Community Hub and Men's Shed to get started with a grant to purchase some hand tools and woodworking tools for the elderly tinkerers.

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 Nutrition for nippers in Katoomba

'Nourishing Families' was devised as a program to support families with young children in the North Katoomba, to establish healthy eating patterns to improve their long term health and wellbeing.

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.

16 Apr 2018 Tackling Tough Times Together grants now available year-round, to support drought-affected areas

FRRR's Tackling Tough Times Together grant program will now be open year-round, with recipients announced in April and September.

10 Apr 2018 Want to make regional Australia a better place for young Australians to live?

Today FRRR and ABC announce the opening of the Heywire Youth Innovation Grant program. Some of regional Australia's brightest young minds have conceived of seven project ideas that not-for-profit community organisations can choose from to make positive change in their towns.Grants of up to $10,000 are available.

28 Mar 2018 Launch of FRRR's Evaluation Impact Report

Over the last 18 months, thanks to support from the Sidney Myer Fund, we have completed an in-depth review of 25,000 applications received over our 17 years of grant-making. The result is the FRRR Impact Report.

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.

27 Mar 2018 Grants help drought affected Qld communities tackle tough times together

Community groups in drought-affected parts of Queensland will share in $166,260 in grants, thanks to FRRR's Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program.

20 Mar 2018 FRRR prepares to support disaster-affected areas

An update from FRRR on its response to last weekend's fires and cyclone, and an update on the imminent launch of support for communities affected by last year's Cyclone Debbie.

8 Mar 2018 FRRR to host free information and grant seeker workshops in Cyclone Debbie affected areas

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is hosting four free information and grant seeeker workshops in northern New South Wales and Queensland, ahead of inviting applications for the Repair-Restore-Renew grant program, which will open in May to support ongoing recovery from Cyclone Debbie.

2 Mar 2018 NSW communities to pilot community-led approach to disaster preparedness

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced that three NSW communities will be the first to trial a new national framework to improve community disaster preparedness and resilience.

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.

20 Feb 2018 Strengthening communities through Wagga's youth

Young people in Wagga Wagga will benefit from $270,000 in grants that will improve education, training and job opportunities, through the Social Innovation Fund Community Strengthening and Engagement Program, thanks to funding from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).

14 Feb 2018 Grants available to support rural communities where they need it most

The next round of FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program is now open. More than $350,000 is available in grants of up to $5,000 to enable local not-for-profit groups to implement projects and activities that strengthen their communities. Priority is given to projects in communities of 10,000 people or fewer.

13 Feb 2018 Small Grants, Big Outcomes: 91 community projects funded nationally via FRRR's flagship program

Ninety-one community groups have been awarded grants totalling $374,740 through FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities program.

12 Feb 2018 Victorian Bushfire Recovery Grants Announced

Today FRRR announce that 26 community groups will receive funding for projects to strengthen resilience and support long-term recovery goals in communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

7 Feb 2018 $565,000 in vouchers helps 11,000 rural kids go Back to School, ready to learn

More than $565,000 is being distributed via this year's FRRR Back to School program. It supports rural children and their families to access quality educational experiences by providing $50 vouchers that are redeemable for items necessary to start the school year.

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.

18 Jan 2018 ANZ supports Australia's rural communities with more than $250,000 in Seeds of Renewal grants

26 community organisations around regional Australia are the recipients of the 2017 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program. Supported by Lenovo, the program aims to encourage community initiatives that support the sustainability and vibrancy of rural communities.

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.

16 Jan 2018 Grant helps Jenny's Place make the workplace a new space for conversations about domestic violence

Jenny's Place in Newcastle NSW have identified an opportunity to take domestic violence awareness training into the workplace through a workshop called 'Healthy Relationships, Positive Communities' and thanks to a grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, can offer the training free of charge.

15 Jan 2018 FRRR's influence reaches Canada

In December 2017, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) published a disaster response toolkit titled 'When Disaster Strikes: a Guide for Community Foundations'. The toolkit names FRRR as a 'leader in exploring philanthropy's role and response to disaster.'

21 Dec 2017 Our 2016/17 Annual Review

FRRR is pleased to share our 2016/17 Annual Review.

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.

7 Dec 2017 Rural communities receive support for local ageing programs

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced the 17 recipients of more than $230,000 in funding to help address gaps and improve aged care services in rural areas of NSW and Victoria.

5 Dec 2017 Aussie Cotton grants boost community programs

30 not-for-profit and community organisations across cotton growing regions will benefit from a $5,000 grant just before the festive season, awarded under the 2017 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program. The program is delivered in partnership by the Monsanto Fund and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and has now distributed $600,000 to New South Wales and Queensland cotton communities in the past four years.

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.

21 Nov 2017 FRRR appoints new board members

FRRR has has appointed two new board members. FRRR welcomes Dr Steven Kennedy PSM and Bruce Scott OAM to the board. Both men bring valuable skills and knowledge to the board, and ensure ongoing representation of key perspectives, following the recent retirement of Tim Fairfax AC and Mike Mrdak AO.

20 Nov 2017 Nation-wide celebrations showcase strength of community and philanthropy partnerships

Today marks the start of Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW). Groups around the country will be acknowledging and celebrating what they have achieved by working together.

24 Oct 2017 Grants available to tackle the impacts of drought on every-day life in Queensland

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced that grants are now available for community groups across Queensland who are who are still experiencing the effects of drought.

23 Oct 2017 Local Qld leader Bruce Scott OAM to join board of FRRR

The Rt Hon Ian Sinclair AC, Chairman of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced that Bruce Scott OAM will be joining the FRRR Board.

12 Oct 2017 Sally Foundation supports 10 youth-focused projects in Orange, NSW

The Sally Foundation today announced that 10 local community groups will receive grants of up to $3,000 in the Foundation's annual small grants round.

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.

14 Sep 2017 Small Grants, Big Impact

Genorsity Magazine profiled FRRR's ten years of philanthropic work in a rural Western Australian town, Boyup Brook. The article features how FRRR has supported Boyup Brook through a variety of grant programs and worked with them to help them become a vibrant rural community.

13 Sep 2017 Five tips for effectively managing grants program changes

The Australian Institute of Grants Management featured our CEO Natalie Egleton to discuss the strategies FRRR employs to adapt grant programs for rural and regional Australian communities.

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.

4 Aug 2017 Foundation Barossa

Foundation Barossa's story is a particularly good example of how FRRR's Community Foundation Accounts are able to help a community respond to emerging local needs quickly and efficiently

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.

17 Feb 2017 Bushfires... the damage is lasting

Eight years on from the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, and at a time when much of New South Wales is being ravaged by bushfires, CEO Natalie Egleton reflects on the long road to recovery as communities continue to rebuild and adapt. FRRR's Natural Disaster Response Framework supports the medium to long term recovery of rural and regional communities affected by declared natural disasters.Eight years down the track, we continue to work with the communities in Victoria impacted by Black Saturday to build capacity and resilience, and address local issues that have arisen from the disaster.

2 Dec 2016 DIY community resilience

More than ever before, there's an expectation that rural, regional and remote communities should be self-sufficient. Their strength and sustainability often comes down to the ability of locals to come together, gather resources, be adaptive and be responsive.So how do small communities do it? It takes community philanthropy, community partnerships and community resilience working hand in hand. But how do you build resilience? CEO Natalie Egleton shares her views in the face of the increasing number of factors that make life challenging in rural, regional and remote Australia.

1 Dec 2016 CEO video summary of FRRR's performance in 2015/16

There is simply no organisation that does what FRRR does. Watch Natalie Egleton talk about the impact FRRR has had during her first year as CEO.

9 Sep 2016 Through Fire and Flood: Q&A with Natalie Egleton, FRRR CEO

FRRR's work around Australia has earned it plenty of respect, with its presence in - and support for - communities affected by natural disasters well known.The AIGM recently chatted with FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton about disaster recovery grantmaking, helping communities affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, and what the organisation has learned through working in communities hit by natural disaster.

6 Jun 2016 Young people driving strong communities

Prue Pateras has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 10 years and has seen firsthand the benefits philanthropic support can bring to youth-led programs in small rural, regional and remote Australian communities. Recently she spoke with Generosity magazine - here's a summary of what she had to say.

16 May 2016 Helping local people implement local solutions

There are so many ways that philanthropy can help to build adaptive, sustainable, vibrant rural, regional and remote communities. Ultimately, it comes back to understanding context, which we believe is best done through consultation, and then collaborating to determine the best solutions. After all, the locals know best.

8 Feb 2016 The enabler: Natalie Egleton's vision for FRRR

CEO Natalie Egleton spoke with Generosity Magazine on identifying impact; the importance of conduits and consolidation; and why 'unsexy' air conditioners are game changers for many rural, remote and regional communities.

24 Nov 2015 Natalie Egleton appointed CEO at FRRR

Generosity Magazine featured our new CEO, Natalie Egleton. The profile gives insight into Natalie's vision for FRRR's future and philanthropy.

1 Oct 2015 Over and out: FRRR's Alexandra Gartmann bids the sector a fond farewell

After four and a half years in the philanthropic sector, CEO Alexandra Gartmann is moving on. She spoke with Generosity Magazine, reflecting on her time in philanthropy, how it has changed and what is left to do.

7 Sep 2015 Small grants offer big insight: Tackling Tough Times Together in Qld

Journalist Cameron Wilson joined us on a recent trip to visit 12 rural towns across Queensland. His take on what we learnt from the communities we met is featured in the latest Generosity Magazine.The whirlwind five day trip was all about meeting with Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant recipients to see first-hand how this program is helping drought-affected communities recover and become more resilient.This article highlights that incredible things are possible when 'the right money is connected with the right people for the right cause.'

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.

6 Jul 2015 'Small' is in the Eye of the Beholder

July's Generosity magazine focuses on philanthropy in rural, regional and remote Australia, and FRRR and our donor partners feature heavily.In an opinion piece from our CEO Alexandra Gartmann, 'Small is in the Eye of the Beholder', she highlights the limited capacity of regional and rural communities to raise funds, either due to population, economic wealth, limited access to resources and /or a limited knowledge of, and access to, philanthropy. But she points out that it isn't all about size; it is also about the impact.

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.-

17 Mar 2014 Generosity Mag, March 2014: FRRR - Use Us

The potential of FRRR's regional penetration to have significant social impact is far from tapped.-There are still philanthropists, PAFs, and trustees out there who want to work in regional Australia, but who don't know we're already here–ready to help.-

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